Staying tight as a couple is important, and there’s a lot of advice out there on how to do it. Of course, there’s no perfect answer–but I’d say spending time with each other is a pretty crucial component. Ha. But if time is short or you can’t make it out of the house for some quality time, then a date night at home might be the ticket! And if you decide you want to cook instead of getting takeout (you’re better than me) but also…here are some great macro-friendly date night at-home recipes for you to try!
#1 Korean Beef Bowl
This Korean Beef Bowl is quick, easy, and delicious! It’s great for those nights when you’re short on time, but still want something that’s light and filling. And like most bowls, everyone can build their own according to their personal preferences.
With the dinner being so quick to make that leaves even more time to make dessert! My entire family loves these brownies–super simple to make but definitely NOT macro-friendly. Of course, if you have some fitness goals you want to meet but still want a sweet treat, you might enjoy these macro-friendly Microwave Brownie Zucchini Oats.
And while these brownie zucchini oats are definitely not a real brownie (because no fat or sugar), they still taste pretty good with some whipped cream, nut butter, and bananas on top. I mean I’m obsessed. But I’m also into this stuff. Proceed with caution for your partner. Haha.
#2 Bacon Cheeseburger with Secret Sauce
If you’re looking for a delicious burger but don’t want to spend all your macros on a restaurant burger, make this yummy Bacon Turkey Cheeseburger from the blog. With way fewer calories than a traditional burger, this one is EASY to fit into a date night meal with some room for these carrot fries on the side. Delicious.
Of course, I have several other burger recipes on the blog including the Peach and Goat Cheese Burger and this Fig and Blue Cheese Turkey Burger, (my personal FAVORITE) so you can choose your favorite.
Now that you have the food figured out, you can spend time planning what you want to do! Maybe you want to spend it watching a movie cuddled up, or if you want to have other couples over, you can have burgers and a game night. If you need some fun game ideas, here are some family-friendly games that my family really enjoys.
#3 Macro-Friendly Soups
If it’s cold outside, then soup is the PERFECT date night dinner. Because nothing beats cuddling up on the couch with a warm bowl of cozy soup and your favorite soft blanket. At our house, it’s always the Lola blanket. The BEST.
And when it comes to choosing a soup, I have several on the blog and in my cookbook ONE. Some favorites are Enchilada Soup (recipe in ONE) or this Lemony Chicken Soup from the blog. Of course, if you search “Lillie Eats and Tells Macro-friendly Soup” you’re sure to have a lot of options pop up to choose from.
If you’re short on time, you can even make the soup ahead of time to be able to maximize your time for doing something fun together! Watch me make the Lemony Chicken Soup from start to finish here. If only you could smell it through the screen–yum!
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#4 Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake
If you’re on a fitness journey but still want to enjoy a sweet treat with your love, then this Chocolate Shake is the perfect option. It’s big, filling, and yummy. Just don’t skip the toppings. They really do make a difference.
This shake is so quick to make and a great treat for any movie night. Snuggle up with this shake to watch your favorite movie, and it’s sure to be a great time. You can get all the info on what blender to use, the best tumbler, spoons, etc here.
When it comes to the shake, at least for me, all the details matter. It’s the details that make it really a GREAT treat. Get the recipe here.
#5 Macro-Friendly Fast Food Recipes
For those nights when you’re craving takeout, but don’t want to worry about the macros–these are my top 5 macro-friendly copycat restaurant meals.
While there’s nothing wrong with having takeout, sometimes it just doesn’t align with your fitness goals. I love recreating my favorite flavors at home where I can manipulate the macros just a little bit easier.
These copycat restaurant meals make the perfect date night at-home recipes because they’re delicious and fun while still being healthy and easy to make!
You can get all 5 of some of my favorite macro-friendly takeout recipes here. Enjoy!
Date Night at Home Recipes
No matter what you decide to eat, you’re going to love spending quality time with your significant other. It’s so important to take the time to flirt, connect, and enjoy your partner! Of course, I’m no relationship expert–but here’s a reel of the things I do in my relationship to stay close.
Thought I’d share in case it was useful. 🤷♀️
If you want more macro-friendly meals, I have them available on my blog, Instagram, and of course, my cookbooks. All my cookbooks have macro-friendly recipes that are already entered in Macros First, Lose It, and My Fitness Pal for you to make macro-counting that much easier. You can get them here!