Now get out some candles and a small table. This is not the time to be sitting at your big dinning room table. You want a space that will be small, cozy and intimate. Cover the table with a table cloth. Don't have a table cloth? Well, try a lace curtain. If it puddles at the bottom, so what? That is all the rage right now. Now that you have your table set, what are you going to serve? Being that this is a thrifty and romantic dinner, I have come up with some recipes that ought to set you on the right road.
For your main course, I would make something that is special not something that you make everyday. If his favorite is meatloaf, make individual meatloaves that are heart shaped. If you are willing to try something different, here is a burger steak that will melt his heart, especially if he likes ham and cheese. For those of you on the run, this should only take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get on the table, depending how much prep you can do this week. The baked potatoes can be started in your microwave in the morning and finished in the oven in the evening so that they don't take so long to cook. Burgers likewise could be made ahead and cooked that evening. Buy a store bought cake with fresh or frozen straw berries and whipped cream, it will take no time to throw together. Make the salad ahead of time. Now you have time for a bubble bath and time to get ready for your special date.
The rest is pretty straight forward. You will need to bake a couple of potatoes in the oven. Wash the potatoes and prick with a fork and bake at 350 degrees F until, with an oven mitt, you can gently squeeze them. While they are in the oven, steam fresh vegetables of your choice. You can even buy vegetables in microwave bags or you can even buy bags from Ziploc now that you can steam vegetables in if you don't like the pre made packages. Throw to together a small salad together for each of you with your favorite salad greens and tomatoes and you are all set. My hubby loves corn on the cob so I will be serving him corn on the cob that I will steam in one of the new Ziploc bags, they work great! When slicing up your strawberries or other fresh fruit and assembling your dessert, throw a few M and M's or candy hearts or one chocolate kiss or the tiny mini chocolate chips on top for a pretty finish.
Happy Valentine's Day!
By Debra Frick
I would like to know some simple quick recipes for food for Valentine's Day for a dinner meal.
The spaghetti dinner and chocolate frosted brownies is my favorite of all the Valentine's Day dinner ideas. Something red and something chocolate! Easy, convenient, and yummy. Best of all, no need for that scary red food coloring!