Is it just us, or are you tired of the pricey restaurants offering more or less the same food you always eat? Don’t you think that when you go out on a date, it should be something different, something special, and something out of the world for the one that you love? We think so too. There are so many ways that a couple can have the time of their lives.
For couples that are health conscious and avoid going to restaurants, they no longer have to avoid dinner dates, because we have a few top pick recipes for those couples that they could execute at home and have the times of their lives. We understand how boring routine dinner date ideas can become which is why we have creative, fun, and even romantic dinner date ideas for couples who are looking to spend time together!
Homemade and Healthy Dinner Date Ideas
1. Lemon Garlic Shrimp:
Are you and your better half on a strict diet and that has made date nights a rarity? You don’t have to worry about that anymore as this easily cooked homemade dish is both healthy and delicious and a memorable one for you and your partner to try at home! For your diet driven days, we give you the scrumptious Lemon Garlic Shrimp dish.
The ingredients you will need for this simple dish are
- 2 tbsp. butter, divided
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced,
- plus juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- 2 tbsp. dry white wine (or water)
- Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
In a skillet melt butter and add peeled and deveined shrimps along with oil, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir occasionally for a few minutes until they change color. Add remaining lemons, wine (or water), and butter to the shrimps. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices to get the finished dish!
You can easily make this at home, and if you want to spice things up, make sure you two cook together. Combine this with a few glasses of wine, and some candles, and you have the healthiest date you could ever think of.
2. Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
Craving for something sweet and sour, with as minimum calories as possible? The Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon is the one dish for you! We understand that this may sound a bit intimidating to cook, but the truth is once you become accustomed to the method, this will be your go-to recipe for all upcoming dinner dates where you both wish to stay home and eat!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup honey,
- ½ cup soy sauce,
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice,
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes,
- ¾ tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil,
- 2 6-oz. salmon fillets,
- Kosher salt to taste,
- ground black pepper,
- 1 ½ cloves garlic, crushed,
- ½ lemon sliced,
- for garnishing some freshly chopped parsley.
In a bowl combine honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and soy sauce together. In a skillet, heat some oil and place the salmon fillets in it skin side up, and season with salt and pepper while cooking each side for 6 minutes. Pour the honey mixture in the skillet, while basting salmon with the mixture, cook until it reduces to 1/3 of the sauce. Finally garnish with lemon slices and parsley and serve hot.
With cooking at home, you can make a dish as healthy as you want it to be.
You could use your own choice of oil and as little as you want to use, along with having the flavors according to your own preferences.
3. Balsamic Glazed Roasted Cauliflower
This has to one of the best balsamic cauliflower dishes we have ever come across, and it can be a healthy replacement to your traditional roasted chicken dinners. All you need in this dish is a large cauliflower along with some onions and tomatoes, sprinkle of any oil of your preference, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar.
For this dish you will need:
- 1 large head cauliflower,
- 1 ½ cup tomatoes,
- ½ medium red onion,
- 1 lb. green beans,
- some kosher salt,
- 1 ½ tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
- , ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar,
- 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley to garnish the end product.
Begin by preheating the oven at 400 degrees, while putting together balsamic vinegar and brown sugar together in a pan and bringing it to a simmer. Once you place the cauliflower on a large baking dish surrounded by tomatoes and onions, which you will season with salt and pepper. You will glaze the balsamic vinegar sauce over the cauliflower and toss it in the oven for an hour.
With these easily available ingredients, you can have a dish that stays with you and your partner for a long time! It can take a little longer to cook, but the end result is so healthy and special that your date night would turn amazing, just because of the food you put on the table for your loved one.
4. One-Pan Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus:
Are you too tired to stay in the kitchen and make a lavish dinner for your dinner date tonight? DO you want to avoid going out and investing in high-calorie food items? DO you want to cook something yourself for your loved one and make it as special as possible? This one-pan meal is the answer to all your worries! It is easy to cook, and it doesn’t take much of your time for the preparation.
For this, you will need
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar,
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- , 2 tbsp. honey,
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard,
- 3 cloves crushed garlic,
- a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes,
- 3 lb. chicken breast tenders,
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste,
- 2 lb. asparagus,
- 2 pt. cherry tomatoes cut in halves.
