What could be possibly more romantic for Valentine’s Day than an intimate — and private — dinner for two? Not only will the effort give you a ton of relationship points, it also saves you spending a fortune on a meal that you might not even like after a long wait in a cramped restaurant.
If you’ve ever tried to make a romantic dinner before, you know that sticking with old standbys is usually the way to go. Getting hot and sweaty in the kitchen, stressing over your puff pastry, and splashing hot oil while trying to fondue does not make for the storybook Valentine’s Day that you envision.
So here are our top tips:
- Don’t be a glutton! Heavy food and full tummies isn’t an ideal recipe to set the mood for a romantic evening.
- Stick to what you know! Don’t start a fire in the kitchen; if you haven’t flambéed before, don’t test it out on Valentine’s Day. If you know your other half loves steak, pick up a high-quality cut of beef cooked just the way they like it.
- Don’t complicate things. We often think that making an elaborate meal with a multitude of ingredients is better, but spending all evening in the kitchen and potentially missing the mark isn’t worth it.
- Try an aphrodisiac – why not? Oysters (obviously), strawberries, chocolate, honey, they’re all said to get you in the mood.
- Set the entire scene with the Valentine’s theme; all the cliched romantic touches really will work. Spruce up the house, light scented candles, and play romantic music.
- Dress for the occasion – just because you’re dining in doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look good. Put on something sexy that you know your other half will love.
Caprese Stuffed Avocados
Avocados are tasty and healthy, and this dish packs plenty of fresh flavor and bright colors.. This recipe, is fast, easy, and delicious.
Cheese and meat platter for two
Your favorite cold cuts, cheeses, bread and tasty dipping sauces – what could be better? Plus, you can easily prepare this in advance and set aside.
If you’re pushed for time, fall-back on this super-speedy baked version with garlic bread, which takes virtually no prep. If time’s on your side this crumbed camembert will certainly make the night memorable.
Filet of Beef with Red Wine Sauce, Roasted Asparagus and Garlic Mash
A classic dish packed with flavor, no need for a cupboard full of fancy ingredients and doesn’t take that long to prepare. This meaty dish will hit the right note for steak lovers.
This super quick meal is even easy for novice chefs, and leaves plenty of room for the more experienced to put their own spin on it. Serve with your favorite vegetables and beverage.
For Fish Lovers
Crab Stuffed Whitefish
This deliciously simple recipe of succulent white fish stuffed with cream cheese and crab takes only 30 minutes to make.
Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce
Probably better for those who have experience cooking fish, this aromatic fish recipe is a simple dish packed with flavor that only takes 40 minutes.
Scallops with Herbed Brown Butter
The quickest and easiest recipe on our list, this tender scallops recipe takes 15 minutes, is easy for beginners and has just 5 simple ingredients.
Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna Spirals
This mouth-watering veggie lasagna recipe is sure to go down a treat, and you won’t have to spend hours making it either. Bonus points for being able to prep this before Valentine’s Day.
Buffalo Chickpea Veggie Burgers
Nothing beats a great burger, and this veggie version is jam-packed with flavor, great ingredients and spice. Get some prep out of the way beforehand and you won’t be in the kitchen for long.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
It doesn’t take a genius to work out how to do this one, so it’s great for a novice! Not only is this tasty treat quick, easy, and an aphrodisiac, you can do it the day before to minimize prep.
Melt plenty of chocolate in a bowl and serve with fruit, marshmallows and anything else you’d like to dip in it.
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If you’re cooking a romantic meal, the success is all in the planning. Peruse the recipe, and ensure you’ve ordered all your groceries and ingredients. Do as much prep as you can well in advance. Chop vegetables that won’t wilt, cover your strawberries in chocolate, make sauces and dressings. Then, plan exactly how much time each step will take so you don’t end up waiting an hour in between courses, or eating super late.
Enjoy your evening, relax and let the romance unfold.