How to Impress your Lady Friend with Dinner (in 15 minutes or less)

Ok guys...we're girls.  We don't want burgers and brats on the first date (maybe the second, or third).  Let me give you a little advice on what we would really love.  You can use it as your own idea.  Actually, I took the idea from some friends so feel free!

This meal happens to be one of my husband's favorite meals, and takes about 15 minutes to get it from the kitchen to the table.  No stove.  No cooking.  You can do this.  I can help.  Let's review the reason we date.  We date to get to know each other, converse, share likes and dislikes.  This meal forces conversation, creativity and sharing.  I know you are thinking this sounds really touchy feely. You think this is bad?  Wait until I give you the recipe for unicorn cupcakes (joking).    

This is what you need to get at the store:

FOR SALAD - combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl

  • 1 Tbls Organic olive oil
  • ¼ Tsp Balsamic vinegar
  • Greens (I recommend arugula-has a peppery taste)
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Lemon - only use a squeeze for the salad


  • Crusty rustic bread
  • Nice cheeses, you can purchase an assortment, or just one nice wedge will do
  • 1 Avocado (smashed slightly in a small dish)
  • Hummus - feel free to pick up some cucumber, carrots, or celery for dipping

If you feel like you might die without some kind of meat at dinner, go ahead and buy prosciutto, or something similar.  I assure that you won't die, but do what you must.

Add a little Sinatra, a nice wine, and you have an impressive little evening planned! Just mix, match those scrumptious little bites, and have fun!  Think of all the benefits of not going out to dinner.  You won't feel rushed, have to wait for a table, know exactly what you are eating, and you can save some cash to splurge on a nicer bottle of wine!

  • Posted on   11/06/08 at 03:05:16 PM   by Emily  | 
  • RSS
  • |
  • More

Reader Comments (2)

Ryan 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

This was great. Made it last night. Kudos!

I also made a dessert plate with mandarins, and dark chocolate squares to pair with a Cab I was drinking. Awesome stuff.

Keith 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

Make your own Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans (drained)
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
2 tbs lemon juice (fresh is best)
2 tbs tahini (sesame paste)(may 1tbs sub olive oil)
if you like it hot up to 2 tps curry
salt to taste
Just make smooth in food processor and it's done

Comment Post Comment