Are you going solo this Valentine's Day? Sometimes nothing's better than staying in and treating yourself to something special. We've got you covered with these 12 recipes, which will take you from the pre-dinner celebratory cocktail to the post-dinner celebratory toddy and all sorts of deliciousness in between.
Before you set off on your solo Valentine's Day, here's some support from the experts on how to tackle this day on your own, from Champagne in the bathtub to some solid advice on cooking for yourself.
- Champagne for One
- Why It's Better to Be Single on Valentine's Day
- On Finding the Motivation to Cook for Yourself
Embrace the pink! It's your solo celebration, so go ahead and make yourself a pretty pink cocktail. This one features pink grapefruit, lime, salt, and, of course, tequila because (it bears repeating) this is your Valentine's Day celebration!
Okay, so maybe you're not feeling quite so pink today. Maybe you want something a little more complex and perhaps even a little bit bitter. The pomegranate storm will pick you up and take you right where you want to go.
Make yourself a few of these delightful radish bites as a little appetizer before dinner. Peppery, crunchy, sweet, savory — they offer so much for so little effort and will give you just the right amount of zing to get you started.
If you're feeling a little angsty about Valentine's Day this year, you may appreciate Anjali's anti-Valentine's rant in this recipe. So rage against the pressure to celebrate by celebrating in your own style with this dark, salty popcorn.
A steak is a perfect solo meal simply because you can choose a portion size that's perfect just for you. Plus, for most folks, steak is a special-occasion treat, so there's a sense of celebration. If there are any leftovers, a steak salad the next day is always a good option.
A rice bowl is a great way to serve yourself a Valentine's meal, especially if you take the time to arrange things in a pleasing way, like the avocado rose pictured above. Also, be sure to choose an ingredient, such as early asparagus, that feels like a special treat.
This rich and decadent recipe allows you to make as many roll-ups as you want, meaning you can tailor the portion size to your solo Valentine's adventure. Serve with a bright, lemony side salad and your solo-dining dreams have come true.
The beauty of a snack board is that you can create and adjust quantities to suit your fancy. It's a perfect choice if you have chosen to spend Valentine's Day on the couch with your cuddliest blanket and a favorite movie.
This is a quick and easy way to give yourself a special treat without a lot of effort. Hollow out an orange, carve a little heart into the side, and fill it with a scoop of lemon sorbet. A light, bright, Valentine's Day celebration!
You can still treat yourself to delicious cake this Valentine's Day without having to bake a big batch of cupcakes and then sneak them into the office kitchen the next morning. This tutorial is perfect, as Meghan does all the conversions for you so you can rest assured the ratios are perfect for a delicious result.
Similarly, Meghan takes on the single brownie in this recipe, helping you to produce a perfectly chewy, chocolatey square of goodness. If you don't have a wee metal pan, a ramekin will do. And certainly jazz things up as pictured here for that extra Valentine's Day oomph.
It's getting late and you want just one last celebratory sip to see you off to your comfy bed and sweet dreams. Make a half-batch of this warm, punchy drink for a sweet, herbal, and just a little spicy toddy. The pretty color doesn't hurt, either.
Do you prefer to fly solo on Valentine's Day? What do you do to make it special?