A Romantic Dinner for Two – Valentine’s Day Menu

How about a special Valentine’s Day Menu that’s completely Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free but still incredibly tasty?  Think such a thing doesn’t exist?  Read on to find out how you can create a meal that’s delicious and healthy and super impressive…

We’re spending Valentine’s Evening at home this year as we didn’t want to pay the extortionate prices for a set-menu of mediocre food and wine.  Our plan is to meet after work and go for a special cocktail somewhere on the way home.  Then we’ll head back and cook our own delicious dinner in for the two of us.  We can light the fire/watch a movie/drink a really lovely bottle of wine from the case that we bought back from Montalcino this summer.  Much nicer than being crammed into a restaurant with 30 other couples all trying to be romantic!  Plus this way I know I am going to be eating healthy yet indulgent dishes with no gluten or sugar to make me feel awful the next day.  I’ve created this Valentine’s Day Menu with a few options on it so there’s sure to be something for everyone!

The Valentine’s Day Menu

All good evenings start with a cocktail and I would suggest starting with my Pomegranate Bellini – a great way to set the tone for the evening.  Bubbles are always a great way to start the night and this has only natural ingredients in it – no sugary syrups in this cocktail!  Just make sure to get a Brut Champagne as that’s the driest, so it wont have the added sugar – or you could add the syrup to dry white wine instead!Pomegranate Bellini by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo & SCD

Canapés

While you’re cooking, and with the cocktail I would suggest an appetiser or canapé.  There’s nothing yummier than a bit of finger food you can munch away at while preparing the main.  Helps to stave off the hunger pangs too!  One of my favourites is my Courgette (zucchini) Pizza Bites (top them with your favourite toppings).  These feel really decadent without filling you up for the main course.  I also love my Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus.  It’s crunchy and salty and really gets the juices flowing for the next course!

Starters

I like to begin with something light for a starter.  There’s always the classic soup option and my Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin hits the spot!  Warming and just a little bit spicy, I always love a soup to start a meal as it doesn’t fill you up too much.  Or how about my Roasted Figs with Goats Cheese & Crispy Prosciutto.  Tangy, salty, crunchy and sweet it really does have everything.  If you can’t eat the goat’s cheese you could always substitute it for feta or a blue cheese or brie?

Main Courses (Entrees) & Sides

At the moment I’m torn between two dishes for the main course, Duck Confit with Pomegranate Molasses or Asian Style, Sticky, Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds.  The Duck Confit looks so special yet it’s so easy to make.  And the added bonus is, if you make the Pomegranate Bellini then you will already have the Pomegranate Molasses for this dish!  It really is a bit of a showstopper and the perfect romantic meal.  It’ll make your other half think that you slaved for hours in the kitchen over it!  Then there’s my Sticky, Sweet Chilli Salmon.  Much faster and easier to prepare (without so many steps) it still tastes pretty decadent.  At the moment I think I’m swinging towards this one as it’s a bit lighter.  With a canapé, starter, main and dessert I’m going to be so full by the end of this meal!

If I choose the duck then I think the one of  the sides would have to be my Cauliflower Mash, it just goes so well.  I’d also add some greens, maybe spinach or some green beans or Kale.  With the Salmon my Lemon and Coriander (Cilantro) Cauliflower Rice works perfectly and the tang from the lemon and the freshness of the coriander (cilantro) cuts right through the sweet stickiness of the salmon.

Dessert

And for dessert it just has to be my Apple & Cinnamon Crumble!  There really is no better way to end a meal.  Sweet and warming it really is proper comfort food.  A great way to show the one you love how much they mean to you.  But if you really can’t handle something like this after all the food you’ve already eaten, a nice light and fresh alternative is my Berry & Mint Fruit Salad with a Honey Lime Dressing.  The title speaks for itself really.  Mixed Berries made that little bit more special with the addition of a Lime Syrup and fresh mint leaves.  Perfect if you’re full from the rest of the meal.

