4 Romantic Dinner Ideas for You and Your Baby Daddy

Craving a bit of intimacy and a healthy dose of comfort food? Tuck into these tasty dinner recipes from Top Chef judge (and first-time mama) Gail Simmons.

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Romantic Dinner Recipes

"I live for simple, wholesome food that I can cook with the person I love."—Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons might be new to motherhood—she just gave birth to her first little one—but she has oodles of experience when it comes to whipping up delicious meals with her husband (and capable sous chef), Jeremy. "When I'm home in New York City, we make breakfast together on the weekends and dinner a few nights a week," she says. "It's our favorite way to relax." Consider it proof that high heels and a sexy dress aren't required for a dreamy evening with the love of your life. Instead of hitting the town, cozy up at home with these dinner recipes. Pick one of two foolproof entrées and pair it with a side salad and dessert. It's a date! (Bonus: The leftovers taste just as lovely.)

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Grilled Zucchini Salad

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranates & Mint-Tahini Dressing

GS: love tahini as a base for my dressings. The pressed sesame lends a really creamy, earthy essence, and you don't need additional oil because it's high in good fat. My husband will make the dressing while I grill the zucchini—it's great teamwork.

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Fennel-Crusted Roasted Chicken

Fennel-Crusted Roasted Chicken with Smashed Sweet Potatoes

GS: Toasting the fennel gives it a nutty flavor, and when you mix it with butter, it turns into a tasty rub. Experiment by adding some lemon to the butter, or throw in chili pepper or paprika. You can make more rub than you need and keep it in the fridge for all sorts of things.

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Steamed Tilapia with Fresh Lime & Ginger

Steamed Tilapia with Fresh Lime & Ginger

GS: At the start of my pregnancy, I craved straightforward, flavorful food like this. The fish is low in mercury, which makes it a great choice for expectant women, and the en papillote technique looks dramatic, but anyone can do it.

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Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

GS: Bread puddings are super easy; you can't really screw this recipe up. Assemble it ahead of time and throw it in the oven as you start eating so it's ready when you're finished with your main course. The reheated leftovers will taste great later on too.

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