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February 13, 2017 / Nicole Villeneuve

Easy Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

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February 14th is nearly upon us, and whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s an excellent excuse to make dinnertime extra special.

"Fancy" doesn't have to mean fussy, though. Coming up with Valentine’s Day meal ideas shouldn’t be stressful, so we’ve put together a selection of simple, delicious meals that will impress whoever you’re treating (even if it’s yourself!) in just a few ingredients.

As an added bonus, each is balanced with lean proteins, healthy fats and produce, so even if you’ve just started a clean eating meal plan you can go ahead and enjoy that second glass of celebratory wine. February 14th comes but once a year, so enjoy these Valentine's Day menu ideas and make it one to remember.

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

Simple but flavorful, this salmon from Recipe Tin Eats is restaurant-quality with none of the restaurant-style clean-up. Pair it with veggies and coconut rice and you have a meal fit for Cupid.

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Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

chicken sun-dried tomato pasta

Entirely simple but looks nice and fancy, this flavorful pasta dish from Well Plated pairs great with just about any wine. If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day meal ideas, this one is pure perfection.

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Roast Chicken with Fennel, Carrots and Gremolata

Roasted chicken with fennel

This roast chicken from The Kitchn is a cooking classic, with almost no clean-up. Plus, you'll get to teach each other what a gremolata is!

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Thai-Style Coconut Lemongrass Mussels

thai-style coconut lemongrass mussels

If ever there was an occasion to make mussels, it’s Valentine’s Day. Check out Jamie Oliver’s easy, delicious take on the dish.

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Vegetarian Lasagna

vegetarian cheese eggplant spinach lasagna

Not all ideas for Valentine’s Day meals have to include meat. For a vegetarian twist, Ciao Veggie’s super simple vegetarian lasagna is as comforting as it is delicious: who says celebratory food has to be complicated? Pair with a green salad.

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Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade peanut butter cups

Because you’ll need dessert. Baker by Nature has you covered with these limited ingredient chocolate-peanut butter bites.

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The Takeaway

Planning meals for special occasions doesn’t mean straying away from the healthy meal planning regiment you may already be on. Valentine’s Day meals can be both healthy and delicious!

This Valentine’s Day think outside the box by putting a simple, but healthy spin on date night. What’s more romantic than preparing something that makes you and your partner feel as good as it tastes?

Nicole Villeneuve
Director of Content @ PlateJoy

Nicole Villeneuve is the Director of Content Strategy at PlateJoy and a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. A graduate of Yale University, she previously worked in book publishing, with a focus on cookbooks and health, and ran the food blog Paper and Salt. Her writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Daily Beast. Nicole lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, reading, exploring new restaurants, and running by the ocean. You can (very occasionally) find her on Twitter.

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