Spice up your Valentine’s Day: 6 Elegant Recipes {For Two}

valentine-dinner

I’ve been asked to be someone’s Valentine: my almost 5-year old daughter asked me and what’s even better, she actually told me that I make her heart sing. Wow. I think that’s quite possibly the best Valentine I’ve ever received.

We won’t be cooking dinner this year, which is a big bummer. Long story but we sold our apartment just before Christmas and we still haven’t moved into our new place. Yes, major stress, but we are going with the flow (yet, I truly cannot wait to “nest”).

For now we’re living in a hotel in SoHo, which is fun in its own way. It’s not the Plaza so we can’t pretend that S is Eloise, but it’s nice that someone brings fresh towels and makes the bed each day. Because we don’t have a kitchen, by the end of our stay I’ll know every restaurant in SoHo and what S likes in each one. (Yes, I am craving a home cooked meal. Must return to family in Boston!)

So while we won’t be cooking and baking the heart-shaped sugar cookies that S asked me to make, I hope you’ll cook dinner with your loved ones, sip wine, eat chocolates—and be grateful for dinner + love.

Here are 6 elegant, piece of cake to make recipes that are sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day. I got a groovy new plugin so you can easily print the recipes. And once I move I’ll be posting more photos.

Enjoy—and let me know if you need any ideas for dinner.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

xo
Tracey

For the recipes that don’t come with side dishes you could serve them with jasmine rice and/or salad.

Coriander-crusted sea bass with ginger yogurt sauce

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 Teaspoons fresh lime juice (separated)
  • 3 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (peeled and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 6 ounce sea bass fillets

Directions

Mix yogurt, parsley, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon oil, ginger, and garlic in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Place fennel seeds and coriander seeds in mortar + pestle and crush. Sprinkle fillets with salt, pepper, and crushed seeds. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fillets, seed side down. Cook until brown, about 3 minutes. Turn over. Cook until just opaque in center, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons lime juice. Place fillets on plates. Serve with sauce and lime wedges.

Coconut Shrimp

Serves 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet
Occasion Valentines day

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 Small garlic clove
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger (shredded or chopped)
  • 3 green chilies (seeded and chopped)
  • 2 Cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • sea salt + freshly-ground pepper (to taste)

Directions

Add oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and cover the pan because the seeds will pop. When the popping ceases, add the onion and garlic. Sauté until onions cook, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cumin, ginger, chilies and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered until sauce is thick, about 8 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt + freshly ground pepper.

Halibut with Orange + Rosemary with Fingerling Potatoes

Serves 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup parsley (chopped, plus a bit more for garnishing if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel (minced)
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 1/2lb fingerling potatoes
  • sea salt + freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 2 6 ounce halibut fillets (over 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Directions

Mix parsley, orange peel, rosemary, and 2 minced garlic cloves in small bowl. Preheat oven to 450°F. Spread potatoes in a metal baking pan. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt + pepper. Roast potatoes until almost tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 20-25 minutes.

Place halibut fillets atop potatoes. Sprinkle fish with salt + pepper. Roast for another 15 minutes, until fish are opaque in center and potatoes are tender. Place on serving plates.

Combine orange juice, vinegar, 2 tablespoons parsley mixture and remaining minced garlic clove in same baking pan. Set pan over 2 burners and boil until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, scraping up any browned bits, about 2 minutes. Season sauce with salt + pepper. Pour sauce over fish. Garnish with more parsley, if desired.

Herb roasted lamb chops

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet
Occasion Valentines day

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 1 1/4 inch thick lamb loin chops
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Herbes de Provence
  • 2 Teaspoons coarse sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add lamb and brown, about 2 minutes per side. Coat lamb chops with mustard and herbs de Provence. Transfer skillet to oven and roast for about 10 minutes (for medium-rare). Remove from oven and transfer to platter. Allow chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Seared orange-tamari scallops

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet
Occasion Valentines day

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 Pound sea scallops (washed and patted dry with a paper towel)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari sauce (or substitute soy sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange peel (grated)

Directions

Heat about 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle scallops with pepper + salt. Add scallops to skillet in single layer and sauté until brown on outside and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to plate. Keep drippings in pan. Add garlic and about 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet and stir. Add orange juice, soy sauce and orange peel. Boil until sauce thickens to a syrup, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce over scallops and serve with rice.

Tupelo honey-roasted chicken with roasted turnips

Serves 2
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 10 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Tupelo honey (or another honey you like)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • sea salt + freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 Pound whole chicken (organic + free-range, preferably)
  • 4 turnips

Directions

Combine honey and stick in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit. Place chicken in a roasting pan and season with salt + pepper. Coat the chicken with 1/3 of the glaze and place in the oven. Meanwhile, prick the turnips with a fork and roast alongside the chicken for about 50 minutes, brushing the chicken every 15 minutes with more glaze, saving about 1/4 cup. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Place turnips in a bowl with 1/4 cup of glaze and the butter. Mash the turnips with a fork or handheld mixer.

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