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How to Make Valentine Day Recipes for Two

Saint Valentine Day conjures up images of romantic dinners for two by candlelight with Barry White playing in the background to set the mood. Whatever images come to your mind, here are some Valentine Day recipes. In addition to Valentine Day recipes for dinner, I have also included romantic breakfast ideas.

And what is more romantic than French cooking? Our first recipe is a seafood stew that I have modified to make it a bit easier to make. However, if you are looking for vegan meals, there are tons of vegan Valentines Dinner Ideas.

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Bouillabaisse, Valentine Day Dinner Recipe

Photo of seafood stew from a Valentine Day recipe
French Bouillabaisse

Ingredients for soup recipe

A plate with raw fish and shrimp in preparation for making Boillabaisse for a Valentine Day recipe
Halibut, Rockfish, and Shrimp
Grated garlic and orange zest used to make a Valentine Day recipe Boillabaisse
Fresh garlic and orange zest
Chopped onions cooking in a pan
chopped onions

  • 2 pounds of a variety of fish fillets such as rockfish and halibut
  • olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 14 ounce cans of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs du Provence
  • 1 pound of peeled shrimp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • baguette to serve

Directions

Pot of French fish stew simmering on the stove
Bouillabaisse simmering on the stove
  1. Begin by cutting the fish into bite-size pieces.
  2. Then heat olive oil in a large pot and saute the onion. When the onion is soft add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. After that, add the broth, orange zest, and Herbs du Provence and cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. Once the stew base is ready add the fish and shrimp and continue cooking with lid on for 5-10 minutes until fish and shrimp are cooked through.
  5. Serve with crusty bread

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Coq Au Vin with Green Beans, Another Valentine Day Dinner Recipe

Green beans and cow au vin final result if a Valentine Day recipe
Chicken with Wine and Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 ounces of mushrooms halved
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cherry or apple brandy
  • 8 ounces red wine
  • 10 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs du Provence
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Chopped onions and fresh mushrooms prepped to make coq au vin
Chopped onions and halved mushrooms
Chicken browning in a pan as a first step to make coq au vin
chicken browning in pan
Chicken, mushrooms,  onions, bacon, brandy, wine, broth, and herbs simmering on the stove top to make coq au vin
step 3-5
  1. Begin by cutting the chicken breast into smaller pieces horizontally. (I do this instead of pounding the chicken because I don’t like chicken splashed around my kitchen.)
  2. Once chicken is prepared, melt half the butter with olive oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. When the skillet is hot add the chicken. Continue to cook for about 6-8 minutes flipping occasionally until chicken is browned.
  3. When the chicken is brown on both sides add the bacon, onions, and mushrooms.
  4. After that pour in the brandy.
  5. Once the brandy stops sizzling loudly, add the wine, stock, garlic, and Herbs du Provence.
  6. After the liquid comes to a boil, reduce heat and cover simmering for about 45 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Meanwhile, mix remaining butter and flour to form a paste.
  8. While the chicken is cooking, melt some additional butter in a separate frying pan. Add the green beans and stir fry over medium high heat for about 10 minutes. I like to add a little garlic powder, salt, and tarragon, but you can add whatever seasonings you like.
  9. When the chicken is done, add in the butter/flour mixture to thicken the broth.

Make sure to check out Valentine Day recipes for cocktails to compliment your meal or dessert. Or open a nice bottle of red wine.

Bon Appetit!

Want some Valentine Day Recipes for Breakfast?

This will go great with a pink berry smoothie!

Valentine Day recipe for breakfast: shows french toast topped with nutella, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries
French Toast with Nutella, Whipped Cream & Strawberries

French Toast Ingredients

  • 6-8 pieces of whole wheat bread (we are trying to keep this healthy).
  • 8 ounces of milk
  • 2 ounces of egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • butter
  • Nutella
  • Whipped Cream or Cool Whip
  • Fresh strawberries sliced

Directions

Bowl with milk, egg, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla in preparation for making French toast
Mixture of milk, egg, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon
3 pieces of French toast cooking in a pan
French toast cooking in pan
3 cooked pieces of French Toast in a pan
Finished French Toast
  1. First whisk together milk, egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla, and honey. You might need to do this in a large bowl to prevent splashing. Then transfer it to a shallow bowl or pie plate for dipping.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt some butter. Once the butter melts spread it over the bottom of the pan. Then dip bread, one slice at a time in milk mixture and place in pan. Depending on the size of your pan and bread slices, you should be able to fit 2-4 slices in at a time.
  3. Cook for a few minutes until bread easily can be flipped with a spatula without sticking to the bottom of the pan. Likewise, cook the second side until lightly browned.
  4. Once finished cooking, remove to a plate. Repeat with the rest of the bread.
  5. When toast is done cooking spread a thin layer of Nutella over each slice. Top with whipped cream and strawberry slices.
Sliced strawberries on a cutting board
Sliced strawberries
French toast with Nutella spread on it
Nutella on French toast
Time to Eat!

As an alternative, make regular toast and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart. Then spread either Nutella, cream cheese, or peanut butter and top with bananas. On the other hand, you can also just put butter and jam on the heart shaped toast.

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Dessert Anyone? Whip up this to Die for Valentine Day Dessert Recipe for Chocolate Mousse

Valentine Day recipe for dessert shows a small bowl with chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and a cherry
Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • tablespoon cherry brandy
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • whipped cream
  • maraschino cherry

Directions

  1. Begin by melting the chocolate with butter in a microwaveable bowl until smooth.
  2. Once the chocolate is cooled slightly, beat in the egg yolks. Then add the brandy.
  3. After that mix in the cool whip. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  4. Serve topped with whipped cream and cherry or fresh fruit.
Bowl of egg yolks and bowl of melted chocolate ready for a Valentine Day recipe for chocolate mousse
egg yolks and melted chocolate

This is a very rich dessert so I recommend serving small portions. Or you can make it really romantic and share a bowl.

If you want more than dinner and drinks for a romantic experience learn about Romantic Getaways in Florida or Romantic Getaways in the U.S. The first post is a compilation of 8 romantic getaways in Florida that my husband and I went on. The U.S. destinations is a post by Jordan Lindsay that I collaborated on. I hope you enjoy your couples getaway. Let me know which is your favorite destination.


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5 thoughts on “How to Make Valentine Day Recipes for Two

  1. Thank you for making me hungry! We don’t have any Valentines plans so I may just make the bouillabase, we both like this dish and it reminds us of our trip to Marseille.

  2. Nice recipes for a Valentine dinner. Although I have to admit that I prefer dining out for Valentine. I love cooking and try a lot of different recipes, but for Valentine I enjoy something different. I will try your French Toast recipe!

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