Looking for the perfect Date Night Recipes for a celebration, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day or just a delicious dinner to make things feel fancy? Here are 25+ special date night dinner ideas that fit right in with the 21 Day Fix meal plan and WW, plus they are all Gluten Free! This post contains affiliate links for products I’m obsessed with.
Valentine’s Day 2020: the last time my husband and I had a full on date night. Inside a restaurant. With a babysitter. Ahhhh, the good old days!
No doubt, this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner will be significantly different for all of us. You might opt for a much more family friendly celebration, or try to put the kids to bed a little early and enjoy a kidless meal at home. Either way, I hope you try one of these dinner ideas to make the night special for you and your Valentine(s)!
We plan to be home with the kids (just like any other night!) but once they’re in bed I think we’ll open another envelope from our Year of Dates… I can’t wait!
Date Night Dinner Ideas
These are our favorite copycat dinner recipes from restaurants that – if you close your eyes- will make you feel like you’re out for a real date night.
Date Night Dinners
Mix and match with one or two of the sides for a perfect date night at home!
New York Strip Steak
Favorite combination: Steak and Pasta with Alfredo Sauce and broccoli
Gluten Free Mini Crab Cakes
Favorite combination: Crabcakes with Butternut Squash Risotto and/or Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Pan Seared Salmon
Favorite combination: Pan Seared Salmon with Three Cheese Zucchini Bake
Pork Chops with Goat Cheese Butter
Favorite combination: Pork Chops with Warm Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash
Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash is perfect by itself or with a green veggie like green beans or asparagus.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan is perfect alone or with a side of pasta (or a glass of wine!)
Favorite combination: Chicken Marsala with Loaded Cauliflower Mash or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Pad Thai Zoodles
A healthier version of the takeout staple- by saving calories on noodles, you can easily have your favorite cocktail or dessert!
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Favorite Combination: Air Fryer Chicken Thighs with Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Lemony Arugula Salad with Shrimp
Favorite combination: Arugula Salad with Shrimp and Butternut Squash Risotto
Pro tip: All of the date night recipes are super yummy together! Mix and match any main course with any side dish. Then, next time you have a special night, pick a different combination – there are so many options!
Date Night Side Dishes
These are sides that make you feel like you’re ordering from your favorite menu, even though you know you made it right in your kitchen. It’s easy to portion everything and feel totally fine about enjoying a glass of wine or a homemade dessert, too!
Date Night Sides
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto
Favorite combination: Butternut Squash Risotto with Mini Crabcakes or a Shrimp Arugula Salad
Healthy Alfredo Sauce
Favorite combination: Alfredo Sauce with pasta, broccoli, and NY Strip Steak
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Favorite combination: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Marsala
Three Cheese Zucchini Bake
Favorite combination: Three Cheese Zucchini Bake with Pan Seared Salmon
Warm Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Favorite combination: Butternut Squash Salad with Goat Cheese Butter Pork Chops
Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Parmesan, and Balsamic
Favorite combination: Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Crab cakes
Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Mash
Favorite combination: Loaded Cauliflower Mash with Chicken Marsala
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Favorite combination: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
Date Night Apps
Want to have a bigger dinner? Whip up a yummy appetizer to go along with your dinner!
Need a Date Night Dessert Recipe?
Any of these are perfect for a date night or a family friendly celebration.
Date Night Desserts
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Nothing says date night like chocolate covered strawberries!
Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue
Such a fun and customizable dessert for everyone to enjoy!
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake
For the anti-chocolate crowd. And the whipped topping is amazing!
So fudgy when they come out of the fridge- no one will know they are healthy!
Healthy Edible Cookie Dough
Make it fun and festive for the kids by adding some seasonal colored M&Ms to theirs.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
A staple for any special occasion at my house!
Caramel Apple Dip | Caramel Apple Nachos
Something a little bit different, and who doesn't love to dip?!
Chocolate Chia Pudding
There's something about chocolate and raspberries (and this coconut whip topping) that is unbelievable together! Feel free to use your favorite fruit.
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