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14 Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

14 valentine's day recipe ideas, meat or vegetarian

I don’t know about you, but I have zero desire to brave a restaurant on Valentine’s day. Seriously. You know that every single one will be slammed. I’ve selected 14 Valentine’s Dinner Ideas just in case you want to stay home. But, eating at home does not have to be lame. Instead, focusing on creating a fun or romantic dinner and emphasizing things that you love about each other. Love note hidden in coat pockets, sticky notes on the milk, favorite memories texted throughout the day, and delicious food to end the night.

Perfect Steaks and Homemade Steak Sauce

Panko Crusted Chicken with Lemon Cream Sauce

Honey Roasted Chicken

Korean BBQ Beef

Yummy Orange Chicken

Shredded Pork in Won Ton Bowls

Carne Asada Enchiladas


Fried Tortellini

Baked Caprese Crepes

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Pesto Primavera

Crimini Tarts-made on a larger scale

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Paninis

Spaghetti And Egg Pasta

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • what a great round-up of recipes. We’ll be staying in and your list comes in handy. Thanks Carrian

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    • Thank you!!! Hope you’re well.

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  • i could not agree with you more…hubby just asked if we wanted to go out for dinner and i was like no…the best part hubby is going to make dinner for the family…the shredded pork bowl sounds so good and the fried tortellini…well pretty much all of it but I won’t repeat your list. hahaha

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  • Well, every day is Valentine’s Day around here… and each of these scrumptious dishes is giving me so many great ideas! Thanks for gathering them together and sharing all on one post! Delicious!

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    • Thanks, Jamie!

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  • Ah yes now this is more like it… why stand/sit in line for hours.. when you can have any of these delicious meals… thanks for sharing!

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    • Exactly!

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  • I have no intention of going out for V-day either! Jason and I had to wait 30 min for a table even with reservations!

    Will definitely have to make some of these for dinner – Jason will be thrilled!

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    • Seriously?! What’s the point in reservations if you still have to wait?!

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  • What a great roundup! Definitely pinning this one!

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  • These all look AMAZING, Carrian! Sigh…I’m in love… 😉

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    • Thanks, Ali!!

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  • My husband won’t go out to eat on Valentine’s Day. They all look delicious!

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  • I thought for a split second that I wanted to go out, then I reaaaaaallly thought about it haha, and I agree! No way Im going to brave a restaurant that night. I have no clue what Im going to be making though, so this is a great round up 🙂

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  • I’m totally with ya. I think we are staying in. This lineup sounds amazing!

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  • We never do the restaurant thing on V-Day… it’s just too crazy!
    Love this roundup!

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    • Seriously! I’d rather be home with the kids too anyway.

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  • We are most definitely staying in on Valentine’s Day – can’t wait to check out these recipes!

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    • Thanks Elizabeth!

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  • Those vegetarian dishes look awesome! Last time we went out the restaurant was so packed we could barely hear each other talk! Definitely want to stay home this year!

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