Aaack! Is it possible that Valentine’s Day is upon again (already?!)? Omar and I are not big on holidays, especially ones like Valentine’s Day, which are barely a blip on the Moroccan radar. We don’t exchange gifts, but we do try to plan for a special meal at home that doesn’t get devoured in front of the latest episode of [Insert Mad Men, Downton Abbey, the Americans, Modern Family, 24, etc.].
In past years, Omar and I celebrated with lobster dinner, homemade hamburgers and buns, and of course, special desserts. That said, I know Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, at least not in that lovey-dovey way. Still, if you live in the US, it’s hard to escape the doilies, hearts, teddy bears, and chocolate mash-up with enough red that makes every store look it’s celebrating a Chinese wedding.
If a fancy meal at a luxurious restaurant isn’t in the cards for you next weekend, you can still celebrate V-day and share a special meal with your loved ones, whether they are friends, significant others, kids, or parents. Good food is best when it’s shared around the table, and prepping it can be half the fun. Lucky for us, this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday which means you can spend the day cooking and eating together. Here are a few menus for inspiration.
Just pop open a bottle of bubbly and spread the love, no matter how you celebrate.
Blissful Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two (Young Love/Newlywed Style)
- Starter: Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Ricotta by Casa de Crews
- First Course: Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
- Main Course: Chicken in Caramelized Onion Wine Sauce by Family Foodie
- Dessert: Chocolate Tart or Mini Raspberry Trifles by My Turn for Us
Realistic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two (after the kids are in bed!)
- Main Course: Roasted Rack of Lamb with Vegetables
- Side: Garlickly Green Beans by Meal Diva
- Dessert: Red Wine Poached Pears
Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Dinner
- Salad: Brussels Sprout Salad
- Main Course: Quinoa Patties with Roasted Asparagus
- Dessert: Gluten Free Deep Dish Hot Fudge Brownies by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Valentine’s Day Dinner for the Family
- Main Course: Lentil Prosciutto Parmesan Pizza by Noshing with the Nolands
- Side/Salad: Caprese Chicken Panzanella Salad by the Family Foodie
- Dessert: Skillet S’mores! by My Turn for Us
- Salad: Southwestern Wedge Salad by Foxes Love Lemons
- Main: Butternut Squash Lasagna
- Dessert: Cherry Spritzer Ice Cream Float by Peanut Butter and Peppers
Or, just spend the day baking!
- French Macarons! These little guys are fussy and time consuming, but what better way to share the day with friends? Sip on some bubbly and bake away the day.
- Champagne and Roses Cupcakes by the Crumby Cupcake
- Make your own conversation hearts from The Food Network
**If baking and sweet treats are on your mind, I’ve got a collection of Valentine’s Day treats on my V-Day Pinterest board.**