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Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipe Ideas

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, a delicious meal with your valentine is non-negotiable. Food is the way to the heart, right? 


Although you can always let someone else do the cooking and take advantage of your local restaurant’s specials on February 14, you’ll really wow your sweetheart by going the homemade route with one of these Valentine’s Day dinner ideas, made to feed two lovebirds.


All of these Valentine’s Day meals are easy enough for any home chef, whatever the skill level. Some are heavy on the comfort (creamy, cheesy pasta bakes), others are hearty enough for the carnivore in your life (a flavorful steak dinner), and a few will bring out your creative side by infusing regional flavours and cuisines (shrimp curry and rice). 


Whichever dish you choose to prepare, you’ll be sure to make your dinner date swoon — and ask for seconds. But if you really want to mimic a restaurant experience right at home, make it a three-course dinner by pairing it with an appetizer of some sort and a festive dessert that’s as sweet as your love.


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Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week. It’s the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day dinner to make at home.

Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana

My husband used to order chicken parmigiana at restaurants for years. I found this cheesy chicken parmesan recipe in our local newspaper, adjusted it for two and began making this at home. After 50 years of marriage, I still enjoy making his favourite recipes.

Homemade Fettuccini Alfredo

This easy Alfredo sauce is creamy, comforting and finely coats fettuccine noodles. This recipe is wonderful as is, but sometimes I like to add sliced fresh mushrooms and black olives that have been sautéed in butter and garlic.

Parmesan Pork Medallions

Here’s one of the best pork medallion recipes I’ve found. With my special tweaks, I have served this tender pork countless times for family and friends. It takes very little prep time and adapts easily to serve any number. 

Air-Fryer Garlic-Butter Steak

This quick and easy air-fryer steak recipe is restaurant-quality. It’s about to become a staple at your house, too. 

Slow-Cooker Italian Chicken

My father used to love it when I made this slow-cooker Italian chicken. Since it includes a flavorful tomato sauce, it’s especially good served over pasta or rice.

Cranberry Short Ribs

We live in the Yukon bush, so I pick wild cranberries for this incredibly tender comfort food. I sometimes substitute moose for the beef. 

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally wonderful. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavours, and it won’t hurt your budget!

Quick Carbonara

Carbonara is a dinnertime classic, but my version cuts down on the time it takes to make. Loaded with ham, bacon, olives, garlic and Parmesan, it certainly doesn’t skimp on flavour. 

Four-Cheese Stuffed Shells

More cheese, please! You’ll get your fill from saucy jumbo pasta shells loaded with four kinds, ricotta, Asiago, mozzarella and cottage cheese. Do the prep work, and then freeze according to the recipe directions to have a ready-to-bake meal.

Tenderloin With Herb Sauce

Tender pork is treated to a rich and creamy sauce with a slight kick, thanks to red pepper flakes. This hearty dish is very simple to prepare and always a dinnertime winner.

Best Veal Scallopini

I found the best veal scallopini recipe in a magazine and adjusted it to suit our family’s tastes. Delicate, fine-textured veal requires only a short cooking time, making this simple entree even more attractive.

Goat Cheese And Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This spinach-stuffed chicken breast recipe is special to me because it has so much flavour, yet not too many calories. I love Italian food, but most of the time it is too heavy. This is a healthy twist on an Italian dish!


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