Winter Date-Night Dinner Ideas

Roasted Radish Salad with Butter-Thyme DressingNaturally Ella

In the grand scheme of weeks, my husband and I don’t get out
very much. We work, we hang out with our son, we repeat. However,
our times after our son goes to bed are ones we cherish. It’s the
time we unwind. The time we connect with each other about our day.
That time is extremely special.

While most nights we eat dinner as a family, some nights I
reserve for a ‘date night’. We spend our unwinding around the
table, enjoying a meal that’s a bit more involved than our normal
dinners. Most of the time I prep ahead and finish while my husband
is working his way through bedtime routine. This way, when he’s
done, we’re ready to eat.

Think of these ideas as more of a starting place. I just worked
my way through the archives and picked out the recipes I most
enjoy. Everything has a main, a side vegetable, a salad, and
dessert. Every meal is loaded with vegetables and I’m relying on my
friends to bring the dessert (because we all have to play to our
strengths!)

Berbere Chickpeas and Chard with FarroNaturally Ella

No 1. The Unusual Flavors Date-Night Dinner.

I’m leading with this set, primarily because it uses some bolder
flavors and some less-common produce. I love the spice level with
the berbere seasoning and the balance of the tender turnips. Plus,
I know people are often looking for more recipes with chard and
turnips. Best of all, you could easily swap out the chard and just
use turnip greens (a bit more on the bitter side but would work
well with the flavor of the berbere!)

Pumpkin Paneer CurryNaturally Ella

No 2. Curry, forever.

I feel like one of the ways I show a person I love them is by
making fried cheese. Sometimes that fried cheese is used in tacos,
other times, it’s curry. This pumpkin curry has a smooth, velvety
sauce which I like to balance with a bit of heat from the chili
roasted broccoli.


Lentil Broccoli Bites with Lemon Cream Sauce

No 3. A Variation ‘Meat’ and Potatoes.

My husband was never a ‘meat and potato’ kind of guy. However, I
find that it’s hard to always escape my Midwestern food upbringing.
These dishes are about as close as I get. Lentil bites smothered in
a cream sauce provide the ‘meat’ while the romesco potato salad
stands in for a more traditional mashed potato.


No 4. Vegan.

I think this might be one of my favorites. This vegan meal shows
you don’t need to overload a veg meal with cheese. The risotto’s
creaminess comes from a delicious walnut cream while the spicy
cauliflower and avocado salad help balance the richness.

Kale Pasta with Sunflower Cream SauceNaturally Ella

No 5. Lemons, Winter’s friend

Winter in California is all about citrus. I love the sunflower
cream sauce with the pasta. It’s bright, light, and vegan. Paired
with a beautiful persimmon salad and a fun take on beets; it’s hard
to go wrong. This meal is sure to put a smile on your face.


Spinach and Red Lentil Masala@naturallyella

No 6. Flavor for all.

Finally, I like to come in with big flavor. Nearly everyone who
makes the lentils find it becomes a staple. The flavor is amazing
and it’s one of the more filling vegetarian mains. I like to
balance this with a lot of vegetables. The green beans are a nice,
easy side while the radish salad showcases this beautiful vegetable
in a unique and fun way. Don’t miss the teff brownies either- they
probably should have been dessert for every meal.

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Winter Date-Night Dinner Ideas



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