10 Date Night Recipes for Valentine’s Day and Beyond
I’m always on the prowl for romantic ideas to use as date night recipes for myself and my husband to enjoy. Especially these days – at the time of writing this, we’re still very much in quarantine and indoor dining seems like a tall tale. To help others who are stuck at home on Valentine’s Day, I’ve developed this list of my favorite recipes for creating a romantic meal at home. These recipes are also great for any special occasion, so whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, or cooking for your family and friends, these recipes are sure to impress.
Why Cooking At Home Is Better Than Eating Out
(especially on Valentine’s Day!)
Here’s why I’d suggest spending the night in for a cooking date night rather than going out to a restaurant for Valentine’s Day:
- Avoid the Valentine’s mark-up on prix fixe menus.
- Cooking for yourself is bound to be healthier.
- The menu is 100% customizable to your tastes and dietary needs.
Pull out the candles and cue that romantic playlist on Spotify – it’s time to make dinner plans!
If you love to cook with wine, and cook while drinking wine, this dish is for you. I recommend popping open a bottle to share as you cook – don’t drink it all though! Make sure to set aside enough to put in the dish. This classy baked pasta dish can be made with either ground lamb or ground beef.
#4 Peruvian Spatchcock Chicken
This is the easiest recipe with the least amount of effort required – click through to see why I call this my Little Black Dress recipe. Wear a little black dress while eating this no-fuss dish- or not. (Another benefit of cooking at home – wear what you want!)
#10 Sheet Pan Breakfast Hash
True, this isn’t a dinner recipe, but sometimes you gotta brunch it instead! When Valentine’s day falls on a Sunday (like this year!) or if you just want a more laid-back date that starts early in the day, this breakfast hash recipe is for you. Serve this easy breakfast hash with mimosas for a truly fun and relaxed day.