It can be difficult to get a restaurant booking on Valentine’s Day, and though they are no doubt worth it, the prices can be higher then, too! As they key to their heart is through their stomach, why not go to a little extra effort in the comfort and intimacy of home this year, by serving up some of these Valentine’s meal ideas?

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or rustle up a restaurant standard five course meal for two. When deciding what to cook on Valentine’s Day, our advice is to keep it simple - these easy Valentine’s meal ideas don’t take too much time to prepare but are still sure to impress.

Our Recommended Valentine’s Meals to Cook at Home

1. Steak, Mash and Peppercorn sauce

Steak is easy to cook, delicious and carries that air of extravagance that is sure to delight. The trick is cooking it just right, depending on whether your partner prefers rare, well done or somewhere in between. Then simply boil some potatoes and once tender, combine with milk and butter to make your lump-free mash. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also try our recipe for classic cheddar duchess potatoes - an easy and impressive way to elevate mashed potatoes. The sauce is easy, just fry some shallots in butter and then add cream, brandy and beef stock. Check out our post on how to make peppercorn sauce for more details on the process. For the finishing touch - throw in a few veggies such as spinach or mangetout.

2. Creamy Chicken with Bacon and Mushrooms

If you and your beloved are not red meat fans, why not opt for a simple poultry based dish instead? Fry some mushrooms and onions together to let them soften, then throw in your diced chicken and let it seal. Once it has started to brown, add bacon and cook until crispy before adding your cream and leaving to simmer. This dish never fails to go down well, and can be rustled up in about 25 minutes. Pair your chicken dish with some simple boiled rice and perhaps a glass of white wine. When it comes to easy Valentine’s meals, this one sits somewhere near the top.

3. Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is so easy that it’s often a go-to dish the first time you cook for a loved one, so what more romantic Valentine’s Day dinner idea than whipping up this Italian classic. Purchase some lean beef mince (or quorn for a veggie alternative) from your nearest convenience store. Cook with onions, chopped garlic, mushrooms, a few chopped carrots and a couple of bay leaves in a jar of Bolognese sauce. For added flavour, you could throw in a dash of Worcester Sauce and splash of red wine.

4. Baked Salmon with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

One for the fish lovers - this salmon really couldn’t get any easier and the method of cooking it all together in a foil pouch seals in moisture and keeps the flavours intact. It’s also a very versatile recipe, you can use other types of veggies and herbs or you could even add in some honey or parmesan. Simply place the salmon fillet on a bed of asparagus spears and some halved cherry tomatoes then top with lemon slices, fresh dill and a drizzle of olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper then bake for 25 minutes at 180°C for a delicious and healthy Valentine’s dinner.

5. Mediterranean Couscous-stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Take a romantic trip to the Mediterranean with this delicious vegan treat! Begin by cleaning and de-stemming the mushrooms, then brush with olive oil on each side. Stir your couscous into some vegetable stock then cover for 5 mins. Heat some olive oil in a pan and sauté garlic, and diced red onion, zucchini, tomatoes and red pepper. Once cooked through, mix in your couscous and some paprika, freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped parsley. Carefully spoon the couscous mixture into mounds onto the mushroom caps as the mushrooms shrink while cooking. Grill your stuffed mushrooms under medium heat for 15 minutes and you’re done!

 

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Now you’re armed with plenty of easy Valentine’s meal ideas, the question is, which one will you pick? Ensure you choose right by getting to know the kind of foods your partner loves so that you can tailor your meal accordingly. Explore our full selection of detailed recipes and for all your ingredients, visit your nearest convenience store.