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30 Valentine’s Day Recipes

30 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Impress your Valentine this year by cooking them a beautiful meal, or serving them a stunning cocktail. Preparing a special meal for someone is a romantic way to show them you care, so check out our handpicked selection of delicious Valentine’s Day breakfasts, dinners, desserts and drinks.

Breakfast

1. Strawberry Sprinkle Funfetti Pancakes

Strawberry Sprinkle Funfetti Pancakes

    Make these fun pancakes as a tasty breakfast surprise for your partner.

    2. Heart-Shaped Toast Cups

    Heart-Shaped Toast Cups

      If you prefer savory to sweet, try this simple and quick recipe to make amazing bacon and egg toast cups.

      3. Soft Sweet Cherry Bread With Almond Glaze

      Soft Sweet Cherry Bread With Almond Glaze

        If you love cherries, this wickedly sweet recipe is perfect for you. Try serving alongside coffee and strawberries for the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast!

        4. Roasted Heart Potatoes

        Roasted Heart Potatoes

          Start Valentine’s Day right by serving up these cute potatoes alongside scrambled eggs.

          5. Avocado Valentine’s Day Toast

          Avocado Toast

            If you’re running low on time, put a smile in on your loved one’s face by making them this sweet avocado heart-decorated toast.

            Main Dishes

            6. Warm Lobster And Potato Salad With Truffled Mayonnaise

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            Warm Lobster And Potato Salad With Truffled Mayonnaise

              This tasty Valentine’s Day recipe is sure to impress your guests.

              7. Steak And Sticky Red Wine Shallots

              Steak And Sticky Red Wine Shallots

                This delicious, luxurious dish, has only a five minute preparation time.

                8. Valentine’s Day Salad

                Heart-Shaped Mozzarella Salad

                  This romantic take on the Caprese salad is a simple and sweet way to show your love to someone.

                  9. French Onion Beef Short Ribs

                  French Onion Beef Short Ribs

                    This delicious and luxurious recipe is great for lovers who are also meat lovers.

                    10. Mixed Grill

                    Mixed Grill

                      If your partner loves seafood, cook them this delicious recipe for two.

                      11. Stuffed Chicken Breast And Asparagus

                      Stuffed Chicken And Asparagus

                        This delicious chicken dish is fairly simple to make, but so delicious, it could be served in a restaurant!

                        12. Eggplant Parmesan
                        Eggplant Parmesan

                          This is a great vegetarian dinner option for Valentine’s Day. It’s both flavorsome and cheesy!

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                          13. Marinated Shrimp Scampi
                          Marinated Shrimp Scampi for Two

                            This is a simple and light Valentine’s recipe, with only a handful of ingredients.

                            14. Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

                            Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

                              This tasty pasta recipe is both hearty and filling.

                              15. Heart Shaped Sushi

                              Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Sushi

                                Impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day by preparing them some cute heart-shaped sushi.

                                Desserts

                                16. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

                                Valentine's Day No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

                                  If you are a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is a simple way to make a dessert that is guaranteed to be good and impress at the same time.

                                  17. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

                                  Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

                                    This dessert is simple to make, impressive to look at and delicious to eat – perfect!

                                    18. Fondue For Two

                                    Foudue For Two

                                      This dessert fondue is simple to make, and you can customize it by using any fruit you want.

                                      19. Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cakes

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                                      Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cakes

                                        If you fancy trying your hand at something more challenging, make these beautiful small cakes to impress your lover this Valentine’s Day.

                                        20. Chef John’s Chocolate Lava Cake

                                        Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

                                          This dish is perfect for any chocolate lover. Filling, sweet and luxurious – the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

                                          21. Merlot-Poached Pears With Vanilla And Cinnamon

                                          Merlot-Poached Pears With Vanilla Cinnamon

                                            This unique dish is stunning to look at, but still simple to cook.

                                            22. Red Velvet Brownies

                                            Red Velvet Brownies

                                              This sweet, moist brownie recipe is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth.

                                              23. Fruit Pizza

                                              Fruit Pizza

                                                This fruit pizza recipe is creamy and tart, a tasty dessert alternative for anyone who prefers fruit to chocolate.

                                                24. Brownie Mix Truffles

                                                Brownie Mix Truffles

                                                  Try making these cute cake pops for someone you know who loves chocolate.

                                                  25. Jell-O Strawberry Parfait

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                                                  Jello Strawberry Parfait

                                                    This easy and delicious recipe has only three ingredients – Jell-O, fresh fruit, and Cool Whip topping. Perfect!

                                                    Drinks

                                                    26. Godiva Chocolate Martini

                                                    Godiva Chocolate Martini

                                                      This two-minute luxurious cocktail is easy to make – simply add the creams and vodkas together, mix, and serve to your loved one!

                                                      27. Red Velvet Milkshakes

                                                      Red Velvet Milkshakes

                                                        Try these easy-to-make Valentine’s Day milkshakes with your partner, your friends or your children!

                                                        28. Cosmopolitan Raspberry Twist

                                                        Cosmopolitan Raspberry Twist

                                                          This tasty cocktail adds a refreshing and light raspberry twist to the classic Cosmopolitan – perfect for anyone who loves their cocktails light and refreshing.

                                                          29. Raspberry Limeade Mocktail

                                                          Raspberry Limeade Mocktail

                                                            Try this refreshing alcohol-free recipe, which uses only a handful of ingredients – including fresh raspberries!

                                                            30. White Strawberry Sangria

                                                            White Strawberry Sangria

                                                              This decorative cocktail is the ideal Valentine’s Day drink for couples who enjoy both cocktails and white wine. Not to mention an abundance of strawberries.

                                                              Do you have any Valentine’s Day recipes that you love to cook? Comment your recipes below!

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                                                              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                Why You Need a Vision

                                                                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                What Do You Want?

                                                                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                Some tips to guide you:

                                                                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                • What would you be doing?
                                                                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                • How are you dressed?
                                                                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                Plan Backwards

                                                                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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