What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Instead of making a dinner reservation and hitting the town, I’m switching things up this year with a 5-course homemade meal. I picked some of my favorite dishes that are quick and easy to make so I can spend more time relaxing and enjoy date night in!

Start off your feast with a delicious appetizer that doesn’t take long to make. Your Valentine will need something cheesy to snack on while the main dish cooks – this Trio of Crostini should do the trick!


Serve a flavorful salad that is light enough to keep you and your date hungry for the rest of the meal! I love this Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing.


Time for soup! This Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Spiced Nuts is one of my favorites. It’s creamy, slightly spicy and I can’t get enough of the sweet and spicy maple spiced nuts on top!


No one wants to stay in the kitchen cooking on date night, so here’s a main course that looks and tastes amazing, but won’t take you long to make! This Almond Crusted Salmon comes together in just 20 minutes.


A make-ahead dessert is key – bake this Walnut Triple Chocolate Cookie Cake ahead of time and pop it in the oven for a minute or two before topping it with vanilla ice cream and digging in!