February 8, 2024

Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

Valentine's Day Recipes to Woo Your Boo! Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com shares her favorite recipes to make for loved ones!

Today’s Post: Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas!  

Hello, you.

One of the things I am working through right now in my relationship with food is how much being a FOOD ENABLER has been wrapped up in my identity. I have made a business of wooing you with food.  How do I do it?

Editing and presentation. 

A deep love for food.

Growing up Italian.

Learning how to love through food. 

Understanding indulgences and how to entertain them. 

Valentine’s Day is next week.  Let me show you how to love/seduce someone with food. 

Cue the music…. 


First, find out what they like. Make a note of it. Learn how to make it. Make it special.

How do you make things special? 

Save the big guns for special occasions like Valentine’s Day when you really want to impress. 

I’ve got some big guns. 

Here’s a dinner I know that’s a winner in my household Steak, Potatoes & Broccoli. 

Let’s be real. The broccoli is for me.  

Steak always gets a gold star. 

Gluten-Free Dinner Ideas - Shutterbean

My man loves meat and potatoes. He also loves my linguini & clam dish. If I really want to show him I love him, I make fresh spring rolls. They’re a labor of love for sure. He’s learned how to make amazing pizza and sushi in the past few years. Maybe I can get him to make fresh rolls too? 😉

If I had my way, I would have chicken piccata, mashed potatoes & roasted broccoli for Valentine’s Day.

Ina Garten's Chicken Piccata recipe is on Shutterbean.com! A perfect weeknight meal.
Your girl likes chicken. Write that down. 
Ina Garten's Chicken Piccata recipe is on Shutterbean.com! A perfect weeknight meal.

Ina’s Chicken Piccata 

It doesn’t make me feel stupid full which is something you always need to think of if you plan on being intimate later. 

We’ll save that conversation for when you’re older.

OK so If you’re making steak,  here are two potato side dishes to make with it: 
Cheesy Potato Stacks is a fun way to serve potatoes! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cheesy Potato Stacks


Crispy Smashed Potatoes // shutterbean

Crispy Smashed Potatoes 

I call dibs on the crispiest one. 

French Onion Soup made with Chicken Stock! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

French Onion Soup

Imagine how sexy you’ll look when you make bedroom eyes with your boo while pulling up a melty trail of cheese from your soup bowl. 

Maybe we can update Lady & the Tramp with French onion soup. I think we are ready. 

Spanish Garlic Shrimp can be made with very few ingredients. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com by Tracy Benjamin

Spanish Garlic Shrimp

I make this dish all the time but that doesn’t mean it’s not special. 

Sushi Handrolls

Handroll night is an exciting time! Getting your hands on food…together is fun and kinda romantic.

All you need is some prep. 

Let’s move on to the Italian portion of our Valentine’s Day. 

Combine the flavors of Chicken Parmesan with meatballs with this Chicken Parmesan Meatball dish! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs 

Pair it with my garlic bread and I’m pretty sure you’ll be proposed to. 

Pasta is also a winner!

Here are some of my faves: 

Baked Ziti with Creme Fraiche & Spinach- perfect for a crowd /weeknight dinners. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Baked Ziti with Creme Fraiche & Spinach

Don’t let your boo eat too much. It’s not the kind of stuffed you’re looking for. 

Fettucine with Truffle Butter

Fettucine with Truffle Butter 

You could also pair this with steak. Or if your boo is vegetarian, add a ton of mushrooms.  I just hope they’re the vegetarian that eats mushrooms. Those are the best boos. 

Creamy Mushroom Sausage Orecchiette is the ultimate comfort food. Make it for your guests! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Creamy Mushroom Sausage Orecchiette 

A bowl of this cuddled up on the couch with a good movie? TWIST MY ARM. 

Spaghetti Pie is a great way to shake up your weeknight pasta game! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Spaghetti Pie 

This one is a simple yet decadent number. Make the pasta ahead of time. It’s a great thing to pull off after a long dumb day at work. 

You won't believe how simple this Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce recipe is. Check it out on Shutterbean.com!

Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

This dish is pure love. PURE LOVE. 

Pick up these supplies at your local Trader Joe's to make this delicious Roasted Vegetable Galette from Shutterbean.com

Roasted Vegetable Galette 

Make me this galette instead of flowers. Thank you, goodnight. 

sweets for your sweetie


Mocha Icebox Cupcakes - layers for mocha whipped cream with chocolate wafers! A great make-ahead dessert for a party! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Mocha Icebox Cupcakes 

Make this ahead of time! They’re delightful. 

White Chocolate Mousse combines fresh whipping cream with melted white chocolate for a sweet treat! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

White Chocolate Mousse 

Light and fluffy!  Put it on someone’s body or don’t! Choose your own adventure. 

Tracy from Shutterbean shows how she makes Chocolate Lollipops! Heart shaped

 Chocolate Lollipops

Candy is a way to many people’s hearts. My Mom knew this. That’s why she made these chocolate lollipops every year!

White Chocolate Matcha Truffles- a wonderful addition to your holiday gift giving arsenal! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

White Chocolate Matcha Truffles 

Melt in your mouth gooooooodness! 

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes 

Small batch! That means we can each have two. 

Meringues made with Brown Sugar! They're crispy and chewy and taste like caramel. Pair them with whipped cream and Pimm's infused strawberries. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Brown Sugar Meringues with Strawberries + Cream

Lovely and light! 

Deliciously Fudgy Brownies that happen to be Gluten Free with the help of Cornstarch! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com !

Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownies 

FUDGYYYYY. Amazingly fudgy. YUM.

The last two desserts are so simple! 

S'mores Sundaes are a combination of chocolate ice cream, marshmallow fluff and hot fudge! Don't forget the graham crackers. Find the recipe on Shutterbean!

S’mores Sundaes

Broiled Raspberry Brûlée is one of the easiest desserts you can make this summer. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Broiled Raspberry Brulee

An incredibly light and easy dessert! 

If you need more ideas on how to make the day special, might I suggest: 

Simple Valentine's Day Ideas on Shutterbean.com!

Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas 

2013 Tracy’s – What to make for Valentine’s Day


My Everyday Life Week 08 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

I hope your boo makes the day equally beautiful for you! I deserve it! 

Those are my Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas for you! xo 

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