Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? The most romantic day of the year, and the perfect excuse to show that special someone just how much you care. Think red roses, candy hearts and romantic candlelit dinners for two. But if you’re one of the 36.2 million people who lives alone in the US, Valentine’s can be anything but rosy. We’ve all been there, wondering if Mr or Ms Right will ever show up, while our loved-up friends are all looking forward to tonight’s big date. Just ask the Cimorelli sisters - it’s no fun being Single on Valentine’s Day.
We think it’s time single people enjoyed a treat on Valentine’s Day, too. Maybe you want to escape from all the fuss and indulge in a little self care, or maybe you want to celebrate your independence. Make it your day - wear what you want, hang out with who you want, watch your shows, listen to your music. And at the end of the day, treat yourself to one of these simple and delicious meals, the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to yourself.
A Gourmet Valentine's Day Menu Anyone Can Make At Home
One of the most popular things to do for Valentine’s Day is to share a romantic meal with the one you love, but if you’re looking for something more intimate than a bustling restaurant, we’ve got tons of home-cooked Valentine’s Day recipe ideas to catch your eye and win your heart. And if you’re cooking for one, why not show yourself some love instead?
The first love in any boy’s life is his mom, and the second is her home-cooked food. If you want to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, let us show you how to make all your old favourites, just like Mom used to make. Maybe even better, but we won’t tell her if you don’t. Then you can kick back, relax, and eat like a king.
If you’re a good Italian boy, you already love Cacio e Pepe, and if you’re not, just imagine the best Mac 'n' Cheese you’ve ever tasted, made with piquant pecorino cheese and a good kick of black pepper. Follow our easy, five-step recipe and you’ll soon be cooking like a pro.
Maybe you prefer the simple things in life, and your idea of the perfect meal is chowing down on the ultimate sandwich. If so, you have totry our recipe for pulled pork sandwiches, made with slow-roasted pork shoulder and a simple slaw of cabbage, carrots and red onion. A real American classic.
If you’re in the mood for dessert, but not for spending hours in the kitchen preparing it, our recipe for chocolate and mint mug cakegets the job done in under ten minutes, and the only equipment you need is a mug and a microwave.
The Single Girl's Valentine’s Day Guide to Cooking for One
Every girl deserves to be pampered on Valentine’s Day, and who knows you better than you know yourself? Go on, spoil yourself, you’ve earned it.
Transport yourself to the sun-soaked Italian coast with our recipe for spaghetti with shrimps. Made with the freshest prawns and a tomato and white wine sauce, this Italian favourite is a real taste of the sea.
Did you know that February 15th is Singles Awareness Day? Created as an affectionate counter to the couple-centric vibe of Valentine’s, Singles Awareness Day is a day for single friends to get together and celebrate their single status and all forms of non-romantic love. Why not invite your single buddies over for a Singles Awareness Day breakfast? And as ever, if you need recipe ideas, we’ve got your back.
For a quick and easy breakfast classic that everyone loves, you can’t go wrong with waffles. Serve heaped with your favourite fruit, nuts or granola, or with bacon and eggs for a savoury option.
If you’re going for a more continental flavour, try somefrench toast, simply served with fresh berries and maple syrup.
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