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Best Meals to Cook on a First Date

Best Meals to Cook on a First Date

Dating can be a challenge sometimes, but it can also be one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do. Part of the challenge is often finding the right thing to do on a first date. If you have been in a rut when it comes to first date ideas, maybe you should try something you’ve never done before. Some people are a little nervous when it comes to cooking for someone else, but even if you haven’t done much cooking, there are some delicious meals you can prepare that will impress your date. The best part about cooking for someone else is that it gives you an opportunity to serve the person you are with, and that alone will start things off on a good note. The following are some easy but delicious things you can cook on a date with someone new.

Pasta, Bread, and Salad

    There are dozens of pasta dishes that are easy to make but taste really great. You can buy noodles for any kind of pasta at your grocery store; for example, you can make fettuccine Alfredo pasta with mostly pre-made ingredients. Buy the pasta and the sauce, and then grill up some chicken to place on top, add a salad, and then you have a nice meal. Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken can be made in thirty minutes.

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    Recipes of Fettuccine Alfredo pasta

    Enchiladas and Rice

      Most people love Mexican food, and many Mexican dishes are simple to make, for instance enchiladas are as easy to prepare as they are delicious. All you need is to grill chicken with enchilada seasoning, and then wrap the chicken and some cheese in a soft tortilla. You can buy enchilada sauce at the store to pour over the enchiladas, then prepare rice and put it all in a baking container to bake. Add black beans to the mix to have the perfect meal.

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      Recipes of Enchiladas and Rice

      Grilled Meats

        Before cooking for anyone, it’s always a good idea to find out if your date is a vegetarian. If not, grilling anything can be an easy thing to do. Go to the store and pick up some chicken, burgers, or fish, and add the appropriate seasoning for the centerpiece of your meal. Simply add a salad, rice, or potatoes, and your meal will be filling and perfect.

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        Recipes of Grilled Meat

        Buffet-Style Salad

          If you want to be healthy, you can always create a salad bar in your home. Buy a few heads of lettuce and chop them up nicely, and then buy a wide-selection of vegetables. You can make homemade salad dressing with dressing mixes you can buy at the store. You can also grill up some chicken slices and boil some eggs in order to add protein to the mix of salad bar options. Most people will enjoy a hearty salad, and you could bake some brownies for desert.

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          Recipes of Buffet style recipes

          Cooking can be a great way to win over a person’s heart. If you have made a meal for a date, that can be a great way to start off the conversation. Your effort to make the evening special for someone you are just getting to know will create a wonderful setting for you both to get to know each other. So, take a chance and cook for your next date.

          Featured photo credit:  Woman In Love On Romantic DatePasta alfredo with chicken,  Enchilada Dinnergrilled meat and mug of beerBuffet style salad via Shutterstock

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          12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

          12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

          I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

          BS.

          After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

          Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

          I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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          There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

          Using Chemical Hair Dye

          I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

          Smoking

          Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

          Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

          When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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          If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

          Using Chemical Household Cleaners

          If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

          Using Mothballs

          When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

          Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

          I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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          Neglecting My Physical Health

          In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

          Drinking Alcohol

          Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

          De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

          I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

          Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

          I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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          Buying the Wrong Food

          I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

          While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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