Romantic Dinner Ideas (+ My Valentine’s Day Meal Plan)


A regretful date night with genuine food

A regretful date night with genuine food

Call me unromantic, though I’m not a vast fan of going out on Valentine’s Day. Being one of a many renouned days of a year to go out, babysitters can be tough to find and many restaurants are packed!

I privately consider it is many some-more relaxing to ready a regretful cooking for dual during home and have a date night in after a kids are in bed. With some formulation and a few special touches, a image during home can feel as special as a night out. And we competence even have some income left to spend on gifts!

(If you’re an introvert like me and are already sole on a thought of date night in, corkscrew down for my favorite regretful cooking menu and selling list!)

Reasons to Make a Romantic Dinner during Home

I’m a initial to contend Mom and Dad should come initial and make a unchanging date together a priority. we also know that the the thought of cooking and soaking dishes when we already do that many nights substantially doesn’t sound a many appealing.

My answer is to select really elementary recipes and let a peculiarity of a mixture pronounce for themselves. We customarily opt for a elementary beef cooking for a categorical image and a bottle of wine.

Staying in can still be special (and totally delicious!) and now indeed is my welfare for a following reasons:

  • No babysitter required
  • Saves money
  • Anything we wish can be on a menu (when you’re not profitable a babysitter, we can splurge on a food!)
  • We get to collect a music
  • Special diets simply accommodated
  • There’s an open bar (with many improved booze than we could get in a restaurant)
  • No highlight about picking out an outfit
  • Dancing is always an option

We can even watch a film after dinner, though we get to watch it in pajamas though a smell of feign butter and MSG!

My Favorite Date Night Meal for Two: Menu Recipes

The following is a favorite menu for a special cooking on date night in. Even with reward ingredients, it is still many cheaper than eating out and going to a movie. We change a menu a tiny any year, though in a opinion this tasty cooking is tough to tip for deliciousness and simplicity. In fact, these are so elementary they frequency even need recipes!

The Menu

  • Grilled Cajun Shrimp
  • Porterhouse Steaks with Balsamic Reduction Sauce
  • Roasted Cauliflower with Butter and Cheese
  • Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing
  • Fruit with homemade Chocolate Fondue

Here’s a finish menu, selling list, and of march how to make it:



  • 2 grass-fed steaks (or separate one) – porterhouse, ribeye, strip, or filet mignon
  • 12 wild-caught Gulf shrimp
  • 4 TBSP butter, melted
  • spices of choice – salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, or cayenne
  • ½ crater balsamic vinegar


  • 1 conduct of cauliflower or 1 bag frozen
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • spices of choice – garlic, salt, pepper, herbs, etc.
  • 4 oz tender cheese, grated


  • small bag of organic spinach
  • homemade salad salsa (½ crater olive oil, 2 TBSP red booze vinegar, a eruption of dijon mustard, salt, pepper, oregano, marjoram, garlic to taste)


  • strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, and clementines
  • ¼ crater organic complicated defeat cream
  • 1 dim chocolate bar 70% cocoa or higher, organic is best
  • 1 TBSP Amaretto or Frangelico (optional though rarely recommended)


  • a bottle of good booze or stimulating H2O with floating raspberries if we don’t drink


  1. Things we can do in advance: Set a table. Prepare salad and put into bowls with any preferred vegetables or toppings and cool until serving. Make salad salsa (just put mixture for salsa into jar and shake until blended) and have prepared with salad. Cut fruit and ready on platter for fondue, gripping in fridge until after dinner.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. Cut cauliflower into vast florets and cloak uniformly with melted butter and minced garlic, shower with salt and pepper, and put into stew image and cover.
  4. Put in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once. Top with cheese for final 5 minutes. Turn off oven and leave in to stay comfortable if finished before steak.
  5. Meanwhile, butter another stew image and place shrimp in a singular layer. Drizzle with 4 TBSP of melted butter. Season with garlic, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning or cayenne. Place in oven for 8-9 mins total, flipping once median through. Remove from oven when done.
  6. Once cauliflower and shrimp are in oven, deteriorate beef on both sides with a inexhaustible volume of sea salt and burst pepper. Put onto preheated griddle vessel or skillet and griddle 4-6 minutes. Flip and repeat on other side. Remove griddle vessel from feverishness and let steaks rest, lonesome loosely, for 12-15 mins until they strech an inner temp of 130°F. Remove from vessel and let rest during slightest another 5 mins before serving.
  7. Once steaks have been private from skillet or griddle pan, flow balsamic vinegar onto a vessel (might need low heat) and let revoke for a integrate mins to deglaze a pan. Pour vessel salsa into tiny bowls for dipping.
  8. Put steaks onto plate, side with cauliflower and shrimp. Keep balsamic rebate on side for dipping. Serve with salads and booze or stimulating H2O with raspberries.
  9. After dinner, make a fondue (might need to digest a while first!) by heating complicated cream in a tiny vessel until simmering. Turn feverishness off, and supplement chocolate bar (break into pieces as we go). Let lay 2 minutes, and drive solemnly to stir in chocolate. When chocolate is totally melted, supplement Amaretto or Frangelico if preferred and offer with fondue forks (or unchanging forks) and cut fruit.
  10. Enjoy a romantic dinner with a believe that we are giving your adore a present of health!

Other Healthy Romantic Dinner Ideas

Over a years we’ve attempted many opposite romantic dinner ideas, from imagination French recipes to (heart-shaped) homemade pizza. Some accumulation of pasta image used to be a favorite date night image (my father is Italian), though when we started carrying to equivocate a lot of grains for health reasons, we started to consider about a healthier date night menu.

Here’s explanation healthy can be delicious:

  • Coconut Chicken Curry over rice with Sesame Garlic Broccolini
  • Slow Roasted Beef Bourguignon (like imagination French pot fry in a red booze sauce)
  • Chicken Piccata with Roasted Vegetable Salad
  • Smothered Pork Chops with Roasted Mushrooms and Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

And how about one of these desserts?

  • Coconut Panna Cotta
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Truffles (make or buy)

Mouth watering yet?

Bonus: Most of a suggestions above are also one-pan or can be done in a delayed cooker or Instant Pot forward of time. Which means some-more time to spend with your desired one!

What is your ideal regretful date? Will we try this one? Talk to me below!

what to ready for a date

what to ready for a date



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