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50 Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas For Two On A Budget

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Help yourself to these special dinner ideas for two and enjoy a sweet Valentine’s Day date made at home and right on your budget!

Dinner Ideas for Two for a Homemade Valentine’s Day Date


Dinner Ideas for Two | Appetizer Recipes for Valentine’s Day

1. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Add a twist to the classic and everybody’s favorite, lasagna! Instead of preparing a classic layered lasagna, why not make lasagna roll-ups with a lighter filling: chicken, spinach, and mozzarella.

2. French Onion Soup

This soup is the perfect meal to kick off your Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s super flavorful and it will also make you feel excited to move forward with your next course.

3. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

You’ll love this comforting jalapeno popper chicken chili soup to kick off your romantic dinner with someone special. Every flavor you love about jalapeno poppers, you’re going to taste here!

4. Creamy Garlic Chicken Soup

Give your darling the most satisfying sip of his or her life with this super tasty, creamy, and garlicky chicken soup recipe. The flavor is just mild and subtle but will leave your taste buds hankering for more!

5. Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage

Here’s a classically Southern soup for a chilly romantic evening. It’s a delectable soup with so much flavor, so much texture to it–it will impress your special guest, indeed!

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6. Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

This creamy and velvety coconut shrimp soup with an authentic Thai flavor is appetizing, indeed. It’s very delish and special–as special as your loved one!

7. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

You don’t have to make your soup course complicated. Even a simple and light Greek lemon chicken soup can satisfy your loved one on a whole new level!

8. Tennessee Onions

This recipe for Tennessee onions will please both meat lovers and veggie lovers. The taste is quite similar to a meat dish, even though it doesn’t have any. It’s so cheesy, so meaty, and so earthy, in short, a MUST-TRY!

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Dinner Ideas for Two | Side Dish Recipes for Valentine’s Day

9. Fettuccine Alfredo With Broccoli

This is a light and easy pasta recipe with broccoli and lots of cheese! It’s also a healthier meal to make your sweetheart completely satisfied despite this being a meatless recipe.

10. Basil Pesto Chicken Pasta

Go healthy with this delicious and hearty chicken pasta with broccoli and sun dried tomatoes. This pasta is tossed in a tasty pesto sauce and is on the table in less than 30 minutes!

11. Spaghetti Carbonara

5 ingredients in 15 minutes! Yes! This is the easiest pasta dish to fall in love with. And because we don’t want our sweethearts to wait, this simple and quick carbonara recipe is perfect, for sure.

12. Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

Ditch the store-bought product and try this delicious homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes atop pasta! You can pretty much use this rich sauce in any of your favorite pasta noodles.

13. Baked Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

This amazingly creamy and comforting baked ravioli with a kick of Vodka sauce makes a perfect meal for a romantic night with the love of your life. It’s also very easy to cook–it doesn’t need lots of work!

14. Baked Parmesan Mushrooms

Parmesan cheese, lemon, and thyme make this mushroom dish a winning side dish for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s simple yet super flavorful which is perfect if you prefer healthy dinner dishes, too!

15. Potato Stir Fry Flavored with Garlic and Cumin

This recipe is an exciting side dish you can easily prepare for a date night. It’s not just a simple potato dish but it’s well-spiced and tastes even better with red chili powder, turmeric powder, and more incredible seasonings.

16. Baked Zucchini Crisps

You and your Valentine will enjoy the healthy goodness of this crispy side dish! These baked zucchini crisps taste really good and savory. You’ll love it!

17. Broccoli Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

Nothing beats a healthy side dish bursting with extremely delicious flavor! This cheesy carb will leave you both full and satisfied!

18. Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice

With this flavorful fried rice recipe, you’re adding a beautiful side dish to your menu which will make your darling fall in love again and again! It’s a dish to enjoy and to feel good about!


Dinner Ideas for Two | Main Course Recipes for Valentine’s Day

19. Black Bean Ribs

Treat your date to good and one-of-a-kind rib experience. These tender ribs are covered with a rich and thick black bean sauce which is not just good, but AMAZING!

20. Steak Fajita Roll-Ups

It only takes 30 minutes to cook these tender, succulent, and flavorful steak fajita roll-ups with juicy and well-seasoned bell peppers.

21. Honey Sriracha Skillet Pork Chops

If you both dig sweet and spicy flavors, this dinner idea is the ultimate choice for you on the big night! It is simple to cook and pairs really well with any side dish you wish to prepare.

22. BBQ Braised Pot Roast

There’s nothing as perfect as taking a bite of this fancy dish with your love while listening to romantic music. This barbecue braised pot roast is perfection!

23. Perfect Ribeye with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

This steak is soaked in olive oil and fresh rosemary before grilling. It is then topped with a delicious mushroom and onion mixture with a mild tangy taste from balsamic vinegar–you simply cannot resist.

24. Lemon Garlic Steak

An absolutely melt-in-your-mouth lemon garlic steak to tickle your taste buds on your date night. This steak is easy and comes together in less than 15 minutes!

25. Cilantro-Lime Grilled Tuna with Avocado-Cucumber Salsa

The name pretty sums up everything about this mega-delicious grilled tuna dish. Of course, he or she will absolutely fall in love with this!

