37 Date Night In Meal Ideas

So, yes, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Yay!!

How are you celebrating the day? Or are you doing anything at all?

Kyle and I always keep this holiday pretty chill. We make dinner at home.

There isn’t a lot of fanfare. No cards. Sometimes there’s chocolate.

But there’s always always ALWAYS dessert!! Are you surprised?

Valentine’s Day is always our favorite date night in and excuse for a decadent dessert! And now with Riley, we have even more of a reason to cook something delicious at home and then snuggle up under a blanket.

Meal Ideas to Cook for a Date Night In

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a bunch of requests from you guys asking for date night in meal ideas. We’re always on the same page!

So I put together a list of recipes that you can cook for a date night in. As always, these are recipes we’ve made in our own kitchen.

They are recipes we’ve made often more than once (and sometimes more times than I can count!) and I can guarantee that they are delicious.

This list of ideas for what you can cook for your next date night in is broken into 3 categories:

  • Appetizers
  • Main Course with some Side Dish suggestions
  • Dessert

You can mix and match the recipes from each of the categories to make your perfect meal! Shall we get started?!

P.S. – If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can always browse through my recipes in each category below right here: Appetizers | Main Course | Dessert

Date Night In: Appetizers

Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Honey

Grilled Crostini 3 Ways

DIY- Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

cheesy chorizo and caramlized onoin dip

caramelized onion and brie tartletts

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa [Salsa Verde]

Date Night In: Main Course

Cabernet Short Ribs Ragu with Parmesan Polenta

One-Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta
Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

Shrimp, Feta, and Fresh Herb Mac and Cheese
Greek Salad

Foil-Baked Halibut with Chile Compound Butter and Black Beans

Spinach Lasagna
garlic parmesan pull-apart bread

Seafood Gratin
Cheesy Hasselback Potatoes

Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos with Zucchini Slaw

Date Night In: Dessert
Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

fudgy chocolate peanut butter cake

Caramel Peanut Topped Brownie Cake

Pecan Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Filling

Peanut Butter Pie

Double Chocolate Mousse

Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies

Peanut Butter Truffles

Salted Caramel Brownies


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  • Sarah
    February 13, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    I love this list. Thank you for putting it together!

    • Tara
      February 15, 2019 at 4:34 PM

      Thank you, Sarah! And you’re welcome! Enjoy! 🙂