30 recipes to make for — or with! — the one you love

Stop trying to get that reservation and stay in.

Stop trying to get that reservation and stay in

(Photogrpahy, left and right: Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett; middle: Betty Binon)

We're all for skipping the V-day restaurant reso and staying in with your partner (or your pals) for a delicious dinner instead. In fact, we're so into an at-home date night, we've curated a list of delicious dishes to convince you of the magic of making a meal this Feb 14. Whether you're cooking to impress a date, or cooking is the date (see our suggestions for recipes to cook together!), we've got ideas that go beyond oysters and chocolate. Bonus: most of these will make enough for leftovers, unless you're feeding your crew. 

Meals to make for your (very lucky) Valentine

You earn major points for making a meal for someone on a weeknight. Thankfully, these suggestions come together quickly so your dinner will be on the (candle-lit) table in no time. You can prep some of them in advance and even if they're secretly simple to make, they're sure to impress. 

Easy and speedy 

Kale Stem Pesto

(Photography by Leila Ashtari )

Paneer Makhani

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Beaton's Mac & Cheese

Shrimp Creole

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)


(Photography by Christian Lalonde)

Sheet pan show-stoppers

Baked Salmon with Fennel and Blood Orange

(CBC Life)

Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan

(Credit: Allison Day)

Delicata Squash and Italian Sausage Bake

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Chicken Cacciatore Sheet Pan Dinner

(Photo: David Bagosy; Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Impressive but secretly simple

Cowboy Steaks

Seared Scallops with Sweet Corn Risotto

(CBC Life)

Make Ahead Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Sweets for your sweetheart

Chocolate Cherry Skillet Brownies

(Photo credit: Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett)

The Easiest Mango Vanilla Mousse

(Photography by Nassima Rothacker)

Make Shahir's 2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Meals to make together

We adore the idea of putting your partner (or your pals) to work in the kitchen. Aside from having them help out in order to get dinner done quickly, cooking together can be a delightful date night inf. If you had an entire day to devote, we'd insist on making this Lasagne Verde Alla Bolognese that calls for prepping your own homemade pasta —  but we've also got a list of date-worthy dishes that are fun to make together in an evening. So crown your S.O. sous chef for the night, maybe make a cocktail or two and get cooking. 

Better than takeout, and simple to assemble

Meat Lovers' Pizza

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Butternut Squash Pizza

(Photo credit: Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett)

Sarosh's Chicken Jalfrezi Pita Pockets with Quick-Pickled Onions

(Photography by Gabriel Cabrera)

Sheet Pan Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Perfect for chopping and chatting

Gruyere and Emmental Fondue

Big Roasted Delicata Squash Dinner Salad

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Crispy Chicken, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Shaved Root Vegetables

(Image: Dennis The Prescott)

Pork and Chive Dumplings

(Credit: Jackie Kai Ellis)

Wes Avila's Sweet Potato Tacos

When the art of cooking is the date

Paella del Carmen

(Photography by Ryan Szulc)

Lidia Bastianich's Tagliatelle with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Skillet Lasagna with an Easy Everyday Tomato Sauce

Lamb Osso Buco with Saffron Barley Risotto

(CBC Life)

Low-Prep, High-Flavour Porcini Risotto

(Photography by Jack Roy)

DIY dessert à deux 

Chocolate-Tahini Fudge Sundaes with Grilled Peaches

(Photography by Michael Gozum)


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