A Bouquet of Valentine's Day Recipes
By Ann Thelen
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve selected a bouquet of recipes to delight your sweetheart or show some extra love to the entire family. Hearts will race with delightful anticipation when these recipes are on the menu.
Delicious food is like a hug for the heart and soul. With Valentine’s Day on the menu this month, we’ve handpicked six new recipes that are made with love. Whether it’s a date night meal with your sweetheart or dinner with the family, everyone will be enamored with these dishes.
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If food is your love language, hearts will be racing with the anticipation of enjoying these delightful dishes!
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Garlic-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Steaks
Whether it’s on the grill, in the oven or a skillet, a steak adds sizzle to any plate. Try a restaurant favorite at home with this recipe for garlic-rubbed beef tenderloin steaks. You’ll be head over heels in love with the steak topping – a savory mixture of cream cheese, yogurt, white pepper, minced onion and blue cheese. Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: The tenderloin steak, also called filet mignon, is the most tender steak. It’s juicy with a delicate buttery texture. It also meets national guidelines for lean, which is something we especially love as we celebrate American Heart Month in February!
Air-Fried Chicken Parmesan
Ready in less than 20 minutes, this chicken Parmesan made in the air fryer is a quick and easy recipe for date night or any night of the week. It’s just as crispy as the original version, and the addition of real butter serves up extra flavor. Pair this air-fryer chicken Parmesan with a baked ziti or favorite pasta recipe. It’s proof that love isn’t just in the air during Valentine’s Day; it can also be found in the air fryer! Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: Featuring both mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, this dish is both flavorful and nutritious. Cheese is a good source of calcium, protein and phosphorus, three nutrients essential to building and maintaining healthy bones.
Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Sweet Potato and Pepper Jumble
Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin is simple to make and guaranteed to impress your Valentine! A meal that’s a feast for the eyes and appetite, poblano peppers add a subtle kick while Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper combine for sweet and zesty flavor! Roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect companion for this dish that is worthy of a holiday celebration. Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: Pork tenderloin is flavorful, lean and easy to cook. Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner or something a little extra special, pork tenderloin is a nutritious and tasty choice. For maximum flavor and texture, cook pork tenderloin to an internal cooking temperature of 145 degrees F, followed by a three-minute rest.
Beef & Soy Birria Tacos
Full of chiles and spices, this dish’s stewy, beefy goodness steals hearts with its warm notes and flavor-rich profile. Birria is a traditional Mexican dish, which can be made with various meats. The tacos are filled with beef birria and garnished with avocado crème, tofu cheese, Pico de Gallo and a fresh cilantro sprig for a flavorful flair that feels like your Valentine’s Day gift is a vacation in Mexico! Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: Tofu is a good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins and iron. With its mild profile, tofu also absorbs the flavors of herbs and spices while adding additional protein and texture to recipes.
This Mexican classic is perfect for a weekend brunch or celebratory dinner. The entire family will adore the combination of crispy tortillas and flavorful eggs. Cilantro, lime, oregano, garlic and tomatoes give it a fiesta spin and the feta cheese topping adds just the right amount of tangy, rich and slightly salty flavors. The colorful bouquet of flavors will win over the pickiest of palates. Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: Eggs are also an affordable source of high-quality protein and boast a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin.
Turkey Teriyaki Bowls
There’s a lot to love in this bowlful of goodness! A sweet and savory sauce perfectly complements the flavors of ground turkey. Warm seasonings like ginger and Sriracha add just the right amount of depth to warm hearts and souls. Served over a bed of cauliflower rice with bright vegetables – edamame, broccoli and carrots – this complete meal is one to adore! Find the recipe here.
Why we love this recipe: Turkey is a rich source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6 and the amino acid tryptophan. This quick and nutritious recipe can be easily customized to include a variety of veggies or a different base like rice or noodles.