Going out to eat on Valentine's Day can be expensive, stress-inducing and, at the end of the night, not even that satisfying. Skip the crowds and prix fixe menus, and instead, make dinner at home this year. The entire family will love these recipes and you'll love the money, time and energy you'll save by spending the evening with the people that mean the most to you. Valentine's Day is about showing people you care, and nothing says you care more than a homemade meal!
15 Valentine's Day Meal Ideas Your Family Will Love
1. Fig and Ricotta Crostini
You'll want to start a festive meal with a festive appetizer to get everyone in the mood. Crostini aren't just delicious — they're simple to make, too. Figs and ricotta pair together for a sweet bite before the meal.
2. Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Lemon Dressing
Take advantage of seasonal produce, like Brussels sprouts and pomegranates, and make a beautiful salad for the table. You can even make this salad ahead of time so you have one less dish to worry about the night of dinner.
3. Arugula Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
4. Wild Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
You can have risotto for a romantic Valentine's Dinner and not wreck your New Year's Resolution to eat healthy! Swap risotto rice for quinoa, and enjoy this lovely dish as a main course or paired with grilled fish as a side.
5. Stuffed Salmon
6. Shallot and Scallion Risotto with Grilled Lobster
Nothing says "date night" or "special occasion" like grilled lobster! Pair with an easy homemade shallot and scallion risotto that will have you happy you're eating at home because you might want to lick the plate.
7. Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon
Take heart-healthy salmon to the next level by grilling filets on a cedar plank. (Trust us, it adds a ton of flavor). Then, turn your salmon dinner into a picnic the next day with these salmon salad wraps. They're a great way to re-use your leftovers and give you an excuse to keep the Valentine's Day festivities going strong.
8. Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta
9. Simple Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
10. Grill-Roasted Strawberry Crostini Sundaes
11. Mini Chocolate Mousse Cakes
It's basically a requirement to have a fancy chocolate on Valentine's Day. Make yours extra-special by baking rich single-serving chocolate cakes. Top them with an easy-to-make delicious mousse and sprinkle with tangy pomegranate arils.
12. Heart Cut-Out Cupcakes
If you're short on time, take a little help from the store. All you need are store-bought icing and cupcakes, food coloring and a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make these adorable cut-out cupcakes.