I know it's a day of chocolates and flowers (especially roses) and hopefully a special meal. That meal for most is one enjoyed at a restaurant. Such a meal can be very costly and not so intimate because of all the other customers doing the same thing.
So why not do something special at home and cook that special meal together. You can do it for much less than the restaurant price and even go a little fancier. You're not rushed and you can have displays of affection that don't embarrass the two of you and the others around you at a restaurant. You can even have dessert first and then have the meal.
I have two recipes this week that help meet those needs. For a main entree, I have "Baked Lobster Tails" and you can add a small steak if you wish. The other recipe is for a dessert. It's an easy to make "Light Lemon Cheesecake" that won't leave that heavy feeling when you're done. I'd maybe add a little salad and a simple starch to complete the meal. Many grocery stores now have twice baked potatoes at their meat counters that just need to be warmed up. Just put them in the oven a little ahead of the lobster tails.
You should be able to make this meal for two around $40 with a bottle of wine included. This meal at a restaurant would be in the $100 range before tax and tip for two people. Not to mention that it will probably be more enjoyable too.
If this isn't your cup of tea. I have other recipes already on this blog that you may want to consider. Here are some examples for you: Baked Salmon with Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pesto, Butterfly Coconut Shrimp, Chicken Marsala or Grilled Flank Steak for an entree.
A couple of desserts are: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (V), English Walnut Pie (V) or
Mandarin Orange Cake (V).
If none of these recipes work for you look for some others. The key point is to get you to cook a special meal for that loved one and enjoy the time together. I hope everyone has a wonderful "Valentine's Day" that meets your personal needs. For those of you that don't have that special person. Enjoy the meal with some really good friends because the day is what you want to make it. "Happy Cooking!"