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19 Easy Dinners That Will Impress The Heck Out Of Your Date

Your lady or gentleman caller never has to know that their perfect meal wasn't actually hard to make.

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2. A low-maintenance but very chic kale risotto:

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The beauty of this vegetarian risotto is that you bake it instead of standing there stirring for 20 minutes, so you can devote your undivided attention to your bae. Store-bought pesto is totally fine if you don't have time to DIY. Get the recipe.

3. Individual steaks with sweet balsamic-roasted cherry tomatoes:

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You could cover a piece of cardboard in roasted cherry tomatoes and it would be delicious. But steak is much better than cardboard. Get the recipe.

4. Perfectly seared scallops with herb-infused brown butter:

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Scallops are so fast to cook that you can do it while your date is watching and show them how talented you are with a frying pan. (Just maybe do a practice round first?) Serve these with a starchy side or plenty of good bread to soak up the sauce. Get the recipe.

8. Super-simple cacio e pepe spaghetti:

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This is the extremely classy, grownup version of the butter-and-cheese microwave pasta that was your passion as an 8-year-old. But it still only takes four ingredients. Get the recipe.

14. Crispy chicken and Brussels sprouts that get cozy in one pan:

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You brown the chicken, add the sprouts, and roast with a little broth until everything's tender on the inside. LIKE YOUR DATE'S HEART. Get the recipe.

15. A bright coconut curry that doesn't actually require exotic ingredients:

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Nothing you can't find at your normal grocery store, and you could make it a day ahead of time if you're prepping for a weeknight assignation. Serve this with rice or quinoa. Get the recipe.

17. Shrimp scampi lounging on a bed of linguine:

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Shrimp is the fastest thing in the world to cook, and the only other stuff you'll need is basic pantry staples. Plus, you'll have wine leftover! Get the recipe.