14 Family-Friendly Valentine’s Day Recipes


Whether you’re cooking for your significant other or the whole crew, these family-friendly recipes are sure to please all of your loves. Who says you have to go to a restaurant to have a good time?

plate of salmon and greens with grains
bowl of soup with cheese and pumpkin seeds on top
chicken covered in spice with wedges of lemon
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
grilled steak on a cutting board with marinade
plate of shrimp, greens and beans
ricotta and squash stuffed shells in a casserole dish
Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
chocolate cake with whipped cream and fresh fruit
red velvet cupcakes
bowls of chocolate pudding with berries

Onion Carbonara

Carbonara is a simple dish, using things you likely already have on hand. Bacon, cheese, and egg make such a fine, creamy sauce together. And when you slice an onion into long ribbons and steam them, they lose their bite, making this dish a slam-dunk. Get the recipe: Onion Carbonara

Cream-Poached Salmon with Greens

Rather than go out to a restaurant, make a delicious salmon dinner at home. Cream as a poaching liquid for salmon is simple but indulgent—it makes a luxurious sauce, but you still get the benefit of omega 3s and a healthy dose of leafy greens. Serve it over quinoa. Get the recipe: Cream-Poached Salmon With Greens

Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot and Red Lentil Soup with Ginger

This mellow sweet potato soup is low in fat yet loaded with fibre, vitamins and minerals and is particularly high in beta-carotene. Red lentils contribute protein. Bonus: they don’t need to be presoaked. Just toss them split in half straight into the soup and cook along with the vegetables. Sounds sexy, right? Get the recipe: Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot And Red Lentil Soup With Ginger

Paprika-Rubbed Sheet-Pan Chicken with Lemon

A sheet pan dinner is always a winner in our books. If you don't want to spatchcock your chicken, ask the butcher at your local grocery store. Rubbing it with paprika, fennel seeds and lemon gives it an Italian sausage-like flavour. Some mashed potatoes would be nice on the side. Get the recipe: Paprika-Rubbed Sheet-Pan Chicken With Lemon

Heart-Shaped French Toast

If breakfast in bed is on the menu, heart-shaped and berry-topped French toast is simple to make and special to receive. For extra-fancy presentation, top with a chocolate dipped strawberry. Get the recipe: Heart-Shaped French Toast

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Not much makes a mom happier than seeing her kid eating vegetables. This recipe is delicious, making the eggplant, zucchini and peppers go down nice and easy. Get the recipe: Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri

Is it even summer if you don’t make steak? The bright, fresh taste of chimichurri cuts the richness of the steak. Make it for date night, company or when you simply feel like living your best life. Get the recipe: Grilled Steak with Chimichurri

Shrimp Scampi with Peas and White Beans

Here's the thing, you want a fancy dinner that's not too fussy but still feels special. This restaurant-style dish delivers. Get the recipe: Shrimp Scampi With Peas And White Beans

Ricotta and Squash Stuffed Shells

Ding, ding. What's the ultimate comfort food? You just found it. Butternut squash and ricotta cheese create a decadent filling while the Alfredo sauce plays it cool with butter, garlic and lemon zest. Get the recipe: Ricotta and Squash Stuffed Shells

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Roasting strawberries first coaxes out their juices, intensifying the flavour, because science. Whisking together a simple base of sweetened berries and cream keeps this recipe easy-peasy. Max chill, if you will. Get the recipe: Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Food Processor Flourless Chocolate Cake

The perfect flourless chocolate cake for entertaining, this little number is best made a day or two in advance so that it has time to rest and get extra fudgy. Get the recipe: Food Processor Flourless Chocolate Cake

Vegan Blueberry "Cheesecake"

Although there is no cheese involved, you would never know it. Cashews are soaked overnight then blended to create a lusciously smooth and creamy filling. Get the recipe: Vegan Blueberry “Cheesecake”

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These mild chocolate, brilliant red cakes are a hit at parties no matter what the occasion, and they're easy to make at home. Most red velvet cupcakes are topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting—if it's not your thing, try vanilla or chocolate buttercream. Get the recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Chocolate Pudding

A few pantry essentials are all you need to whip up a luxurious chocolate pudding. Top it with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Get the recipe: Chocolate Pudding
Onion Carbonara
Cream-Poached Salmon with Greens
Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot and Red Lentil Soup with Ginger
Paprika-Rubbed Sheet-Pan Chicken with Lemon
Heart-Shaped French Toast
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
Grilled Steak with Chimichurri
Shrimp Scampi with Peas and White Beans
Ricotta and Squash Stuffed Shells
Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
Food Processor Flourless Chocolate Cake
Vegan Blueberry "Cheesecake"
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Chocolate Pudding

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