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The 32 Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas for Busy People

Not sure what to make for Valentine’s Day? Working late but want to treat your love to something special? Well, I’m not saying you shouldn’t also send flowers to your loved one’s office, I’m just saying you might actually have time to make them a delicious dinner as well.

Read on for quick, easy yet romantic & delicious dishes you can whip together after work – and just choose your number of courses according to the time you have.

When I started this blog I wasn’t really sure about my niche, or who my target audience was. But quite quickly it became clear to me – my target audience was those same people I’d been sharing my recipes with for so many years, even before I had a blog.

They were my friends – my hard working girlfriends, their almost as hard working boyfriends, my co-worker with three kids under the age of five and one of my besties who to my great horror confessed that she usually just had yoghurt for dinner. Those regular people just like you and I who would love to eat good, delicious food but just can’t seem to find the time to cook. Or they do, but they only cook the same 3 recipes they know & love & can finish in a rush.

So with Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to help you all make delicious Valentine’s Day Dinners at home. It doesn’t have to be hard, take a lot of time, or even be expensive. You don’t need to learn any new techniques (Spoiler alert: no risottos on this list! But if that is after all just what you’re craving then check out this Easy Shrimp Risotto Basil & Asparagus or this Creamy Mushroom Risotto.) or buy any fancy new equipment. You just need about half an hour to spare.

Oh, and since I like organizing stuff you’ll find the list in order of actual “cooking time”. You know, the time you need to stand there chopping & prepping & watching the pot bowl. Oven time (=shower time) excluded. My own estimation, of course, so I apologize for any mistakes.

In this guide you’ll find:

4 Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day Appetizers

8 Simple Dreamy Pasta Dishes for Valentine’s Day

8 Easy Meaty Mains for Valentine’s Day

8 Healthy Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinners

4 Simple & Delicious Valentine’s Day Desserts

Which recipe is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day Appetizers

5 minutes + 10 minutes in the oven:
Broiled Lobster Tails

5 minutes + 30 minutes in the oven:
Baked King Crab Legs

10 minutes:
Sautéed Garlic Butter Shrimp

20 minutes:
Rum-Spiked Smoked Salmon Tartare

8 Simple Dreamy Pasta Dishes for Valentine’s Day

top view of salmon spinach pasta

15 minutes:
Salmon Spinach Pasta

15-minute cherry tomato pasta with spinach and walnuts in a black skillet on a white table decorated with cherry tomatoes on a branch and basil leaves

15 minutes:
Cherry Tomato Pasta with Spinach and Walnuts

20 minutes:
Caramelized Figs Prosciutto Mushroom Ravioli

20 minutes:
Cajun Salmon Pasta

25 minutes:
Greek Shrimp Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Feta

Creamy red wine chicken pasta with chanterelles and white button mushrooms in black pan on white surface

30 minutes:
Creamy Red Wine Chicken Pasta

30 minutes:
Shrimp Pesto Fettucine

30 minutes:
Cauliflower Scampi in Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce

8 Easy Meaty Mains for Valentine’s Day

10 minutes + 20 minutes in the oven:
One Pan Parmesan Pork Chops and Asparagus

Quick one-pan pork chops and mushrooms with red wine and thyme on a plate on a white surface with a pumpkin and a black cast iron skillet and some thyme

15 minutes:
One-pan Pork Chops and Mushrooms with Red Wine and Thyme

15 minutes + 30-40 minutes in the oven:
Sticky Asian Blood Orange Chicken

20 minutes + 25 min in the oven:
Roma Stuffed Chicken Breasts

25 minutes:
One Pan Bacon and Dijon Mustard Chicken

25 minutes + 35 minutes in the oven:
Steak and Potato Stacks

30 minutes:
Grilled Lamb Chops with Bleu Cheese Herb Butter

35 minutes:
Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée

8 Healthy Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinners

10 minutes:
Caprese Salad with Cashews & Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

one-pan fish & broccoli in lemon butter caper sauce in a cast iron skillet

10 minutes + 10 minutes in the oven:
One-pan Fish & Broccoli in Lemon Butter Caper Sauce

10 minutes + 20 minutes in the oven:
Honey-Lime Roasted Sheet Pan Salmon & Vegetables

Lemon Pepper Salmon with Garlic Roasted Broccoli and Feta Yoghurt Sauce on a plate

10 minutes + 15 minutes in the oven:
Lemon Pepper Salmon with Garlic Roasted Broccoli and Feta Yogurt Sauce

15 minutes + 30 minutes marinating time:
Scallops with Zucchini Noodles & Pistachio Mint Pesto

20 minutes:
Steak with Citrus and Avocado Salad

20 minutes:
Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

30 minutes:
Seared Scallops and Keto Cauliflower Risotto

4 Simple & Delicious Valentine’s Day Desserts

2 minutes:
Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

10 min + 10 min in the oven:
Passion Fruit Gino

10 min + 10 min cooling time:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

30 min + 4 hours setting time:
White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse with Raspberry Compote

Want to make something delicious for your loved one for Valentine's Day, but don't have a lot of time? Then this guide is for you! I've gathered the 32 best quick and easy Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas in one place - complete with appetizers, dreamy pastas, healthier dishes, meaty mains and desserts! #alwaysusebutter #valentinesday


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