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This one-off Valentine’s menu features a full 3-course meal for you to serve to your special person or people. 

We all know food is the language of love, and so if you’re stuck on ideas for what to cook, here is a simple, affordable and tasty menu for you to enjoy at home. ❤️

Recipes to make for Valentine's or galantine's Day!

Whether you’re feeling loved up or not, I’m always a fan of making any day on the calendar feel a little bit like a celebration, because why not?

I’ve always made a Valentine’s dinner for my children and I, partly because it’s just a fun thing to celebrate love (any kind of love, not just romantic) and also, I like to teach the children that taking time to make an occasion for someone is a way of showing you care, rather than expensive gifts or the like.

So, whether you’re making a Valentine’s Dinner for your loved one, for the family or for your Galentine’s (13th February in case you didn’t know!) I hope you’ll enjoy this menu.


I’ll be sharing some of the recipes on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, so watch out for the videos so you can cook along.

⭐️ Some tips: ⭐️

➡️ The starter can be made ahead of time, before you start cooking your main course, and the dessert can be prepped ahead too. This will give you time to focus on the main course.

➡️ The main course does not include a green vegetable side dish in the recipe, so make sure you add any you’d like on top.

➡️ Time your slow cooker dessert to finish cooking time just after you plan to finish your main course. This way, you can serve it straight up.

➡️ The recipes in this menu are for 4 people, so bear those ingredients quantities in mind if you’re cooking for two (simply halve the ingredients quantities).

➡️ Set the table before you start cooking. This is always a nice touch if you’re making a special meal, but time can run away with you once you get in the kitchen!

You can find Weekly Meal Plans here:

Meal Plan 16Quick comfort food
Meal Plan 15More 30-minute feasts
Meal Plan 14Sanity savers

The recipes:


⭐️ Can be made in advance.

⭐️ Works well with rye bread, sourdough or your bread of choice.

Perfect party food on a serving board. Smoked Salmon Canapés topped with creme fraiche and dill.
5 from 11 votes

Smoked Salmon Canapés

A delicious starter or decadent nibbles when entertaining, these easy Smoked Salmon Canapés are simple yet impressive. Even better, they can be made ahead of time for convenient serving.
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Main course

⭐️ Simple to prep and cooks low and slow.

⭐️ Fantastic value for money but very impressive.

Delicious braised steak with carrots in gravy over a bed of mashed potato.
5 from 71 votes

Tender Braised Steak Recipe

Cooked low and slow, this Tender Braised Steak recipe is simple but packed with succulent, deep flavour. Perfect for a special occasion or when comfort food is calling.
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⭐️ No need to pre-boil the potatoes.

⭐️ Can be left to cook in the oven with zero faff.

Close up of parmentier potatoes as a delicious side dish.
5 from 18 votes

Crunchy Parmentier Potatoes {with Garlic and Herbs}

These crunchy Parmentier Potatoes and so easy to make. Baked until golden and drenched in garlic and herbs.
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Big bowl of Easy Cauliflower Cheese out of the oven.
5 from 31 votes

Cauliflower Cheese {Easiest Ever Recipe!}

The perfect and delicious side dish or vegetarian main course, this is comfort food at its best. Try this quick Cauliflower Cheese recipe to serve with a Sunday roast, your full-blown Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, or just a regular accompaniment to any meal.
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Close up of honey roasted carrots and parsnips on a baking tray, out of the oven.
5 from 50 votes

Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

A special roast dinner wouldn’t be the same without indulgent, extra special side dishes to elevate the ultimate roast dinner. Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are so delicious and can be prepped in advance.
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⭐️ Prep and then leave to cook while you make the rest of the meal.

⭐️ Cook a double portion and freeze a batch for another evening.

⭐️ Don’t forget cream or ice cream!

Apple Crumble made in a slow cooker.
5 from 23 votes

Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

This delicious and hearty Slow Cooker Apple Crumble is the easiest way to make our favourite hot dessert ahead of time – a comforting classic that can be left alone for three hours then served straight up.
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Sweet treat

⭐️ A super-simple dessert or gift for a fun, romantic gesture.

⭐️ Melt up in the slow cooker or microwave and leave to set – no baking involved!

A tray of ready delicious homemade Rolo Fudge.
4.95 from 18 votes

Rolo Fudge {No Bake}

This delicious, gooey no-bake Rolo Fudge sweet treat is so easy and impressive. All you need to know now much, do you love anyone enough to give them your last piece?!
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Sarah Rossi founder of and author of 'What's for Dinner?' books.


Hi, I'm Sarah. I help busy people decide 'What's for Dinner?' Find hundreds of recipes here, and also in my bestselling recipe book. Hope my recipes make your life easier ❤️

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