Dazzle your sweetheart with these romantic appetizers, dinners and desserts this Valentine’s Day.
You’ve got the essentials for this Valentine’s Day: a loved one, some chocolates, maybe a card or a stuffed animal. However, do you have dinner plans lined up?
If you haven’t made reservations yet, then what better way to show your better half you care than by cooking up some seriously decadent and fancy-ish food in the kitchen? From prosciutto wrapped chicken in red sauce – known as chicken prosciutto involtini – to a pumpkin-spiced skillet brownie made for sharing, we have all the best dishes to whip up for a memorable night in.
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If you’re looking for starters, we’ve got Paleo Zuppa Toscana (better than the stuff you can get while dining out), a bright and zingy tomato and basil salad, and even a chilled avocado soup topped with sumptuous Dungeness crab. Then for sides, we have hasselback butternut squash, cinnamon roasted whole carrots and more.
The main courses shine with a collection of roasts, seafood and other hunks of meat. Seared scallop dinner for two, anyone? Finally, we don’t skimp on desserts: from two heart-shaped cookie recipes to Paleo upside-down cake, you’ll be baking up a Paleo meal you’d be proud to share with your S/O.
Paleo Zuppa Toscana
This soup is better than its namesake from Olive Garden, and is hearty enough to work as a main in your Valentine’s dinner.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Zuppa Toscana
Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab
For a creamy, unique starter to your Valentine’s meal, give this soup a try – made ultra-luxe with the addition of Dungeness crab.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Dungeness Crab
Swedish Meatballs in a Creamy, Non-Dairy Sauce
Tender meatballs get doused in a creamy, luscious sauce – no dairy necessary.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Swedish Meatballs in a Creamy, Non-Dairy Sauce
Fig and Watermelon Salad with Honey Vanilla Cashews
A bright and fruity salad that’s light enough to leave room for a rich main course.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Fig and Watermelon Salad with Honey Vanilla Cashews
Tomato and Basil Salad
Channel summer vibes with this refreshing starter course.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Tomato and Basil Salad
Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Butter
Flaky, tender fish gets pan-roasted in a bright lemon garlic butter sauce.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sea Bass with Lemon Garlic Butter
Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs
Nothing is richer and more decadent than a crispy duck confit – this recipe is even easier than the traditional recipe.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Crispy Sous Vide Duck Confit Legs
Lamb Lollipops Drizzled in Garlic-Parsley Sauce
Can you think of anything more impressive than sumptuous hunks of lamb drizzled in an herbaceous garlic sauce?
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Lamb Lollipops Drizzled in Garlic-Parsley Sauce
Fish en Papillote with Citrus, Ginger and Shiitake
This zesty, umami fish steams in parchment paper packets that make dinner just a tad fancier than usual. Bonus: cleanup is a pinch!
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Fish en Papillote with Citrus, Ginger and Shiitake
Garlic Mushroom Tomahawk Pork Chops
Tomahawk-cut pork chops are way more impressive than the kind you find wrapped in cellophane at the grocery store. Make a trip to your butcher this Valentine’s day.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Garlic Mushroom Tomahawk Pork Chops
Chicken Prosciutto Involtini
With a creamy, savory stuffing and a decadent prosciutto coating, these chicken breasts are as dressed up as your Valentine’s date.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Chicken Prosciutto Involtini
Lemongrass Coconut Milk Mussels
Seafood has a romantic reputation; give these sumptuous mussels a try with your sweetie.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Lemongrass Coconut Milk Mussels
Slow Roasted Duck
Nothing is more romantic than dedicating yourself to a slow, delicious dinner.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Slow Roasted Duck
Instant Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast
A big hunk of roast made easy in the Instant Pot. Did we mention the ultra-flavorful smoked coffee rub?
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Instant Pot Mocha-Rubbed Pot Roast
Grass-fed Beef Arm Roast with Squash
Melt-in-your-mouth beef made in a slow cooker (or an oven, if you prefer) plus a mound of creamy squash.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Grass-fed Beef Arm Roast with Squash
Poached Cod in Tomato Sauce
This deceptively simple but flavorful dinner is a great dish if you’re keeping things on the lighter side this Valentine’s Day.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Poached Cod in Tomato Sauce
Cast-Iron Whole Paleo Chicken with Rosemary
This one-pan recipe uses a cast iron pan as a Dutch oven – whatever the dish, the result is one impressive bird.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Cast-Iron Whole Paleo Chicken with Rosemary
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Bacon and Apples
Rich bacon and sweet apples make for a luscious, pan-roasted chicken dinner.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Pan-Roasted Chicken with Bacon and Apples
Valentine’s Day Seared Scallops Dinner for Two
Complete with marinated tomatoes, chipotle cream sauce and a cauliflower purée, these seared scallops are the ultimate romantic dinner for two.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Valentine’s Day Seared Scallops Dinner for Two
Sous Vide Grass-fed Top Sirloin Steak
If you’re looking for an easy way to cook up steaks like in this recipe, try sous vide.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Sous Vide Grass-fed Top Sirloin Steak
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Drizzled with Buttery Maple Ghee
Need a special side for your special someone? Maple ghee tops off these delicious scalloped sweet potatoes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Drizzled with Buttery Maple Ghee
Roasted Whole Carrots with Cinnamon
These cinnamon-roasted carrots are so versatile, they’ll work with whatever main you decide to cook up.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Roasted Whole Carrots with Cinnamon
Hasselback Butternut Squash
A tad time intensive, this hasselback butternut squash recipe is the ultimate way to show your love.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Hasselback Butternut Squash
Pumpkin Spice Skillet Brownie for Two
You can’t have Valentine’s dinner without dessert, and this pumpkin-spiced brownie for two fits the bill perfectly.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Pumpkin Spice Skillet Brownie for Two
Valentine’s Day Raspberry Caramel Shortbread Cookies
These heart-shaped shortbread cookies encase a raspberry caramel sauce – yum!
Recipe: PaleOMG | Valentine’s Day Raspberry Caramel Shortbread Cookies
Strawberry Butter Cake with a No-Grain Crust
Sweet and buttery, this strawberry cake looks as festive as it tastes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Strawberry Butter Cake with a No-Grain Crust
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies
If you’re looking for a literal way to express your love, try these heart-shaped chocolate cookies.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Heart Cookies
Blueberry Paleo Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd
Use a heart-shaped Bundt pan for maximum effect in this dessert recipe.
Recipe: PaleoPorn | Blueberry Paleo Bundt Cake with Lemon Curd
Cinnamon Peach Upside-Down Cake
With a beautiful splaying of peaches, this easy-to-make cake is bound to impress.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Cinnamon Peach Upside Down Cake
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