Cozy Winter Date Night Meals
Paired with winter-friendly activities!
Whether you’re looking for ideas for you and your partner, your friends or a date night all to yourself, these cozy winter meals are perfect for staying warm and enjoying some time relaxing with food. Alberta is an amazing place to be in the winter with the abundance of winter activities we have in our backyard. Pair it with a comforting meal or snack, and you’ve got the ideal winter date night!
Next time you’re sitting at home on a Friday night wondering what to do, make sure to bring up this list of date night meals and activities to give you some inspiration—featuring life’s simple ingredient, of course.
Ski home to veggie mac ‘n’ cheese
This classic winter activity is the perfect thing to do when you hit up the mountains this season. After a day of hitting the slopes on your skis or snowboard, coming home to cook an extravagant meal doesn’t exactly sound like the best plan. You can keep it balanced and comforting all at once with this Veggie Mac ‘N’ Cheese, though! With hidden veggies like butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower in the mix, you’ll feel like you’re indulging in a cheesy bowl of mac with an additional hit of nutrients after an energy-draining day. It’s quick, perfect for two to share and easy when you don’t feel like doing a ton of cooking.
Super snacking with snakes and ladders
When the days are so cold or snowy that someone couldn’t pay you to go outside (we’ve been there), board games to the rescue! Pick out your favourite board games for a night of competition and fun. When the competition gets fierce, you’ll want some super snacking power to make sure you’re the one to end up on top! Get this Super Snacking Spinach Dip prepared beforehand for something you can nibble on throughout the night that’s warm and cheesy, delicious and perfectly dippable with veggie sticks, bread or crackers.
Tie up your skates with sourdough spaghetti
We don’t really recommend trying to tie your skates up with spaghetti instead of laces but pairing a skating or pond hockey session with pasta and homemade garlic bread sounds too good to pass up! There’s plenty of options to skate in Alberta—from glacial lakes to ponds and man-made downtown rinks, there’s definitely no shortage of places to drop a puck in our province. If you’re getting geared up for a night of being on the ice, energizing your body with a whole lot of carbs is a great way to make sure you’re going to be fueled the whole time. Make some Spaghetti, Sourdough Style and pair it with your favourite tomato or cream-based sauce. Add this Oven-Toasted Garlic Bread on the side and you’ve got a perfectly comforting yet energizing pre-skate meal.
Whether you’re lacing up to go out on the ice or staying in when it’s forty below, creating a comforting meal to share with your partner, friends or saving all for yourself is the perfect way to enjoy the chilly season. What’s your favourite wintertime meal? Tag us on Instagram @lifessimpleingredient and let us know how you’re using life’s simple ingredient in your date nights.