Have you been lucky enough to get hit by Cupid’s arrow? If you’ve got the bug (and you’ve got it bad), you just might consider skipping the prix fixe dinners downtown and snuggling up for a cozy night in.
These romantic dinner recipes made for two are just the thing to start your night off right. From traditional surf and turf to a modern pineapple ceviche, we have just the thing to make your Valentine swoon. Impress your veggie-loving sweetheart with a Cajun-spiced zucchini noodle dish, or feed your meat-eating beau a barbecue-style pork belly or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.
Whichever meal you choose, you cannot go wrong. So light the candles, put your phone on silent, and hide those chocolates for later. It’s time for a romantic dinner for two!
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Romantic Braciole-Inspired Paleo Recipe
Want to know the way to your honey’s heart? It’s most certainly through this home-cooked meal. This braised steak is rolled in fresh herbs and topped with crushed tomatoes. It’s a classic dish that pairs perfectly with a glass of red wine.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Romantic Braciole-Inspired Paleo Recipe
Coffee-Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Berry Sauce & Parsnip Mash
Grass-fed New York strip is good all on its own, but this special meal has all the elements of a good Valentine’s Day dinner: a berry sauce made from fresh raspberries, a creamy side dish, and a homemade coffee rub that’ll keep you attentive to your partner long after the dishes have been cleared.
Recipe: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen | Coffee-Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Berry Sauce & Parsnip Mash
Chimichurri Braised Short Ribs
It only looks like it takes forever to bring these melt-in-your-mouth braised ribs together. The most labor-intensive part is blending up the chimichurri sauce. The oven does the rest of the work.
Recipe: The Healthy Maven | Chimichurri Braised Short Ribs
One-Pan Salmon Dinner for Two
Scored Alaskan fillets for your sweetie this year? This easy, healthy recipe roasts them with sweet potatoes and carrots – all drizzled in a decadent maple Dijon sauce.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One-Pan Salmon Dinner for Two
Cajun Zucchini Noodle Pasta
This meal is just like your love life: hot and spicy. The homemade Cajun seasoning does the trick with this veggie-forward dish, but feel free to adjust the spice as necessary.
Recipe: Detoxinista | Cajun Zucchini Noodle Pasta
Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs
Sticky, stewed grass-fed ribs are just the thing for an easy Valentine’s night in. You don’t even need to sear the meat. Just dump it in the slow cooker, and forget it till dinnertime!
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo| Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs
Lamb with Spinach Sauce
This savory Indian-style lamb with spinach sauce (or saag gosht) is super tender and flavorful. And it’s a surprisingly good option for the budget-conscious Valentine.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Lamb with Spinach Sauce
Fish & Pineapple Ceviche with Yam Chips
For a swoon-worthy dinner for two, scoop up this super-tangy raw ceviche with crunchy, milder yam chips. Whether you use the recommended tilapia or go rogue with some scallops or tuna, make sure the seafood you buy for this dish is super fresh!
Recipe: Eat Drink Paleo | Fish & Pineapple Ceviche with Yam Chips
Baked Cod with Hemp Seed Coconut Crust
Surprise your hippie-at-heart honey with these crunchy cod loins coated with hemp seeds. To whip up this healthy, spicy meal, all you need is a handful of healthy ingredients!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Baked Cod with Hemp Seed Coconut Crust
Caramelized Scallops with Strawberry Salsa
Few dishes are better than perfectly seared scallops. These beloved sea creatures get some romantic treatment with a sweet, delicately balanced salsa made from strawberries, red wine vinegar, and herbs.
Recipe: Minimally Invasive | Caramelized Scallops with Strawberry Salsa
One Pan New York Strip Steak Dinner for Two
Short on time? To bring this buttery steak and asparagus dinner together, all you need is 20 minutes and a single baking pan.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One Pan New York Strip Steak Dinner for Two
Surf and Turf Dinner
Why force your honey to choose between steak and seafood, when they can have both? For a decadent meal with minimal prep time, top this pair with buttery herbs and garlic.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Surf and Turf Dinner
Easy Pan Seared Duck Breast
It’s all about technique in this simple duck breast recipe for two. Scoring the fat gives you a crispy skin, and starting with a cold pan ensures that everything gets rendered just right.
Recipe: The Healthy Foodie | Easy Pan Seared Duck Breast
Roasted Dry Rub Paleo Pork Belly
If you thought it couldn’t get more romantic than bacon, then say hello to this flavorfully rubbed pork belly. At once crispy and fatty, you’ll need a few veggies to round out this heavy meal for your Valentine!
Recipe: Dr. Anthony Gustin | Roasted Dry Rub Paleo Pork Belly
Pasta Carbonara Recipe with Light Zucchini Noodles
Lighten up this bacon-studded classic dish with veggie noodles bathed in a silky coconut cream sauce. You’ll get your favorite flavors without feeling too heavy afterwards, and that’s important tonight!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Pasta Carbonara Recipe with Light Zucchini Noodles
Herb Marinated Lamb Rack Chops with Fig Tapenade Butter
These herb-rubbed, medium-rare lamb chops are good all on their own. But if you really want to bring it to the next level, top the rack with a homemade olive and fig butter. It doesn’t get more gourmet than that!
Recipe: Zenbelly | Herb Marinated Lamb Rack Chops with Fig Tapenade Butter
Make your mouth-watering steak dinner that much more alluring with a rub made from super-healthy cacao powder, cayenne pepper, and other spices. Then you’ll have a hearty meal with plenty of kick.
Recipe: The Domestic Man | Cacao-Rubbed Steak
Garlic Mussels in White Wine
Mussels cook very quickly, making these lemon, garlic, and wine-flavored mussels the ideal romantic dinner for a busy weeknight.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Garlic Mussels in White Wine
AIP-Friendly Pan-Roasted Pork Chops
For this simple but deeply flavored dish, bust out your cast-iron skillet. To coax out all the flavor without overcooking, finish the chops in the oven.
Recipe: Primal Palate | AIP-Friendly Pan Roasted Pork Chops
Crunchy on the outside but warm and soft on the inside, these sexy little sea scallops are unlike anything you’ve ever made.
Recipe: Nosh and Nourish | Walnut-Encrusted Scallops
Veal Chops with Rosemary
Tender chops with fragrant herbs and a simple wine-deglazed sauce is just what the doctor ordered tonight. This super-simple recipe only tastes like it took forever to make. In reality, it’ll be done in under half an hour!
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Veal Chops with Rosemary
Bacon Maple Pork Tenderloin
If you ask us, pork tenderloin is plenty romantic on its own. But when you rub the whole thing down with a cinnamon spice mix, wrap it in smoky bacon, and cover it in a maple sauce, your date night in is guaranteed to be a win.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Bacon Maple Pork Tenderloin
Shrimp with Kimchi Mayo
Just when you thought a spicy kimchi couldn’t get any better, someone thought of kimchi mayo. Generously dip the cilantro-topped shrimp in it. It’s good hot or cold!
Recipe: Mark’s Daily Apple | Shrimp with Kimchi Mayo
Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
The alliteration isn’t the only appealing thing about this dish. This lemony take on shrimp scampi will help brighten your wintry meal.
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
Paleo Chicken Piccata
Topped with a lemony white wine sauce and salty capers, this homemade version of a healthy Italian favorite is a snap to pull together.
Recipe: Stupid Easy Paleo | Paleo Chicken Piccata
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