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Spoil Your Sweetheart: 10 Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinners

02/12/2017 08:02am ET | Updated February 12, 2017

Skip the restaurant rush this year and make a romantic dinner at home. From Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce to Thai Shrimp Curry, these special dinners are all easy to make and guaranteed to impress your date.

Nothing says ”special dinner” like roast beef tenderloin. This version is deceptively simple to make: the sauce can be prepared in advance so there’s very little fussing at the last minute — and beef tenderloin, believe it or not, is one of the easiest things in the world to cook. GET THE RECIPE

Adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson, this is an elegant and remarkably easy dish. Most of the ingredients are right out of the pantry and you can have it on the table in 20 minutes. Serve with steamed broccoli and jasmine rice and your romantic dinner is done! GET THE RECIPE

With just a few essentials in your pantry — like Thai green curry paste and coconut milk — you’re never more than 25 minutes away from this delicious meal, alive with the vibrant flavors of Thailand. GET THE RECIPE

The flat iron steak is one of my favorite beef cuts for home cooking. It’s similar to flank or skirt steak, only more tender — in fact, after the tenderloin, it’s the second most tender cut. Here, it’s broiled and topped with a rich Asian-style brown sauce. GET THE RECIPE

If we eat first with our eyes, this dish is a sure winner. The chicken is immersed in a honey, citrus and chili-infused marinade, and then roasted with carrots and dates; herbs, scallions and pistachios are added at the end for freshness, color and crunch. GET THE RECIPE

In this easy recipe, salmon fillets are dusted with homemade chili powder, then broiled and glazed with maple syrup. The pineapple salsa balances the richness of the salmon and brightens the dish up . GET THE RECIPE

Comfort food is always a win on Valentine’s Day. You can make this quick and easy riff on spinach and ricotta cannelloni in just 20 minutes; toss a salad while it bakes and dinner is done! GET THE RECIPE

Maryland-style crab cakes are made with lump crab meat and just enough filler to bind the cakes together. Serve them with green beans and cornbread and you’ll be transported to a laid-back crab shack on the Eastern Shore. GET THE RECIPE

This chicken tandoori is deliciously spiced with super-crispy skin, and the mango chutney served alongside adds fruity, tangy flavor. GET THE RECIPE

Brimming with fresh seafood in a tomato and wine broth that tastes like the sea, Cioppino is an easy-to-make Italian-American fish stew. Garlic bread is a must for sopping up the delicious broth. GET THE RECIPE