Perfect Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and some of you are just now starting to make plans for your girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, or husband. It is most likely that if you have not made a reservation by now, then you won't get one. No need to panic, because you can always create a romantic dinner right in the comfort of your home without the crowds and long wait times. I know you are thinking, who wants to spend a day slaving away in the kitchen? No worries, you don't have to break a sweat to make the perfect Valentine's Day meals for your mate. You cannot go wrong by using these simple and quick Valentine's Day recipes.

One of the most notorious aphrodisiacs are oysters, and it is a great way to set the mood for you and your lover.

Take a dozen clean oysters and place in a large stockpot. Pour in enough water to cover the oysters, add 2 garlic cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon of seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, drain, and cool. Once cooled, pop off the top, and place on a baking sheet. Add desired amount of fresh mozzarella and fresh spinach to the top of each oyster. Bake the oysters in the oven at 425F for 10 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

If seafood is not for you, then you can make a quick green salad with vinaigrette. You can easily buy a fresh green salad from the supermarket. Just top it off with feta and cherry tomatoes, which will add a bit of color to your salad. You can either buy your favorite vinaigrette dressing or do it yourself. To make your own, all you need to do is to whisk together 6-tablespoons of oil and 2-tablespoons of vinegar, 1-teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper, which will truly add plenty of flavor to your salad.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Now, it is time for the main dish. Most people think that they have to find an elaborate recipe that will take hours to cook, but this is so not true! You can make the perfect dish without breaking a sweat or using every pan in your kitchen.

One my favorite go to recipes is a simple salmon dish, which takes less than an hour to cook. Take 4-salmon fillets and season it with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ of pepper. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté salmon for about 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of readiness. Drizzle with lemon. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Another simple dish to make for your main course is a delicious pasta. All you need for this recipe is fettuccine, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. No need to make your pasta from scratch, because there are plenty of packaged pasta options that taste just as good as homemade pasta, and all you need to do is follow the instructions on the package.

While the fettuccine is cooking, heat 3-tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1-medium sized onion, sliced; 2-garlic cloves, minced; 8 button-sized mushrooms, sliced; 1-can of crushed tomatoes; ½ teaspoon of salt; and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. You can always add more pepper and salt to season the sauce to your liking, just remember less is more. Cook in the skillet for about 8 minutes. If you are a meat lover, then you can always add a meat option like chicken or Italian sausage to the recipe. Transfer the pasta to your plate and spoon desired amount of pasta sauce on top of the pasta. Sprinkle basil and grated Parmesan cheese on top of the pasta.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

Bon appetite!