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Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas at Home

February 04, 2021



Valentine's Day dinner at home three-course meal: Sliced steak and cauliflower risotto with mushrooms on a white plate, Caesar salad on a white plate, and chocolate cookie dough ice cream in a white bowl. White and pink roses in the background.

An uncelebrated holiday, a special day to celebrate those you love, or a chance for kids to trade heart-shaped chocolates and candies with colorful cards, Valentine’s Day happens each year no matter your relationship status. Even if you’re single on Valentine’s Day, you can choose to celebrate self-love and self-care by cooking an easy but gourmet meal to cap off the day with our Valentine’s Day dinner ideas at home.

Avoid overpriced dine-in or take-out restaurant Valentine’s Day dinner menus and treat yourself to our three-course home-cooked dinner ideas on Valentine’s Day. Our date-night dinner menu starts with a simple, classic Caesar salad, followed by a keto-friendly cauliflower risotto with pink sauce and sliced steak. It finishes with homemade chocolate cookie dough ice cream. Wine and red roses are optional.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu

  • Appetizer: Caesar Salad with shaved parmesan cheese and organic sprouted seed topper
  • Main course: Cauliflower risotto with mushrooms and pink sauce, and sliced steak
  • Dessert: Chocolate cookie dough ice cream

Customize these Valentine’s Day dinner ideas in a dozen different ways to suit your tastes, dietary preferences, and the number of people in which you may (or may not!) dine. This dinner menu makes enough for two adults with leftover ice cream; increase or decrease ingredient amounts as needed.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

Caesar Salad Recipe

Caesar salad with Go Raw sprouted seeds and parmesan curls on top. A silver fork is next to the salad plate, along with a bowl of parmesan curls, sprouted seeds, and Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing.

Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash, dry, and separate the leaves of romaine lettuce. Chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Divide the chopped lettuce onto two plates—top lettuce with shaved parmesan, Caesar dressing, and sprouted seed mixture. If you don’t have the seed mixture, feel free to top with toasted sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or toasted slivered almonds.

Caesar salad on a white plate next to a silver fork. Go Raw sprouted seed bag and Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing are next to the salad.

Nutrition info (per serving):

Calories: 311

Carbs: 14 grams

Net Carbs: 7 grams

Fat: 25 grams

Protein: 10 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer.

Cauliflower Risotto Recipe

Cauliflower risotto with mushrooms on a large white dinner plate. A wooden spoon is next to the plate.

Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side dish

Ingredients

*Substitution tip: If you don’t eat dairy, substitute a store-bought vegan parmesan cheese, or make your own vegan parmesan cheese. You can also use nutritional yeast.

Instructions

  • Heat avocado oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil warms, add onion and sliced mushrooms.
  • Sauté until the onions are translucent and the liquid has evaporated from the skillet, about 6–7 minutes. Add minced garlic and thyme to the skillet. Stir ingredients together and cook for another minute.
  • Add cauliflower rice and Pink Primavera Sauce to the skillet. Stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and add parmesan cheese. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add arugula and season with salt and pepper. Stir, then remove from the heat and serve.

Nutrition info* (per serving):

Calories: 227

Carbs: 19 grams

Net Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 13 grams

Protein: 10 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer. *Nutrition info calculated for 4 side-dish servings.

Cauliflower and mushroom risotto with sliced steak on a white plate with fresh herbs and a slice of lemon

Serve the cauliflower risotto as the main course, or serve it as a side dish with sliced steak or any other protein you like. Check out these steak recipes for inspiration:

Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Chocolate cookie dough ice cream in a clear bowl with two silver spoons next to the bowl and Sweet Loren's cookie dough balls in the background.

Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

*Cook’s Tips:

  1. Make sure to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker before you start making the ice cream. Place it into the freezer the night before you plan to make the ice cream recipe, so you don’t forget.
  2. You’ll need about 1 cup of raw macadamia nuts to make fresh macadamia nut butter. You can also substitute an all-natural store-bought macadamia nut butter as well.

Instructions

  • Place macadamia nuts into a food processor and blend for a few minutes until the nuts turn into smooth nut butter. Set the nut butter aside.
  • Pour the coconut milk into a large bowl. Add ¼ cup of the macadamia nut butter, one scoop of Primal Fuel Chocolate Coconut, the cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Chop cookie dough balls into bite-size pieces.
  • Turn on the ice cream maker. Pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen bowl. Allow the ice cream mixture to mix for 6–10 minutes.
  • Once the ice cream thickens, add the cookie dough pieces to the ice cream maker. Use a spatula to help mix in the cookie dough chunks. Serve ice cream right away, or store in an airtight, freezer-safe container.

Close up shot of chocolate cookie dough ice cream in a clear bowl. Two silver spoons are next to the bowl.

*Cook’s Tips:

  1. Make the ice cream mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Chop up the cookie dough pieces and store them in the fridge.
  2. About 15 minutes before you plan to eat dessert, remove the ice cream maker bowl from the freezer, set up your ice cream maker, and start churning the ice cream. This ice cream recipe is best when served fresh from the ice cream maker.

Nutrition info (per serving):

Calories: 203

Carbs: 22 grams

Net Carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 13 grams

Protein: 6 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer.

Ideas to Personalize Your Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Want to switch up our Valentine’s Day dinner menu? Our easy dinner ideas can help:

Instead of steak, try chicken. From baked chicken breasts to kid-friendly chicken tenders, our chicken recipes make a winner out of your dinner.

Raise the stakes by swapping seafood or fish for steak. Want a protein that feels less heavy in the stomach? Try one of these:

Want a plant-based entree? These veggie-forward recipes can help add color, texture, and added interest to your dinner plate:

Not feelin’ risotto? Our easy pasta recipes can come to your rescue:

Is homemade ice cream too fussy? Try one of these easy-to-share and save-extras-for-later dessert recipes:

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