Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas That Aren’t Steak

Fennel and shrimp fra diavolo
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February 5, 2021

By Sheela Prakash

There’s nothing inherently unhealthy about steak dinner for Valentine’s Day, even one that’s topped off with a slice of chocolate cake. But maybe you’re looking for something a little different this year, something that’s still romantic and totally feel-good? We’ve got you covered with these healthy Valentine’s Day recipes. From spicy shrimp pasta to whole roasted chicken, these dinner ideas are just the right kind of fancy.

1. Fennel and Shrimp Fra Diavolo for Two from Eating Well

Whole wheat penne is a perfect match for the spicy tomato sauce in this shrimp and fennel-studded pasta. Serve it with a simple green salad to round out the meal.

Farrotto with roasted cauliflower
Photo Credit: Sandra Valvassori

2. Farrotto with Roasted Cauliflower and Sage from Sanda Valvassori

If you’re someone who automatically orders the risotto whenever you see it on a restaurant menu, this wholesome twist is for you. Whole grain farro takes the place of white rice to lend both fiber and nuttiness. Each bite is perfectly creamy.

French onion soup
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3. Lightened Up French Onion Soup from Skinnytaste

This healthier French onion soup may call for a little less cheese and butter but it’s just as cheesy and comforting as the original. If you’d like to make it vegetarian, swap vegetable broth for beef broth.

Dutch oven whole roasted chicken
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4. Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken from Kitchn

Whole roast chicken manages to feel both romantic and cozy, which is why we love it as a feel-good Valentine’s Day dinner. Here, a side of colorful root vegetables cooks together with the chicken, making it a one-pot affair.

Yogurt and herb pasta
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5. Yogurt and Herb Pasta from A Dash of Ginger

Craving creamy pasta without the cream? Look to that tub of plain Greek yogurt in your fridge. It not only lends protein, it makes for one seriously luxe sauce.

Maple glazed salmon
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6. Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon from Ambitious Kitchen

There are endless ways to serve this sweet and spicy salmon. Pair it steamed brown rice, a green salad, roasted root vegetables, a pile of sauteed greens, or a combination.