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How to Cook a Super-Luxurious Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home for Under $30


SheKnows Editorial

There’s a lot to love about Valentine’s Day, but the struggle to make reservations at a romantic (and pricey) restaurant just isn’t one of them. But if you want to treat your sweetie to a special meal, cooking at home is always an option. Not only will you wind up spending less money, you’ll also have the added perk of being alone so you can enjoy one another’s company without being completely surrounded by other couples trying to do the exact same thing.

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Don’t be tempted to blow all your money on prime rib and lobster. You can get a totally satisfying, indulgent meal that will require a lot less money and a lot less work to put together at Trader Joe’s. From appetizer to dessert, these three meals have you covered for what’s bound to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner.

Dinner No. 1: Cozy comfort food

Appetizer: Vegetable Pastry Puffs, $4

Main course: Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, $3; Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage, $6

Side: ABC + K Slaw, $4

Dessert: Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie, $4

Drinks: Aime La Vie Rosé, $7

Total: $28

Image: Trader Joe’s

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Dinner No. 2: Pan-Asian feast

Appetizer: Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower, $5

Main course: Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice, $3

Side: Tahini, Pepita & Apricot Slaw Kit, $4

Dessert: Mango & Sticky Rice Spring Rolls, $3

Drinks: Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Chardonnay, $12.99

Total: $27.99

Dinner No. 3: Elegant Italian

Appetizer: Marinated Goat Cheese Medallions, $5; 3 Seed Beet Crackers, $2; Uncured Salame di Parma Mild Salami, $5

Main course: Cheese Tortellini, $3; Italian Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine, $3

Side: Broccoli & Kale Slaw, $2; Goddess Dressing, $2

Dessert: Chocolate Filled Crêpes, $3

Drinks: Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water, $1

Total: $26

With the money you save on dinner, you can plan your next date night, so the love and romance don’t have to stop just because Valentine’s Day is over.

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