I actually do something very similar with my partner, haha. Movie night and home cooked meals rock! :3
I like making a lot of things, but some favorites include:
- Breakfast-Veggie-Chickpea Miso (http://www.wholeliving.com/151386/break ... -chickpeas
- Sesame Tofu Soba Noodles (http://damndelicious.net/2013/10/09/tof ... ba-noodles
- Green Beans and Almonds (http://chefmichaelsmith.com/recipe/brow ... d-almonds/
- Chicken Stew (made up recipe using chicken stock, stewed tomatoes, potatoes/other veggies, parsley/italian spices, served on a bed of pasta with a light layer of parmasean cheese)
- Cornflake breaded porkchops with apple sauce (use cinnamon on your apple sauce if you're making it in the microwave adds a little extra punch)
- Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Mango (if available) or Peach Chutney
This is a recipe I learned from my mom but it basically requires (2 tbsp Chili Powder, 1 Tbsp Cumin, 1 teaspn salt, 1 teaspn sugar, 1/2 teaspn black pepper. Rub into the meat and wrap, fridge it for an hour then cook in an oven at about 375 F.) Chutney is basically chopped red onions, tomato, cilantro, and peaches or mangoes (or both!). Drizzle with olive oil and is served cold.
- 1 Pot Steamed Chicken (another home recipe! Requires Sesame Oil, Salt/Pepper, Ginger, Soy sauce (very little)). Basically you cook your rice in a pot and when it's about halfway done (enough for you to barely see some loose grains poking up from the bubbles) drop in some Chinese Sausage (in halves) and your chicken you just covered in sesame oil/ginger, and cook the rest of the way.
Speaking of maple syrup, combining it with Dijon mustard can make for a great salmon marinade.
*Edited because I should probably note I'm lactose intolerant so the recipes that I've put up will generally not give anyone that also is LI an attack*