Feeling strapped for time during the weeknight but still looking to create a romantic meal for two? If you're couple goals involve cooking more together, then we’ve got you covered with these easy dinner ideas for you and your partner to make!
Gnocchi with walnut, rosemary and pecorino pesto (source: delicious.com, Silvia Colloca)
500g potato gnocchi
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
Walnut and rosemary pesto
1/2 bunch basil, leaves picked
1 tbs finely chopped rosemary, plus fried rosemary leaves to serve
2 garlic cloves, crushed
50g grated pecorino (or parmesan)
50g roasted and chopped walnuts, plus extra to serve
100ml extra virgin olive oil
For the pesto, place all ingredients in a small food processor. Season and blend to a paste. Remove and set aside.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until they rise to the top. Drain, reserving 1⁄4 cup (60ml) water then drizzle gnocchi with 2 tbs oil.
Heat a large frypan over medium heat. Add the gnocchi and cook, tossing, for 4-5 minutes until golden. Remove from heat and toss through pesto, reserved cooking water and lemon zest and juice.
Season and serve topped with the fried rosemary and extra walnuts and pecorino.
Bonus tip: Looking to cut carbs this summer (same here)? Then try replacing potato gnocchi with cauliflower gnocchi.
10 minute Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus (source: gimmedelicious.com)
1-pound salmon fillet cut into 2-3 fillets
1 bunch asparagus trimmed
1 tbs salted butter
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Heat a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Wait until the pan is hot and the butter has fully melted. Add the salmon and asparagus, season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side.
Flip and cook for about 3-4 minutes on the other side. Add the garlic and lemon zest. Cook the garlic for just 1-2 minutes or until it begins to brown. Turn off the heat and squeeze half a lemon into the dish.
Mexican-Inspired Shakshuka (source: allrecipes.com)
Who says you can only eat eggs for breakfast?
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 cup diced onion
1 tbs minced garlic
1 (8 ounce) jar roasted bell peppers, drained and chopped
3 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs, or more as needed
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent and tender, about 5 minutes. Add chopped roasted pepper and garlic; saute until garlic releases its fragrance, 1 or 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Saute for another minute or so until well combined.
Stir in diced tomatoes and water. Season with salt and pepper. Raise heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Make a well for each egg and pour 1 egg into each well. Cover; poach until whites are firm and yolks have thickened but are not hard, 2 1/2 to 5 minutes.
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