Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! If time got away from you and you’re not one for a V-Day prix fixe menu, then consider one of these romantic 30-minute recipes. Each one is impressive, but can be easily pulled off on short-notice. Don’t forget the wine!
These weeknight chicken meatballs from Half Baked Harvest have all of the flavors of a classic coq au vin, but without the hours of braising. Pair them with your favorite homemade or store-bought mashed potatoes to soak up the rich red wine sauce!
Dress up store-bought refrigerated ravioli with a simple brown butter, sage and walnut sauce! This Food Network recipe is perfect for vegetarians, or pair it with roasted sausages or seared pork chops for the meat-eaters.
When we’re looking to get dinner out in a hurry and don’t want to fill the sink with dishes, a baking sheet is always where we turn. Here, we use a quick-cooking protein like pork tenderloin and crust it with freshly cracked spices. The spices not only provide flavor, but also great texture on the outside of the pork. The sheet pan also has enough surface area to cook your protein and your vegetables. It’s an entire dinner on one pan!
When it comes to proteins, “scallop” cuts are a great solution when you’re looking for an impressive, but quick-cooking, dinner. In this recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine, thinly sliced veal scallops are seared in a hot pan and then topped with a simple apple cream sauce spiked with Calvados. A fast fennel slaw adds crunch, acidity and rounds out the meal.
Few meals are more refreshing than a cold rice noodle salad. If you’re trying to keep things light for Valentine’s Day, consider this chilled rice noodle salad with seared tofu from Delicious.com. The whole bowl is dressed with a silky (and dairy-free) coconut cream dressing. Not a tofu fan? Try this bowl with shrimp, boneless chicken thighs or roasted salmon.