If you need an excuse for planning a romantic dinner, then Valentine’s Day is the best one you can get. You can buy a gift for your special one, but the magic is guaranteed if you cook one of these three meals at home.
How do you usually spend Valentine’s Day? If you always make a reservation for two at a restaurant, your significant other may not be impressed by that anymore. How about surprising your beloved by making a romantic dinner at home?
A delicious meal for this special day, when you celebrate love, should be quick and easy to make, so you can still have plenty of time for each other in the evening, after you prep the food.
3 quick-and-easy romantic dinner ideas
Duck and roasted asparagus
A special evening needs a special meal, like this duck breast with orange sauce. It only takes 30 minutes to make, and, in the end, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious French-style dish. The sauce enhances the bird's taste, but you should also be careful to let the meat rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing it.
Since you don’t need your oven for cooking the duck breast, use it for the side dish: roasted asparagus with butter-fried walnuts. It’s so simple to make but so impressive! Serve the asparagus in artisanal bunches, tying the spears with chives! Plus, asparagus is low in calories, just in case you still want to eat healthily!
If you choose a French-style main dish, how about a French dessert as well? You should try these Williams pears in Bourgogne wine, and we bet you’ll amaze your loved one! The pears are boiled in wine, along with cinnamon and star anise, for a dessert with layered flavors and aromas, like a culinary journey. It’s almost effortless to make, but the result is delicious!
Beef tenderloin with roasted veggies
You can keep or skip the arugula salad, your choice! Just cook the beef tenderloin on the stove, 2 minutes per side, then transfer it to the oven for the next 25 minutes. Add it to your shortlist because it’s quite tasty and ready in no time! Be careful though, our recipe is for one, and you should cook double the quantity of meat.
If you decide to ignore the salad, you should totally try this recipe of roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots. It actually is a warm salad which also has pecan nuts and dried cranberries! It’s sweet and full of distinct flavors!
Valentine’s Day is about love, but it’s also about chocolate! If you’re a diehard chocolate fan, this chocolate mousse should really be on the top of your wish list. Add Baileys into the mix and transform your chocolate mousse into something truly unique and ready in less than half an hour. Reduce the quantities from our recipe, or keep them and you’ll have a dessert for the next day too.
Pasta is a great idea anytime you don’t have too much time to spend in the kitchen! And this recipe is even a better idea if you or your loved one don’t eat meat, but you do eat fish. Besides smoked salmon, it has anchovies, which have a distinct, strong flavor and they’re great to spice up just about any dish. Cherry tomatoes and arugula freshen up the pasta. Your romantic dinner will be ready in 30 minutes!
Lava cake is a classic. If you haven't tried it by now, you should know that it has a creamy chocolate hidden inside. It's rich, decadent, and truly worthy of a feast! It takes 20 minutes to make. Serve the lava cake with fresh berries like raspberries and redcurrants.