Charm Him on the Cheap: Romantic Menus
Don't cut back on the displays of affection just because your budget is tight. This romantic menu for two is only about $7 per serving, not including wine.
Cherry Tomato Toasts
There's no need to spend all your time or money on an appetizer. Keep it simple with this easy and delicious first course that's basically bread, olive oil and tomatoes with a sprinkling of fresh herbs. This recipe makes 4 servings, but it's an easy recipe to halve.
Per serving: $2.20
Skirt Steak with Lemon- and Chili-Roasted Potatoes
What man won't fall for a meat-and-potatoes menu? But you can stay within your budget by using skirt steak, one of the more inexpensive cuts of beef. With only 6 ingredients, not counting the salt and pepper, this recipe is actually two-in-one because the potatoes are the side dish. Other than the fresh thyme, the seasoning ingredients are all pantry staples.
Per serving: $3.62
Broccoli with Lemon Crumbs
Fresh broccoli is in season, so it's a smart buy. Not counting the salt and pepper, it's only 4 ingredients, and you'll already be buying lemon for the entree. This recipe makes more than 2 servings, so we suggest cutting the recipe in half.
Per serving: $0.59
Bittersweet Chocolate Sorbet
Simple and elegant, this 4-ingredient chocolate dessert is a great way to end your meal. Because it's a make-ahead dessert, you won't have to worry about interrupting your romantic dinner with any dessert prep. It makes 6 servings, so you'll have some left for a repeat performance the next evening.
Per serving: $0.67
Top Wines Under $20
You don't have to spend a fortune for a nice bottle of wine. Here's a list of some top choices that won't break the bank and will pair nicely with this menu. The best options for this menu featuring skirt steak will be one of the reds.
Of course, since you've saved so much money on the menu, you might want to splurge on the wine.