February 06, 2015

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient.

We’ve rounded up five perfect recipes to make your Valentine’s Day dinner special, whether you’re cooking on a tight budget or want to go all out. All recipes either serve two or can be easily modified.

Budget-Friendly: Coconut and Basil Steamed MusselsMussels are the quintessential two-person meal and offer serious bang-for-your-buck. If you’re new to these tasty mollusks, check out Serious Eats’ primer, How to Clean and Debeard Mussels. Don’t forget a crusty baguette for soaking up the broth’s tasty goodness. Feel free to garnish with a drizzle of Sriracha if you're craving extra heat.

On the Fly: Filet Mignon with Arugula SaladA sprinkling of salt and pepper, a good sear, and a perfect medium-rare makes these beef tenderloin steaks melt in your mouth. A peppery arugula salad with a lemony vinaigrette balances the dish, while sautéed mushrooms and onions add complexity. A simple ingredient list makes modifying this recipe for two easy.

Comfort Food Cravings: Classic Roast ChickenThere’s something special about the aroma of a whole chicken as it roasts in the oven. Our tender, crisp-skinned bird serves four, so save the rest for leftovers. Carving a whole chicken is much like carving a Thanksgiving turkey—watch our video to learn how. Round out the meal with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze.

Go Big Or Go Home: Simple Lobster RisottoIf you aim to impress, creamy risotto and splurge-worthy lobster tails will do the trick. Five ingredients make for quick shopping, but the recipe itself requires technique. Give the risotto your full attention, as it can quickly thicken to a starchy mess if you’re not careful. This recipe serves four, but don’t you dare let your leftovers go to waste. We love the risotto cakes from our blog.

Something Sweet: Chocolate Cupcakes for TwoWhen it comes to homemade cupcakes, it can be hard to stop at just one. That's why we love these perfectly-portioned chocolatey indulgences from An Edible Mosaic, a blog by Cooking Light Bloggers’ Connection member Faith Gorsky. A walnut and dark chocolate-infused ganache makes these cupcakes divine.

For more ideas, check out our 20 Romantic Dinners for Two gallery.

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