Valentine’s Day Menu – A Romantic Dinner for Two

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

Alternatively, if you fancy something with a bit more of a kick, how about my Mezcal Margarita?  It’s smoky, spicy and sharp and the perfect aperitif.Mezcal Margarita by Emma Eats & Explores

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 Valentine’s Day 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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    • 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 ?

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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 |

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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  15. This looks so delicious!!!! We are doing Valentines with the babies tonight, but I will have to save this for our next fancy night in.