Easy Valentine’s Date Night Recipes for Two

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Valentines Dinner | by Nathan Borror http://www.flickr.com/photos/sketch22/2267275964/ via Creative Commons

Oh, Valentine’s Day! The day where flower prices go up and the restaurants get all filled up. If you’re planning to stay in for a sweet and cozy Vday dinner with your man, but worried about slaving for hours in the kitchen and ending up with way too much food, well, here are 2 quick and easy recipes that can help:

Shrimp Scampi | by Tim Rodenberg http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheriffaj/8072741407/ via Creative Commons

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveines
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced parsley

Directions: Rinse shrimp, heat butter, and sauté the garlic. Add in the shrimp. Sauté until the shrimp is cooked and toss in the parsley. Stir in the white wine and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices and parsley sprigs. Serve.

Chicken Piccata | by Josh Madison http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshmadison/2602725242/ via Creative Commons

Chicken Piccata

Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons chicken broth
4 lemon slices
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
chopped parsley
salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix flour, salt and pepper. Coat chicken in the flour mixture. Heat butter and olive oil. Cook chicken for about 3-4 minutes per side until tender. Remove chicken from pan. Heat wine into the same pan, add lemon juice, and bring to boil. Place the cooked chicken back in the pan, top with lemon slices, sprinkle with parsley, and cook for three more minutes until sauce thickens. Serve.

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