Valentine’s Dinner

So Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For those who haven’t made plans yet, who are trying to decide what to do, or you just don’t want to go out and pay over the top prices… I have a solution for you! I put together this super simple, yet super delicious dinner that you and your Valentine can enjoy at home.

I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of this “holiday”. I think that people should be telling and showing the person they love every day how much them mean to them. Not just on a specific day in February. Plus, I think it’s crazy how the prices of flowers and dinner skyrocket. Poor guys are forced to pay these prices for stuff. I also believe that a woman should get flowers “just because” and often from their fella.

I am a girl though. SO, I do love flowers and chocolates. I never go out for Valentine’s though. There is too much chaos. I would prefer a more intimate setting to spend time with my Valentine.  So, dinner at home is the perfect solution. It doesn’t have to be the same old routine and it doesn’t have to be complex. I have put together a menu that is quick and easy to make, full of nutrition, and has that restaurant feel. So, get dressed up, buy some candles, set the table and let the romance start!

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Steak, Potatoes, Salad, and Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

This dinner is inspired by one of my favorite couples, my brother and his girlfriend. They are so adorable and two of my best friends. One night when I was in LA with them, they made a dinner similar to this for me. It was so quick and so delicious! I loved it. They are both super busy people, so quick dinners are their MO. I think it’s wonderful! So, what better dinner for Valentine’s then one inspired by them.

Now, down to the dinner:

For the steak,  I use a cast iron skillet so it can go straight from stove top into the oven. If you don’t have one, then use a regular skillet and a baking sheet.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Preheat stove top to high heat.
2. Season steak on either side with pepper.
3. Once the skillet is very hot. Sear the steak on either side to lock in the juice – only about 2 minutes on each side.
4. If you are using a cast iron skillet, then pop it in the oven. If using a baking sheet, use a pair of tongs to transfer the steaks to a baking sheet and then put in the oven.
5. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on how well done you like your steak. I bake mine for 7-10 to get a medium-rare to medium.

Red Potatoes

For the red potatoes, use a microwave safe dish with a lid.

10 red potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp parsley

1. Slice the potatoes into fourths. Toss in the microwave safe dish.
2. Top with oil and parsley.
3. Cover and cook in the microwave for 7-10 minutes.

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For the salad, I used an arugula blend. I also topped with walnuts.

For the dressing
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup of walnuts
Optional: 2 tsp white truffle oil

Yesterday, I posted a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Trifle. This will make the perfect dessert for dinner. It has a fancy look, yet it is light enough to finish the meal and clean your palate.  I decided to serve mine in a martini glass.

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Perfect dessert for your Valentine Sweetheart

There you go. A perfect, romantic, inexpensive, nutritious dinner at home with your Valentine!

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