Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Romantic Dinner Recipe Ideas: Easy Meatballs with Cream Sauce

As moms, it helps to take some time away from the children and have a romantic dinner with your significant other. If you aren't able to make it out of the house for a date (maybe because there's no extra money in the budget for a babysitter), here's one of the best ideas for romantic dinners that's easy and oh so yummy. Fix the kids some chicken nuggets and send them off to bed. Then fix this easy romantic meal for your sweetheart.




Meatballs and Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

Pkg of Premade Meatballs (your choice. I used Kirkland Signature Italian Meatballs)*
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and butter to taste
1 14-oz can chicken broth
2/3 cup evaporated milk or heavy whipping cream


  1. Prepare 24 meatballs according to the instructions on the package.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in flour, thyme, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add broth and evaporated milk. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Top meatballs with sauce.
By using prepared meatballs for this dinner, it makes for an easy romantic dinner for two, so you can spend more time with each other. Sometimes it's easier to have canned evaporated milk on hand rather than fresh cream, but either will work.

Now if you have the time and want to make your own meatballs for your romantic dinner at home, here's how to do it:

Ingredients:

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cups quick oats
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
3 tablespoons flour
  1. To make these easy meatballs, just combine the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and then combine with ground beef.
  2. Shape into balls that are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll in flour. 
  3. Place 1 inch apart on a baking. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes (till they're no longer pink inside).
  4. While baking, prepare the sauce.

Steamed Green Beans with Brown Sugar

If you're looking for a recipe for steamed green beans, this is an easy one.

Ingredients:

4–6 cups fresh or frozen green beans
1–2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2–1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Place green beans in pan with a little water and cover. Steam the green beans for 8–12 minutes (depending on your preference for doneness).
  2. To stop the cooking process, add cool water to the green beans.
  3. Drain the water from the beans and set aside.
  4. Just before sitting down to the table (about 5 minutes) put the beans, the sugar, and the butter in a saute pan and saute them for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Now it might sound weird to have pepper with brown sugar, but trust me, these are divine. They are similar to the beans you can order at Outback Restaurant (one of my favorite places to eat out). So if you're looking for easy romantic meals, give this one a shot.

And that's it! This is one of the easiest romantic dinner recipe ideas I've found (especially if you used prepared meatballs), and it's also delicious. And you don't have to reserve this meal to meals just for two either. This is a great meal for the whole family as well and my boys loved it :D.

What do you and your sweetheart do for your romantic dinners at home? I'd love to hear them!

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