So, plenty of options to choose from – there should be something for everyone.  Let me know in the comments if you make any of them and I’ll be sure to update you with what I finally decide to make on the night!  And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Allergy & Dietary Information for my Valentine’s Day Menu

This menu is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, & Refined-Sugar Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Primal, & Low Carb Diets.  If you are on a strict SCD diet then you should swap the Champagne for a dry white wine (although Brut Champagne has as little sugar as dry white wine it is not SCD Legal).  Also you will need to swap the goat’s cheese for an SCD Legal cheese such as brie/camembert/feta or blue cheese!

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68 Comments Add yours

  1. justsoflo says:

    Looks delicious, I hate cooking though so would be my idea of hell haha

    1. Fee Kelly says:

      Oh my this menu sounds amazing and I know I would devour it all! Hubby is picky, so more for me I guess lol and he would have to cook it as I hate cooking ?

  2. Meg says:

    Those pizza bites ?

  3. This ideas are great and looks delicious, I love suggestions especially for canape and dessert.

  4. Julie Hood says:

    We’re spending it at home this year, too! Those all look soooo good!

  5. kage2015 says:

    Wow you went all out with this meal. Everything looks fantastic but could we start with dessert.

  6. Jacki says:

    Everything looks so good! Especially that salmon!

  7. Oh yum!!! I would eat everything you made! However my picky husband probably wouldn’t lol! I am planning on making a romantic dinner that night since we have a new baby and can’t make it out to dinner. I think I will use that drink and salmon recipe!

  8. ALl this food looks so romantic! My husband would die over the Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      They’re my favourite part too!

  9. Abbey Phipps says:

    That looks really healthy and complicated! Haha but I bet it’s delicious!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It looks complicated but it’s so simple and easy to make, that’s the beauty of it 🙂

  10. Claudia says:

    omigosh you had me at goat cheese! Everything looks so delicious and decadent!

  11. Annie says:

    It all looks and sounds amazing. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  12. Danielle says:

    Oh my yum! We typically stay home for Valentine’s Day and just spend time together watching movies and enjoying each other’s company. These are some great dinner options that would definitely wow my boyfriend.

  13. Bora says:

    Simple but delicious! Love the suggestions!

  14. baldblogging says:

    I love the layout of your blog and although I’m single, I really enjoyed this post!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks so much – it’s a free WordPress theme (Dyad)!

  15. roseclearfield says:

    Fantastic menu! Anyone would be lucky to enjoy such a great meal on Valentine’s Day!

  16. myeverydaylifespot says:

    What an amazing menu! I have been told not to plan anything for Valentine’s Day but with my anniversary right around the corner I just may have to use your ideas.

  17. creativethriftychef says:

    These looks delicious, another idea to make for this Valentines Day.

  18. momknowsbest15 says:

    What a great menu for a special day. That salmon looks so delicious

  19. Lynn White says:

    The apple and cinnamon crumble looks so good!

  20. Ashvin Nankoo says:

    The food looks awesome. Im definitely going to buy the Bellini

  21. caseyp1110 says:

    Yes, YEs , YEs…that whole menu sounds delish!

  22. MayaNyssa says:

    I’m vegan and gluten-free, so even though I wouldn’t eat any of the dishes I appreciate all the effort you put into them, and the thought that was taken to make them both healthy and considerate of multiple allergies!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      All the food is glutenfree as I can’t eat gluten either, but unfortunately only the Butternut Squash Soup & the desserts are vegan!

      1. MayaNyssa says:

        Good to know, thanks! I love butternut squash.

  23. lba14525 says:

    Everything you made looks so tempting. I’m inspired and my hubby will love it. thank you!

  24. That bellini looks amazing! Since I’m pregnant I’ll probably just find something red and fun to drink.

  25. Amanda says:

    All these recipes look soooo good! Yum! I cant wait for a dinner date night in with my husband!

  26. Annette Yedlin says:

    OMG the bacon wrapped asparagus looks so good…well all of it does really 🙂 what a great menu thank you for sharing it!

