Sure, we all love the thought of getting glammed-up to paint the town red (with a night full of roses, champagne and a 5-course dinner) to celebrate Valentine's day. But, when you've got kids (and let's be honest, a mortgage) some things have got to give. Besides, we all know restaurants don't always offer their best service on busy Valentine's Day anyways. So we say skip the fancy dinner reservations this year and instead celebrate with an ultra-romantic homemade dinner for two. Seem like a lot of work? Don't fret. From the decadent menu (think pink peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin and the most indulgent warm chocolate cakes ever) to our step-by-step recipes and a handy grocery list, we've done most of the work for you. Now all you have to do is get the kids to bed early, light some candles, turn on some music to set the mood and pop the cork on that bottle of Veuve.
Light and healthy, yet packed with robust and peppery flavours, this salad is the perfect start to a romantic dinner for two. Keep it as it is, or elevate it even more with some crumbled goat cheese or feta.
Get the recipe → Arugula & Cherry Tomato Salad
Could anything say Valentine's Day more than a juicy fillet of beef? We've upped the romance-factor even more by crusting the tenderloin with flaked sea salt and lots of crushed pink peppercorns.
Get the recipe → Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Roasted with maple syrup and scattered with fresh thyme, these glazed heirloom carrots are an extra-special addition to an already special meal.
Get the recipe → Maple & Thyme Roasted Heirloom Carrots
The perfect side to a beef tenderloin steak? Ultra-creamy and indulgent mashed potatoes.
Get the recipe → Ultimate Mashed Potatoes
Pure decadence. The perfect end to a perfect meal. Need we say more?
Get the recipe → Bittersweet Warm Molten Chocolate Cakes
Your Grocery Shopping List:
Pantry staples you probably have:
Good quality Olive Oil
Additional ingredients you will need:
1 container baby arugula leaves
1 container cherry tomatoes
2 Beef tenderloin steaks
Flaked sea salt
2 bunches heirloom carrots
1 bunch fresh thyme
1 bottle pure maple syrup
5 to 7 Yukon gold potatoes
1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter
250 mL container table cream
8 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 dozen eggs
→ Looking for more dessert options for V-Day? We've got 7 Chocoholic Valentine's Day Desserts here!