20 Romantic Meal Ideas
Show your love this Valentine’s Day by cooking up a romantic meal for your sweetie. Single? Go the self-love route and make a fabulous feast all for yourself. Here are 20 romantic recipes for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner!
Vegans love lasagna, too. This is a perfect place to discover how tofu can stand in for ricotta cheese, with delicious results. The tomato sauce has a little kick from chiles which balances the assertive flavor of all the healthy greens in the dish.
Risotto is all about the rice and the stirring. Arborio is a short grain rice that makes its own sauce by giving off starch as it simmers in tasty stock. Cream adds a little richness to the dish, and a pile of earthy, meaty, seared mushrooms play off risotto’s delightful creaminess.
Quiche Lorraine may well have started the quiche fad in the 1970s, with its ever-popular combination of bacon, Swiss cheese and eggs cradled in a tender pastry crust. In this version, we skip the crust and trim the amount of bacon a bit, for a paleo-friendly feast.
Chicken cacciatore is Italian for “hunter’s chicken,” and it’s a classic, simple way to prepare poultry. This version has added vegetables and makes use of inexpensive leg pieces, which stew to tender perfection in the slow-cooker. Serving the flavorful sauce over brown rice stretches the meat, and makes use of every drop of chickeny goodness.
10. Mushroom Risotto
Dried mushrooms boost the meaty, mushroomy qualities of this hearty risotto. Make this with vegetable stock and it can be a vegetarian dish, or use chicken stock and add some cooked chicken for a main course.
Marsala is a deeply flavorful wine, and combined with meaty-tasting mushrooms, makes a sauce that deserves to be in your canon of recipes. It’s also versatile, and makes a great topper for beef, turkey, even tofu or tempeh.
In the classic French tradition, you will build this flavorful sauce in the pan by first reducing wine and lemon, then using it to deglaze the browned bits of fish. Whisking in butter forms an emulsified sauce that is best eaten immediately—which is easy to do, since the sauce is so incredibly delicious!