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Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with your significant other and experiment with new recipes. Cooking with your other half can build intimacy, connection and teamwork.
These meals will elevate your date night and make you feel like you’re enjoying fine dining in the comfort of your own home.
1. Butternut Squash Pasta
Butternut squash pasta can take your date night to the next level. This comforting meal has sausage, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, squash, onion, garlic, and a blend of herbs and spices. Butternut squash is a divine dinner option that will make you feel like a gourmet chef.
You can use whatever pasta you want in this recipe, but it calls for mini penne. Goat cheese is the most vital ingredient in this delightful meal. It’s a little sweet and spicy and pairs perfectly with a glass of chardonnay.
2. General Tso’s Chicken Salad
Have you ever had General Tso’s chicken on a salad? Chinese food fans will love this variation that’s the perfect meal to devour while binge-watching Netflix. Try this recipe instead of opting for takeout.
The fresh ingredients make this a healthy date night option that provides excellent flavor and texture. Sweet mandarin oranges mixed with romaine lettuce, almonds and carrots make this an easy meal, giving you and your partner more time to eat and enjoy your evening.
3. Citrus-Glazed Salmon
Citrus-glazed salmon is a healthy gourmet meal with simple ingredients, making it perfect for date night. Citrus adds an intriguing twist to your salmon, making it tangy yet sweet. All you need for this recipe is brown sugar, lemon, orange, butter, and salt and pepper.
Zest two lemons and one orange and combine them with brown sugar and salt and pepper to make the glaze for the salmon. You can make this recipe on your grill, in your oven or in an air fryer.
4. Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Creamy Tuscan chicken is an Italian favorite that will make your date night fancy and flavorful. It’s perfect for those nights when you want comfort food and you’re pressed for time since you can make this recipe in half an hour.
All you need are chicken breasts, a few seasonings, heavy cream, chicken broth, tomato paste, butter, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. You can use cherry tomatoes instead of sun-dried — just cook them until they burst. Whether you serve Tuscan chicken over pasta, rice or potatoes, it will tantalize your taste buds and likely leave you wanting more.
5. Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps
Thai-style peanut chicken wraps are the perfect date night recipe if you want to spend time collaborating in the kitchen. It has a more extensive list of ingredients and takes more preparation. Remember, cooking brings couples closer together.
You can make the marinade for the chicken up to 24 hours before preparing this recipe or you can wait and let it refrigerate for 20 minutes. The marinade consists of light coconut milk and chilli sauce. You wrap the chicken in large Swiss chard leaves to create these Thai-style peanut chicken wraps with the remaining ingredients like English cucumber, fresh ginger, crunchy peanut butter and carrots.
6. Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Gather and combine ingredients for this low-calorie meal with your partner. You’ll need onions, rice, seasonings, ground turkey, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella. This would be a fun recipe to make to enhance your teamwork skills. One person can divide the bell peppers while the other makes the filling.
You can serve these as an appetizer or have them as your main course. The melted cheese on top of the peppers provides extra protein. You can substitute the rice for quinoa, lentils, a vegetable mix or a small pasta like orzo. You can add whatever other ingredients or toppings you want. This provides an opportunity for you to get creative and show off your culinary skills to your partner.
Winter Date Night Recipes
Cooking with your partner can enhance your bond and strengthen your relationship. New recipes allow you to learn together, foster effective communication and nurture teamwork skills. Utilize these recipes to maximize your connection with your partner and have fun in the kitchen this winter.
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Oscar Collins is the managing editor at Modded, where he writes about cars, fitness, the outdoors and more. Check out @TModded for regular updates!
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