Easy Valentines Dinner Menu

Easy Retro Valentines Dinner Menu For Two (Cooking Level: Easy!)

Have a Valentines meal with your sweetheart that doesn't break the bank and leaves you with enough energy for a walk on the beach. Here's my light retro Valentines menu that includes all my husband's favs.

Rhonda wondered if a size 32 turkey would be enough for Valentines dinner

Valentines Dinner Entree: Prawn Cocktail Recipe

150g cooked prawns (if you buy them frozen defrost them first)
2t olive oil

Lemon cut into wedges
2T chopped parsley

2 small lettuce leaves (get the round-shaped ones from the heart of a lettuce)

Prawn Cocktail...Shrimp Cocktail.. whatever you call it, it's a classic

Prawn Cocktail Sauce Recipe:

2T Low fat yogurt
1T Low fat seafood sauce
1t tomato sauce
6 finely chopped capers
a couple drops Tabasco sauce

Toss the cooked prawns in oil, salt and pepper

Mix together sauce ingredients

Dip edges of lemon wedges into chopped parsley

Stir prawns through the sauce and serve inside lettuce cups with lemon wedges on the side

Classic Valetines Roast Dinner For Two

I buy a half chicken which splits nicely between two and cooks much faster than a whole bird.

Half a chicken preferably tender basted or marinate during the day in 2T of tomato paste and 1/4 cup of low fat yogurt
1/2 cup potato/kumara diced into small pieces
Handful of olives
Half a block of feta, diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2t sesame seeds
2t honey

Throw the oven onto 180 degrees and chuck in the chicken for 15 minutes

Toss the diced potato/kumara in 2tsp chicken stock (powder) and 2T balsamic vinegar

Add to the chicken after the first 15 minutes of cooking

Cook the carrots in a saucepan (or the microwave) in a couple tablespoons of water, the honey and sesame seeds

Check the chicken is cooked by piercing the fattest part of the chicken and looking for clear juices. If in doubt cook a little longer covered with foil. Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and cover with a towel for 10 minutes - this is vital for keeping the meat moist before you carve it.

Toss the olives and feta through the warm roasted vegetables

Serve on a platter and leave your other half to carve the chicken while you enjoy a glass of chardy...

Valentines Dessert: Chocolate Mousse 

Ingredients for Chocolate Mousse Recipe for Two People

  • 110g chocolate (get good quality cooking chocolate or a really dark chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 1-2 tsp of flavouring such as an essence or liqueur
Serve the chocolate mousse in teacups or wine glasses and top with cream and chocolate

To make the chocolate mousse

Separate the eggs

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; remember to keep the water away from the chocolate - one drop and it will turn to crap. Take off the heat and put to one side. 

Whisk the cream until it has doubled in volume

Whisk the eggs whites to stiff peaks (so you can flip the bowl upside down and they stay put)

Slowly whisk the eggs yolks into the chocolate (make sure it's cooled down or the eggs will scramble!)

Fold the cream into the chocolate mixture carefully to keep the air in the mixture

Fold in the egg whites

Add any flavouring you want such as peppermint liqueur, Kahlua, Baileys or an essence like vanilla or almond

Pour into small glasses or teacups on saucers and put into the fridge for at least 4 hours to set (this is a great one to make the night before)

Serve with fresh berries and a few chocolate curls on the top and a crisp, plain biscuit or wafer on the side or if you're feeling super indulgent make some white chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Extra note: If you're on Atkins or Low Carb this menu will still work perfectly; just skip the roast veges for your serve. Swap the yogurt and seafood sauce for sugar-free mayonnaise and the tomato sauce for tomato paste. And use sugar-free chocolate in the mousse - perfect! Low fat eaters just need to watch their mousse portions...like that's going to happen!!

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