Date night is great, isn’t it? That being said, so many go-to date options are just flat-out boring or uninspired. Cooking for each other is a great way to change things up. This kind of date shows off your creativity and is much more about the fun and activeness versus just sitting at a restaurant. If you’re not the world’s best cook, don’t worry. Here’s what you need to know to pull off a cooking-themed date night with class.
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Cooking for your date doesn’t have to be about showing them you’re the next Top Chef. In fact, keep the recipes simple. You don’t want to be that guy who’s running all over the kitchen trying to piece together the perfect meal while your date is just sitting there bored out of her mind. This date works because it’s an easy way to show that you care and are making an effort. And, if you get in over your head, you can always get your date to help out.
Salads are the obvious start for any meal, but for good reason. There are nearly limitless variations and they make the best out of what’s in season. When making a salad for date night, stay away from the traditional. Nobody finds a caesar salad exciting. Also steer clear of leafy greens, they can get stuck in you and your date’s teeth… not attractive. Instead, go for a salad with hearty ingredients, like a tomato and cucumber salad. It’s refreshing, easy to make, and a good change of pace. Just chop up some tomatoes and cucumbers, throw in some feta and olives and a splash of olive oil and you’re ready to go.
Cook This: Cucumber and Tomato Salad
You’re probably thinking to yourself, isn’t steak a little weird to make for a date with your significant other? Actually, no. Steak is a great date night food and here’s why. First off, it’s delicious. Second, it’s easy to cook. You don’t have to worry about undercooked meat like you do with chicken, and testing the doneness is as simple as feeling how the meat springs back when you touch it with your finger. Thirdly, steak is one of those things that you can cook in an almost endless number of ways. Throw it on the grill with some chimichurri sauce or slice it up for some tacos and you’ll have a winner either way.
Cook This: Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
At this stage, it might be tempting to just pull out some half-eaten ice cream from the freezer and call that dessert. Don’t. Semifreddo is one of the easiest desserts out there because you get to make it in advance. It’s as simple as mixing up some eggs, cream, and ingredients like fruit or chocolate and letting them freeze together. When it comes out, it’ll look like you spent all day on it. Just don’t tell her the freezer did most of the work.
Cook This: Lemon Semifreddo
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