Date Night. My husband and I started having a weekly Date Night while we were dating and it has since remained my favorite time of the week. It’s a time we set aside for just the two of us with no distractions. Though we see each other everyday and eat dinner together nearly every night, it’s a time to make sure we’re checking-in about “us” and are really attuned to one another.
When we were dating and just getting to know each other, it usually meant one person would pick-out a restaurant to try and surprise the other one. Little did I know at the time, my now-husband wasn’t an adventurous eater and would get nervous every time it was my turn to pick, wondering if this week we’d be using our hands to eat Ethiopian food or sitting on the ground enjoying a Moroccan meal.
Then, we got married, retuned to school and looked at our budget. Trying out new restaurants on a regular basis was one of the first things to get cut from the budget, and it was time to get more creative with our dates. Sure, we still loved to try a new meal without having to do any of the cooking or cleaning, but we both started to enjoy different activities like exploring a new farmer’s market, taking advantage of discounted admission to a museum and painting watercolor pictures for each other.
I think it’s pretty obvious from this blog that we both enjoy a good meal. I’m so grateful now that often, for our date night, rather than going out for a meal, we both look forward to trying a new recipe at home. When I’m planning a meal for Date Night, it means I may be able to buy a little something “extra” at the grocery store that we wouldn’t typically spend money on. It’s amazing how spending an extra $5 or $10 on something you know your partner will enjoy can make a typical meal into something special.
So this recent Date Night was a combination of both our efforts. We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’ve been having with a picnic! Hubby was in charge of planning where we would go, and I was in charge of the food!
I decided to make a simple Orzo Caprese Salad. During the summer months, nothing beats fresh tomatoes and basil picked right from your home. The orzo noodles and chickpeas turn a typical Caprese Salad into something a bit more substantial. And because we were keeping the date simple enough, this meant that I was able to spend a few extra dollars on fresh Bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) for the orzo salad, and some Boursin Cheese and gourmet crackers.
We enjoyed this simple spread at Castle Island, followed by a long walk and delicious dessert!
Orzo Caprese Salad
Cook Time: 15 min.
Keywords: appetizer entree salad side vegetarian cheese chickpeas pasta tomato Italian summer
- 3/4 cup orzo noodles
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3/4 cup Bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), cut in-half or quartered
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in-half
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- 4 tbs. olive oil
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cook orzo noodles according to package directions, draining all water. Rinse noodles in colander, until room temperature. Mix together with remaining ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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~Do you/have you and your partner had a regular “Date Night?”