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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home: 39 Date-Night-Ready Dinner Recipes

This year, skip the restaurant and create your own romantic night in.

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Do you already have plans for Valentine’s Day? Before you rush to make a reservation or browse your favorite restaurants’ holiday menus, make plans in your very own kitchen. The best way to make Valentine’s Day full of love is to cook dinner in your own kitchen. Think your home isn’t the most romantic date-night destination? With the right recipes, a good playlist and your partner, it’s got all of the ambiance you need.

Plus, cooking dinner yourself is proven to be super romantic – and cooking on Valentine’s Day delivers more than just another dinner at home. According to a survey by OnePoll and HelloFresh, 7 in 10 Americans say that cooking something for a partner is more intimate than actual intimacy. And a whopping 79 percent of the survey’s respondents said they believe good food is the way to someone’s heart.

So, if you’re hoping to create a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing better than planning a home-cooked meal. Whether you’re cooking something special for your other half or planning to make dinner together, the entire experience around good food and your own cozy home can spark romance.

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Main dishes

Red Wine Steak with Caramelized Vegetables

Fennel-Crusted Side of Salmon with Chive Yogurt Sauce

Sheet-Pan Salmon with Dill Aioli & Roasted Vegetables

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Arugula Pesto Pasta with Roasted Figs

Balsamic Greens with Cauliflower Steaks

Pork Loin Roast with Butternut Fontina Stuffing

Slow-Roasted Brisket with Apple-Veggie Toss & Beet Greens

Lightened-Up Oysters Rockefeller

Quick, Easy and Full of Veggies, This One-Pot White Wine Pasta is Everything You Need

Garlic & Horseradish Beef Tenderloin

Need an Energy Boost? This Mediterranean Baked Salmon Will Deliver

Throw This Plant-Based “Steak” on the Grill the Next Time You Need a Meaty, Satisfying Main

Cast-Iron Steak Dinner with Buttery Cauliflower Mash

Cocoa Roast Beef & Garlicky Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

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Salads and sides

Beets & Their Greens with Shallots & Citrus

Hasselback Red Potatoes with Shallot Herb Butter

Roasted Apples & Brussels Sprouts 
with Shiitake Bacon

These “Cheesy” Scalloped Potatoes Taste So Traditional, You’ll Barely Believe They’re Dairy-Free

Creamed Spinach-Stuffed Potato

Watercress, Radicchio & Apple Salad with Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

Italian-Style Sautéed Greens

Summery Green Bean Casserole

This 30-Minute Beet & Crispy Chickpea Salad Just Might Be the Most Nutritious Winter Salad Yet

Buttermilk-Drizzled Greens with Crispy Shallots

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Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake with Whipped Cream

Cozy Up to This Perfect-for-Winter Spiced Pear & Cranberry Crisp

Coconut Macaroons with Dark Chocolate

Molten Lava Cakes

Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Raspberry Bars with Cordyceps

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Swirl Freezer Fudge

Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart

Chocolate-Frosted Vanilla Raspberry Cake

Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops

Chocolate Cherry Almond Nice Cream

Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream