easy peasy three course Valentines Day dinner for non cooks
The Welshman and I have just celebrated the 18th anniversary of our first kiss. Yes, we are that soppy. Cute isn’t it!
With such a ridiculously hot weekend, all plans went out the window and we wound up barbecuing dinner and prepping salads; with a trip to the beach instead of a dressed up lunch date.
I can’t cook to save my life, but the Welshman is a brilliant cook. Lucky lucky me!
Valentines Day dinner for non cooks
Three of my favourite meals from the weekend were prawn salad, loaded corn cobs and raspberry meringue dessert.
It occurred to me that these dishes would make the perfect three course romantic dinner for someone who can’t really cook!
Valentines Day dinner | loaded corn cobs
Tangy, delicious and bursting with flavour, loaded corn cobs will make a gorgeous entree. Best of all, they’re super easy to cook.
- You can barbecue dehusked cobs slowly for 15-20 minutes. Just brush them with a little olive oil first.
- Or you can microwave them. It will take about 5 minutes on high for four corn cobs.
- Microwave the corn cobs with their husk on, or wrap them in damp kitchen roll.
- Load them with chopped fresh coriander, finely grated Parmesan, cayenne pepper and freshly squeezed lime juice.
Valentines Day dinner | prawn salad
A little more upmarket than the 80s classic, and absolutely delicious. Plus practically no cooking!
- Cook frozen broad beans; cool and peel.
- Defrost cooked peeled prawns
- Slice buffalo mozzarella (chevre or fetta would work just as well)
- Pluck some fresh mint leaves
- Chop an avocado
- Whisk a little lemon or lime juice, EVOO and quality mayonnaise together for a tangy dressing
- Layer mesclun salad leaves in a salad bowl
- Add fresh mint leaves and broad beans
- Drizzle with lemon mayo dressing and toss
- Top with mozzarella and prawns
- Finish with cracked pepper
Valentines Day dinner | raspberry meringues
Is there anything yummier than fresh berries and cream? Take it next level with little meringues and dust with chocolate or raspberry powder.
This is a favourite sweet treat for me, as the meringues are gluten free, and Paul’s Zymil lactose free thickened cream doesn’t upset my tummy.
- Arrange little meringues in an individual serving dish
- Dollop on some cream. Thickened cream, double cream, pouring cream, whipped cream … your choice!
- Top with fresh berries. Raspberries are in season and I can’t resist them.
- Dust with a little raspberry powder (the Welshman found it at a speciality food store), or grate some dark chocolate over the top.
With the exception of the raspberry powder, all these ingredients are available at your local supermarket and greengrocer, and barely require any cooking. An easy peasy lemon squeezy Valentines Day dinner for non cooks.
Light a candle, pop some Champagne and have a romantic dinner with the love of your life!
What are your plans for Valentines Day?