Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

With the big day just around the corner, it’s very nearly time for you to break out your inner culinary wizard for that special someone. This doesn’t have to be anywhere near as stressful as it can be though. We’ve compiled some easy Valentine’s day dinner recipes that are sure to leave everyone happy, without any hassle.

Caprese Steak

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Source: Delish

A date-night classic, a good steak is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. With this recipe on hand, you’ll be able to create an absolute masterpiece within 45 minutes. What you’ll need is:

  • 3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 4 (6-oz.) filet mignon, or 4 large pieces of sirloin
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves, for serving

With just a little bit of marination, this recipe will take your steaks from “good effort” to “well-done” in no time! You can get the full set of directions here at Delish.

Asparagus Cream Pasta

Easy Valentine's Day Recipes
Source: Eating Well

Although you’ve likely eaten an ungodly amount of pasta this year, this dish puts a beautiful taste to a student favourite. Here’s what you’ll need to enjoy this vegetarian-friendly classic:

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 142ml tub double cream
  • 2 garlic cloves , peeled, but left whole
  • 50g parmesan , half grated, half shaved
  • 250g tagliatelle

Asparagus cream pasta can be easily prepared within half an hour, and don’t be afraid to add a little personal touch either. This dish is easily adaptable to fit your personal preferences; adding some black pepper is a solid addition. You can check out the complete recipe here with BBC Good Food.

Smoky Spanish Chicken

Easy Valentine's Day Recipes
Source: Taste of Home

Both incredibly easy, and incredibly tasty, smoky Spanish chicken is a simple way to that special someone’s heart. All you need for this one is:  3 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1-1/2 cups baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

This is another dish that is easily prepared in half an hour, and we have no doubt you’ll look incredibly impressive while doing so. Again, don’t be afraid to spice it up a little by putting your personal touch to it. You can find directions (which come complete with a handy video) at Taste of Home.

Vegan Chilli

Easy Valentine's Day Recipes
Source: So Vegan

Despite the seemingly daunting list of ingredients, this vegan chilli recipe is deceptively simple. Perhaps the most flexible dish on the entire list, here are the essentials for this heart meal:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 15oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (3 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (1 3/4 cups cooked)
  • 1 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (1 3/4 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup TVP
  • 2 15oz cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/8-1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

One of the big upsides of this dish is that cooking the day before serving is actually recommended, so this might be the ideal pick for those of us who are smoother outside of the kitchen than in it. You can get the complete set of instructions plus some handy recommendations for toppings here at The Curious Chickpea.

Seafood Spaghetti

Easy Valentine's Day Recipes
Source: Delish

This seafood spaghetti has one of the best effort-impressiveness ratios, something that is absolutely essential when it comes to doing Valentine’s Day right. Here’s all you’ll need to win their heart:

  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb. scallops, patted dry
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 c chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

This impressive assortment can be assembled into a stunning spaghetti dish in well under an hour, with these simple instructions from Delish.

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