Monday, February 15, 2016

Couples That Eat Together, Love Together


Being the wife of a military member is challenging.  My husband works LONG hours, typically leaving for work before 6 am and usually coming home after 7 pm. I am caring for two young kids at home, who sometimes don’t get to see their dad every day because of his busy work schedule. That also leaves me to manage our household single handedly.  We don’t have the accessibility of family close to help. Therefore we are forced to deal with most of our challenges on our own. After a long day, we occasionally find ourselves sitting on the couch and just zoning out to the TV once the kids are in bed. Our nightly ritual was in desperate need of an overhaul in order to renew that “spark” that was very brightly lit prior to children.
We used to love going on dates! We loved going to the movies, going to a nice restaurant and spending quality time just talking.  However, now that we have kids, our date nights needed to consist of some activity while not leaving our home.  Because we are limited to our own house, it is so easy to sometimes postpone our plans or use the excuse that we are “too tired.” That romantic spark starts to become a dying flicker.
Planning: The Hardest Part
How about this? We found a site called Plated. They basically deliver a box of fresh food and ingredients for delicious meals you can cook together as a couple! It is a great date night idea for couples who want a nice dinner, but due to the restraints of small children, cannot leave their house. The box comes with all the ingredients you need and the recipes all come with pictures . Everything is delivered to your door in an insulated box. You can choose from a variety of packages that include different numbers of meals. We chose a three meal package, in which we received three separate meals in the box.  The meals are a decent price  and what you can expect from a nice restaurant ($12 per person), minus the tip.
Our meals were:
Night 1: Steak Gyros with Greek Yogurt-Feta Sauce
Night 2: Chicken Pad Thai with Bok Choy, Carrots, and Bean Sprouts
Night 3: Whole Wheat Pizza with Gruyere, Mushrooms, and Ricotta
We had a great time cooking together in the kitchen, while actually getting to talk about our week and developing our relationship. The meals took 30 to 40 minutes to make and were absolutely delicious! All of the ingredients you need, with specific, detailed recipe directions and pictures are included, minus a few minor ingredients like salt, pepper and oil. The food was delivered very fresh and better than most grocery store produce!
Though we miss being able to go out to dinner at a nice restaurant, this is a great alternative and an interactive experience between you and your spouse.

You can find more details about this date night idea at www.plated.com!
Written by: Angela


Steak Gyros



Chicken Pad Thai

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