Valentine's Day Meal Ideas

Valentines day is about being relaxed and sharing time together. This is no time to embark on a crazy and complicated recipe, stick to what you know and what you are good at. Pick easy recipes which require minimal preparation that can be made in advance. Stressed, sweaty and tired is not romantic.

Valentine's day last year we had a 9 day old baby and a 2 year old! We celebrated by sharing a baked camembert while I fed Daniel and then fell asleep on the sofa. At least we did something to mark the occasion...

Here's a few Valentine's Day meal ideas to inspire you.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love, Filipa x

Magnificent Mains:

Slow Roast Pork Shank with Red Wine Jus

Time: 10 mins prep + 4 & 1/2 hours cooking

Cost: £3.32 per serving

Calories: 207 per serving

Pork shanks are half the price of lamb shanks but just as delicious. Very little preparation involved, just pop it in the oven for a few hours and serve with mashed potatoes. The roast pork shanks even produce their own sauce, AKA jus.

Easy Beef Lasagne

Time:30 mins prep time + 30 mins baking

Cost:£1.20 per serving

Calories:655 per serving

Lets face it, everyone loves a comforting beef lasagne. Make it in advance and it will taste even better. Make it special by serving with a nice salad and some good quality garlic bread.

Creamy Smoked Salmon Spaghetti

Time:  15 minutes from start to finish

Cost:  £1.56 per serving

Calories:  716 per serving

If you only have 15 minutes to cook something in the evening with no time to make ahead, try this delicious creamy smoked salmon spaghetti. The sauce is ready in the time it takes to make the pasta. Don't forget to act out the Bella Notte scene from Lady and the Tramp with the spaghetti.

Sweet Endings:

Low Fat Tiramasu

Time:  10 mins hands on time + 4 hours chilling

Cost:  38p per serving

Calories:  277 per serving

Give your loved one a treat with this guilt free low fat take on the Italian classic Tiramasu. The coffee in the dessert will awaken you if you are feeling sleepy after your meal. Make the day before for best results.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Time:  15 mins prep + 20 - 30 mins cooking

Cost:  28p per serving (based on 12 servings)

Calories:  272 per serving (based on 12 servings)

Nothing says Valentine's Day like Chocolate! This Chocolate Brownie cake is squidgy, chocolately and delicious. Serve warm with cream or ice-cream. Make the day before and warm up just before serving to save time. Goes well with fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Amaretto & Berry Cheesecake

Time:  15 mins prep + chilling time

Cost:  70p per serving

Calories:  414 per serving

A twist on a cheesecake. Make Amaretto and Berry Cheesecake in individual glasses to look pretty, or simply one large glass and two spoons. Top with berries that are in season. Make one day in advance for best results and to save time.

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