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February 13, 2017 / Nicole Villeneuve

Ingredients for Romance: Simple Valentine's Day Menu Ideas

Paleo coconut brownies

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. That's why 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 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

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.

Chicken and 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. Perfection.

Roast Chicken with Fennel, Carrots and Gremolata

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!

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.

Vegetarian Lasagna

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.

Peanut Butter Cups

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

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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