Ready to embrace Valentine's Day? Need a few menu suggestions? Try a few of these perfect portions for two.
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Valentine's Day Recipes for Two
Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter for Two
Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give this salmon Mexican flair. Serve with wild rice and steamed vegetables.
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Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables for Two
Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve it with slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.
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Quick Tuna Burgers for Two
Turn a can of tuna into a zesty tuna burger with this quick recipe. If you can’t find good whole-wheat hamburger buns, whole-wheat English muffins are a great substitute. The burger mixture might seem a little soft going into the pan, but once the first side is cooked, you’ll be able to flip the burgers easily. Serve with steamed broccoli or sweet potato fries.
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Mussels Stewed with Apple & Fennel for Two
Apples and fennel pair beautifully in this delicious dish.
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Pan-Fried Fish with Creamy Lemon Sauce for Two
Think better-for-you fish has to be bland? Check out this crispy tilapia with its luscious lemon sauce, and doubt smart seafood no more.
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Lemon-Garlic Sardine Fettuccine for Two
Even sardine skeptics will enjoy this lemony pasta with crispy breadcrumbs. Substitute a 5- to 6-ounce can chunk light tuna for the sardines if you prefer. If you are using tuna or can’t find sardines packed in tomato sauce, add 1 tablespoon tomato paste with the lemon juice in Step 4. Serve with a salad of bitter greens tossed with a lemon vinaigrette and a glass of pinot grigio.
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Lemon Meringue Tart for Two
A mile-high meringue is possible only if the egg white, bowl and beaters are at room temperature.
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Lamb & Chickpea Chili for Two
This spicy chili for two has a North African spin with lamb, cinnamon and harissa. If you can’t find harissa, use mild chili powder in its place. You can turn up the heat with a little cayenne or hot sauce if you like it spicy. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and tabbouleh.
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Mary's Zucchini with Parmesan for Two
Simple and delicious, the almost caramelized zucchini are topped with a Parmesan crust. Serve Mary’s zucchini like a wedge of pizza, straight from the pan, with the cheese-side up.
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Grilled Steak with Pepper Relish for Two
Here, we toss colorful bell peppers in a balsamic-herb vinaigrette and grill them in a foil packet at the same time as the steak for a no-fuss dinner for two. Serve with corn on the cob.
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Greek Salad with Sardines for Two
The fresh, tangy elements of a Greek salad—tomato, cucumber, feta, olives and lemony vinaigrette—pair well with rich-tasting sardines. Look for sardines with skin and bones (which are edible) as they have more than four times the amount of calcium as skinless, boneless sardines. If you’re lucky enough to have fresh sardines available in your supermarket, try them in place of the canned sardines. Lightly dredge them in salt-and-pepper-seasoned flour and sauté them in a little olive oil. Serve it with warm pita bread and a cold beer.
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Five-Spice Tilapia for Two
Chinese five-spice powder, soy sauce and brown sugar make a quick glaze for tilapia in this easy recipe for two.
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Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu for Two
To make traditional cordon bleu, you layer prosciutto (or other ham) and cheese in between thin slices of chicken or veal, then bread and sauté the whole stack. This quick, easy version keeps the flavors the same, but skips the fussy layering and breading steps. Serve it with delicata squash and broccoli.
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Cube Steak with Mushroom-Sherry Sauce for Two
Cube steak is a tougher cut of meat pounded to make it tender. We like it because it cooks quickly and is inexpensive—perfect for a weeknight dinner, but also for a lovely last-minute Valentine's Day meal. Look for pre-sliced mushrooms to save even more time on prep. Serve it with mashed potatoes and grilled broccoli rabe.
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Strawberry-Black Pepper Tart for Two
Black pepper gives sweet strawberries a kick in this free-form tart. Expect some of the strawberry juices to ooze over the top of the crust while baking.
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Steak & Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce for Two
Steak kebabs get a Southwestern spin with poblano peppers and a creamy sauce spiked with cilantro, chile powder, cumin and vinegar. The potatoes are partially cooked in the microwave before putting them on the grill so they’re done at the same time as faster-cooking steak, peppers and onions. Serve them with a green salad and Spanish rice.
Get the recipe: Steak & Potato Kebabs with Creamy Cilantro Sauce for Two
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Part of creating a memorable Valentine's Day for your significant other is acing the dinner menu. This Valentine's Day, make something special with these romantic meal ideas and recipes for two.
Check out the slideshow above for our best Valentine's Day dinner recipes, perfect for two people.