This menu was created by critically acclaimed Chef Cecil Griffin better known as Chef Cecil G, as we lamented late night as to what to feed his wife and my friend Lisa.  This meal is sophisticated, yet simple and inexpensive. It’s perfect for a date night or couples night where you want to eat out, but is broke as hell.  We made this exact meal on a Saturday night and it was THE BOMB.  The ladies loved it, and suggested that it could easily be sold in at a high end restaurant.  This is why I feel it would be a perfect date or couples night menu option–so we’re running with it!  Be careful to watch the grill to prevent overcooking or burning the salmon and chicken. That happens a lot. Nobody likes dry ass Salmon.  At times, grill usage can be difficult. The recipes are found below with detailed instructions.  Oh, make sure you make a rice and veggie of your choice to accompany this meal. You honestly don’t need any more vegetables if you want; just add more spinach to the quinoa.

Date Night quiona

 Serena William’s Grilled Salmon

1 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons Tony’s Cajun Spice (recommended)

12 ounce salmon filet

4 tablespoons of coconut oil


Brush each side of the salmon with coconut oil

In medium sized bowl mix together sugar and Cajun spice

Place layer of brown sugar Cajun mix on the show side of salmon

Place salmon on pre heated grill seasoned side down

Once salmon has caramelized and marked on one side, turn and finish on grill

Note: You will know if the salmon is cooked because you will see little white bubbles coming from the fish. Remove from grill and squeeze lime and serve

Date Night Quiona 2

Fat Albert’s Green Curry Quinoa Mango Salad

1 cup red quinoa

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

½ cup sliced red onion

¼ cup green curry sauce

2 cups coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 cup diced mango

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (no stems or seeds)

¼ sliced red onion

2 cups fresh spinach

Water as needed


Pre heat a medium sized saucer pan on medium-high heat

Add coconut oil to the pan

Once oil is heated, add chopped garlic and chopped onion and sauté for about 2 minutes

Add quinoa to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes. You should smell a nutty aroma

Add coconut milk and green curry sauce to the pan along with salt and pepper to taste

Lower heat to simmer and cover for 20 minutes

Once quinoa is cooked, stir in  spinach, mango, cilantro and red onion

Date Night Chicken

JJ’s Mango BBQ Chicken Wings

3 lbs chicken wings

1 cup chopped fresh mango

1 cup barbeque sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

3 tablespoon Cajun spice

¼ cup coconut oil

2 limes

1 cup sliced red onion

½ cup chopped cilantro


Pre heat oven at 375 degrees

Season chicken with coconut oil and Cajun spice

Place chicken on pre heated grill and turn so that chicken is marked on all sides

Remove chicken from grill and place in a roasting pan

To make the sauce, add mango, squeezed lime juice, onion, cilantro, sugar, and barbeque sauce to a blender and blend until smooth

Toss the sauce, chicken, cilantro, sliced onions and one cup of water within the roasting pan

Cover pan with foil

Place pan in oven and cook for 30 minute and serve

Written by thehungryblackman

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter

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