36 Romantic Dinner Ideas That’ll Set the ~Mood~ Just Right

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Okay so how many “date nights” so far this year have you spent ordering in takeout, sitting on the couch, Netflixing, chilling, etc. etc.?! It’s time to switch it up a bit. Hear me out: What if the date was the dinner-making process, and you used it as an opportunity for things to get a little, idk, ~spicy~ in the kitchen?

No one’s saying you have to attempt a beef bourguignon and chocolate soufflé situation together—I don’t know anyone who has the attention span for that. But hey, what about a buff chicken bowl, or even some classic breakfast for dinner? That way, you won’t even need to do that thing where you pass off your secret Seamless order as a homemade Michelin-starred meal (though we have all been there). Nor does it mean you have to cancel the evening and reschedule after you’ve taken a full-blown cooking course.

Doable, fancy-looking, delicious romantic dinners DO exist. We know because we scoured the interwebs to find alll the right recipes to make your date night amazing. It doesn’t even matter if you both are lacking in Ina Garten-level skills. This can be a fun, experimental project you can create together, and it doesn’t even matter if it doesn’t come out perfectly.

Just take a breath, do a shot of tequila if you’re feeling the pre-date jitters, and scroll through this list of romantic dinner ideas. Our menu of date night recipes that you both can totally cook includes vegan options, lots of Italian things (in case you’re feeling ambitious and wanna whip up a pasta dish *and* a truffle oil pizza), a fancy grilled cheese, some Korean BBQ, and so much more. You got this!

1. Portobello Mushrooms with Truffle Mash

Whether you’re vegetarian right now or not, you will wanna make the switch after you eat this. It basically tastes like steak, but instead it’s portobello mushrooms in disguise alongside some super decadent truffle-infused mashed potatoes.

Get the recipe at HelloFresh.

2. Marry Me Chicken

I meann, the name says it all. Sun-dried tomatoes, chicken thighs, and a creamy sauce, that’s pretty much all ya need to make date night perfect.

Get the recipe at Delish.

3. Pasta with Savory Jack Sausage and Parmesan

If you’ve never had orecchiette, tonight’s the night. And in a sage butter sauce? Omg. Plus, you’d never know it’s actually plant-based jackfruit instead of sausage (yay, vegan swaps!).

Get the recipe at Jack & Annie’s.

4. Seared Scallops and Mushroom Risotto

You two are about to be eating good tn…This fancy scallop risotto recipe is a meal you’d probably get out at a restaurant for an anniversary, but now you can also recreate that right at home.

Get the recipe at Blue Apron.

5. Thai Green Curry

Things are about to get spicy, in the best way possible. You can recreate your fave Thai takeout meal (and also, it’s vegan).

Get the recipe at SerenaLoves.com.

Find more recipe ideas here.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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