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Date Night Dinner!!

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Date night with Ben is one of my favorite things! When things get hectic and we feel like we haven’t seen each other in a week…we plan a date night. I try to make sure dinner doesn’t take the whole night to cook so we have time to go for a walk out or watch a movie.

My go-to meal is Mustard Roasted Salmon with Baked Asparagus with Parmesan.


Prep & Bake time 10-15 minutes

Mustard Roasted Salmon

2 fillets of wild caught salmon (or one big one to share)


2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons honey

Juice from 1/4 a lemon (usually calls for juice from half a lemon but sometimes I find that it’s too runny)

1 minced garlic clove

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

Handful of asparagus

1-2 tbsp of Olive oil

Black pepper



  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line one baking sheet with wax paper for the salmon, and then line the asparagus baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. I toss the asparagus, olive oil, and black pepper on the baking sheet and spread them out. Then add about 1/4 cup to the top. Feel free to add as much as you’d like. Just make sure you can still see the asparagus under that cheese..or else I’d say you added too much 🙂
  4. Put both the salmon and asparagus in the oven.
  5. Mix the whole grain mustard, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Let the salmon cook for five minutes and then add the sauce on top of the salmon and put it back in the oven.
  6. Thin asparagus only needs to cook for 10 minutes. If you have some big mumbo jumbo asparagus then you may need to cook it an additional 3-4 minutes.
  7. Salmon that is less than .75 inch thick only needs about 10 minutes. If they are thicker than 1 inch in the middle, I’ll bake it for about 15 minutes. After trying to bake salmon for a while, you tend to have a sixth sense of when it should be done, but it’s best to flake out the middle on the end that is the thickest to see if it’s done.
  8. Asparagus and Salmon should be done around the same time!! Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Sauce



Sauce for the Salmon

DSC00975I went a little crazy with the lemon juice this time around, so it looks a little runny here. It’s best to keep most of it on top of the salmon. So feel free to play around with the ratios in the sauce. I like more honey and mustard and just a little bit of lemon juice.






Ben bought some mint dark chocolate to go with our dinner and it was AMAZING! Cooking with my husband while having some wine and chocolate for dessert is one of my favorite memories.


What is your favorite date night meal?

Source for baked asparagus: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_asparagus_with_parmesan/


Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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