By Vicky McDonald

Fancy dinners ready in 30 minutes

Whether it's Valentine's Day, a special birthday, a first date, or an anniversary — there'll come a time when you want to spoil someone with a fancy homemade dinner. When the time does come, however, you might find yourself short on time, and need to make something fancy and quick. Never fear, we're here to help save that special occasion. Here are nine quick-and-easy recipes that will make someone feel special, and make you look like a top chef.

1. Sesame Grilled Salmon

Salmon is a great quick option for dinner, and this Asian-style marinade makes it taste exotic and delicious. This dish is perfect served with some simple noodles or rice.

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2. Bourbon Pecan Chicken

This dish looks and sounds like it comes from a fancy restaurant, but in a mere 30 minutes it could be ready in your kitchen with some mashed potatoes on the side. Yum!

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3. Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze

Make this tender steak and red wine glaze in just 20 minutes, giving you more time to enjoy dinner with that special someone. Serve with some seasonal vegetables and potatoes.

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4. Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes

This cod fillet with tomatoes, spinach and balsamic vinegar is simple and sumptuous. Serve with a fresh green salad and bread.

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5. Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Serve this creamy chicken and caper dish with some mashed potatoes to soak up all that tasty sauce.

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6. Quick and Easy Chicken Piquant

This chicken dish is deliciously sweet, salty, tangy and spicy all at once. Serve with some plain white rice.

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7. Patti's Mussels a la Mariniere

Mussels cooked in wine are so tasty, yet take just minutes to whip up. Serve with some crusty white bread and a chilled glass of white wine.

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8. Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Upgrade your regular pasta dinner with this garlicky, balsamic chicken. Serve with a glass of gutsy red wine.

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9. Tomato Basil Salmon

This tomato basil salmon is as simple as it gets, but looks super posh. Serve on a bed of pasta.

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Looking for more easy dinner ideas? Check out our Quick & Easy recipes.