Easy Valentine's Day Menu for £5

Not all of us can afford a trip out to a restaurant or arrange a baby sitter, so why not take the opportunity to enjoy a romantic meal for two in the comfort of your own home. Here's some quick and easy Valentine's Day menu ideas on a budget.

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Eton Less

1) Quick & easy pasta followed by desert:

Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta is ready in just 15 minutes from start to finish. If you prefer something a little more spicy try Prawn Spaghetti in a Chilli Tomato and Garlic Sauce, also ready in 15 minutes. Follow with Eton Less which is ready in just 5 minutes, and at 160 calories per serving it's a guilt free sweet ending. This menu will cost you just £5 for two, so you can afford to splash out on a nice bottle of wine.

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Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

2) Picky food with a film

Whole Baked Camembert is delicious, hot, sticky and indulgent. Serve it in the centre of a board or large plate and surround with goodies to dunk in the cheese. Try some sliced toasted ciabatta, olives, cold meats, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted peppers.

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Whole Baked Camembert

3) Prepare a dish the day before.

If you don't have time to cook in the evening Moroccan Baked Chicken or Easy Pork Goulash taste better when prepared the night before as the flavours infuse.

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Moroccan Baked Chicken

4) Make a special breakfast

It could be as simple as boiled eggs and soilders, pancakes or banana muffins, it's the thought that counts. Oat, cinnamon and honey pancakes are really easy and delicious served with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.

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Oat, cinnamon and honey pancakes

5) Make heart shaped cookies 

Here's an Easy Shortbread Recipe which is great for making heart shaped cookied. If you're spending the day with the kids then get them involved too. Ice some with the kids during the day, and serve some in the evening for desert topped with strawberries and cream or mascapone cheese.

Happy Valentines Day!

Filipa x

entine's Day Meal