One of the best ways to surprise your special someone on Valentines Day is to prepare a romantic dinner. The dinner will be even more appreciated if you are known for being “cooking-challenged”. This Valentines Day, you can get around this by preparing something that does not really require much cooking skills. Two of the three special Valentines recipes listed below does not even require any cooking at all! Even then, it is still best to practice a couple of times so that you can tweak the recipe to suit your taste. You should also remember that it’s not just about taste but about presentation as well, so put effort in making everything look as romantic as possible.

The first recipe is full of ingredients, such as avocado, raspberries, strawberries, pine nuts, and almonds, that are known to be aphrodisiacs. So start the meal right and serve this easy to make salad. The other two are very easy to make Valentines recipes that you can serve as main dish and dessert.

Aphrodisiac Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups baby salad greens
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and sliced
3 strawberries, hulled and sliced
6 fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chopped pine nuts
1/2 cup seasoned almond slices
1/2 cup seasoned croutons
1/2 cup vinaigrette salad dressing (or to taste)

Preparation:

In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients, except for the dressing and salad greens. Line two pretty bowls with salad greens and top with the tossed avocados, berries and nuts. Drizzle with dressing. Chill in refrigerator for about 2 hours before serving.

If you wish to make your own salad dressing, just whisk together the following ingredients and use in place of a store-bought vinaigrette dressing.

Special salad dressing:

2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Fetuccini with Salmon and Shrimp

Ingredients:

500 g fettucini
1 1/2 cups whipped cream
250 g canned salmon, drained
250 g canned baby shrimp, drained
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
pinch of salt and pepper (or to taste)
1 tablespoon parsley

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Pour whipped cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, while stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for a few minutes. Add drained fettucini and stir gently until thoroughly mixed with sauce. Serve in bowls or plates. Garnish with parsley.

Passionate Panna Cotta

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup (100g) sugar
1 1/12 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 packets unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

Mix gelatin with water and let stand (about 5 to 10 minutes) until it softens. Put the heavy cream and sugar in a bowl and heat in microwave until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla extract and gelatin mixture. Pour mixture into ramekins and cool to room temperature. Chill ramekins for at least 4 hours. To serve, dip ramekins in warm water for a few seconds and turn over onto the center of a small plate. You can add berries or any topping you want on your panna cotta.

Author David Jones writes for ‘Recipe finder’ web site. Recipe finder, is a search engine with almost 1 million recipes, including lots of Valentines recipes. You will also find interesting food related news and articles at the site.