Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Want to do something really special for that sweetie of yours? How about preparing a beautiful meal for the two of you to share … light some candles, crack open a bottle of wine? Or maybe you and your single friends want to get together for a night of eating, drinking, and friendship? Either way, when you cook a meal for your loved one(s) you get to skip out on the crowded restaurants, long lines, and save yourself a pretty penny (instead, maybe splurge on good wine and fancy chocolates for your sweetie!).

Here are some menu ideas to get your started:

Appetizers

I just posted about butter poached shrimp. They are AMAZING. If you’re cooking for a seafood lover, these are a great starter. Having a girls’ night? Shrimp cocktail and martinis sound like a great start to the night.

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Or, maybe you’re going for an Italian-themed dinner? These Salad Caprese towers not only look great, but are refreshing and light for a hearty pasta meal.

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If you’re looking for something a little on the sweet side and goes great with champagne … Goat Cheese and Roasted Pear Crostinis fit the bill.

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Sides and Salads

A sweet & tangy Watercress salad pairs well with just about any entree. You can mix it up by using your favorite cheese and nut combination to top.

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If your main entree is steak, or any other meat entree, creamed spinach pairs wonderfully!

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 Using this basic recipe, you can create Roasted Green Bean “Fries” to pair with any entree you prepare!

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 It’s pomegranate season and I’m currently obsessed with this tasty side dish:

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Main entrees

If you have the time, and really want to wow someone, try pairing the Caprese Salad with Classic Italian Lasagna and garlic bread:

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 Cooking for a vegetarian? These are some great options:

Spinach lasagna

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 Cashew Citrus Tofu

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Primavera Fettuccine Alfredo

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And for the meat lover:

My favorite steak recipe … ever

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For the garlic lover

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My favorite pork loin recipe (would go wonderfully with the pear salad above):

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Desserts

On Valentine’s Day you certainly need a sweet finishing touch, here are some ideas …

The Tiramisu recipe found in this post is easy and delicious:

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Dear chocolate lover, this stuff is dangerous:

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If fruit and cream is more your thing, this dessert is simple, yet elegant:

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I hope you’ve found some ideas for a sweet dinner with your lovebug, or best buds! There is nothing better than serving up a meal that is made with love and enjoyed by those you love. 😀

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2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

  1. Vanessa February 3, 2013 / 10:17 PM

    This looks sooo delicious.*_*
    I like your blog. Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.;)
    Lovely greets Nessa

  2. Vanessa February 4, 2013 / 1:41 AM

    Thank you so much for the follow.^^
    Follow you back on bloglovin #2.
    Hope you visit my blog again.

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