ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…
1. Caprese tray bake
This tray bake version of a Caprese salad takes just five minutes to prepare. Best served hot and with crusty bread, you and your partner can bond over epic cheese pulls. If making a full tray is too much, make a smaller version in ramekins, although we do think sharing this one is a lot more fun!
2. Mushroom carpaccio
Looking to make something fresher and less indulgent to start off with? This mushroom carpaccio is marinated in parsley, lime juice and olive oil, then topped with hazelnut salsa verde. The result is a clean appetiser that bursts with flavour.
3. Summer ceviche salad
This may sound intimidating, but we promise it’s super-easy to make. Lightly smoked trout is pickled in lemon juice and Woolies’ pickling condiment and served with quick-pickled vegetables. Enjoy as is, or serve it with a carrot, orange and couscous salad as a light meal. P.S: This is a David Higgs recipe, so you can name drop for extra points with your Valentine!
SOMETHING MORE SUBSTANTIAL
4. Stuffed chicken fillets with horseradish-creamed spinach
Colourful, packed with flavour and ready in 35 minutes? This chicken dish is a definite winner. The chicken is stuffed with chorizo and Woolworths’ mascarpone with ricotta sundried tomato and basil pesto. It’s served with lemony herbs and the horseradish cream adds a nice kick.
5. Chuck steaks with café de Paris butter
Steaks are always a great quick dinner option but, since this is a special occasion, take things up a notch with home-made café de Paris butter. This version of café de Paris butter isn’t the purest, but it’s adaptable and can be made using ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry, such as herbs, mustard or lemons. Roast potatoes round off the meal perfectly.
6. Ultimate peri-peri sauce with hake
Sure, you can buy a ready-made sauce, or you could blow your partner’s mind with this home-made peri-peri sauce. It works beautifully with the hake, plus the dish can be made on the braai if you’re in the mood to be outdoors.
7. Whole roasted broccoli
This vegan option makes for a stunning centrepiece for your dinner table, plus it’s fuss-free and affordable. It’s dressed in a leek, garlic and lemon oil and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Your oven does the rest.