Date Night With HelloFreshSeptember 1, 2022
Does the idea of planning a date night stress you out? Not to worry!
We’ve put together some of our favourite date night tips, including drinks, appetizers, the perfect meal pairings, and even a romantic playlist. Text the babysitter she can stay at home and trade your uncomfortable shoes for slippers – we’ve got date night covered.
Set the mood with a romantic playlist
We all know that music can affect your mood, so getting the right vibe is key to kicking off a great evening. We’ve worked our unofficial relationship experts to create just the mix of songs to heighten the mood and share more than a few romantic glances. We’ve mixed up classics like Moon River by Andy Williams, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis, and P.S. I Love You by Billie Holiday with some new hits by the biggest names in love songs. Adele, Bruno Mars, and One Direction are sure to get your hips swaying and your lips locking.
Date night cocktails and mocktails
It’s always fun to start off date night with a fancy drink. Prepping something fancier than your typical lager (or in many cases, finishing the kids half-empty milk cup) can be a great way to set the mood. Check out three of our favourite cocktail recipes that can start the evening off right. And, if the kids are still up at this point, you can even bring them in on the fun with mocktail versions by eliminating the alcohol – they’ll get a kick out of drinks with rimming salt and fancy straws.
The Main Course:
Chop House Steaks and Creamy Mushrooms
A classic date night meal is, of course, steak and wine. Our new Chop House Steaks and Creamy Mushrooms with Potatoes, Bacon and Chive Goat Cheese is restaurant-quality, without the restaurant price. This steakhouse dinner is simple, juicy, and luxurious! Pan-seared steaks are smothered with delectable, creamy mushrooms and crisp roasted potatoes are topped with creamy chive goat cheese and bacon. Snap peas bring a bit of green to finish of a plate of amazing tastes.
Spiced Steaks and Parsley Butter
You just can’t beat this classic – but you can eat it! If you’re in the mood for steak but want to add a little kick, try our new Spiced Steaks and Parsley Butter with Creamy Bacon and Spinach Salad. The Montreal steak spice adds just the right amount of extra flavour, and the roasted potatoes are the perfect complement. We added a spinach salad for a refreshing crunch, but couldn’t resist a generous topping of crispy bacon!
We’re giving classic Argentinian-style steak a twist with creamy chimichurri, and we might just make you fall in love. Fresh herbs and garlic are mixed with mayo, vinegar and Dijon to create an irresistible dipper for your steak and potatoes. This beauty is guaranteed to pick you up at the end of a long day!
Steak and Montreal Spiced Shrimp
Surf and turf? Yes, please! With peppery Montreal steak spice sprinkling the shrimp and a dollop of garlic butter covering the seared steak, we love the savoury land and sea combination delivered in our Steak and Montreal Spiced Shrimp with Grilled Zucchini and Heirloom Tomatoes meal. With the fresh zucchini and tomato side salad, you’ll even love finishing your veggies!
Start off with a classic appetizer
When you’re at a romantic restaurant, it’s always a challenge to lay off the bread while waiting for your meal. At home, that’s not a worry. Tear off a hunk of our Crave-Worthy Garlic Bread, with its crisp crust and pillow-soft inside.
Want a side with a little more zing? You can’t go wrong with our Homestyle Jalapeño Popper Biscuits. Packed full of spicy jalapeño peppers and sharp cheddar, the real difference is the cream cheese baked right into the biscuits, delivering a smooth, mouthwatering flavour that packs a punch.
Everyone loves dessert
It can’t be date night without a mouthwatering dessert. We’ve got just the thing that takes just two minutes to prepare – perfect when your evening’s heating up, and the last thing you want to do is extra work. Chudleigh’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes are a modern twist on a retro classic. Moist cake with a huge slice of juicy pineapple, covered in tantalizing syrup? You’ll be drooling as you take every bite.
Date night tips to crank up the heat
While a standing reservation can seem romantic, it can also start to get a little stale. Try taking dinner to the park and eating al fresco! Or, take a painting class together and hang your new creations in the kitchen while making dinner. Engaging in exciting, shared leisure activities is a great way to enhance and sustain closeness in established relationships. Cooking together is a great example of things to try! Mix things up and step out of your comfort zone, and remember, have a little fun! Even if dinner gets burned, the cat spills your drink, and you’re wearing sweatpants, the important thing is that you’re together.
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