Here we are, ready to celebrate another Valentine’s Day with our arms open wider! Cooking and romance may seem like two distant things but wait, romance in the kitchen sounds as steamy and refreshing since it gives couples the chance to explore ways to connect on an emotional and intimate level. As cliché as it may sound, the idea of cooking together opens up the potentials of being desirable to each other, simply because of the thought of investing time to create memories. So, we bring you some amazing recipes that are delectable on your palate and easy to prepare with your partner. This Valentine’s Day, ditch dinner at an expensive restaurant and seize the chance to woo your partner’s taste buds. Let your partner bask in joy when you pierce your Valentine’s heart with some of your impeccable culinary skills.
Let’s get started with these easy to prepare Valentine’s Day special recipes
Choco dipped Strawberries
Sometimes the simplest things in life make extraordinary memories. Choco-dipped strawberries are one of the easiest recipes that require your hands and two souls, engaged with undying love for each other.
Dark chocolate- 1
Nutella- 1/4 cup
Milk chocolate- 1
Chopped almonds and pistachios- 1/4 cup
Powdered sugar- 1/4 cup
Using a straw, remove stems from strawberries. Then, fill Nutella in a plastic cone and pump it into the strawberries. Once you are done with all the strawberries, keep them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Now, melt the dark chocolate and milk chocolates using separate double boilers. Now comes the oh-so-delicate part of this recipe! Take a toothpick or you can use your hand as well and carefully dip 1/4th of the strawberries into the melted dark chocolate and place them on a baking sheet. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes and let them set. Take a spoon and dip it in the milk chocolate, then continuously moving the spoon, do a criss-cross pattern on the strawberries. Finally, garnish with chopped almond, pistachios and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Complicated the dish may sound, but wait till you guys’ kick start the mission to prepare something awesome together!
Chicken- 250 grams cut into small cubes
Black pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
Finely chopped Onion- 1 medium
Garlic – 8-10 cloves, minced
Ginger paste- 1 teaspoon
Chilies- 4 minced
Soy sauce- 1 tablespoon
Peanuts- 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves- 2 tablespoons
Lettuce leaves, refrigerated- 8-9 nos
Salt to tasteMethod:
Marinate chicken with salt, black pepper powder, ginger paste and half of minced garlic for 30 minutes. Add olive oil in a pan and stir fry till it is cooked fully. Now add chopped onion, mushrooms, chilies, bell peppers and sauté lightly. Add soy sauce and salt. Then, add the cooked chicken and give a good mix. Now, on each lettuce leaf put the chicken mixture, a pinch of chopped coriander, and 1/2 teaspoons of peanuts. Now roll it and enjoy the yummy treat.
Simple Salsa Chicken
This simple, flavorful and easy to prepare dish might need a bit of your romantic touch to take your taste buds to the bliss point!
Skinless and boneless chicken breast – 2 (150 grams each)
Onion- 1 medium, sliced
Olive oil- 4 tablespoons
Green pepper- 1 small, cut into long thin strips
Chopped white onion- 1/2
Tomatoes -3 diced,
Seeded jalapeno- 1 diced
Minced garlic clove- 2
Coriander leaves- 1/3 cup chopped
Lime juice- 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Corn kernels- 1/2 cup
Cheese of your choice- 1/4 cup shredded
Sour cream- 2 tablespoonsMethod:
Add oil in a non-stick pan and cook chicken till light brown. Add all the ingredients except corn and cheese and sauté for some time. Add a cup of water and bring to a boil. Now, cover it with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes at a low heat. Now add corn kernels. Simmer it for some more time till chicken releases its juices. Once cooked, sprinkle cheese. Savor with sour cream.
Veggie Chowder Recipe
May these colorful veggies bring more color and romance in your love life. This healthy and creamy recipe is a perfect pick to enliven your time and satiate your hunger pangs at a cosy evening.
Potatoes- 2, peeled and cubed
Chicken broth- 2 cups
Onion- 1/2 cup chopped
Carrots- 1 cup chopped
Pepper powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Corn- 2 cups
Milk- 350 litre fat-free
Cheddar cheese- 3/4 cup shredded fat-free
Mushrooms- 1/2 cup sliced
Bacon- 1 or 2 slicedMethod:
Take a large pan and add potatoes, onions, carrots, broth and bring it to a boil. Simmer it for some time till vegetables are tender. Then, add mushrooms, corn, cheese, milk, pepper until they cook evenly. Once they are done, sprinkle bacon and you are ready to relish this lip smacking dish.
Indianized veggie spicy Chicken
Spice is the key not only to make a dish taste amazing but to spruce up your relation. So, don’t limit your exploration only to sweet and salty, try this utterly delicious spicy one too!
Canola oil- 4 tablespoons divided
Salt to taste
Lemon juice- 2 tablespoons
Garlic powder- 1 teaspoon
Paprika- 1/2 teaspoon
Chili powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Chili flakes- 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Cumin powder- 1-1/2 teaspoons
Oregano- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried
Red and green bell pepper thinly sliced- 1/2 medium
Boneless and skinless chicken breast- 250 grams cut into stripes
White onions – 4 medium thinly sliced
Red onion- 1/2 cup, chopped
Shredded cheddar cheese and sour creamMethod:
Add lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil, oregano, cumin powder, chili flakes, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika in a bowl and mix. Then add chicken. Ensure the chicken is coated with the mixture and then refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Add oil in a pan and add onions and bell peppers till crisp. Cook chicken in the same pan over medium heat till it turns brown. Add the cooked pepper and onion to the pan and cook for some time. Sprinkle cheese from above. Your veggie spicy chicken is ready. You can enjoy this with parathas or lachha parathas with chicken and sour cream.
Food tastes more delicious when cooked with the loved one and heavenly when the two of you savour it together. We wish you a very romantic Valentine’s Day and hope you enjoy it to the hilt. Let us know how you enjoyed these yummilicious dishes and keep your comments coming. Till then, stay happy, stay healthy!