The restaurants may be crowded but you can celebrate by creating a simple, elegant, romantic Valentine’s Day meal at home! Adjust the ambiance by “who” you will be dining with:
- If you don’t have kids at home then include romantic music and a more elegant table setting.
- If you are single with no special someone, invite a few friends and include fun conversation starters and some games after dinner.
- If you have kids joining you, get them involved and teach them about having a special dinner. They can help with selecting a festive table setting, washing the vegetables, selecting some music and practicing good table manners.
How about adding some special touches?
- Sparkling water with a few floating raspberries
- During dinner take turns sharing what qualities you really like in each other (this is GREAT for families to do too!)
- Set up a table by the fireplace and eat there to add to the cozy at home romantic ambiance
- Make invitations and request a certain attire – red pjs; formal; red or pink shirts
- Have a simple bouquet of red roses cut short for a romantic Valentine centerpiece
I’m all for healthy, delicious, easy to make meals. So here’s a great Romantic Valentine’s Day meal at home menu. Enjoy!!
Baked Chicken with Greek Island Sauce (You can substitute steak if you prefer)
Bake chicken breasts and/or thighs. Top with this delicious Greek Island Sauce1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 4 sliced green onions 1/2 tsp ground cumin pinch of salt pinch of pepper Add a bit of fresh mint, thyme, parsley or basil 1 cup chopped cucumber
Mix all ingredients together except cucumber. Brush chicken with some of the sauce part way through cooking. Add cucumbers to the remaining sauce. When you serve the chicken, spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.
Purchase enough asparagus for each person to have 4-8 spears (wash and cut ends)12 slices of bacon (may use pancetta if preferred) 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1 stick butter 1 TBSP Bragg Liquid Aminos (natural soy sauce alternative) 1/2 tsp garlic salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper
Bundle 4 asparagus spears. Wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Put them in a casserole dish. Combine the other ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and pour over the wrapped asparagus. Roast at 400° about 25 minutes or until they look done. Remove the toothpicks before serving if you’d like.
Lover Green Beans (a pretty romantic looking Valentine dish)
You can serve this dish cold or hot. If cold, blanche the green beens and allow them to cool. If hot, cook them to desired doneness and put toppings on right before serving.2 lbs green beans, trimmed Whisk the following together: 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp champagne or white wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Add before serving:1 cup toasted walnuts 1/2 cup dried cranberries Cheese to taste preference – parmesan; pecorino; feta
Make your favorite brownie mix for a 9×13 inch pan.
Mix until a consistency you can spread (add more half and half or sugar as needed)1 stick melter butter 4 tbsp half and half 2 tsp vanilla 4 cups powdered sugar Add some red food coloring to make it pink. Spread on cooled brownies. Then heat until melted and stir: 2 cubes unsweetened chocolate 4 tbsp butter Drizzle over frosting layer swirling to cover all the white. (I actually use 3 cubes of chocolate and 1 1/2 sticks of butter – YUM!!)
Cut the brownies into Valentine shapes and serve on red doilies garnished with raspberries.
Have fun and use your own variations to make this a very memorable romantic – and kid friendly – Valentine’s Day meal at home. What is your favorite Valentine’s Meal for the family?