Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you out of luck with getting a reservation or not sure what to make for dinner? Well, staying in and having a romantic homemade dinner is always a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. You can save money, spend more time with each other, and even make dinner together as a fun couples activity. Here are some of the best dinner ideas that will make Valentine’s Day a special night for you and your significant other.
Chicken parmesan is the perfect comfort meal for Valentine’s Day dinner night. It is fairly simple to make and doesn’t have many ingredients. You’ll just need chicken breast, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, and a pasta of your choice. Serve with a bottle of excellent red wine, and this dinner will be sure to be tasty and romantic.
A pasta dish that is indulgent and simple to make is spaghetti carbonara. To make a buttery cream sauce, you’ll need spaghetti or fettuccine pasta, pancetta, and the necessary ingredients. Pair this dish with a bottle of white wine, and your Valentine’s night will be off to a tasty start.
Chicken marsala is another chicken dish that will elevate your Valentine’s Day dinner. A typical chicken marsala takes around 30 minutes, making it relatively quick. This buttery, creamy, and mushroomy meal will have your taste buds in heaven if you do it right. Pair this meal with a bottle of white wine.
A healthy choice for Valentine’s Day dinner is blackened salmon. Salmon is tender, light, and able to be seasoned in many different ways. A tasty way to flavor your salmon would be smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Blackening the salmon in a cast-iron skillet with this seasoning mixture rubbed on will create a delicious crust. Pair the salmon with a fresh salad and a glass of red wine to complete this tasty and healthy meal for two.
Blending seafood and pasta is a nice combo for Valentine’s Day dinner. Shrimp alfredo is creamy, cheesy, and buttery. This dish is best made with either fettuccine or spaghetti-shaped pasta. Don’t forget to squeeze a little bit of lemon to unlock more flavors. Pair this meal with a bottle of white wine.
Another chicken dish staple is chicken piccata. This meal is quick to make and incredibly delicious. You’ll need some lightly breaded chicken in a buttery lemon cream sauce with capers. A bottle of white wine is a perfect complement to a chicken piccata dish.
Seared scallops are one of the easiest seafood dishes to whip up for Valentine’s Day dinner. Pan-sear your scallops and drizzle a buttery cream sauce over the top. Less than 10 minutes, and you have a delicious meal for two. This is another meal that goes great with a bottle of white wine.
Surf and Turf
A surf and turf will do that if you want to truly elevate your homemade Valentine’s Day dinner. A tasty combo would be lobster tails and steak. Fresh, juicy lobster and a tender steak, all united together, in a buttery sauce, your stay-in Valentine’s Day dinner just got fancy. This will be on the pricier side, but this dish will make the night very special. Pair this meal with a lovely bottle of red wine.
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Tips for a Special Valentine’s Day Dinner
A special Valentine’s Day dinner starts with planning ahead. Now that you have some dinner ideas in mind, you should decide which meal you want to make.
- Find the right recipe. You know the meal. Now look for a recipe that fits precisely what you want to make. This will include all the ingredients needed, plus any sides.
- Cook together. It’s Valentine’s Day, so this is a time to celebrate and be together as much as possible. Make dinner fun and do it all together. From grocery shopping, prep work, and cooking, doing it all as a team will make the night special.
- Set the environment. You might not be at a fancy restaurant, but make it feel that way! Set the table, light candles, dim the lights, and put on a classic playlist. Create a dining experience that is both romantic and special to you and your loved one, whatever it is you two enjoy.