Sweetheart Meals – Date Night In


Ah, Valentine’s Day…the most romantic day of the year, oh wait I’m a mom. But seriously as parents we don’t exactly get a ton of any romance time. If you have kids at home then going out on valentine’s day might not be in the cards – date night in to the rescue! A night in can be very romantic without the pressures of going out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in parents getting a night out but sometimes that just isn’t feasible. So if your Valentine’s Day reservation happens to be at your own address this year I’ve got you covered. Here are some perfect options for a 3 course menu for a date night in. Easy to prepare, healthy but decadent enough to feel like you’re at the shmansist of fancy restaurants (well except for the pacifiers and toys on the floor). Enjoy!

 Salad Options

Blackberry & Cashew “Cheese” Greens Salad
Root’n Roasted Veggies
Winter Salad with Homemade Cashew Cranberry Dressing

Main Course Options

Rice Cooker Dumpling Squash & Arugula Risotto
Quinoa Chickpea Chili
Sweet Potato Squash Cakes

Dessert options

Bianca’s Chocolate Pudding
Vegan Key Lime Pie {Gluten-Free}
Homemade Healthy Chocolates
Tara is mom to two energetic daughters Bianca and Iyla. Passionate about inspiring others to cook healthy, delicious and allergy-friendly food, she owns Yummy Sprout, which provides healthy culinary adventures through classes and more. Check out yummysprout.com. Tara has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Channel 3 WISC-TV on topics including “making your own baby food”, “cooking with kids” and “packing healthy school lunches”. She adores living in Madison and all it has to offer family life. Her favorite ways to spend time include messing up her kitchen while recipe testing, running, yoga, writing, painting, traveling and reading books with her girls.


  1. Love this idea. Finding a sitter on Valentine’s Day is really hard for us, so I think we will take your advice and have a date night in!

  2. Getting a sitter on NYE or Valentines Day IS the worst! The kids want to celebrate too! I think we all may love many of these recipes 🙂


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