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7 Reasons to Cook Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Our favourite recipes for a romantic night in.

While there are plenty of things to do on Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing wrong with spending an intimate night at home—and it’s always nice to put your culinary skills to good use. Whether you want to cook something simple or prepare a multi-course meal, have meat or go vegetarian, we’ve searched the WL Recipe Finder to help you plan the perfect date night at home.

Cocktail Hour


Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Let your date know they’re the bees knees with this simple cocktail, which is a combination of gin, fresh lemon juice and a little bit of honey. Without having to fuss over an elaborate drink, you can focus on the meal ahead.

To Start


Roasted Beet and Squash Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

Not only are roasted beets a perfect way to warm up in the winter, the candied pecans offer a little sweetness for your sweetheart. This recipe is easy, and dressed (with a balsamic-and-mustard vinaigrette) to impress.

Main Course


Spatchcocked Chicken

For the main course, show off your skills in the kitchen with this spatchcocked chicken, which can be either roasted or grilled. Pair it with the roasted beet and squash salad (above) or serve alongside your favourite grains.


Basic Poke Bowl

This fun and casual Hawaiian dish is great for date night. Make it together (it’s entirely customizable!) and finish it off with the poke sauce of your choice: avocado mayo, classic shoyu, or spicy sauce.


Zucchini Linguine with Ricotta, Lemon and Pine Nuts

If you or your date prefer to eat vegetarian, this fresh zucchini linguini recipe from Chef Brian Skinner is exactly what you need. Pasta is also the perfect choice if you’re hoping for a Lady and the Tramp moment (though we think you should save the kissing until after dinner is done).

Dessert


Lemon Creme Crepe Cake

This simple yet on-trend cake by powerhouse Julie Van Rosendaal is fresh and elegant—and also works if you plan to celebrate earlier in the day. Breakfast (ahem, dessert) in bed, anyone?


Classic Chocolate Fondue

If you’re looking for a dessert that’s more simple, you can’t go wrong with classic fondue. Serve with marshmallows, pretzels, bananas, brownies or your date’s favourite treat.

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