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20 Dinner Ideas for Two That Your SO Will Love

What’s the fastest way to most anyone’s heart? Through their stomach, of course! See for yourself with these 20 delicious dinner ideas for two.

Looking to impress a date or reconnect with your SO?

Then look no further than these 20 recipes.

Whether you’re a newbie in the kitchen or an experienced home chef, these dishes will set the stage for romance.

If your dinner date is a conservative eater, then try your hand at pecan-crusted Tilapia, roast chicken, or pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.

If they’re more adventurous in the kitchen (and hopefully elsewhere, har har har), spice things up a notch with shakshuka, mango fish tacos, spicy beer shrimp, Thai beef stir-fry, or banana-avocado wraps.

There’s something for everybody on this list. So dim the lights, dust off the candles, and get cooking.

Enjoy!

Mango Fish Tacos for Two

Serves 2

Tacos are one of the best quick meals because you can build them like a sandwich. Start with any type of tortilla, choose a delicious filling, and then pile on condiments like salsa.

You can even add cheese like shredded mozzarella or crumbled cotija. Yet sometimes assembling all those parts can seem like a lot of work, and it’s not worth it if you’re feeding just a couple people.

That’s part of the beauty of fish tacos. The tilapia filling is easy to pan-fry, and all there is to slice up are mango, red onion, and jalapeno for the salsa.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

422

Calories

33 g

Protein

45 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

Fish Tacos:

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tilapia fillets (about 5 oz. each)

4 small whole-wheat tortillas

Mango Salsa:

1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed

1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeno, deseeded and minced

1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced

Juice of 1/2 lime

Salt to taste

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Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki

Serves 4

If you’re tired of eating chicken breast the same way every night, switching up the format will remind you just how delicious it is.

These juicy chicken skewers are marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, and honey. And the best part of cooking for two is you’ll often have leftovers to repurpose for tomorrow night’s dinner.

Turn the chicken souvlaki into pita sandwiches with tzatziki, or use the meat as protein for a Mediterranean salad.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

429

Calories

37 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

24 g

Fat

Ingredients

Chicken Skewers:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 8 oz. each)

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Zest and juice of 2 lemon

1 tsp. pure honey

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 large red bell pepper

1 red onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 low-carb whole-wheat wraps (or pita bread), to serve

Tzatziki Sauce:

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cucumber

3 Tbsp. minced fresh mint

1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley

Pinch of salt

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Maryland Crab Cakes for Two

Serves 2

Unless you live on the coast, crab doesn’t exactly jump to mind as a quick and easy dinner. But pick up a can or two of jumbo lump crab, and you can be eating an incredible seafood dinner for two in under a half hour.

They’re a cinch to make as long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty because, once mixed, the crab cakes get formed into shape and rolled in cracker crumbs. After that, the broiler will do the rest of the work.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

458

Calories

32 g

Protein

34 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 lb. lump crabmeat

1 cup milk

7 saltine crackers, crushed into fine crumbs

2 scallions, minced

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. unsalted butter, softened

1 large egg yolk

1 Tbsp. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. hot sauce

1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

Lemon wedges, for serving

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Porterhouse Steak with Whiskey Mushroom Sauce

Serves 2

Think big by picking up a thick-cut porterhouse steak, and you’ll have plenty of meat to feed two hungry carnivores. There might even be leftovers, which can be thinly sliced for a salad or steak sandwich to take for an incredible home-cooked lunch.

To prepare, season with salt and pepper, and about 15 minutes later, rub with cooking oil. Sear the steak in a skillet about five minutes per side, and then transfer to the oven for the final five minutes – maybe a little more if the porterhouse is extra-thick.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

665

Calories

60 g

Protein

10 g

Carbs

39 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 porterhouse steak (about 16 oz.), trimmed of fat

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

1 onion, sliced

3/4 cup chicken broth

1 Tbsp. grainy mustard

2 Tbsp. whiskey or bourbon

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Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops

Serves 2

Aside from the actual pork chops, you’ll need just five pantry staples to get this entrée on the table. And since you’re cooking small chops in a pan on the stove, dinner can be on the table in about 20 minutes.

