Looking for ideas for a date night at home? I have you covered!
I love cooking a special meal for a date night in. If my husband gets to choose the menu, it’s always grilled steaks and my grandma’s sweet potato casserole (which I’ll post one of these days!) every single time. When I get to choose the menu, things take a slightly more creative turn.
Truthfully, we aren’t the husband and wife who cook together. I often cook while Longe stands by. He’ll offer to help, but the help I most appreciate is help with the dishes! 🙂
I hear other couples cook together nightly, which sounds lovely. We just aren’t those people! If you do, I will say, it helps to have a “head chef” and a “sous chef”. Delegate the recipe reading to one person, and then they can assign tasks as necessary as the cooking begins. This will avoid any issues with having too many cooks in the kitchen! Setting the table and pouring wine are perfectly acceptable tasks to be completed, too.
Speaking of wine, make sure to have that or your drink of choice in hand while cooking! Set the mood with music (we like Dinner Soul Radio on Pandora). And I highly recommend putting your phones away for the evening. 🙂
Here are the five menu ideas for date night in:
Meyer Lemon & Asparagus Risotto with Seared Salmon
Classy, elegant, and great for having two cooks in the kitchen. One partner can focus on the risotto while the other preps the salmon and a green salad for the side.
Swordfish with Tomato Olive Relish & Spicy Roasted Green Beans
We don’t often buy swordfish, which is a little more expensive than other fish. But that makes it perfect for date night—it’s a little out-of-the-ordinary. The tomato olive relish is made entirely in the blender (super easy!) and the whole dish pairs well with either quinoa or rice.
Roasted Salmon with Mango & Avocado Salsa
Coconut Rice and Garlic Roasted Broccoli
My brother Jonathan and his wife Ashley make this one frequently. It’s healthy and colorful, and the salmon pairs really nicely with the coconut rice (which is simple rice cooked in coconut milk) and the garlic roasted broccoli. You could also sub a green salad for the broccoli.
Chicken Souvlaki with Golden Rice
Classic Greek Salad
Longe and I enjoyed these dishes on our honeymoon in Greece, and so it’s fun to remember that time and enjoy the flavorful food. Everything is so colorful and there are enough steps and ingredients that you won’t be stepping on each other’s toes in the kitchen. Don’t miss the tzatziki recipe that pairs with the Chicken Souvlaki!
Cuban Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Church Lady Salad (or a Simple Green Salad)
Longe and I had steak chimichurri at a Cuban restaurant called Havana in West Palm Beach, Florida. We loved it so much that I recreated it when we returned home. A butcher recently enlightened me about using inside skirt steak for this recipe, which is more tender than outside skirt steak. I get inside skirt steak every time now!
Finally, don’t forget dessert for date night at home! I’m perfectly happy relying on a bakery to make a special treat like a mini cake or tart. I prefer to focus on the dinner food itself. But if you’re up for making another course, I have a recipe for Easy Bread Pudding for Two coming tomorrow! And ice cream lovers will adore Mississippi Mud Ice Cream Pie.