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21 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Easy

Time to wine and dine.

Hey there, hopeless romantic. We've got an idea for you: This Valentine's Day, forego the over-priced dinner reservation and cook dinner at home. Here are a bunch of impressive yet simple recipes guaranteed to impress your boo.

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1. Butternut Squash Risotto

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Contrary to public opinion, risotto isn't a dish exclusive to restaurant menus. You can actually make this creamy rice dish right in your own kitchen, and butternut squash gives it a seasonal flare. Get the recipe here.

2. Salmon With Avocado Salsa

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Even if you're terrified of cooking fish, you'll have a hard time messing up this perfectly tender salmon topped with a creamy, tangy avocado, onion, and bell pepper salsa. Get the recipe here.

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3. Seafood Fra Diavolo

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Nothing says "I love you" like a big bowl of spaghetti in spicy tomato sauce, loaded with fancy fruits de mer. Get the recipe.

4. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs With Creamy Polenta

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Spaghetti and meatballs? Been there done that. Shake things up next date night by serving homemade meatballs over creamy polenta. Get the recipe.

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5. Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple, and Burrata Pizza

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Pizza can be totally sophisticated, especially when it's topped with golden squash, tangy apple, and creamy-as-heck burrata cheese. Get the recipe here.

6. Grilled Lamb Chops

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How to win Valentine's day in one simple step: Put a plate of these juicy lamb chops on the table. Get the recipe here.

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7. Sriracha-Glazed Seared Scallops

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It doesn't get much better than these simple seared scallops. They're tender and chewy on the inside, but on the outside they're slightly crispy with a spicy Sriracha glaze. Get the recipe here.

8. Pomegranate Balsamic Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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As a rule of thumb, from this point forward all chicken breast should be filled with decadent goat cheese. Get the recipe here.

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9. Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Pasta

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Nothing wins over the heart like a bowl of delicious pasta. Get the recipe here.

10. Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Pistachio Cream Sauce

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For a meatless meal that still feels totally impressive, try this whole roasted cauliflower. It's coated in a mixture of pistachio crumbs, garlic powder, and lemon, then cooked until super tender and drizzled in creamy sauce. Get the recipe here.

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11. Miso Sesame Tuna Rice Bowls

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Light and healthyish but full of flavor, these seared ahi tuna bowls are worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe here.

12. Rosemary Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Cream Sauce

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Looking for an indulgent date night meal? Steak + mushroom sauce = pure bliss. Get the recipe here.

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13. Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Serve these as an appetizer or a main dish with grilled vegetables, cauliflower rice, or even a simple salad. Get the recipe here.

14. Shrimp Scampi

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This garlicy, zesty shrimp scampi only takes about twenty minutes to whip up, but it'll taste as if you were cooking all afternoon. Get the recipe here.

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15. Spinach Stuffed Salmon in Garlic Butter

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A step above your basic salmon, this fish is pan-seared so it's caramelized on the outside, but on the inside it's loaded with a creamy spinach filling. Get the recipe here.

16. Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese

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Just when you thought there was nothing on earth more delicious than gooey, cheesy mac 'n' cheese, lobster steps into the picture. Get the recipe here.

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17. 15-Minute Pad Thai

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This recipe calls for chicken and tofu but you can get creative and make it with whatever protein and vegetables you like best. Get the recipe here.

18. Baked Eggplant Parmesan

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This recipe calls for just 15 minutes of hands-on prep. Then, just pop it in the oven and wait for a delicious dinner to emerge. Get the recipe here.

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19. Pasta Pomodoro With Chicken and Goat Cheese

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Find yourself a Valentine who cooks a mean bowl of pasta. Get the recipe here.

20. Veal Milanese

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Serve this crispy, thinly pounded veal cutlet with a simple arugula and tomato salad for a restaurant-quality meal. Get the recipe here.

21. Spicy Sausage and Kale Lasagna

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Layers of lasagna noodles are topped with hot Italian sausage, marinara sauce, fluffy ricotta cheese, and a little bit of kale for good measure. Get the recipe here.

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out these posts:

24 Foolproof Valentine's Day Recipes If You'd Rather Cook At Home

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