For a quick side dish to pair with the pork, steam some veggies or roast them in the oven. This easy entrée would also be good with rice or quinoa, which can be cooked in broth for more flavor.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

193

Calories

24 g

Protein

1 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 boneless pork loin chops (about 4 oz. each)

1/8 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. ground coriander

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Skillet White Lasagna for Two

Serves 4

Lasagna is awesome when you have a hungry group of people on hand because it’s made in a big baking dish with 10 or 12 servings. But what about when you’re craving pasta and don’t have so many mouths to feed?

Scale it down to a skillet, and you can make a smaller lasagna in just 20 minutes. You don’t even need a pot of water to boil the noodles.

Cook the chicken (or other ground meat) first, and then add veggies. Water and milk go right into the pan so the lasagna noodles can simmer until tender. This is still a lot of food, so you’ll have lasagna for two plus leftovers.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

748

Calories

54 g

Protein

61 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb. lean ground chicken

1 small white onion, diced

3/4 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk

1 cup water

6 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces

1/3 cup ricotta cheese

7 oz. (about 2 cups) shredded Blarney Castle gouda-style cheese

Parmesan cheese, to serve

Fresh basil (optional garnish)

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Loaded Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese

Serves 2

When you’re starving and don’t actually want to cook, sandwiches are an awesome standby. But you can do one better than a basic grilled cheese without too much extra work, especially if you keep pre-sliced veggies in the fridge for lazy meals.

Then it won’t take any more time to upgrade your sandwich with bell pepper, mushrooms, and pepperoni so it tastes like pizza.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

568

Calories

28 g

Protein

47 g

Carbs

29 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 tsp. vegetable oil

1/2 onion, sliced into half moons

1 small green bell pepper, sliced into rings

5 baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. tomato sauce

4 slices deli American cheese (or cheese of choice)

Handful of turkey pepperoni slices

4 slices thick whole-wheat bread

1 Tbsp. butter, softened

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Spicy Beer Shrimp

Serves 2

For a quick dinner that’s easy to scale down, shrimp is an awesome protein to use. Yet you can only have shrimp stir-fry every so often before the excitement of cheap seafood wears off.

This is prepared in a large skillet with a sauce, like stir-fry, but the flavor profile is completely different. Instead there’s a rich tomato sauce with beer, sweet chilies, and – for an extra kick – as much cayenne pepper as your taste buds can handle.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

668

Calories

56 g

Protein

61 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup beer

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Few pinches of cayenne pepper (optional)

1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and patted dry

1 cup cooked rice, for serving

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Banana-Avocado Wrap

Serves 2

Think a simple wrap filled with fruit can’t make a filling meal for two?

It’s essentially an upgrade on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and it takes as little effort to assemble. Yet by replacing the strawberry jam or grape jelly with two fresh fruits – both known for delivering big on nutrition – it’s a wholesome meal.

This isn’t going to give you as much protein as a wrap stuffed with meat, but there is peanut butter for good measure. To lower the macros by 100 calories and over 10 grams of fat, make a spread with PB2 and water or almond milk. With avocado in the wrap, you won’t notice the absence of real peanut butter.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

566

Calories

17 g

Protein

49 g

Carbs

40 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 avocado, sliced

2 small bananas, sliced

1/4 cup peanut butter (or 1/2 cup PB2 with water)

Handful of baby spinach

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Chili powder to taste (optional)

2 low-carb whole-wheat wraps

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Mom’s Meatloaf for Two

Serves 2

If you only get a craving for meatloaf once in a blue moon, chances are you don’t want to be stuck with leftovers.

It’s actually easy to freeze – whether you want to stash the whole thing away before cooking, or set aside individual portions once it’s finished – but even then, the frozen meatloaf need to be thawed and reheated within a few months.

