Can you smell this? No, I’m not talking about the food… I’m talking about LOOOOOVE! Yes sir!
LOVE IS IN THE AIR!!!
Cupid’s special day is just around the corner and I thought perhaps you’d be looking for a little bit of cooking inspiration in preparation for this romantic evening.
So, I’ve put together a collection of 14 of my favorite Valentine’s Day Recipes. Well, technically, they’re not Valentine’s Day Recipes per se, in a sense that they are not meant to be enjoyed exclusively on Valentine’s Day, you know. But all of them are dishes that I would personally LOVE to make for my significant other on that special day, if I did have a significant other to even cook for, that is…
Most of these dishes are very light and fairly easy to prepare, so you won’t have you spend the entire day slaving in the kitchen, or end up being so stuffed after dinner that you’ll barely be able to lift a finger. After all, you may need to have a little bit of energy left in you for a few *ahem* enjoyable activities, if you know what I mean…
Right, let’s not go there… let’s take a look at them dishes instead, shall we?
FILLET OF SOLE OVER MANGO AND CHAYOTE SALAD
A lightly pan-seared fillet of Sole served over a Mango and Chayote Salad: this one would make for a great appetizer, one that is totally restaurant worthy but also incredibly easy to make.
While the fish has to be cooked at the last minute, you could very well make the salad ahead of time, if you wanted to win some precious minutes and spend them with the love of your life.
GRAPEFRUIT AND GINGER TUNA TATAKI
You’re looking at some beautiful tuna that’s been quickly seared and marinated in a sweet and tangy pink grapefruit and ginger marinade.
This Grapefruit and Ginger Tuna Tataki is simple, fresh and delicious, could very well be made ahead of time, and again, would make for a fantastic appetizer or be served as a light meal, with a side of white rice and a handful of fresh greens.
This delicious Two-Salmon Tartare uses both fresh and smoked salmon; it is so incredibly tasty, it’s bound to become your new ultimate favorite tartare recipe!
Can be made a few hours in advance and is absolutely perfect served as an appetizer or light meal, with a few crispy tostones or crackers.
BEEF TATAKI FOR TWO
As pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, this Beef Tataki for 2 is the perfect prelude to a beautiful evening with that special someone.
Can even be made ahead of time so the two of you get to spend more time together. Goes fantastic with a glass of red wine, too… just sayin’, you know!
Turn the ordinary into extraordinary with these beautiful beef pinwheels, stuffed with Sweet Roasted Bell Peppers, Baby Spinach Leaves and Shaved Parmesan Cheese.
While these will have you spend more time in the kitchen, the “meat roll” can very well be made and cut into individual pinwheels ahead of time; the finished medallions will cook in just a few minutes!
SPICED APPLE BRAISED LAMB SHANKS
Here’s a dish that will require a little more time to prepare, but most of it is cooking time, so you won’t even need to attend to it. And once it’s ready, you can just keep it warm until you are ready to eat. Trust me, this one is in no hurry, it’ll wait for you very patiently.
And honestly, the flavor combination of this dish is so astonishing, it tastes just like it has been created by an assemblage of angels. How appropriate, don’t you think? I’m sure Cupid would approve!
CHICKEN BREASTS WRAPPED IN SWEET POTATO STRINGS
Okay, I’ll give it to you. This dish is a little bit more elaborate, but if you’re looking to impress the lucky person who will be sharing your table that night, this might very well be the way to go!
Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with tangy Goat Cheese, walnuts and cranberries, all wrapped up in crispy, perfectly golden Sweet Potato Strings… need I say more?
CHICKEN CASSEROLE WITH CHANTERELLES AND GOAT CHEESE
Big chunks of chicken, chanterelle mushrooms, soft goat cheese, dried apricots and crunchy pistachio come together heavenly in this creamy and delicious casserole.
I say it’s a one-pot dish that’s sure to win you much compliments… and perhaps even more!
ORANGE GINGER SALMON FILLET
If you’re looking for something super fresh and light, then this one’s definitely for you. The salmon fillets get infused with the tangy flavors of orange and ginger before getting quickly grilled and served over an elegant and refreshing bed of spiralized daikon radish and carrots.
As tasty as it is pretty!
MAPLE WALNUT CRUSTED SALMON
So deliciously tasty, this quick and easy Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon is bound to become a favorite. In fact, it’s one of those recipes that you’ll want to know by heart! Get it? By heart! Heart, love, Valentine’s Day…
Okay, I think I need to work on that one. But seriously, I mean it. This one is a true winner: Quick, easy and absolutely delicious. Score!
SPINACH AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN
This one is a tad on the time consuming side, but I could NOT not include this recipe, as it happens to be one of my all time favorites. And if your better half happens to be a lover of all things pork, well then I can guarantee that they will be your number one fan for all of eternity if you make this recipe for them…
We’re talking juicy pork tenderloin stuffed with spicy Homemade Italian Sausage (although you don’t absolutely HAVE to make your own), spinach and mushrooms, all wrapped up in smokey, crispy bacon.
Total pork heaven for any pork lover!
QUICK & EASY DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
No Valentine’s Day dinner would be complete without some kind of a chocolate dessert, now, would it? Well, here’s a quick and easy one for you, if you want to put a more-than-decent dessert on the table that won’t take more than a few minutes to make.
Plus, despite being entirely dairy free and refined sugar free, this Dark Chocolate Mousse is so insanely rich and delicious, you’ll probably end up making it all the time!
PALEO OPERA CAKE
If you’re willing to spend a great chunk of time in the kitchen to work on a special Valentine’s Day dessert, this Paleo Opera Cake would definitely earn you many, many points…
It seriously tastes just like the finest traditional Opera cakes of this world but contains no grains, no dairy and no refined sugar. Honestly, it’s so good, it’s worth every single calorie and every single second you’ll spend working on it.
And hey, about them extra calories… I’m sure you can think of many ways to burn them off!
MAPLE SYRUP MOUSSE CAKE
If you really, truly want to WOW your loved one’s eyes and taste buds, then you should definitely consider this pure maple syrup masterpiece. Granted, this cake does NOT come together quickly or even easily, for that matter, but it does come with guaranteed oooohs and aaaaaahs… and well very probable, you know… *wink wink*
This is one of my favorite creations ever! Hey, you gotta admit that it is a pretty spectacular cake, and I have no doubt that, if you choose to give it a go, all your hard work will be greatly rewarded.
If you have your heart set on making that magnificent and scrumptious cake, you’re gonna have to get your hands on a copy of my book, because sadly, the recipe isn’t available on the blog.
It’s entirely worth it, I swear. Plus, you’ll get access to so many other great recipes, too! Indeed, I’ve got plenty other great recipes you would fall in love with in Paleo Home Cooking!
In case I didn’t get you covered here!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO YOU!