  27. Yum Yum Yum it all looks so good. That salmon looks absolutely amazing though! I think we are spending Valentines in this year as well, but I haven’t decided what we will be doing yet. My husband is almost as picky as my kids are when it comes to food lol

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Shame! My boyfriend will eat anything so I’m lucky there!

  28. Julie Porter says:

    I love duck so I would love to try the duck confit though It’s a bit intimidating to try to do a confit, I always assumed that it was quite complicated. Cauliflower mash sounds like a wonderful side as well. We usually stay in for Valentine’s Day as we don’t like the crowds.

  29. Sarah Bailey says:

    Your menu was one of the sweetest dishes I’ve seen this Valentines day so far. Hope you’ll have a perfect night.

  30. The Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus and the Asian style salmon looks so good! Actually, every dish in this post is deliciously mouth watering! I want to try making that asparagus appetizer some time. My husband would love it

  31. Looks awesome!! This is gonna be my love dinner 🙂 <3 Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  32. Anosa says:

    Wow! Thanks for this, I think I need to try doing this first to check if I will nailed it or else, I still need to contact you.

  33. Divya says:

    The pomegranate bellini looks delicious!! I’ve never made my own pomegranate juice before!

  34. Amber says:

    What fabulous ideas. I think we’re just ordering pizza. We’re both too lazy to make something nice.

  35. MaryAnne says:

    Amazing tips to share with my husband this feb 14th! can´t wait!

  36. sherry says:

    yeah Valentines day soon gonna have dinner for two.
    well maybe four as included our kids. Perhaps cook at home or out unsure yet.

  37. Victoria Heckstall says:

    All your recipes looks delicious. It will be romantic night if we use this on valentines.

  38. sveeteskapes says:

    I love the idea of dining in too on V-Day. We did that last year but want to spend time out this year because once the baby in my belly is out we wont have time for that haha.

    xx, Kusum |

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Awww congrats – enjoy your time together before the baby!

  39. Wow this looks delicious!!! I’m tempted to tell my boyfriend to cancel our dinner reservation 😉 haha

  40. Wwanna plan a romantic dinner with hubby too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  41. Jodie says:

    Wow what a selection – I want to try the pizza bites because they look really easy to make and might be good when craving something bad! x

  42. Elizabeth O. says:

    That’s a lovely menu for Valentine’s! I think it’s awesome to be able to just cook dinner for you and your date!

  43. All the food looks super delicious! Prefect meal for Valentine’s day.

  44. wendy says:

    I love all this! What a beautiful meal you have done! Everything looks amazing.

  45. Those recipes are looks fantastic and perfect idea for Valentine’s Day Dinner! I’m going to try one of these!!

  46. Everything looks and sounds just delicious. I’d love to try any of these for Valentine’s Day.

  47. Maria Han says:

    everything looks delicious and a perfect meal plan, I would tell to my hubby about this.

  48. Julie Cao says:

    Home-made food is always the best, and the food looks so healthy and delicious! Wish you have a great Valentines day!

  49. Chloe says:

    Can you please come to my place and cook all of this!! It looks so tasty!

  50. danay says:

    This entire menu looks amazing. The pizza bites are a must and that salmon is definitely on my to-make list. We’re paleo, so I’m digging all of your choices.

  51. Tauyanm says:

    love your food ideas! those salmon looks. beautiful! and roasted asparagus! now im craving for some of those!

  52. What a perfect meal plan for Valentines Day! Everything looks perfect, thank you for this…

  53. I guess my Dada will have a reservation to our favorite restaurant for full course dinner (and a romantic couple night after) ?

  54. All these look lovely and delicious, I think you can use some of these for nice date nights too. Easy to make and healthy!

  55. Claudia says:

    I want those pizza bites now! looks so delicious

  56. That berry and mint fruit salad looks absolutely delicious. Would totally gobble that down in a hurry!

  57. Ivette Lopez says:

    O M G that Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus is making my mouth water over here!!! This is a wonderful review, thank you.

  58. Amy Jones says:

    Pink wine is a MUST for any valentine’s day dinner. Not sure why, it just matches the mood of the day so much for some reason

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