Save your freezer space, and make this meatloaf for two instead. You don’t even need a loaf pan for this one. Shape two small loaves, and place them in a shallow baking dish to get them in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

402

Calories

36 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 large egg

1/4 cup low-fat milk

1/3 cup crushed saltines

3 Tbsp. chopped onion

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. rubbed sage

Dash of freshly ground black pepper

1/2 lb. 90% lean ground beef

1/4 cup ketchup

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

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Healthy BBQ Chicken Pizza

Serves 2

Homemade pizza can be a great weeknight meal, but it’s harder to pull off in a hurry if you’re feeding a big crowd since you’ll need several pies. However, one pizza is perfect when there are only two people at the dinner table.

The quickest shortcut to make pizza yourself is picking up a premade dough. But this recipe foregoes the usual crust altogether for an easier, low-carb alternative.

To make the cauliflower crust, start by lightly frying the cauliflower until it’s tender yet crisp. Let cool, and then blend it with eggs, cornmeal, and seasoning. Spread the mixture out on a pizza pan, and bake until it begins to brown.

That’s when the crust’s ready for the toppings, and then it goes back in the oven until the mozzarella is melted.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

642

Calories

49 g

Protein

57 g

Carbs

26 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup cornmeal

2 large eggs

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1 cup (about 8 oz.) shredded chicken

3/4 cup (about 3 oz.) shredded mozzarella

Fresh cilantro (optional garnish)

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Baked Asiago Chicken Tenders

Serves 6

Making dinner at home doesn’t get much easier than this. It’s so simple and healthy, you’ll never buy frozen chicken tenders again.

In fact, you can make a big batch of these and keep them in the freezer, so you can prepare just one serving for yourself, two servings, or more depending on how many people are hungry in the house.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

243

Calories

40 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, slightly pounded, cut into 3–4 strips each

1 large egg

1 Tbsp. water

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) shredded asiago

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Thai Beef Stir Fry

Serves 2

Stir-fry is the ultimate quick dinner, but too often we stick with recreating Chinese takeout at home. This one is infused with Thai flavors instead, and yet you don’t need to pick up specialty ingredients.

If you can’t find them fresh lemongrass or lime leaves nearby, substitute a couple teaspoons of dried lemongrass, a small bay leaf, and 1/4 tsp. of lime zest.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

420

Calories

32 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil (or sesame oil)

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. finely chopped lemongrass

2 kefir lime leaves

2 bird’s eye chilies, chopped

1/2 lb. beef strips (or ground beef)

6 baby corn

Handful of green beans (about 12), ends trimmed off

1 tsp. soy sauce

1/4 cup water

6 basil leaves, chopped

1/2 lemon

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Shakshuka for Two

Serves 2

For comfort food that comes together quickly using a few standby ingredients, try shakshuka.

The dish is popular throughout North African countries like Tunisia, Libya and Morocco, yet uses flavors that are familiar worldwide like garlic, paprika, cumin, and cayenne.

Shakshuka is an excellent brunch because it’s made of eggs poached in a rich tomato sauce, but it’s also a fantastic dinner when you don’t need a large meal yet want to eat like a king.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

418

Calories

22 g

Protein

52 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion

1 large clove garlic

1/2 bell pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Pinch of cayenne

1 cup fresh spinach

1 handful fresh parsley

1 Tbsp. dried basil (or handful of fresh basil leaves)

1 can (14 oz.) whole plum tomatoes

3 large eggs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 whole-wheat pita, to serve

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Spicy Tuna & Potato Stew

Serves 2

If you’re cooking a big pot of stew and don’t have many people around the dining table, you can always freeze the leftovers. But what if you’re out of space, or you don’t even know if you’ll like the new recipe enough to want to eat more later on?

Try a stew for two, and you can always scale up the ingredients in the future after you fall in love with these unique flavors.

