Spice Up Dinner With Haylie Duff’s Romantic Date Night Feast

07/02/2014 at 04:04 PM ET

Haylie Duff Recipes
Justin Coit

When Haylie Duff is planning the menu for at an-home date night with fiancé Matt Rosenberg, spending hours in a hot kitchen is the last thing on her mind. Instead, she chooses foods that are simple to prepare but deliver lots of flavor.

“I’m all about using what you already have in your house, without a ton of steps and ingredients,” Duff tells PEOPLE in the July 14th issue, on newsstands Friday. “It’s all about keeping it easy so you actually want to do it.”

Her menu of herb-crusted rack of lamb, spicy yogurt cauliflower, and peaches with yogurt and pistachios took no time at all, she says in the exclusive video below. Just as importantly, it satisfied the couple’s eating styles — she’s a foodie, he’s more meat-and-potatoes and admits he only began eating vegetables in 2012, when he and Duff started dating.

Says Rosenberg, a T-shirt entrepreneur, “She definitely has opened up what I’m willing to eat. My diet was very bland and now I’m eating stuff like octopus — stuff you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to try three years ago.” He also counts Duff’s roasted brussels sprouts with mustard as a favorite.

Her cauliflower recipe is simple and free from hard-to-find ingredients. “I had gotten a cauliflower at the farmer’s market and needed to use it up, and I just started putting random things from my refrigerator into a bowl and came up with an awesome dressing that you drizzle over roasted cauliflower. It has a ton of flavors — turmeric, chili powder, sesame oil, capers, olive oil and yogurt.

“I was so obsessed when I tasted it and thought, ‘I have to make this again because it’s so good,” said the cookbook author whose TV show, “Real Girl’s Kitchen,” launched in June.

Ready to throw some spice into your next date night? Try her delicious cauliflower recipe now — and see her entire menu in new issue of PEOPLE .

Haylie Duff Recipes
Justin Coit

Spicy Yogurt Cauliflower
Makes 3 to 4 servings

¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp. capers, chopped
1 tbsp. finely chopped chives
1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. roasted chili paste, (optional)
1 clove minced garlic
2 pinches ground turmeric
1 pinch chili powder
1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and separated into florets

1.Preheat oven to 400˚. Whisk together olive oil and next 9 ingredients; set aside.

2. Arrange cauliflower on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at
400F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden, stirring once after 10 minutes. Transfer pan to
wire rack. Drizzle cauliflower with olive oil mixture; toss gently. Serve immediately.

—Nancy Mattia, reporting by Catherine Kast

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Melg on

Love the serving bowl with the cauliflower! Where can I purchase the bowl?

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