26. Simple Rosemary Oven Roasted Chicken

This super easy oven roasted rosemary chicken with cauliflower tastes divine. It also so aromatic–it can make anyone fall in love in an instant!

27. Schnitzel

You’ll love to add this simple yet tasty Austrian dish on your Valentine’s Day dinner menu! It’s scrumptious and perfect when you want to serve something new.

28. Pan-Fried Duck with Massaman Curry Sauce

Have you ever cooked duck or do you want to try an easy duck recipe? This is the best recipe to get you started! It’s an addictive and succulent pan-fried duck that would look elegant on a special date night.

29. Ketchup Sriracha Shrimp

It only takes 15 minutes to make this tangy, sweet, and spicy ketchup sriracha shrimp! If you and your date are both spice lovers, then this shrimp recipe is for you!

30. Smoked Salmon Tart with Sweet Potato Crust

The long list of ingredients for both filling and crust is just worth it! Once you gathered all the things you need for this recipe, you’re just a few steps away from a delectable and mouthwatering smoked salmon dish.

31. Pan Seared Scallops with Chermoula Sauce

Get a bit of Moroccan experience on the sweetest day of the year with this elegant dish. You don’t have to worry because despite this dish looks pretty classy, it definitely is so simple and easy to prepare.

32. Italian Stuffed Flank Steak

This is a tender steak slathered with garlic mixture, then filled in with prosciutto and provolone cheese, tucked into little pinwheels then pan-seared to absolute perfection!


Dinner Ideas for Two | Dessert Recipes for Valentine’s Day

33. Layered Cherry Cheesecake

Don’t worry! This elegant dessert is easy to make! Not only that, but it’s also so glorifying with vanilla wafer crust and a delightful pudding and cream cheese filling.

34. Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

A lovely cheesecake recipe to make for Valentine’s Day. It’s a very easy recipe guaranteed to make your evening sweeter and romantic.

35. Bonet

Cocoa + Amaretti + Rum = seductively delicious dessert to indulge in with the love of your life. This bonet is such a fine and classy treat you might want to try!

What is a bonet? It is a typical sweet which is a Piemontese preparation and served in noble banquets all the way back the 13h century.

36. Meyer Lemon Graham Parfait

Parfaits are one of the easiest and simplest desserts anyone can make, especially this particular recipe. With honey and lemon, this parfait is heaven in every spoonful, for sure!

37. Brownie Truffles

I love truffles and this recipe is definitely my favorite. It’s delightful enough for a special night and also easy enough to make a batch anytime you crave for sweets.

38. Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

These heart-shaped cookies will look lovely on your Valentine’s day dinner table. Red velvet cookies have never been this good–they’re almost too good to eat!

39. Raspberry-covered Devil’s Food Cake

Heart-shaped, red, sweet, and perfectly studded with fresh raspberries–this stunning cake hits the spot for the best Valentine’s Day dessert recipe!


Dinner Ideas for Two | Drinks Recipes for Valentine’s Day

40. Peach Rose Sangria

This drink is so delicious with sweet, tangy, and fresh fruity flavor from peach juice, peach liqueur, rose wine, fresh peaches, and strawberry slices.

41. Strawberry Bourbon Cocktail

This delightfully refreshing cocktail drink would make a great addition to your Valentine dinner. It’s a boozy drink connected to the Aphrodite, the goddess of love, after all.

42. Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush

Who wouldn’t love this pretty-in-pink cocktail drink for a very romantic evening? Nothing too fancy, very easy yet, incredibly tasty drink to share with your loved one.

43. Winter Witbier and White Grape Vodka Man-gria

How do you like some fresh fruits soaked in vodka? Sounds tempting, right? Stun your date with this drinkable jar of art!

44. Smoking Violets Cocktail

Add a WOW factor to your Valentine’s Day dinner with this smoking cocktail! This drink will make your love ask for a second date. And if you think you have the ingredients needed for this drink, then go for it. You won’t regret it!

45. Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Share a glass of this sophisticated blackberry bourbon smash with someone you love. It’s always nice to share such a wonderful experience with the people close to your heart.

46. Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

This refreshing drink has no artificial sweetener. It has a tasty ginger syrup with honey, mint leaves, and fresh ginger. That’s just so amazing!

47. Frozen Cherry Daiquiris

Frozen cherry daiquiris is a boozy and delectable drink to indulge in! You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an ultimate cocktail and dessert experience.

48. Blood Orange Champagne Mule

This blood orange champagne mule is a drool-worthy drink perfect to serve at any special occasion like New Year, Christmas, and of course Valentine’s Day. Let’s toast to that!

49. Heart Beet Smoothie

A revitalizing and delicious drink to keep you hyped the whole night. This beet smoothie is a hearty drink rich in fiber and vitamin C.

50. Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Keep it simple and refreshing with this lemonade recipe which is zesty, delicious, and loaded with blueberry goodness! Not to mention how easy this recipe is!


Still got time for more dinner ideas for two? Watch this video tutorial from Tasty for more:

With restaurants crowded on Valentine’s Day, these dinner ideas for two are the perfect excuse for staying home and preparing your own date. Never mind the fact that you also want to stay on the budget for that vacation for two you’re planning on.

Plan your menu and add these homemade dinner recipes for your romantic dinner ideas for two at home!

Which of these dinner ideas for two are you planning to add to your menu? Let us know in the comments below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 12, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.



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