Feel like you’re too busy for romance during the Christmas season? From buying and wrapping gifts to late nights and office parties, December can be a blur. Don’t let the run up to Christmas overwhelm your relationships. Take some time to slow things down and connect with your significant other. In just 30 minutes, with a few quick tips and tools, you can prepare a romantic meal for two.

Sip and savor

Settle down by the fireplace, cuddle up next to the one you love and unwind before dinner with a festive cocktail. This frozen Cranberry Lime Sparkle or a Champagne “Rose” Bonbon will do the trick if you’re looking from something frosted and fun. Or, warm things up with a cozy, non-alcoholic drink. Try Golden Milk, which uses ultra-beneficial turmeric for spice and color.

Dress things up

A simple salad makes a great starter or side-dish. Mix in your favorite greens, like kale or spinach, and toss in a hand-crafted salad dressing to brighten up the flavor and color (blend and store in your Vitamix Blending Bowls or Cups to save time). A classic Caesar Salad Dressing or Avocado Ranch Dressing creates a bold statement. For a fruit-forward flavor, try this Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette on a simple bowl of leaves.

A main course for your main squeeze

Pasta recipes are often quick and easy, but can be elevated with the right sauce. A simple Basil Walnut Pesto coats pasta with a fresh-from-the-garden flavor. Amp it up with other green vegetables like artichoke hearts, asparagus and spinach, and add a little fresh-grated Parmesan cheese on top. Or try a robust red sauce like this classic Pomodoro with spiraled courgettie or this Alfredo Sauce with fettuccine.

Delight in dessert

A study from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships links eating something sweet to heightened feelings of romance. In just 15 minutes, you can create an elegant and velvety Chocolate Espresso Fondue or oh-so-sweet White Chocolate “Cheesecake” Fondue from scratch. Indulge in fondue-covered sponge cake, marshmallows or sweet, dippable fruits (like strawberries and cherries. I. If chilled desserts are more your speed, this Strawberry Yogurt Freeze is ready to serve in about 10 minutes. Pair dessert with a warm Cappuccino and a festive cinnamon stick stirrer for the perfect end to a delicious, and romantic, meal for two.

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