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Easy & Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Want to show a loved one you care by cooking for them this Valentine’s Day, but not trying to spend all day in the kitchen? Here’s a round up of my favorite fast and easy healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes!

Hey friends – are you ready for Valentine’s Day (or Gal-entines Day!) on Friday?

Whether you’re spending the day with a significant other, family member, or friend, cooking for them is always a nice way to show you care.

I originally shared this easy and healthy Valentine’s Day recipes post a few years ago, but I’ve updated it with a few new recipes and ideas. Enjoy!

easy healthy valentine's day recipes

Vegan Strawberry Scones 

These easy vegan scones are impressive and delicious enough to serve for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast!

If you get to sleep in this Valentine’s Day, serve these scones alongside eggs, fruit, and coffee for a beautiful breakfast in bed. 

Or grab one on the go – it would pair well with a latte for some added protein!

Tart Cherry Oatmeal 

No time to lounge around in the morning?

No problem.

This super quick microwave oatmeal gets its vibrant pink color from tart cherry juice, which adds flavor and an antioxidant boost.

It’s perfect if you’ll be on the run tomorrow morning, but still want to make a festive breakfast!

One last breakfast idea:

Savory Oatmeal

I love savory breakfasts like my go-to avocado toast with a fried egg, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up a bit!

This savory oatmeal is so gorgeous and unexpected that it makes a perfect breakfast for special occasions.

On to dinner ideas!

Grilled Steak and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

This dish is very pink so that makes it Valentine’s Day themed, right? 

Seriously, though – this easy to throw together meal is great when you want something a bit special but that’s still really fast and easy to prepare. It’s nice and light, too, so you have lots of room for dessert. ;)

I know it’s not exactly grill weather, so feel free to use a grill pan instead – whatever works!

Just don’t skip the strawberries – they make this salad. 

grilled steak and strawberry salad recipe

Almond Crusted Tilapia 

Fish definitely tops my list of most impressive dinners, and this foolproof recipe packs in a ton of flavor with the crunchy almond crust!

Serve it alongside veggies (like my Lemon Garlic String Beans or Garlic Herb Roasted Veggies) and roasted potatoes or quinoa for a colorful, balanced meal.

Salmon with Lemon Mustard Dill Sauce 

This is another one of my go-to fish recipes that’s as beautiful as it is easy!

The simple lemon mustard dill sauce definitely makes this dish – it packs in a ton of flavor and makes the dish feel fancy, while remaining healthy and quick. It’s also so delicious I want to eat it with a spoon!

This is Matt’s favorite salmon recipe – he requests it often, which says a lot since he’s still not a huge fish person!

Tart Cherry, Kale, and Feta Stuffed Chicken 

If you want to make an extra special Valentine’s Day meal, this recipe is the one for you!

Stuffing the chicken makes it look like you’ve spent tons of time and effort on dinner, but it’s such an easy meal to throw together.

I love that the filling balances sweet tart cherries and salty feta, too. Feta always makes it betta. ;)

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Stew

I love using my crockpot to make rich, flavorful meals with minimal effort.

Set the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a romantic meal!

moroccan chicken stew 1

Prefer your Instant Pot? 

Try my Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup for another fast and easy prep-ahead dinner idea that great for chilly weather. 

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Enough dinner ideas – let’s talk dessert! 

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies

Because you can’t go wrong with the classic oatmeal chocolate combo!

These aren’t overly sweet and have ground flaxseed added for a health fat nutritional boost, but the dark chocolate adds a nice decadent touch. Feel free to use milk chocolate if you’d rather – either will be delicious!

oatmeal dark chocolate cookies

Need a gluten-free variation but still want to keep it simple and classic?

This cookie recipe is for you: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies are more nutrient packed than your average cookie, but they still have that crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture that makes chocolate chip cookies the perfect dessert.

Want to go more decadent?

Try these chocolate covered cherry cookies – the photos are terrible so I won’t share those here, but they are my absolute favorite cookies of all time. So rich.

I hope you enjoyed this round up of easy and healthy Valentine’s Day recipes!

What will you be making for Valentine’s Day (or Gal-entine’s Day!) tomorrow?

Matt and I alternate between cooking in and going out; I think this year we are going to take Riese out to dinner on actual Valentine’s Day, and then have a belated adults-only celebration booked for next weekend! My mom gave us a couples massage gift card (+ offered babysitting while we go) for Christmas, so we are really excited for that + dinner after! Will be such a treat. 

Comments

  1. 1

    Always looking for new ways to prepare Salmon. This looks great.

  2. 3

    These all look so good!
    Have a lovely day. x
    Izzy

  3. 4

    Lots of yummy ideas! I think scones are one of my favorite desserts in this world!

  4. 6

    The salmon and the steak menus look particularly good!

  5. 7

    I’ve made your strawberry scones before and they’re so good!

  6. 9

    Every single one of these looks absolutely terrific, but our favorite (thanks to you) is the salmon. It is a real go-to meal for us.
    Enjoy the evening out with Riese – and then the adults only evening, too!

  7. 11
    ellen reynolds says

    All those look so yummy, esp. the flank strawberry salad and the scones. I wish you would create a healthy pizza. I’m not a huge fan but when my picky daughter and granddaughter come over(they love pizza), I would love to offer a healthier alternative that’s also delicious. They both eat way too many carbs, and with diabetes running in the family line, it’s always a concern in the back of my mind.

    Have a blessed weekend:)

    • 12

      Hi Ellen! I’m a big proponent of the real thing with foods like pizza – it’s just so delicious! What I would focus on rather than limiting pizza is rather what to pair it with so that it’s a balanced meal. So the pizza is your carbs. To help balance out the blood sugar spike from the carbs, you’ll want to add some protein (chicken on pizza is a fave of mine) and also some fiber-rich veggies. I love having a big salad on the side when I have pizza – that way I still enjoy the pizza, but I don’t feel too full after because I’ve balanced it out with veggies + protein, too. :)

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