8 easy date night recipes

Want to enjoy a romantic dinner without needing to hire a sitter? Have a great meal at home with these easy, delicious date night recipes.

8 easy date night recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Leek and Shrimp Potstickers

Tonight your appetizer is leek and shrimp snuggled up in a dumpling wrapper. This recipe makes 40 pieces, so if you want this savoury, two-bite treat to be your main, you do you. Get the recipe: Leek and Shrimp Potstickers

Plate with potstickers, chopsticks and soy sauce to dipPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Veal Saltimbocca

Thinly sliced veal cooks up in a hurry, so if kids are attending this date night, they won’t be fussed waiting for their gourmet dinner to be ready. Serve alongside sauteed veggies because balance. Get the recipe: Veal Saltimbocca

plate of veal cutlets, fresh sage and grilled zucchiniPhoto: Andrew Grinton


Chicken Caesar Pizza

Date night meals don’t need to be fussy. This pizza is delicious and made with that rotisserie chicken you picked up on the way home from work in a panic because you forgot you needed to feed your family. And look at this hack: salad on TOP of pizza. Genius. Get the recipe: Chicken Caesar Pizza

Plate of chicken pizza topped with shredded romaine lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Sheet Pan Sesame Salmon and Broccoli

Impressive enough for date night but easy enough for every other day of the week, may we present your new gourmet go-to. Juicy salmon with perfectly seasoned veg, ready on one tray. Minimal effort, maximum payoff. We likey. Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Sesame Salmon and Broccoli

Salmon, broccoli and mushrooms on a sheet pan

Pasta Carbonara

Look at you Lady and the Tramp-ing with this Italian dish. It’s a classic and such a cinch: spaghetti, egg, cream, Parm and bacon. Get the recipe: Pasta Carbonara

pasta carbonaraPhoto: Erik Putz


SPONSORED: Grilled Turkey and Garlic Lemon Arugula Salad

Get the recipe: Grilled Turkey and Garlic Lemon Arugula Salad 

8 easy date night recipesPhoto courtesy of Ontario Turkey

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Here’s a little treat to eat while you cozy up and watch Netflix. Here’s the deal: peanut butter, icing sugar and melted chocolate. Pretty good, right? Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Pink sheet with three chocolate balls topped with sprinkles and crushed nutsPhoto: Craig Boyko

Malted Milk-Chocolate Semifreddo

Is it ice cream or is it mousse? It’s kind of both. Semifreddo is a partially frozen dessert that’s not going to give you brain freeze. This chocolatey version, with malt balls for crunch, is the perfect way to cap off a yummy stay-at-home dinner. Get the recipe: Malted Milk-Chocolate Semifreddo

loaf of chocolate semifreddo with malted chocolate balls on topPhoto: Maya Visnyei
This article was originally published on Feb 12, 2019

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