This post has been sponsored by Schwan's Food Delivery™. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Family date nights are a fun way to spend time with the family and they get you to change up the usual routine. Instead of going out to a restaurant, we stay in and cook dinner at home. We make sure we try new recipes and serve things in different ways so that it doesn't feel like a normal dinner.
We start with a delicious appetizer like these easy Bacon Wrapped Dates—recipe below using Schwan's Fully Cooked Bacon! We move on to a tasty main course, like the Chicken Florentine Skillet Meal, and follow it all up with everyone's favorite course: dessert! Cookies and Cream Ice Cream sundaes are a fan favorite!
We turn on music and enjoy the food and each other's company. And while I want to make the night feel special for everyone, I certainly don't want to be stuck in the kitchen. Schwan's Food Delivery makes it easy to serve yummy family date night meals without a ton of work!
Why Plan a Family Date Night
We spend time together during the normal hustle and bustle of the week. But it's rushed time. It's moments between items on a to-do list. I find that dinnertime can be a great way to slow things down and enjoy time together.
While most busy weeknights might not feel like the perfect time to have a family date night, I'm here to tell you that you can do it with ease! A family date night doesn't have to be fancy. It should just feel a little bit extra special and out of the ordinary.
Family Date Night Meal Idea
I cook about 5 nights a week, so I want family date night to be special for me too. This means I want to spend the time with my family and not stuck in the kitchen. I've been ordering my groceries online lately but this time, I took it a step further and ordered from Schwans.com.
Schwan's offers a wide variety of frozen-fresh meals, made with real ingredients that you cook at home. Most meals can be made in under 30 minutes and the delivery is so convenient. Use Promo Code YUM50 for 50% off plus free delivery of your first order!
For family date night, I like to make an appetizer—something super simple that I know the family will love. I don't mind cooking, but I love doing a skillet meal to keep things fast. And dessert isn't something we have every night, so it makes it feel like we are celebrating.
One of my favorite kitchen hacks is fully cooked bacon so when I saw this package from Schwan's, I knew I needed it. Bacon makes a great addition to so many recipes, but we also use it to quickly make breakfast in the morning. I love the quality of this Fully Cooked Bacon!
I have my own recipe for a skillet meal with farfalle pasta and chicken, but this Chicken Florentine Skillet Meal blows my meal right out of the water! It cooks in about 15 minutes and it super creamy with big chunks of chicken. The aged Parmesan and Romano cheese sauce is so tasty!
And while we love dessert, I don't love to bake. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream is a family favorite, so it makes the perfect quick treat at the end of the meal.
Using this skillet meal means I don't have to do any prep work on dinner itself and can take a minute to make an easy appetizer!
How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese
This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates couldn't be easier. And the measurements don't make or break this recipe, so you can quickly make these sweet and salty appetizers.
- Medjool Dates, pitted (these are easy to find in most produce sections or near the dried fruits and nuts)
- Goat Cheese (in the cheese section of the grocery store)
- Fully Cooked Bacon from Schwan's
Goat cheese is tangy and creamy and pairs perfectly with the sweet dates. I usually have dates on hand because I like to use them as a natural sweetener for our smoothies.
On their own, they are a nice sweet treat, but when paired with goat cheese and salty bacon, they are pure magic.
- Remove your Fully Cooked Bacon from the freezer so it can begin to thaw.
- Make sure your dates are sliced down one side and the pit is removed (if you buy the pitted dates, they will most likely already be cut for you).
- Using a butter knife or other spreader, add goat cheese to the center of the dates. This doesn't have to be perfect and it can spill out.
- Cut or tear each piece of bacon in half.
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around each date and secure with a toothpick.
- Place on a cookie sheet prepared with a little bit of cooking spray.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 6 minutes.
- Remove to a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels to absorb some of the grease.
Since the bacon is fully cooked, you don't need to worry about it cooking. You simply want to heat up the goat cheese and date and crisp up the bacon.
These can be served warm or at room temperature. These. Are. So. Delicious. This appetizer is totally nostalgic for me. I used to work in catering at a hotel, and these were always the most favorite appetizer served at every event.
The fully cooked bacon makes these ridiculously easy to make!
While the Bacon Wrapped Dates were in the oven, I got started on the Chicken Florentine Skillet Meal. It's as simple as cutting open the package and heating on the stove!
I adore that these dishes are made to be cooked from frozen, so you can put a delicious meal on the table in minutes!
Making Dinner Feel Special
Because I saved time with the dinner portion, thanks to Schwan's, I like to slightly dress up the table. We usually eat on the plain wood table on placemats. So for family date night, I throw on a cute tablecloth.
As the mom of boys, I know they really don't care what tablecloth is put on. But the fact that there is one instantly makes this meal feel different.
Instead of serving from the kitchen like I usually do, I serve our food in their own serving dishes. Since I had very few dirty dishes from cooking the meal, I'm not really dirtying any more dishes than I normally do and it feels a little fancy to serve from the table.
It's also a great way to get the kid to eat a little bit more! My kids have a bad habit of eating quickly and then being excused, only to ask for a snack a half an hour later. When they see there is more food, they are quicker to ask for seconds and I know they will stay full for longer.
There is nothing better than an ice cream sundae! Since there are so few ingredients, you want to use really tasty ice cream as the base. This Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Schwan's is made with high-quality ingredients and tastes amazing.
Just a few easy toppings make it feel special without taking any real effort.
This family date night meal was super easy to prepare and serve. A little bit of music helped make the atmosphere festive. And weeknight memories were made.
And, of course, these ideas work for any night of the week and can make your regular dinner prep more streamlined, too! Schwan's doesn't have contracts or meal plans, so you can order what you know your family will love and have it delivered right to your door. I'm in love.
Printable Recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Dates
- 12 Medjool Dates (pitted)
- 1 log Goat Cheese
- 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon from Schwan's
- Remove bacon from freezer to thaw.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of aluminum foil sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
- Make sure each date has the pit removed and is cut down one side so you can open it up (but is not in two pieces)
- Using a butter knife or spreader, add a small amount of goat cheese (about 1 tsp) to each date.
- Cut or tear each piece of bacon in half.
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around the date stuffed with goat cheese.
- Use a toothpick to keep the bacon wrapped.
- Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes.
- Remove to a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels to catch the grease.
Can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I'm not even mad at the cold ones. It's all good.
Serving Size12 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 100 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 7mg Sodium 108mg Carbohydrates 18g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 16g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 3g
More easy appetizer recipes
- Goat Cheese Appetizer Log with Sumac
- Chicken Cheese Ball Recipe
- Dried Beef Roll Ups
- Artichoke Dip Sliders
- Blue Cheese Steak Bites
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Plan a family date night for your kids soon! You'll love the time you get to spend together, especially because you can let Schwan's do most of the work! These Bacon-Wrapped Dates are sure to be your new go-to easy appetizer recipe. But you'll probably also make them for yourself for lunch. Because, YUM!