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Valentine’s Day is a bit like Marmite – you either love it or loathe it! I fall firmly into the ‘love it’ camp and am fully committed to the whole hearts, flowers and fancy dinner experience. The only thing I don’t like about Valentine’s is that, usually, all the restaurants are packed out with other loved-up couples doing exactly the same thing.

This year, things are a little different, and cooking at home is the perfect solution. What could be better than a lovingly prepared private dinner for two in the comfort of your own home? It’s also much easier to create a menu that’s healthy, when you’re in control of all the ingredients – plus you’re guaranteed the very best table in the house, too!

The really lovely news is that we’ve made it easy to enjoy a slimming-friendly three-course meal that feels deliciously indulgent.

If you want to take a speedy shortcut to the heart via your loved one’s stomach, we’ve put together the perfect Valentine’s Day menu. (And if you want to point a wannabe masterchef to some Food Optimising options so they can cook for you, just send them this link!).

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❤️ Valentine’s Day menu ❤️

Quick tip: All the recipes serve four, so just halve the ingredients for a romantic dinner à deux (apart from the chipotle steak dish, which serves one, so you’ll need to double those ingredients).

Lip-smacking starters

Sticky chicken

Sticky chicken - Valentine's Day menu - Slimming World Blog

Pile tasty Chinese-style chicken onto steamed pak choi for a finger-lickingly fantastic starter.

Roasted tomato and basil soup

Roasted tomato and basil soup - St Georges Day - Slimming World Blog

Steam things up with this flavour-packed soup.

Heart-melting mains

Chipotle steak with sweet potato chips 

Chipotle steak and sweet potato fries - Valentine's Day menu - Slimming World Blog

Love a good steak? Then you’ll fall head over heels for this chipotle-seasoned version. 

Creamy mushroom pappardelle

Creamy mushroom pappardelle - Valentine's Day menu - Slimming World Blog

They say Italian is the food of lovers, and this creamy, dreamy pasta dish is easy to love.

Dreamy desserts

Pots au chocolat

Pots au chocolat - Valentine's Day menu - Slimming World Blog

These decadent desserts are a menu must for any chocolate lover. Spoons optional…

Raspberry and cherry jellies

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Finish your meal on a fresh and fruity note. Our berry jellies are the ruby red jewel in the crown.

MORE FOR MEMBERS: Feel the love over on our exclusive member website this week with:

❤️ Date-night dinner ideas

❤️ Your most-loved Valentine’s dishes

❤️ A cheeky Valentine’s quiz

❤️ All the recipes you need for a full-on fine dining experience

Valentine’s, Pancake Day, Easter… you can celebrate all the occasions that you love and still make your slimming dreams come true. You’ll find loads of recipe ideas to suit every special day shared in your local group (temporarily running as a virtual service) and on Slimming World Online.

If we’ve inspired you to cook up a storm for your Valentine, we’d love to see the result. Send us your snaps or share on social (#theSlimmingWorldblog). 

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