A Date Night in the Kitchen

Light Caprese Bites

Justin and I go through seasons where it seems like we have a few different childcare options for date night available, and then others when we can barely find someone to watch the kids even a month in advance. So date night out is sometimes a rarity, but the simple act of moving dinner to after the kids go to bed a few times a month is my favorite way to reconnect.

We typically eat with the kids, which is always a little maniacal. I think, on average, I get up from the table 16 times to get things, throw things away, etc. It’s the farthest thing from romantic, but it’s usually a lot of fun.

Back in December, Justin and I went to a cooking class as a change up from our usual date night routine and it was a lot of fun! The class was too large, though, and we weren’t able to really participate in everything like we could have. So when Blue Apron reached out to work together again, I thought that was a perfect idea for a date night in!

I’ve done this before, and I love how simple they make it. Each meal takes less than 40 minutes and it pushes me outside my food comfort zone of chicken and rice, and each step is really really easy. There is a 2 person plan, or a family plan, but I stick with the 2 person plan thanks to my picky eaters!

On the menu was Smokey Pork Burgers which sounded delicious. We don’t do a ton of pork, but Justin loves a pork chop so I thought he would really enjoy this meal–and he did! We both really liked it! I never knew how to get the crust on the buns but now I know how. That’s such a simple way to add a nice crunch and flavor to an otherwise soft, plain bun.

Justin and I worked on a lot of it together, but some tasks I assigned to him while I did other things. It was fun to dance around the kitchen a bit and work on making a meal together, which is something we almost never do. I cook, and usually have it ready or close to ready about the time he comes in the door from work.

I loved the colors of this concoction that was tossed with the potatoes and broccoli!

With a 2 and 3 year old, it’s hard to get a word in edgewise at mealtime, and as soon as it’s over it’s on to the next activity, so we enjoyed just sitting and chatting with no rush to clear the plates and start cleaning up.

If you’ve never tried Blue Apron, I recommend it! Not only is it really fun, but it does the thinking for you which is highly valuable in my book! The first 100 of you can sign up here and get your first 3 meals free! You can browse the menus here and you always have the option of skipping a week or canceling at anytime.

This post was created in partnership with Blue Apron. All opinions are my own.


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 03.09.17

The photos are the sweetest. Date nights in are the best imo!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Kathleen says · 03.09.17

I have been debating about trying Blue Apron to get me out of my cooking rut, thanks to your fun post I will give it a try !

Claire says · 03.09.17

How cool is that! The plate looks so yummy! I also want to know how to get the crust on the buns. I live this idea!


Christen says · 03.09.17

We’ve done Blue Apron and Hello Fresh and love both!

Lisa says · 03.09.17

So fun! Date nights are so important when you have kids. I also like to do movie nights in, cuddled up on the couch with some salty and sweet snacks (which also works as a family date night too!).

I would love to try Blue Apron, but I am in Canada so I’ll have to do a search to see what’s available here!

Haley & Ashley says · 03.09.17

Love, love blue apron! I would never cook some of the fun recipes they send otherwise.

Haley & Ashley

Melissa says · 03.09.17

We love porkchops!!! I got some beautiful thick ones from Costco a while back. I bake them in the oven and serve them to my 4 and 7 year old boys with a side of barbecue sauce for dipping and they absolutely devour them.

Lindsay @ Hot Mess, Cool Day says · 03.09.17

I love this idea! My husband and I were going out to dinner once a month for a while last year, but that petered off around the holidays. We usually do dinner after kids’ bedtimes on special occasions (Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, etc.), but we should totally do it more often!

Kirsten says · 03.09.17

Smokey pork burgers sound amazing!

-Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

Sarah says · 03.09.17

Those are sweet photos and they reminded me of your “How We Met” post from a few weeks ago. Hope you are going to do part 2!

Paige says · 03.09.17

We did blue apron for a long time after our daughter was born and loved it!

Jessica says · 03.09.17

That looks like a lot of fun and easy to do. We struggle to find things to do for date night – so thanks for the tip! You look so cute in the pictures. I love your top and necklace.

Gabby says · 03.09.17

I love this! It’s so important to spend time with the ones you love, and sharing the making and eating of a meal is such a perfect way to do that. I love how genuinely happy you both look in this photos, not canned or staged.

Priscilla says · 03.10.17

Please tell us where your top and necklace are from! ❤

Kelly says · 03.18.17

We were Blue Apron subscribers for about 3 years. This winter the menus seemed to get “stranger”, so I looked for a different service. We ended up going with Home Chef, and we love it. The food is a little more mainstream and there are about 12 choices each week. If anyone wants to try it, use this code for $30 off your fist order: https://www.homechef.com/invite/JrNN0U5QDQZX

Bon Appetite!