Staying in on Valentine’s Day can be just as fun as going out to a fancy dinner. You don’t have to get all dressed up (or you can!) or wait in line with a ton of other couples and families all scrambling for the next table. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the upscale vibes home. Even if your cooking skills are still a work in progress, these recipes will look like a five-star meal, without driving you crazy in the kitchen. Really, they’re that simple. Grab a bottle of your favorite bubbly and get cookin’.
For some reason, steak seems more intimidating to make than chicken, turkey, or even pork. That doesn’t mean you have to leave it to the pros though. This 15-minute pan-seared method is impossible to mess up, and the fresh chimichurri adds a kiiller lime-and-garlic flavor to the meat.
This meal is the perfect shade for V-Day (TY, salmon and strawberries) but tastes so good we’ll definitely be making it year-round. The spice rub gives the salmon a little kick and a lot of flavor, while the strawberry-avo salsa combines two of the best foods, so you know it’s gotta be good.