If you're having trouble picking out a Valentine's Day gift this year, why not go with the gift of a homemade dinner? Even if you're celebrating solo, this could also be a great way to show yourself some love. While the idea of preparing an entire dinner for one or two can be daunting, it doesn't have to be — there are a bunch of recipes out there that make it as easy as pie.
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To help you plan ahead, we'll be featuring some of our favorite stress-free Valentine's Day dinner ideas.
1. Grandbaby Cakes Maple-Glazed Salmon
With a side of steamed veggies or rice, this 30-minute salmon is bound to impress.
2. Sweet Potato Soul Wild Mushroom & Leek Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This vegan dinner takes less than an hour to make and pairs perfectly with a side salad.
3. The Hungry Hutch Honey Mustard Baked Chicken
With six ingredients and just 55 minutes of your time, you can have this sweet and tangy chicken at your table.
4. Darius Cooks Quick Lobster and Shrimp Scampi
If you're looking for an elegant, luxe Valentine's Day dinner, this is it.
5. Kawaling Pinoy Pork Siomai (Steamed Pork Dumplings)
If you have a steamer basket on hand, this flavorful meal will only take you 40 minutes to make. It would also be a great meal for you and your valentine to make together.
6. Playful Cooking Portuguese Spiced Clams
These spiced clams will take you a total of 15 minutes to make. That's right — only 15 minutes.
7. Pinch of Yum Brown Butter Scallops With Parmesan Risotto
In just 30 minutes, both you and your valentine can have a plate full of delicious risotto with yummy scallops. Brown butter and Parmesan sounds like a combination made in heaven.
8. Once Upon A Chef Pan-Seared Steak
Nothing says "I love you" like a homemade steak. This would also be great with roasted potatoes.
9. The Endless Meal One-Pot Vegan Pasta With Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
In addition to being a one-pot vegan meal, this recipe can also be gluten-free (just switch out the pasta and breadcrumbs).
Anna is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle and design content for Hunker. She's written for Apartment Therapy, the L.A. Times, Forge, and more. She previously worked as the lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles and deputy editor at So Yummy. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org