Here's What to Cook if You're Single on Valentine's Day
While you might not have a dinner date for Valentine's Day (and let's be honest, the restaurants are all so crowded), you can create a fancy dinner date for yourself. Even if you are solo this year, you can and should still celebrate the day of love. Think of this Valentine's Day menu for single people as treating yourself and taking in some pleasure from your favorite comfort foods. You do so much for yourself, so take this day as a day to focus on you and finding inner joy. And, of course, fill that belly with some beautiful, tasty, and oh-so-special treats all in your honor.
Love Potion No. 9
This special cocktail is pretty in pink for Valentine's Day and features strawberries, amaretto liquor, champagne for bubbles, and ice cream (yes, vanilla ice cream scoops!) in it for a burst of color and flavor. Plus, each cocktail is for one serving, so you can't make one of these and then move on to another cocktail for your special evening.
Pineapple Upside-down Cake Martinis
As is, this dessert-inspired cocktail recipe makes two drinks, so slash the ingredients in half if you just want one. (Or keep as is, and treat yourself.) With ingredients like vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine, it's a bit sweet. You can mellow that out if you wish by substituting amaretto for the grenadine, as myshtari suggests.
Air Fryer Oysters on the Half Shell
While you're shaking cocktails and boiling water for dinner, make yourself a scrumptious appetizer in just four minutes in the air fryer. Oysters on a half shell are quite decadent, and you can get this recipe down to size for your appetite.
Double Tomato Bruschetta
Bruschetta are great finger food for solo eaters who want to nosh while cooking. Yet, they still feel gourmet. You can stick with these classic ones with tomato, or you can jazz them up with different cheeses, veggies, oils or sauces, and other fun toppings like slivered almonds or candied nuts and honey drizzle.
Oven-Seared Beef Tenderloin with Herb Pan Sauce
Steak is perfect for single-serve dinners since you can choose the size of filet you want and then make your own steak accordingly. And steak is fancy, making it a wonderful option for romancing yourself on V-Day! Plus, you can play with sauces, spices, and sides, like potatoes or veggies, based on what you like. There's no accounting for someone else's picky palate tonight. It's all about you.
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Parmesan Truffle Fries
It is easy to eat a batch of fries by yourself, especially when they are coated in truffle oil, herbs, and Parmesan with some aioli for dipping on the side. Yum! These will taste great with steak, and they feel luxurious and fancy, so they are perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day at home. Plus, they only take an hour, which isn't so bad.
Individual Beef Wellingtons
Made with beef, puff pastry, mushroom, and creamy Béarnaise sauce, this Individual Beef Wellington is the perfect indulgent dinner for Valentine's Day. Plus, these are made in individual portions, so you don't need to go crazy in purchasing a large amount of meat and ingredients or worry about having tons of leftovers. Enjoy with some red wine. It's ready in 45 minutes.
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Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
These muffin tin potatoes gratin are great for single serve meals because they are already portioned out. If you want to make more, you can save them for leftovers in the week. It's a great side for whatever meat or fish you are eating, and it's ideal comfort food to indulge and nourish your body this V-Day.
Sexy Shrimp Scampi
The name alone represents Valentine's Day vibes. But really, shrimp is easy to prepare, and it's a delicious seafood meal that you can enjoy with wine or champagne when solo. Add in truffle oil and butter for some more flavor, or toss in veggies, like broccoli or asparagus for extra greens.
Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa
"Don't let the list of ingredients fool you: this is super-easy, and gets rave reviews whenever I serve it," says recipe creator Naomi Wtizke. "The salsa can be made the day ahead to save time. Strawberries can be substituted for the mango if you prefer—both are excellent! Combine leftover salsa with some drained black beans the next day for lunch."
If it's comfort food you crave for your solo date night, then comfort food you shall have: pasta, rich tomato sauce, ooey-gooey cheese, and moist, tender chicken. This classic chicken Parmesan recipe is scaled down for just two people, so you can go ahead and take a load off your cooking requirements for tomorrow with the uneaten half. Keep that self-love going.
Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
This mug cake is great for single serving, and it's ready in one minute, so you don't need to work too hard in the kitchen to prepare an extravagant dessert for just one. Of course, it still looks gooey, decadent, and fancy, and you can serve with fudge, whipped cream, fresh berries, and ice cream on top to take it to the next level.
Coffee Mug Cake
If you like the idea of a single-serve cake, but you don't want a chocolate one, you can surely make a different flavored cake instead. You can go with a vanilla base and coffee flavor instead and still get some great flavor. This one is easy to make, and you can even add in pie filling, like strawberry or rhubarb.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-covered strawberries pair nicely with a glass of bubbly, like Champagne, sparkling wine, or Prosecco, and you can eat them when solo on Valentine's Day since it's still enough to satisfy a sweet craving but not too large of a portion to be overwhelming. Plus, you can decorate them in different ways for fun. These are classic with a dark chocolate dip and white chocolate swirls.
Ooey Gooey Brownies for Two
Craving something rich and decadent to finish off your meal? Brownies are in order. Despite their small size, these baked brownies are packed with intense chocolate flavor and crisp edges (the best part of the brownie, after all). They require 30 minutes to bake, so go ahead and pop these in your hot oven before you sit down to your dinner. It'll be waiting on you when your plate is cleared.