Woo Your Taste Buds: Dinner Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is among the most popular days for dressing up and heading out to an upscale restaurant. But braving crowds, reservations, and bar tabs isn’t exactly everyone’s happily ever after.

Fortunately, there are plenty of recipes for the staying-in crowd. Consider falling head over meals for one of the following: 

Coffee-and-Bourbon Braised Short Ribs

Coffee-and-bourbon braised short ribs offer dinner with a breakfast-time twist. The smoky bourbon nicely blends with the bitterness of coffee beans, creating sweet and smooth flavors. Topping it off with Worcestershire sauce and vinegar adds a unique flavor you’re unlikely to find in other recipes. Give it a taste; you’ll be happy you’re a carnivore.  

Garlic Lemon Shrimp 

It only takes about 20 minutes to throw together this garlic lemon shrimp dish, which works as a main meal or a side. While the dish is fairly nutritious, cooking the shrimp in olive oil instead of butter ups the health benefits. Using more garlic does, as well. Sure, it might not be an ideal ingredient to bring into the Valentine’s Day mix, but it will help ward off any vampires trying to crash your evening.

Fregula Cun Cocciula 

Fregula cun cocciula is a pasta dish made with steamed clams and topped off with a spicy broth. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who loves seafood, but not so overwhelmingly fishy that it’s a no-go for those who don’t. If you fancy yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur, it’s a versatile dish that pairs well with all sorts of vintages

Ravioli with Mushrooms and Asparagus

Ravioli with mushrooms and asparagus is an easy-to-make dish that works as a main meal or side. Made with ingredients that include olive oil, chives, white wine, shallots, cheese, and, of course, mushrooms and asparagus, it’s hearty enough to fill you up and tasty enough to impress your date. Show ‘em why Chef Boyardee’s got nothing on you!

Mushroom and Arugula Salad Pizza

If you’re looking for something a little light (after all, you gotta save room for that box of Russell Stovers), a mushroom and arugula salad pizza is a delectable option. Not only is it packed with health benefits, including vitamin K, antioxidants, and fiber, but it only takes about 20 minutes from start to feast. Like other dishes on this list, it pairs well with a glass of wine.

If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, you don’t need to order takeout or pay outrageous delivery fees. There are a plethora of delicious recipes sure to win over your heart and your stomach. 

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