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Planning the Perfect Date Night In

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Planning a date night out on the town with your significant other can be one of the best ways to keep a relationship exciting and romantic. But we all have those days where we’d rather ditch the heels and dinner reservations for a cozy and relaxing night at home.

From cooking a gourmet meal together to curling up on the couch for your favorite flick, spending a night in could just become your new perfectly romantic go-to date plan.

If you’re thinking about skipping a night out and need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered with a fool-proof plan for taking ‘dinner and a movie’ to a whole new level.

Set the Vibe

There’s something truly special about preparing a home-cooked meal with someone, and if you do it right, it can be a down right blast! We suggest picking a fun playlist of music you both enjoy, whether it’s upbeat jams or slow, dreamy blues to really set the vibe of the kitchen.

Pick a No-Fuss Recipe

Whether you’re a novice with a knife or a seasoned home chef, planning ahead and choosing recipes that get you both involved are always best!

We recommend starting with some small bites like bruschetta or a simple cheeseboard as you start dinner prep, and a glass of Chila ‘Orchata on the rocks to sip on, of course.

As for the main course, there’s no need to scour your grandmother’s cookbook or pick an elaborate spread – just keep it simple! We’ve picked five of our favorite no-fuss recipes below that are sure to impress even the finickiest of eaters.

One-Pot Pasta Recipe: Linguine with Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes & Brie
Recipe courtesy of: TheKitchn

Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes Apples and Brussel Sprouts
Recipe courtesy of: Well Plated

Grilled Skirt Steak and Veggies with Guacamole
Recipe courtesy of: The Organic Kitchen

Meatballs, Kale and Mozzarella Pasta Bake
Recipe courtesy of: Adore Foods

Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Recipe courtesy of: Minimalist Baker

Netflix and Chila

No date night is complete without a sweet treat or a night cap, so why not combine the two? Once you finish dinner, bust out the ice cream, coffee and Chila for a blissfully boozy after-dinner affogato.

Follow the steps below to re-create this Chila-loaded dessert before heading to the couch for your favorite rom-com.

Step 1:

Add two scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream to a bowl.

Step 2:

Pour a shot of espresso over ice cream.

Step 3:

Drizzle a generous shot of Chila over the espresso and ice cream.

Step 4:

Enjoy with your beau! We won’t blame you if you go back for seconds.