A successful Valentine’s day would be incomplete without a romantic meal. The surest way to win your partner over is by cooking up some mouth watering food. You can go in for exotic fare or stick to traditional favorites, depending on what you like. If you and your partner enjoy experimenting, choose dishes that represent different types of cuisine. Since this is a meal for two, you may want to keep the portions small.
Decide on the menu well in advance and make a list of all the ingredients you will need. Try out any new recipes at least one week before your Valentine’s day dinner date. The following Valentine’s dinner recipes are easy to cook and yes, even men can try their hands at impressing their wives with some of these dishes.
Special Valentine’s Dinner Recipes
Butter Bean Tuna Salad
Beautifully easy to make, this salad is a lovely addition to the meal. It is put together with just six ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes. Use tinned tuna in olive oil for this recipe. Finely sliced red onions and cherry tomatoes are tossed with red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and then seasoned with salt and pepper.
Heat 2 cups of canned butter beans and then mix in with the onion and tomatoes. Sprinkle a handful of flat-leaf parsley and serve while the butter beans are still warm.
Minty Cucumber Gazpacho
Add a hint of mint to perk up your Valentine’s day menu. This soup bursts with amazing flavors and is wonderfully refreshing. Plus, it is very easy to make. This chilled soup can be set on the table in just 10 minutes.
All you need to do is blend cucumber, yellow pepper, avocado, a few cloves of garlic and a small bunch of spring onions and mint leaves. Include a cup of yogurt, some white wine vinegar, a splash of Tabasco sauce and salt to taste. Chill for at least 3-4 hours before serving.
Tapenade And Tomato Roast Fish
This is a perfect dish for two and gets an exotic twist from the black olive tapenade. The ingredients must be assembled ahead of the meal so that there are no last minute stove-top disasters. The dish is healthy and contains a negligible amount of fat. You will need 2 fillets of skinless and deboned whitefish, black olive tapenade and couscous.
The fish is roasted with the tapenade and tomatoes with a gently drizzling of extra virgin olive oil and white wine. As the fish cooks, the couscous is cooked in chicken stock (you can use vegetable stock as well). Once the fish is done, serve it on a bed of couscous sprinkled with chopped parsley.
A classic recipe for a dinner for two, chicken potpie is a perfect blend of creamy sauce and delicate seasoning. It is prepared in two stages. First, the sauce is cooked and then the mixture is assembled in a baking dish with a pie crust on top. You will also need shredded cooked chicken, frozen or fresh mixed vegetables, half-and-half milk and pearl onions.
Ready-to-cook frozen pastry crusts or a freshly prepared one can be used for this recipe. The sauce is prepared by combining the chicken, mixed vegetables, onions, soup and milk in a saucepan. It is seasoned with poultry seasoning, garlic salt and cayenne pepper. The sauce becomes truly delectable with the addition of a few tablespoons of cream cheese. This dish takes around 30-35 minutes to bake.