Valentine’s Day meal ideas – our easy dinner planner to max out the romance

Thinking of easy Valentine’s Day meal ideas can be quite tough. But cooking your loved one dinner for Valentine’s Day is very romantic and worth the effort. To help, here are our Valentine’s Day meal ideas for 2. There’s also a free downloadable shopping list to help you with your romantic ‘dinspiration!’

Valentine's Day meal ideas

A romantic dinner is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But you don’t have to go out to an expensive restaurant and be surrounded by strangers to do it right.

Friends of ours take it in turns to cook each other a big dinner every year to celebrate their anniversary, and Mrs Romance and I much prefer cooking something simple but delicious for Valentine’s Day than struggling to get a table then paying too much for a set menu dinner.

Having said that, it’s hard to come up with easy Valentine’s Day meal ideas that won’t take you all day or cost a fortune to get ingredients for. After all, romance doesn’t have to be an effort and shouldn’t be a chore.

To make things even easier, you can download the shopping list for this 3-course meal here for free! Just enter your name and email, you’ll be able to download the PDF straight away!

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Here are our Valentine’s Day meal ideas – a romantic 3-course meal for 2.

Entrée – lemon butter scallops

Valentine's Day meal ideas

This dish is simple and quick but packed with flavour and also has that romance factor to it.

If you can get the scallops in their shells, this will add to the wow factor.

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Main – pan-seared steak and salad

Valentine's Day meal ideas

Mrs Romance suggested this is what I’d like to eat… and she’s right! Hearty yet quick to make and packed with tasty goodness!

The most important thing with this is to make sure you buy good meat. Try your local butchers rather than the supermarket. If you’re not sure what cut to buy, ask the butcher.

You can add roast potatoes or steamed veggies to this dish too if you’re keen.

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Dessert – cheese platter

Valentine's Day meal ideas

I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, so Mrs Romance’s idea of a cheese platter instead of sugar appeals to me greatly.

You won’t need much cheese to satisfy just the two of you – especially if it’s after two previous courses. It’s quick, easy and requires no cooking and very little clearing up too.

I usually go with 3 types of cheese – a soft, a hard and a blue, but you can taylor your cheese board to your own personal taste.

Click here to check out’s suggestions on creating a perfect cheese plate.

Of course, if you’re set on a sweet dessert, check out our post on chocolate for Valentine’s here.

Valentine's Day meal ideas

What would you cook as a romantic meal for the love of your life? Do you have any great Valentine’s Day meal ideas to share with us? Tell us in the comments!

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