Dinner dates at home can be loads of fun when you plan the perfect menu. From quick and easy meals to gourmet buffets and backyard barbecues, you’ll find plenty of dinner date ideas that will create just the right atmosphere for fun and friendly banter. But before you plan the after-dinner stargazing, you’ll want a delicious dinner that brings your tastebuds to life.
Check out these healthy and delicious dinner date ideas to cook at home:
1. Seafood Lover’s Feast
If your dinner date loves seafood as much as you do, plan a menu with creamy shrimp pasta as the main course and make crab legs — it only takes 15 minutes — for an appetizer. Since crab legs are packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, you’ll be creating a delicious and healthy carb/protein balance. And save time with frozen seafood delivery — you can get crab leg delivery right to your front door!
Add other healthy food options with a side salad and serve potatoes — mashed, roasted, or baked. Be sure to offer all the tasty toppings for your baked potatoes such as bacon, shredded cheese, sour cream, etc. And if you’re thinking of what to serve for the dinner finale, does lemon cheesecake or key lime pie make your mouth water?
2. Grilled Chicken On the Barbie
Put your grilling apron on! This scrumptious Grilled Chicken on-the-Barbie dinner will be unforgettable when you serve it with roasted vegetables. This budget-friendly option can also be served with shrimp scampi or you might like a bowl of tomato bisque. For a healthy dessert, try roasted pineapple and serve it as a kabob with strawberry and kiwi. Add a creamy fruit dip for a dreamy taste that will leave you savoring the flavor with each bite. Make sure you plan your menu at least a couple of days before your dinner date and save time by taking advantage of grocery delivery.
3. Flatbread Pizza Bake Off
Test your relationship skills in the kitchen by making this dinner together. It takes approximately an hour from start to finish to make a homemade pizza. That’s perfect timing for enjoying this meal prep together. You might want to serve a quick and easy appetizer of cheesy breadsticks and marinara or bruschetta. In addition, you might like a side salad or keep it simple with a bowl of greens and Italian dressing. Make a dish of Tiramisu the day before so you’ll have dessert ready to enjoy with a warm cup of coffee after dinner. And don’t forget your favorite wine!
4. Mexican Food Fiesta for Two
Pop the top off that Corona and spread some cheer with a Mexican food fiesta! Since Mexican food is one of the easiest and tastiest dinner options — not to mention its popularity — you just can’t go wrong when planning this menu for a dinner date. And the varieties of Mexican dishes that you can make are almost as limitless as the salsa at Chipotle’s. Here are a few to consider for a healthy and delicious dinner date:
- Vegetarian Enchiladas
- Fish Tacos
- Margarita Chicken
- Beefy Nachos
- Shrimp Tostadas
- Steak Fajitas
Plan Your Menu Ahead and Relax
A few days before your dinner date, plan your menu and search for dinner recipes that will fit the atmosphere you’re aiming to create. Stick with easy recipes and consider foregoing any hot or spicy dishes that might not set well with your date. And remember to plan an after-dinner activity such as trivia or making your 10-year bucket list. Good food and lively conversation will certainly make for a memorable evening!