valentine's day place setting valentine's day place setting Enjoy Valentine's Day without the stress of elaborate preparation. (Photo: legenda / Shutterstock)

An easy Valentine's Day dinner idea for sweethearts who can't cook

Impress the special person in your life by preparing a romantic meal – from appetizer to dessert.

Does your oven cower in fear when you walk into the kitchen? If so, chances are you're not the most qualified candidate to be preparing an elaborate, gourmet Valentine's Day dinner for the one you love.

But when it comes to cooking, the folks from our Israeli Kitchen don't see limitations. You don't have to be a five-star chef, nor do you have to spend hours sweating it out in the kitchen, to achieve a romantic dinner at home. Here are four options for easy-to-prepare, hard-to-falter dishes to help you whip up a homemade, from-the-heart Valentine's Day dinner – and leave plenty of time to enjoy each other's company.

Appetizer: Sushi salad

sushi saladThis unconventional salad incorporates the ingredients of sushi with a zesty spice-tinged dressing. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

No one expects a kitchen novice to suddenly become a sushi chef in time for the weekend. That's why this sushi salad is so perfect: All the elements of sushi without the rolling and expert chopping. Here's the recipe.

Main course: Pastrami and spinach stuffed chicken

pastrami and spinach stuffed chickenThis gourmet-looking chicken rollup recipe is truly easy. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Israeli Kitchen contributor Sarah Berkowitz likens this dish to something you might be served at a reception, like a wedding or gala. Here's why it works for a Valentine's Day dinner: Easy, elegant and brilliantly flavorful. The ingredients are simple and accessible, and we'll accept any excuse to incorporate pastrami into our dinner. Here's the recipe.

Side dish: Potato bourekas

Bourekas are a popular Mediterranean appetizer, side dish or snack food.Bourekas are a popular Mediterranean appetizer, side dish or snack food. (Photo: Daniel Reiner/Shutterstock)

A boureka is a classic Mediterranean savory pastry that involves not much more than potatoes, puff pastry and sesame seeds. They rank high in the comfort-food category, and the ease of which they can be prepared makes it perfect for the home cook who wants to impress that special someone without slaving the day away. Here's the recipe.

Dessert: No-bake white chocolate strawberry pie

No-bake white chocolate strawberry pieThis dessert will make you look like a whiz in the kitchen. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Strawberries already look like little hearts, so this strawberry pie requires very little effort to achieve the theme of the moment. The meal is complete. Here's the recipe.

And to end the meal, how about a nice glass of wine?


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