It is almost that time of the year again, hearts and oversized teddy bears are front and center of every major department store. Yep, I am talking about the season of love… Valentine’s day! This year skip the reservations and plan for a romantic night in.
(Original post date January 24, 2019 / Links and post updated Nov. 2, 2020)
There is nothing more romantic than a candlelit dinner in an overcrowded loud restaurant full of people that are doing the same thing as you… Right!
Okay, call me a cynic but I am not a fan of going out to eat on Valentine’s Day. The crowds, the noise, the food that has been rushed out because the restaurant overbooked themselves so either it is overcooked or undercooked or even a little of both.
Then there is the cost of it all… don’t get me started.
Celebrating your love should be anything but stressful and overwhelming. It should be relaxing and blissful, and it is easier than you think.
All you need is a good movie or your favorite show, a nice bottle of wine or rum (who am I to say what is romantic), and a simple delicious meal followed by a sweet treat.
I am sure you can handle the entertainment, that is the easy part. But! What about dinner?
No need to fear this list has everything you need to help you create a simple and delicious meal for your romantic night.
Valentines Romantic Night In Dinner Ideas
Scallop Shrimp Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomatoes
"This scallop shrimp pasta with burst cherry tomatoes is perfect for not only quick and simple weeknight meals but also fancy date night dinners…”
Chicken Wrapped Asparagus with Bacon
"A few simple ingredients, in a beautiful presentation, make bacon and chicken wrapped asparagus perfect for a holiday dinner, or an everyday meal."
Sous Vide Duck Breasts with Quick Orange Chocolate Sauce
“Tender, succulent duck breasts get a quick sear after their hot bath, and slathered in a gorgeous sauce. Savory Blood Orange Chocolate Sauce On SousVide Duck Breasts, served with a Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Mash is sure to“wow” even the most discerning palate! A special meal for two!”
Dijon Scallops with Mushrooms and Onion Spaghetti
"These Dijon Scallops with Mushroom and Onion Spaghetti is a quick simple dish you can whip up in under 30 minutes and limited dishes to be washed!"
Sausage and Shellfish Pasta
"There is nothing better after a long day than a nice big bowl of pasta that is unless you have a nice big bowl of Sausage and Shellfish Pasta."
Lobster Ravioli - Lemon Butter Limoncello Cream Sauce
“Sheet pan BAKED Lobster Ravioli in a Limoncello (Lemon Butter) Cream Sauce can be made ahead with wonton wrappers (no pasta) No boiling water or fuss!”
Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala
“Make a classic Olive Garden meal from the comfort of your home with this ultra flavorful stuffed Chicken Marsala recipe straight from the restaurant itself!”
Mussels With Pasta In White Wine Sauce
“Mussels Bucatini in a White White Sauce. It’s creamy, flavorful and so good! This is definitely a Valentine’s Day worthy meal.”
Baked Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast with Bacon
“This easy recipe makes the juiciest pesto stuffed chicken breast with bacon, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s the best way to make baked pesto chicken!”
Pistachio Blondies with Raspberry Swirl Hearts
“These pistachio blondies with white chocolate are decadent, chewy and delicious. They have crunch from chopped pistachios, sweetness from white chocolate, and the sharp raspberry puree is swirled into hearts. Perfect alone or topped with vanilla ice cream!”
Instant Pot Cheesecake with Oreos
“Instant Pot Cheesecake with Oreos is SO easy to make and produces a mouthwatering, creamy and gorgeous cheesecake that will ‘wow’ anyone who tries it. It may just be one of the best desserts you’ll ever try.”
Raspberry Linzer Cookies
“Buttery shortbread hearts are sandwiched with a sweet homemade raspberry jam filling. These classic Linzer cookies make a lovely holiday treat!”
Mulled Red Wine and Plum Sorbet
“Mulled wine spices add vibrant flavor notes to this Mulled Red Wine and Plum Sorbet… A light, refreshing finish to an elegant meal with a sprig of mint and a square of dark chocolate!”
The BEST Nutella Brownies
“Nutella Brownies that do NOT disappoint! These Nutella Brownies are packed with Nutella and melty chocolate chips, providing each bite with complete satisfaction. These brownies will easily become your new favorite dessert!”
Thank you to all the bloggers who submitted recipes and participated in Valentine’s Romantic Night In round-up and a special thank you for letting me use their photos to make this round-up that much yummier!!
This Valentines Day, forget the rush and the stress of the crowds. Save yourself some cash as well as sanity and enjoy a romantic night in.
If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day recipes and ideas check out Valentine’s Sweet Treats, Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two, and Family Valentines Day made simple.
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