In preparation for the month of love, we wanted to share with you our favorite Valentine’s Day recipes. Instead of going out this year, why not try cooking for your valentine? You can save so much money and have a meal that is perfectly suited to your tastes. 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 Valentines meals.
Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes to Share with your Honey
Start off your night with a honey cocktail. While we can’t say that they’re good for you (it is booze, after all!), but 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 rose honey. 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 bubbly 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.
If you want something a little more herbal and refreshing, concoct this bubbly Cucumber and Rosemary honey gin drink. This spritzer is a little more grown up than the sparkling lemonade, but it’s just as beautiful and fun to make.
Easy Valentine’s Day Food Ideas to Start Your Meal
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?
This Noodle Salad is light and easy to make. Just boil pasta, toss in sauce, and you’re ready to serve! Modify this recipe by adding in:
- thinly sliced vegetables
- cooked shrimp
- hot peppers, for a kick
These Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are 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.
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.
Valentine’s Day Meals to Treat Your Love
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!
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 a dark honey, like Buckwheat, that will stand up to the heat of cooking well.
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 over cook the vegetables). This would also be great with shrimp or beef, and you can remove the nuts if there is an allergy concern.
Valentine’s Desserts for Your Honey
Don’t think about cutting calories here! These 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.
A rich Brownie Sundae would be a perfect end to your meal. Topped with ooey gooey vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, it would be just divine.
Honey Truffles are little bites of heaven-trust us! You can easily customize these to suite your taste. Add in nuts, sea salt, dried berries, or anything else you can imagine to make a sweet finish to a perfect meal.
For something fruity, pull together these Caramelized Pears. These are lighter than the other desserts we’ve featured, but they are just as elegant and special. Try using peaches or apricots instead of pears, if you want to experiment with the flavor of the dish.
Now Get Cooking!
If you decide to make a Valentine’s Dinner at home, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!