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A Recipe For The Perfect Valentine’s Day Meal

Motherhood got in the way of your Valentine’s Day plans? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to save the day and rustle up a romantic evening at home à deux. All it takes is a look at our delish menu ideas and a quick trip to the supermarket and you’ll have rustled up a delicious three-course meal to rival Nigella. And the bonus? All the leftovers are baby friendly. Now all you need to do is convince your toddler to sleep…

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Starter: Crab And Mango Salad With Chilli Lime Dressing

The perfect light starter, this salad should be your go-to if you are pressed for time. It takes only 10 minutes to make and will win your partner over if he’s a fan of distinctive flavours.
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Starter: Lentil Stuffed Peppers

Although a little time consuming (there’s a fair amount of chopping, boiling, frying and cooking involved), these colourful starters are cheap to make, look great on a plate and won’t fill you up before your main.
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Starter: Bruschetta With Reblochon And Roasted Vegetables

If you’re not all that confident in the kitchen, this Mary Berry starter is a great option. A twist on the classic Italian recipe, this healthy and vegetarian option will melt in your mouth – and you can double the amounts to leave some for your toddler’s lunch the next day.
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Starter: Mini Cheese And Potato Frittatas

Start the meal off with these bite-sized frittatas which you and your partner can dig into at your leisure while the main’s cooking. They’re also great – and tasty – finger food for your tot.
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Main: Prawn, Pea, Lemon And Mint Risotto

Fragrant and filling, this delicious risotto can be made without the wine if you’re pregnant. This dish does take a fair amount of attention though, to make sure it tastes how you want it, so it’s best avoided if you’re hoping for a throw-it-in-the-oven type meal.
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Main: Chicken, Leek And Tarragon Pie

If a hearty pie’s the way to your man’s heart, and you have the 80 minutes it takes to create this dish, give this recipe a whirl. And there will be enough for seconds for you both, if you have any room left…
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Main: Roast Duck With Mango Sauce

If you’ve had a dry January, this boozy main will taste like heaven. Full of rich and exotic flavours, this dish looks great served up and will make the perfect romantic meal.
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Main: Chickpea, Aubergine And Red Pepper Casserole

If you’re feeling the chill on Friday, this great vegetarian option is a great winter warmer. Teeming with vegetables and goodness you can serve it up with a crusty baguette and freeze any leftovers to eat another day.
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Dessert: Chocolate and Framboise Roulade

As this dessert needs four hours in the fridge before serving, this is a good one to make the morning of Valentine’s Day with your tot as your sous chef. It will make the perfect end to your meal and indulge your sweet tooth.
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Dessert: Perfect Pear And Raspberry Oaty Crumble

Making crumble is lots of fun for little hands so let your toddler get involved with the preparation. This scrummy pud will definitely round off your Valentine’s Day feast and leave you and your partner completely satisfied.
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Dessert: Chocolate Cake

If you forewent the present giving this year, this Matilada-esque chocolate cake will more than make up for it. For a double dose of sweetness, serve it with vanilla ice cream. But be warned – you’ll probably both be left vegged out on the sofa afterwards…
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Dessert: Heavenly Lemon Cheesecake On A Ginger Crust

Round off your love-ly meal with this delicious and impressive cheesecake, which is surprisingly simple to make.

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