There are a few methods you can use when planning a romantic date with your loved one. It all depends on your preferences and what you know your partner will enjoy as well. If you love to spend time outside, then booking a venue or a table at your favorite restaurant would be a great choice. But if you want a more intimate atmosphere where you’ll surely be able to do anything you desire, then choose to stay at home and prepare everything yourself. This guide will definitely help you along the way.

First you have to decide on what you’re going to eat that evening. There’re tons of possible choices but there are a few guidelines you need to follow: the meal shouldn’t be too heavy, spicy, big or complicated. Then after eliminating some of the dishes that fall under these categories, choose something that both you and your partner will surely enjoy. Also think about the time you’ll spend on making this whole romantic dinner so you won’t have to sacrifice a whole day over it. Good and quick options that you can try are instant pot frozen chicken breast and chicken salad sandwich recipe. Both are very simply but quite versatile and you can easily change up the ingredients to suit your personal tastes.

To make the instant pot chicken, combine water or any broth, soy sauce, garlic, honey and ground black pepper in the pot. Put the chicken breasts in and put the cooker on high pressure and set the time depending on the size of your chicken. When it’s cooked, remove from the pot and stir in a mixture of cornstarch and water on sauté mode. Cook until thickened and mix it with the chicken. Serve the dish over, veggies of your choice or a spicy sauce.

A chicken salad sandwich seems like such a basic recipe that is not suited for romantic evenings. But if your loved one enjoys fast food or you both don’t like to eat any fancy dishes and simply want have a great time together then it’s an option for you. To make it first combine a dressing of mayo, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, diced scallions and seasonings. Then put together cubed rotisserie chicken, boiled eggs, celery and chopped almonds. Mix in the dressing and don’t be afraid to be creative with other ingredients!

Drinks are probably as important as food or maybe even more valuable. What you’re drinking should suit both your tastes and your partner’s and they should work well with the food you’re going to consume. Wine is a classic choice for a romantic dinner and there’re so many choices available on the market right now. I wouldn’t recommend beer because it screams “game night” more than “romantic occasion”. But the choice is yours, explore different drinks and choose one you think both of you will enjoy the most.

A dessert is not a necessary part of a date night but it could be a great addition to it and maybe even a small surprise for your partner. A simple sweet dish that you can quickly make and that doesn’t require lots of ingredients is chocolate fondue. Or what is more iconic than chocolate covered strawberries? Any layered dessert in a glass is easy to make with store bought foods but looks fancy and is super delicious.

A romantic date is all about small details and some light, non pervasive music can add some style to your night. You should obviously think of what your partner will like but caution on the side of classic music, jazz or any playlists that are used in small cafes. Make sure there’re no commercials if you decide to stream on your date night.

Another little touch that will surely get you both in the right mood is candles. Lightly scented candles or incense will make any night seem magical and movie-like. Just don’t put any of them near your food or too close to the edge of the table.

Even though you probably enjoy each other’s company and have no problem just talking and eating all day long, planning something else besides that can be useful. And decorating the bedroom with candles, flower petals and a new bed linen is always a good idea. Only make sure you won’t ruin the bed with some delicious food like this ravioli lasagna because it’s so good you’ll forget about any table manners. But also don’t forget to have fun!

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