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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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                                                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                              Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                                              If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                                              1. Create a Daily Plan

                                                              Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                                              2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                                              Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                                              3. Use a Calendar

                                                              Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                                              I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                                              Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                                              4. Use an Organizer

                                                              An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                                              These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                                              5. Know Your Deadlines

                                                              When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                                              But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                                              6. Learn to Say “No”

                                                              Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                                              Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                              7. Target to Be Early

                                                              When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                                              For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                                              Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                                              8. Time Box Your Activities

                                                              This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                                              You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                                              9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                                              Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                                              10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                                              Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                                              You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                                              11. Focus

                                                              Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                                              Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                                              Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                                              12. Block out Distractions

                                                              What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                                              I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                                              When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                                              Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                                              13. Track Your Time Spent

                                                              When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                                              You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                                              14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                                              You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                                              Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                                              15. Prioritize

                                                              Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                                              Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                                              16. Delegate

                                                              If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                                              When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                                              17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                                              For related work, batch them together.

                                                              For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                                              1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                                              2. coaching
                                                              3. workshop development
                                                              4. business development
                                                              5. administrative

                                                              I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                                              18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                                              What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                                              One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                                              While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                                              19. Cut off When You Need To

                                                              The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                                              Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                                              20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                                              Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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