A birthday is a special day for anyone, but when it comes to family and friends, it’s always nice to go all out and make them feel special with their favorite foods and gifts. When it comes to our boyfriend’s birthday, nothing is better than a home cooked meal.
Sure, getting him a gift that he has been wanting for a long time is great too, but nothing says love like a homemade meal that you took the time to prepare for him as a surprise for his special day.
That means you had to look up the recipes, go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients, and spend a while preparing the actual meal. The thought of that will melt his heart!
There are tons of easy and delicious meals you can make your boyfriend that he will enjoy! Below are four recipes based on themes, like robust, spicy Indian dishes or meals with a little Latin flare.
Whether he loves Asian food, Indian-inspired dishes, or Italian cuisine, you’ll find a ton of different options for delicious recipes below!
A romantic Indian dinner for two
If your boyfriend is a fan of spicy, warm, and rich foods, he would love to try a homemade curry for his birthday! Made with spices like coriander, ground fennel, and garam masala powder, his taste buds are in for a real treat.
A great recipe for starters who want to make a delicious curry but have never cooked Indian food before is a slow cooker Indian butter chicken recipe.
This dish combines yogurt, spices, fresh chicken chunks, butter, and fresh cilantro to make a creamy and delicious curry sure to impress your boyfriend!
What’s great about this recipe is that it uses a slow cooker, which means you can put all the ingredients in and go on with your day (whether it’s going to work or taking care of errands) and come back to a hot and delicious meal done. No having to worry about hanging around a stove all day!
Pair this dish with a soft delicious and fragrant jasmine rice and some mango pudding for dessert! If you’re looking for a great wine pairing, try eating this curry with some chilled chardonnay, which pairs nicely with spicy foods.
A delicious Spanish dinner at home
If your boyfriend is always up for trying new dishes, you’ll want to surprise him with this easy homemade paella, made with fresh seafood like lobster, shrimp, and scallops.
Using fragrant and delicious Spanish rice, fresh herbs, and spices, you can create your own paella dish at home in just an hour in order to surprise and impress your soulmate! Pair this dish with a dry rosé or red wine.
To start everything off, you’ll want to set out “tapas,” which are small plates of food that serve as appetizers. Some great ideas for tapas include garlic shrimp or marinated olives.
You can also set out a board with sharp cheeses and sliced meats like ham or prosciutto. After just the appetizer portion, he’ll be begging you for more delicious food!
You two can sip on wine together and enjoy tapas, listen to music, and talk with each other. After you have eaten the paella, you can surprise him with one last homemade dish: a delicious dessert!
Surprise him with homemade flan, complete with rich caramel syrup on top. It will only take you about 45 minutes. You can make them the night before and keep them chilled in the fridge!
A charming Italian meal for your love
Is your man one who loves Italian food? If he’s a lover of rich, warm plates of pasta, he will love this easy penne alla vodka recipe, which only takes about 30 minutes to make!
Vodka sauce is creamy and rich and is perfect atop fresh penne pasta. If you want something a little fancier, you can try swapping out the penne pasta for something that you think looks nicer, like bowtie pasta or wagon wheel shaped pasta.
This recipe combines ingredients like Italian plum tomatoes, olive oil, vodka, heavy cream, butter, parmesan cheese, and fresh chopped parsley. It is sure to wow your boyfriend and have him asking for more!
The best kind of wines for pasta dishes with vodka sauce is a deep red wine, like Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are rich and full-bodied, which would pair nicely with the creamy richness of the vodka sauce.
To start, create a delicious cheese platter with marinated olives, slices of deli meats, and an assortment of cheese. Enjoy this appetizer while sipping on your wine and listening to jazz or some traditional Italian music! For dessert, pull out some cups of easy tiramisu mousse that you made the night before!
A spicy and sweet Asian birthday dinner
If you think your boyfriend would like something a little more sweet and spicy, he’ll love this easy Asian sweet chili sesame chicken recipe that you can serve with rice or noodles.
It’s great because you can make it in a slow cooker and just have it sit and cook while you take care of your other commitments throughout the day.
The recipe combines the flavors of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and green onions. It simmers until the chicken is nice and juicy and tender, and combined with rice or noodles, it is sure to make your boyfriend’s mouth water.
As an appetizer, you can make easy chicken egg rolls with chicken, some vegetables, ginger, garlic, egg roll wrappers, and a little oil.
These will be the perfect start to a delicious birthday meal, providing some savory flavors and a little crunch. Pair these dishes with Sauvignon Blanc or a glass of champagne!
For dessert, you can make strawberry and chocolate dumplings, which are sweet and yummy and take a very short amount of time to make. They will be the perfect ending to your Asian-inspired birthday surprise!
If you’re trying to impress your boyfriend for his birthday, there is no need to have to spend a lot of money by taking him out for a super expensive dinner.
You might have financial commitments to take care of that month, and so you’re a little tight on cash. Maybe you two have been together for a while and you always want to take him out, but would rather try something different this year!
Whatever the reason for you wanting to cook him a nice meal for his birthday, these recipes are easy and quick and will promise a delicious meal that you both can enjoy. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and it’s so true!