In preparation for the month of love, we share our favorite Valentine Dinner ideas. Instead of going out this year, why not try cooking for your valentine? You can save money and have a meal that is perfectly suited to your taste. Cocktails, appetizers, main courses and desserts all come together to create a date night you’ll relish for months to come. Whether you’re sharing with your honey or your gal pals, we know you’ll fall in love with these romantic Valentine’s dinner ideas.
Don’t forget to set the mood thirty minutes before dinner by lighting a few of your most favorite candles. The candlelight will set the tone for romance and the dinner will be made that much more special.
Decadent Dinner Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Start off your night with a signature honey cocktail. While we can’t say that they’re good for you (it is booze, after all!), they aren’t full of artificial colors and processed sugar. And, a drink is always better when it’s crafted by someone you love.
A Sweetheart Martini is a beautiful cocktail that’s infused with a rose honey infusion. What says “I love you” better than that? Well, maybe a bunch of whole red roses, depending on your preferences. We recommend using Blueberry honey for this, as it has a fruity, buttery flavor that compliments the rose infusion well. We also suggest Tito’s Vodka in case you don’t have a preference!
Next, we have a Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade that is as elegant as it is yummy. This is a perfect drink to have for your dinner if you prefer something that is alcohol free-or if you like to customize what you put into your cocktails. Replace the strawberries with blackberries or juicy nectarines for something even more colorful and sweet.
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Valentine Dinner Ideas
After your cocktail (or during), share an easy bee-inspired appetizer. Savory and elegant, these can easily be modified into true Valentine’s recipes by laying the food out on a bed of rose petals before serving. Wouldn’t that be beautiful?
Easy Valentine Appetizer
This Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is so addictive, you’ll want to keep going back for more! This recipe was one of the first on our blog; it’s an oldie but a tried and true goodie that would make any date night meal completely divine.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
Grilled Artichokes may seem daunting, but have no fear! These spiky little flower buds are easier than you think (although they do take a little bit of time to cook up). The extra effort put into this dish makes it all the more tasty and worthwhile, trust us.
Grilled Artichokes with Vinaigrette
Valentine Menu for a Decadent Dinner
The main course of the meal should be the shining star of the dinner. These recipes will make cooking for Valentine’s easier and more elegant than ever.
Lamb is absolutely divine and meant for special occasions. It’s tender and juicy, and a good cut is well worth every penny spent. A Honey Glazed Lamb Rack would be a special treat for the evening. It doesn’t even take a long time to prepare!
Oven Roasted Lamb Chops with Honey Glaze
If seafood is more your speed, you will love this Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon. It’s sweet yet savory, with smoky cedar notes thanks to the preparation method. An absolute must try!
For a fix-it-and-forget-it meal, try our Sweet Classic Pot Roast. You can combine all of the ingredients and throw them into a crockpot, without having to worry about standing in the kitchen for hours. Feel free to try using chicken or lamb in this instead of beef. Make sure to use dark honey, like Avocado, that will stand up to the heat.
Classic Pot Roast
Fans of heat will love our Spicy Szechuan Chicken and Cashews. This one is really quick to cook up (a good stir fry should only take a few minutes, otherwise you overcook the vegetables). This would also be great with shrimp or beef.
Szechwan Chicken and Cashews
Valentine Desserts for Your Honey
Don’t think about cutting calories here! These Valentine Desserts are rich and decadent and definitely crafted with the idea of moderation in mind. They aren’t full of artificial ingredients though, so while the calorie count may be a little high, these recipes are still made from wholesome ingredients. Made with love by you.
Get Cooking with these Valentine Dinner Ideas!
If you decide to make Valentine’s Dinner at home, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!