This Korean dish is one for the fish lovers with a can of tuna – plus anchovy stock, fish sauce, or both. To focus more on the spicy tuna flavor, make a less full-bodied stew by simply leaving those things out and preparing it with water.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

307

Calories

24 g

Protein

46 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 can (5 oz.) solid tuna, drained

1 small onion, diced

2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 zucchini, sliced

3 cups anchovy stock (or water)

1 green onion, chopped

1 green chili, sliced (optional for more heat)

1 Tbsp. Korean chili paste

1 Tbsp. red chili flakes

1 Tbsp. Korean soy sauce

1 Tbsp. anchovy or fish sauce (optional)

2 cloves garlic, minced

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Pecan-Crusted Tilapia

Serves 2

Any kind of fish makes a great dinner for two because it cooks quickly, doesn’t take many extra ingredients, and is often easier to pick up in smaller quantities from the meat counter. Plus, it’ll put less of a dent in your wallet.

After dipping the tilapia in egg and the paprika-pecan coating, these fillets bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the fish becomes tender and flaky. Make a quick side salad while the tilapia cooks, or take even less work out of dinner by oven-roasting green beans at the same time.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

521

Calories

40 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

39 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 tilapia fillets (about 5 oz. each)

3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

3 large eggs

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. paprika

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Green Eggs & Potato Skillet for Two

Serves 2

This recipe is for a potato hash, but it’s way more than an afterthought sitting next to bacon and pancakes on your breakfast plate. This is a whole meal – and healthy too – with red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and avocado.

These green eggs don’t have any ham, yet it can definitely benefit from some if you’re in a meat-eating mood. Cook bacon in the skillet before getting started on the veggies, and it’ll be cool enough to crumble by the time everything’s ready to eat.

As a bonus, you can use the bacon drippings in the pan and leave out the butter.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

513

Calories

16 g

Protein

55 g

Carbs

28 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. butter

1 leek, white and light green parts sliced

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, deseeded and thinly sliced

3 Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced

4 oz. fresh spinach

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. smoked paprika

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar

1/2 avocado, diced

2 large eggs

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Lamb & Chickpea Chili for Two

Serves 2

This is a bowl of chili unlike what you’ve had before. Rather than being rooted in cowboy culture, this stew uses chickpeas, lamb, and harissa for a Moroccan adaptation. Yet there’s a mix of ground turkey and lamb to add bold flavor while keeping it lean.

Although standard chili powder can be used in this recipe, add harissa if you can get your hands on some. It’s a paste made from roasted chili peppers, plus spices like cumin, coriander, and caraway seeds.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

397

Calories

35 g

Protein

32 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 tsp. canola oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 lb. ground lamb

1/4 lb. 93% lean ground turkey

1/4 tsp. salt (or more to taste)

2 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 small can (7 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed

1 Tbsp. harissa (or 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder)

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or mint

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Hot Smoked Salmon with Chili Salsa

Serves 2

Craving smoked salmon but don’t have a big backyard for a smoker? This recipe from Jamie Oliver will teach you how to quickly prepare smoked salmon in your kitchen, and you won’t need any new cooking gadgets.

Instead, recycle a lidded metal tin like the kind that once stored cookies or popcorn. If you’re trying this indoors, be sure to keep a window open or create another way to funnel the smoke outside.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

541

Calories

47 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

Smoked Salmon:

1 sprig fresh rosemary

Few sprigs fresh sage

2 wild salmon fillets (about 7 oz. each), skin on

Sea salt to taste

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 lime, halved

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Chili Salsa:

1 fresh red chilies (or more to taste), deseeded and finely chopped

2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced

1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely diced

Juice of 1 lime

2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

1 avocado, diced

Extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle

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Roast Chicken for Two

Serves 2

You don’t need a whole family to feed just to enjoy a roast chicken. This classic Sunday supper can become a dinner for two when you start with a small bird, about two to three pounds.

If you’re used to eating a huge serving of protein, there will be plenty. And if you’re in the mood for a smaller portion, save the rest for leftovers. Extra meat can be shredded for a barbecue sandwich. Or slice the chicken breast up the next day to top a salad.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

721

Calories

61 g

Protein

2 g

Carbs

53 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lb. whole chicken, rinsed and dried, wings snipped at the elbow

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp. minced fresh thyme

2 Tbsp. butter, room temp.

Dijon mustard, to serve

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