One of the most unique and original ways you can show your beloved how you feel is by cooking them a scrumptious meal. So instead of forking out hundreds of dollars on a fancy restaurant this Valentine’s Day, plan your very own lovers feast!
To get you inspired (and your mouth watering), we’ve put together a few ideas for what appetisers, main meal and desserts you might like to serve up. Don’t worry – there are options for different diets and you can find all the cafe quality food and ingredients on the iPantry website.
Kickstart your Valentine’s dinner with a few small appetisers. When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of rich, bold flavours coupled with a touch of sweetness. Let’s take a look at a few options for your first course based on the dietary preference of your diner.
Salads are a light and breezy appetiser you can dish up to get the ball rolling. A small serving of the Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad with an Olive and Rosemary Focaccia on the side won’t be too heavy (there’ll still be plenty of room for the main course and dessert).
For gluten free diners
Similarly, if you or your guest is gluten free, the Moroccan Chicken & Tumeric Rice Salad is a tasty option. This cafe quality salad is full of flavour and a great way to start a Mediterranean themed Valentine’s dinner menu if you’re looking to get creative!
For vegetarians and vegans
Speaking of cafe quality salads, check out the Vietnamese Bun Do Chua. It’s a refreshingly light vegan dish with enough flavour to satiate your date without overdoing it too soon.
Enter the pièce de résistance: your main meal. Depending on how lavish you want to be – and what kind of appetite you have – this could involve a number of different dishes, or one simple main meal.
For a wholesome, hearty meal, you could plate up a portion of the Mediterranian Pasta Bake and pair it with one of the side salads mentioned above. The best part? You and your beau will likely have leftovers for the days to come!
For gluten-free diners
Aussies love their pizzas – even on Valentine’s Day! Our partners at A25 have an incredible range of ready to roll restaurant quality gluten free pizzas, like the Porkypine or Eggplant Parmigiana. Take the stress out of cooking so you can stare lovingly into one another's eyes.
For vegetarians and vegans
For a no-mean meal, try the Mediterranean Quiche accompanied by classic roast veggies. Sometimes keeping it simple is best, and you don’t have to sacrifice taste either. Alternatively, grab a Vegan Veggie Explosion pizza or Vegan Lasagna if you’re looking to serve up an Italian style meal.
This is probably our favourite part of the meal. Round out your Valentine’s dinner menu with something sweet. You can also brew up some tea or cap off the experience with an espresso.
Truly a Melbourne icon, Brunetti has a wide selection of Italian style cakes, slices and biscuits to cater for any sweet tooth. One of our absolute favourite desserts would have to be the Tiramisu – it pairs perfectly with a post-dinner espresso.
Alternatively, if you really want to surprise your date, you might like to treat them to a 12 piece chocolate box. These handmade chocolates are unique and are sure to impress.
Speaking of impressive, we’ve also put together a sweet 6 pack of mixed mousse cakes for when you simply can’t decide on what to have. While not from Brunetti, they are mouthwatering in their own right!
Are mousse and tiramisu not really your thing? No problem. Heat up a few chunks of Chocolate and Brownie Walnut Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream for a quick and easy dessert option for your gluten free date.
Vegetarian and vegan sweets
If you enjoy a bit of variety from your sweets, then this 6 pack of baked cheesecakes is your ticket to satisfaction. And for a delicious vegan option, check out this 6 pack of vegan mixed cakes, featuring options like chocolate peanut butter and raspilicious.
Find all of your menu items in one place with iPantry
When it comes to love, nothing beats the joy of a home cooked meal. Get all your Valentine’s dinner ingredients – as well as other pantry staples – delivered next day when you order before 2pm with us. Enjoy your meal (and don’t forget the flowers!).