If you haven’t figured out what to cook for your Valentine’s Day dinner, this might save you some time. Here you’ll find a couple of great dinner, cocktail, and dessert recipes that are as easy as if you’ve been making them for years.
- Creamy Thyme Chicken with Sautéed Apples and Mushrooms
This delicious chicken dish only takes half an hour to make, so you won't feel any meal planning stress. Plus, the sweet flavor of sautéed apples will add something new to your regular old chicken recipe.
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 10-ounce package cremini mushrooms, quartered
- Kosher salt
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 2 Gala apples, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 4 small chicken legs (about 2 lbs)
- 1/2 c. dry white wine
- 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
- 6 sprigs thyme, plus more for serving
- 1/4 c. heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- Heat oven to 375°F. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large oven-safe skillet on medium-high. Add mushrooms and pinch of salt and cook, tossing occasionally, 5 minutes. Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add apples and butter to the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally until beginning to turn golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to a second plate and wipe the skillet clean.
- Return skillet to medium. Rub chicken with remaining Tbsp oil, season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, bone side up first, until browned on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes; drain excess fat. Turn chicken skin side up, add wine and cook for 1 minute, then add broth and thyme. Return apples to the skillet, transfer skillet to oven, and bake until chicken is cooked through (165°F), 7 to 8 minutes.
- Transfer chicken and apples to plate, discard thyme, and return skillet to medium heat. Whisk in cream and mustard, then fold in mushroom mixture and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve with chicken and apples and additional thyme if desired.
- Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon
If you want to cook something fancy without the need of much effort, this one's for you. This recipe requires only 4 ingredients and a few extremely easy instructions. So there’s just no reason to not try it, right?
- 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
- 1/3 cup real maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce (not low-sodium)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Freshly ground black pepper and chopped green onions (optional)
- In a mixing bowl whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce and garlic. Place salmon into a baking dish then pour maple syrup mixture evenly over salmon.
- Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes, carefully rotating salmon once halfway through. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees during the last 10 minutes of marinating salmon.
- Spray a 13 by 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray then transfer marinated salmon into a greased dish (don't discard marinade). Bake in a preheated oven until salmon is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pour marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat slightly and allow to cook several minutes, stirring frequently, until reduced to 1/4 cup.
- Serve salmon warm with 1 Tbsp of the maple soy glaze drizzled over top and black pepper and green onions if desired.
- Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks
Is your spouse Vegan? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on that too! This hearty cauliflower steak recipe is of the most delicious and filling vegan dinner alternatives ever and it’s fairly easy to make.
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 5 tbsp. canola oil
- 1/4 c. loosely packed cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/4 c. loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed with press
- 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
- Trim leaves and any excess stem from cauliflower. Stand cauliflower on the stem end and slice off about ¼ inch. Cut 2 slices from the center of cauliflower (each about 1 inch thick).
- Combine cumin and 1 tbsp. canola oil. Brush all over cauliflower slices.
- Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt.
- In a 12-inch oven-safe skillet, heat 2 tbsp. oil on medium-high until hot.
- Add cauliflower; cook for 3 minutes. Turn slices over.
- Place skillet in 425°F oven; roast 15 to 20 minutes or until stem is tender when pierced with a tip of a paring knife.
- Meanwhile, stir together cilantro, parsley, vinegar, garlic, jalapeño, remaining 2 tbsp. oil, and ⅛ tsp. salt.
- Spoon herb sauce onto finished "steaks."
- Margarita Cocktail
We’ve thrown in a very tasty cocktail recipe for those who’re planning a fancy dinner date. It couldn't get easier than this incredibly simple drink of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
- Optional: lime for rimming glass
- Optional: salt or sugar for rimming glass
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec (Cointreau)
- 3/4 ounce lime juice (fresh)
- Garnish: lime wedge
- Gather the ingredients. If desired, rim a chilled cocktail or margarita glass: Wet the rim with a lime wedge, then dip or roll it in a small dish of salt or sugar.
- Pour the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into the prepared glass with or without fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.
- Classic Chocolate Covered Strawberries
No one can resist the classic chocolate dipped strawberries as a Valentine’s Day dessert. And thankfully so because it's probably the easiest recipe you’ll ever make.
- 1 pt. strawberries
- 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse strawberries and pat dry with paper towels.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted.
- Dip strawberries in chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
These were our last-minute recipes for all the couples who prefer a cozy night in to making reservations for Valentine's Day. And we hope some of them will save your day.