15 Romantic Dinner Recipes


15 Date Night Dinners. Skip the crowd and expense of going out and try one of these easy, romantic dinners, perfect for a special night in!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s a roundup of romantic recipes for your special someone and you! Okay, I might not be unseating Shakespeare any time soon, but in lieu of battling the crowds for an overpriced restaurant meal on Valentine’s Day, I’ll wax poetic about the joy of sharing a romantic dinner with someone you love at home instead. Whether that someone is your spouse, your roommate, or your cat, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pour two glasses of wine (or one glass of wine and one glass of milk), tie on your apron, and prepare a special dinner for two.

Every year, instead of going out, Ben cooks me dinner at home, a tradition that he started and I am oh-so-happy to keep. Typically, his culinary prowess stops at pouring the milk over his morning bowl of cereal, but for Valentine’s Day, he puts extra effort into making us a romantic dinner. Last year he mastered Balsamic Glazed Salmon, and this year we’ll be having Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. Both are simple to make, taste divine, and a reminder that you don’t need to spend a fortune or channel Julia Child to enjoy a romantic dinner at home.

This Valentine’s, skip the crowds, grab your special someone, and get to cooking one of these date-night approved recipes!

2 Ingredient Puffed Chocolate Bark. These taste like a homemade crunch bar! Easy, healthy, and perfect for gift giving too.

2 Ingredient Quinoa Chocolate Bark

Why yes, we are in fact on our third consecutive Valentine’s Day recipe this week. I didn’t mean for this to happen—in fact, I’m positive this 2 Ingredient Quinoa Chocolate Bark would taste lovely...

Giant Red Velvet Skillet Pancakes with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Glaze. Forget standing at the stove to flip pancakes—this is so easy and so good!

Skillet Red Velvet Pancakes

My long-standing attitude towards red velvet cake is that its only actual purpose is to be a vehicle for cream cheese frosting. This sentiment says a lot about the cream cheese frosting and very...

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta. Easy and SO GOOD. A romantic dinner recipe that's ready to go in 20 minutes!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta {a guest post from my husband}

Whenever I’m tempted to take an ego trip, I need only remind myself that one of the all-time most popular recipes on my blog was written by… my husband. Despite his lack of kitchen...

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Muffins. So moist and fluffy, you'd never believe these peanut butter muffins are healthy too!

Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Chips

If I’m having a down day, two guaranteed ways to cheer myself up are a batch of Peanut Butter Muffins and a trip to the children’s section at Barnes and Noble. I haven’t combined...

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. Cheesy, creamy chicken enchiladas that are easy to make and healthy too!

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this post, but these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are a milestone recipe in my life. They are based off of my Grammy’s legendary sour cream...

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie — a simple, delicious healthy smoothie recipe. Loaded with vitamin C, it's a natural cold remedy too!

Cold Remedy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Earlier this month, I caught a horrific cold that depleted my energy and left me in a pitiful, runny-nosed heap on our couch. Desperate to speed my recovery, I started researching natural cold remedies,...

Oatmeal doesn't have to be boring! These 12 delicious and healthy oatmeal recipes offer so many flavor variations and will have you craving oatmeal every morning.

The Best 12 Delicious + Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

Right alongside white eyeliner, full-forehead bangs, and cargo shorts, ho-hum oatmeal is best left in the past. Easy to make and loaded with fill-you-up fiber, oatmeal is not only an incredibly healthy way to...