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Keep it Simple Date Night


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 Bumblebee Salmon Orzo and Roasted Broccoli

My husband and I both love to cook… and not to brag or anything, but we’re pretty good at it. In fact, it becomes a bit of a problem when we have the opportunity to go out to eat on a date… after we agonize over which restaurant to go to, we typically find out that we are somewhat disappointed in the food (and the amount of money we spent on it) and often realize that we could have made something much better at home.

The longer we’ve been married, the more creative we’ve gotten when it comes to date night. Our favorite kind of date nights are “at home date nights”, where we feed the kids and put them to bed early, then we stay up and have a late dinner at home and watch a movie. There’s no hiring a babysitter… no sitting in crowded, over priced restaurants eating mediocre food, and we get to enjoy each others company in the comfort of our own home.

The only problem with at home date nights is there are times when neither of us really feels like cooking. It’s nights like that when we like to turn to products and food that help to make a delicious, fresh tasting meal without a lot of effort on our part.

Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ seafood, made with all natural ingredients, is a great choice for those nights when you want something delicious but you don’t want to put a lot of effort into the meal. From salmon to tilapia to shrimp… Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ has so many different flavor combinations, perfect for an intimate dinner for two. It’s like your favorite fish recipes, wrapped up in a convenient, easy to cook package, ready for your table. Date night, simplified!

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At our most recent at home date night, my husband and I watched a pretty awful movie I won’t recommend, but the saving grace was our meal. We enjoyed Bumble Bee SuperFresh Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Simple Oven Roasted Broccoli and Saucy Italian Orzo. We also started our meal off with a simple bruschetta and ended it with my favorite Cheesecake Minis with Strawberry Balsamic Mint Topping. Paired with a Malbec, it was the easiest at home date night we’d had in quite some time.

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Give yourself a break, connect with your spouse, and give a simplified at home date night a try. I promise, it’ll sure beat the bill you’ll get after a night out on the town and your connection will be just as great. Enjoy!

Simple Oven Roasted Broccoli

A simple oven roasted broccoli recipe - a great side dish for salmon, tilapia, steak or chicken!

Ingredients

  • ? 2 pounds fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • ? 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ? 1 Tablespoon garlic
  • ? 1 teaspoon freshly grated Ginger
  • ? 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • ? ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ? ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ? ¼ cup baby Swiss cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. 2. In a large bowl, toss broccoli, olive oil, garlic, ginger, oregano, Kosher salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Arrange seasoned broccoli florets on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and roast for 15­20 minutes, or until florets are tender.
  4. 4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with shredded baby Swiss cheese. Serve hot.
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Saucy Italian Orzo

Add a little flare to your Orzo with this simple recipe!

Ingredients

  • ? 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ? 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • ? 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ? 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ? 2 cups beef broth
  • ? 6 ounces tomato paste
  • ? 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ? 1 tablespoon garlic
  • ? 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil then add chopped onion and bell peppers. Cook until tender.
  2. 2. Stir in beef broth, tomato paste, oregano, garlic and orzo. Bring to a boil.
  3. 3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4. Remove from heat and uncover... let sit for 5 minutes to absorb moisture prior to serving.
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Disclosure: Bumble Bee SuperFresh™ gave me free product and said they’d pay me to blog about it IF I liked it. I do!

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Comments

  1. Too funny – my husband doesn’t cook but we are also pretty critical when going out to eat. I generally try to stick to ethnic food I know I couldn’t make at home but there are plenty of times he orders a $12 burger and I chuckle. :-) I love roasting broccoli in the oven but haven’t done it in awhile – good reminder!! Also love your orzo. For some reason I always make it into a cold salad but I like the idea of eating it warm.

  2. This whole meal sounds pretty awesome to me! The warm orzo especially!

  3. I love the sound of this at home date night! And I know what you mean about being disappointed eating out. We tend to only go to super nice well rated places where we think the chef can outdo both of us.

  4. We love at-home date nights, too! Thanks for this easy dat-night meal idea! :)

  5. My boyfriend doesn’t like fish :( How was the Bumblebee? I am weary of frozen fishes…

  6. I was wondering how the salmon tasted, it looks like a great meal. And I know what you mean about going out, it’s often just okay and you tend to over-eat!

  7. Broccoli is one vegetable I can actually get my husband to eat, so any new variation I can find is great for me! I’ll definitely need to try this one out…that orzo too! Yum. :)

  8. We love at-home date nights! With 2 little guys it had been our routine to hold off our dinner and get the kids to bed around 8:00pm a night or 2 a week. Then we fire up the grill for us and enjoy our “date.” :)

  9. I think staying at home is a great way to spend a date- night. That orzo looks great, and so does the bumble bee products.

  10. I want this on my at home date nigh, sound awesome, so delicious!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful meal…where’s the recipe for that cheesecake? :)

  12. Vrlo dobar blog, rado je naučiti puno ovdje, nadam se da sam se često može izgledati, puno ti hvala!

  13. this sounds wonderful and light, and ervything delicious!!

  14. How did I not know Bumble Bee had products like this?? I mean, it makes total sense for them and I’m so happy they exist!

  15. At home date nights are the best! Especially if I get to eat amazing food like this! Love the orzo!

  16. I know that feeling of spending money on babysitters and the restaurant bill, only to be disappointed by the food. Stay at home date nights really are the best…as long as we stick on our guns on completely ignoring phones and computers during that time. This meal looks like a great option for that type of evening.

  17. We are the same way when it comes to going out to eat! This meal looks fabulous!!

  18. That orzo is calling my name.

  19. I love the oven roasted broccoli recipe. It makes my head spin with all of the possibilities. Just like Shaina above, T\there is an egg plant in my frig calling my name … for me and my hubby tonight!

  20. Oh wow, it looks really delicious :) my husband would really enjoy this!

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