In a skillet heat oil, and add chicken season it with salt and pepper, cook each side for 3-4 minutes, then remove from pan. Add asparagus and tomatoes to the same pan, and season with salt and pepper and cook until asparagus turns bright green. Prepare a vinaigrette by combining balsamic, some oil, honey, mustard, garlic, and red pepper flakes until combined, put the chicken back in the pan and pour the vinaigrette over the chicken. Add asparagus and tomatoes, combine well and serve.
Creative Dinner Date Ideas for Two
5. Try Do it yourself Restaurants
We know how monotonous dinner dates can become for two people in love: the same placing an order, and then waiting for your food and making small talk. We understand how important it can be to have an engaging dinner date, and how difficult it can be to achieve it. We would highly recommend you to go visit a restaurant that offers you the option to self-create your dishes. It may sound weird, but this is a culture developing nowadays.
A lot of restaurants out there are offering these services, and while it may sound different and a little weird, you can find it to be more indulging than just sitting and talking from across a table. So go out there and have fun creating your own food together!
6. Try something new:
We know how difficult deciding on food can be for couples. We also know how many of you end up going to the same restaurants over and over again, and some of you settle for pizza every time because that’s all you could agree on! How about you both try something you haven’t tried at all? If you’ve never had sushi, walk up to a restaurant and try it.
We aren’t promising that you will always like the experiences, but we are guarantying a night full of fun and surprises to remember for a long long time! You might even come to love the new things that you try together. You can laugh over the choices you make later, these can be stories that you tell for a lifetime.
7. Try street food
What could be more challenging than changing the choice of food you eat? This time, instead of heading out to a fancy restaurant try getting fancied up, and go to the park, and have truck food! It might not be the healthiest option, but the stroll in the park, sharing some tacos, or burritos on the park bench can have a very sensual effect on your relationship in the long run. Sometimes, we fail to realize how we don’t want the big things, the fancy restaurants; instead, we want some along peaceful time with the people we love.
Truck food will also expose you to cultures that you haven’t explored before if you and your partner are people that connect on an intellectual level than you can have something to talk about over food!
Romantic Dinner Date Ideas
8. Get your food delivered and watch a movie
Going out and having dinner in a restaurant, or going out for a movie followed by dinner is mainstream things that all couples do. How about you say in, order your favorite food and watch a movie that you have been putting off for a long time? You don’t have to be in your PJs to do that, you could dress up for each other, and have the date you always want but instead of out in public you get to have your date at home.
You could enjoy a comedy movie, or watch a romantic movie together. While this is as simple as it gets, you would be surprised to see how romantic small, and simple things can be when you are with people that you absolutely adore.
9. Candlelight dinner in the backyard
Who doesn’t like a good candlelight dinner with the people that we love? We would highly recommend that on a day when your partner is working a long shift, surprise them with a candlelight dinner in your balcony or your backyard. Make the dinner, cook something special (to cook their favorite food would be highly advisable) and set up the table as if in a fancy restaurant. Remember to get dressed and look great for them.
The idea is to share the beautifully vast sky, and the moonlight, and the sound of the wind while you enjoy your dinner and each other’s company. This has to be one of the most romantic date ideas we have ever come across – and we can assure you, you will be impressed with how happy your partner is going to be with this.
10. A long drive and dinner
Most of you people would prefer going out and eating, instead of staying home – we understand that date nights are often your escape from your repetitive routines. Instead of going to a nearby restaurant we strongly urge that you kick start your dinner date a little early and go for a long drive. Drive as far as possible, and try out strange restaurants in areas you’ve never been too.
The food might not always be amazing, but the experience and the time spent together will always be worthwhile. The road trip can be your quality alone time with your partner, the two of you could talk during the ride, or sing along to silly songs playing on the radio. You will have the time of your life.
We can understand how difficult it is to choose the idea for your perfect date with the person that you love. We know that you want it to be as special as possible. In the aforementioned article, we have described a few dinner date recipes, along with ideas that will make your dinner dates fun, creative and new. You will start having the times of your lives once you try some of these ideas.
For people who are looking for a romantic escape, we urge them to cook together, embrace the world around them, or go on a long drive. Trying something new could always be an experience that you keep with you forever. While it’s not always difficult to give yourself a healthy but romantic dinner date night with your partner.