Date Night In: 5 Things to Cook Together

There are plenty of benefits to cooking with your partner. It gives you a chance to bond, work on your communication, and teach each other something new. Cooking together also saves money! Don’t worry about being a gourmet chef! I’ve found 5 dishes that are beginner friendly and don’t require buying new cookware.

  1. Seared Salmon Salad

This salad came from Blue Apron so all the ingredients were included. However, you can easily buy the ingredients at the grocery store without a Blue Apron subscription. This is a great dish if one or both of you are attempting to eat healthy. I shared my experience making this dish with PJ in a previous post.

  1. Chicken Ramen

Remember that cup of noodles you ate in college? This ain’t it. I was late to the ramen party but ever since I tasted REAL ramen I’ve been obsessed. This is a really easy chicken ramen recipe to follow that you can adjust depending on your taste. While one of you focuses on making the broth the other can prepare the chicken and the vegetables. The best part is all the ingredients to make this dish are less than $10.

  1. Pizza

Pizza is a my and PJ’s favorite food. Since we aren’t able to get NY style pizza in the DC area as often as we’d like we started to make our own! Pizza is easy to make, and you probably already have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry for the crust. Once you make the crust you can add whatever you want and go from there.

  1. Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Create your own Taco Tuesday at home with this dupe recipe for Bonefish Grill’s famous Bang Bang Shrimp tacos. Tacos are simple and quick to make but this recipe takes them to another level. Add some chips and salsa, homemade guacamole, and some margaritas to make it feel like you’re at your favorite Mexican restaurant.

  1. Breakfast/Brunch

When you think about cooking together you assume it means dinner, but making breakfast can be just as romantic (especially if it’s the morning after ;-). Turn it into a Sunday brunch by making your own mimosas! You can keep it simple with some pancakes or get fancy and make a frittata. Guarantee you won’t go to brunch ever again. Just kidding! Some of my favorite brunch dishes to make at home are chicken and waffles, pancakes, and French toast.

What are some dishes you’ve cooked for or with a date? Share the recipes below!


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  1. All of these meals sound good together and this is a very good idea, I enjoyed reading your post. Simple, quick, and easy to clean up, so that you have more time to enjoy each others company.

  2. Cooking together is such a great date night – you get to bond and eat great food! Last year, my fiancé and I celebrated our anniversary by making bacon mac & cheese, Hennessey chicken wings, and Smore’s brownies together. Yum!

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