We love celebrating Valentine’s Day. Any chance to show affection (we’re huggers 🙂 ) and eat great food and we’re in! These cheap Valentine’s Day meals will help you celebrate this holiday without breaking the budget.
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce Knockoff
Knockoff, maybe. But it tastes like the real thing. And some say even better. We’ve been making this Alfredo sauce recipe for about four years now, and it never fails to get rave reviews. We serve it often at parties because it’s easy to make for crowds, but it’s also perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Get the recipe here: Better Than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Our Homemade Pizza Recipe
I love our homemade pizza recipe because there are SO many options for it. You can put any mixture of meats or veggies on it. We usually do one pepperoni pizza and one veggie pizza with onion, green pepper, tomato and spinach. On the pepperoni pizza we use plain old Great Value pizza sauce or Rinaldi traditional spaghetti sauce. On the veggie one I usually skip the sauce and just brush the crust with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before adding the toppings and cheese.
Get the recipe here: Our Best Homemade Pizza
Next on the menu is dessert. If you’re looking for something simple and delicious, you have to make my chocolate chip cookies. They’re the talk of the town (okay, maybe not the town, but of our family and friends. 🙂 )
Get the recipe here: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’re looking for something a bit more intricate and decadent, try these recipes.
Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars
Rich? Definitely. Delicious? Beyond. But it’s Valentine’s Day, so go ahead a splurge.
Get the recipe here: Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars
A Gooey, Decadent Chocolate Cake
I know I’m breaking some rules here by having more dessert recipes than dinner recipes, but isn’t Valentine’s Day all about the chocolate? This Tyler Florence chocolate cake recipe is fabulous.
Get the recipe here: A Gooey, Decadent Chocolate Cake
All great suggestions! Homemade meals are the best and a great way to celebrate Valentines day with your loved ones! That’s how my wife and I will be celebrating this year.
Yay for Valentine’s Day at home! Glad to hear you guys are celebrating the frugal way too. 🙂
That cake looks amazing! I think I might make it for my sons birthday on Sunday.
Indeed!! There’s no such thing as too much chocolate. 🙂
My mouth is literally watering as I read this. I should not have saved room after dinner 🙂 I am definitely going to try a couple of these recipes this weekend 🙂
LOL, funny. 🙂 You should try them all. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Thanks for posting this! I have been looking for a great chocolate chip cookies recipe! I am thinking of swapping out the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips and cranberries for a “festive” twist.
Irony!! We did that one year for the local county fair baking contest and won first prize!!
Yay! These seem perfect for Valentine’s meal, Laurie! Those candy cane bars look so delicious!
Thanks!! They are. 🙂
Those chocolate chip cookies are gorgeous. I wonder if I can substitute the eggs with egg replacer and still get them looking as pretty…. I don’t know what it is but my attempts at substitutions always turn out really weird–must be misunderstanding the chemistry or something.
Now all I need to do is source some vegan chocolate chips!
Not sure about the egg thing – if you try it, let me know!!
This looks delicious!!
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