Struggling to come up with Valentine’s meal ideas? Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you really want to send sparks flying, then cooking up a yummy meal for your other half is a good way to start.

But let’s face it, we’re not all gourmet chefs, and not everyone can rustle up a restaurant standard five course meal for two .

What you want is an easy Valentine’s meal that looks impressive. If you’re wondering what to cook on Valentine’s day, take our advice and go simple, especially if you’re somewhat of a beginner when it comes to cooking. Here are some super easy meals to cook on Valentine’s day that won’t fail to impress.

1. Steak, Mash and Peppercorn sauce

Steak is easy and quick to cook, and it goes down a treat. 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 attempt to make a 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, then throw in your favourite cut of chicken with bacon and a splash of cream. This dish never fails to go down well, and can be rustled up in about 25 minutes. Pair your chicken dish pasta such as fettuccini or with some simple boiled rice and perhaps a glass of white wine. For that added oomph, top with crispy bacon bits and fresh thyme. When it comes to easy Valentine’s meals, this one sits somewhere near the top.

3. Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese may be an obvious one, but it’s sure to go down a treat. 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 tomato sauce. For added flavour, why not 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 flavors 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 for a delicious and healthy alternative to Valentines 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!

 

Hopefully you’ve now got plenty of easy Valentine’s day meal ideas, the only question is, which one of these easy Valentine’s meals will you pick? Try and get to know the kind of foods your date loves so that you can tailor your meal accordingly. For all your ingredients, visit your nearest convenience store today.