Ditch the idea of taking your partner out to dinner for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day, and instead cook him or her a decadent meal at home. Need some inspiration? Here are three recipes to cook for your significant other on Valentine's Day:

1. Wild mushroom risotto1. Wild mushroom risotto

Use any of your favorite wild mushrooms in this cheesy risotto, such as chantarelles, portabellas, and shitakes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 pound wild mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red chile, sliced
  • 2 sprigs thyme, chopped
  • fried eggs

Directions:

  • Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
  • Add the chopped onion and cook until tender
  • Stir in half of the minced garlic and cook for two minutes
  • Add the rice and wine, cooking until wine is absorbed
  • Add the broth along with some salt and pepper, bringing to a boil
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, around 20 to 30 minutes
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese
  • Spread three cups risotto on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool
  • Heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat
  • Cook half of the mushrooms until golden brown, about ten minutes, and then transfer to a plate
  • Repeat with the remaining mushrooms, adding the chile, thyme and remaining garlic once browned
  • Cook for two more minutes, and then toss with the first batch of mushrooms
  • Serve the mushrooms over the risotto topped with a fried egg

2. Red curry shrimp2. Red curry shrimp

This delicious Thai red curry dish is served with homemade cilantro rice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 13.5-oz can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 pound baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp

Directions:

  • Cook the long-grain white rice
  • Fluff with a fork, and mix in the grated lime zest and cilantro
  • In a large skillet on medium heat, add canola oil
  • Add the ginger and garlic, sauteing for a few minutes
  • Stir in Thai red curry paste and cook for a few minutes
  • Stir in light coconut milk and fish sauce
  • Simmer a few minutes
  • Add the baby bok choy and shrimp, cooking shrimp until opaque throughout
  • Stir in fresh lime juice
  • Serve the shrimp curry over rice with additional cilantro and lime wedges

3. Chicken tortilla casserole3. Chicken tortilla casserole

This Tex-Mex recipe contains layers of flour tortillas and a yummy filling of chicken, tomatoes, black beans, corn, and cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 15 ounces Rotel
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 18 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add the onion, and saute until softened
  • Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, black beans, corn, Rotel, tomato sauce, and chicken broth
  • Simmer for 15 minutes
  • Spoon some of the sauce onto the bottom of the casserole dish, and line the bottom with about six tortillas
  • Spread a layer of the shredded chicken over the tortillas, then top with a layer of sauce followed by a layer of cheese
  • Top with six more tortillas, and then repeat the layers adding chicken, sauce, and cheese
  • Finally, top with the last of the tortillas and a layer of cheese
  • Cover the casserole dish with foil, and place in the oven
  • Bake for 30 minutes, and then remove foil
  • Continue to bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling
  • Let rest for 15 minutes and then serve

No matter which one of these recipes you decide to try out, your significant other will definitely appreciate a home-cooked meal on Valentine's Day!

References
  1. "40 Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas for a Cozy Night at Home," Good Housekeeping, January 10, 2019.
  2. "50+ Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas for the Most Romantic Meal for Two," Country Living, December 20, 2018.

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