Would you like to have a nice Valentine’s Dinner without blowing your budget? This delectable gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner for two costs just $6!
$6 Gourmet Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Going out to eat costs a lot and we try to give people other options besides eating out. Valentine’s Day is one occasion when it is nice to go out with your sweetie (and okay if you can afford it) but if you are serious about getting out of debt, don’t feel like going out or just plain don’t have the money, you can still have a special dinner at home. Here are some tips and a menu to give you some ideas.
You can add a little romantic ambiance with a nice place setting. Fancy napkins, tapered candles, china place settings and a lace tablecloth add a nice touch.
- It is relatively easy to find one or two nice settings of china for 50 cents each at thrift stores or garage sales.
- Buy tapered candles after Christmas. Sometimes they are as much as 75% off.
- You can also purchase red napkins, lace tablecloths, and red ribbon after Christmas for .50 – $1.00. If you didn’t do it after last Christmas, try it after next Christmas.
- You can also purchase things on sale 50% or more off after Valentine’s Day and keep them for other holidays throughout the coming year.
Of course if you’re with the one you love, who needs food for Valentine’s Day! 😉 …But man can not live on love alone, so here is a delicious Valentine’s menu you’ll love!
( $6.41 for 2 people)
French Onion Soup
Tomato Basil Salad
New Potatoes With Parsley
Red Velvet Cake
Water With Lemon Slices
Tea Or Coffee With Dessert
French Onion Soup ($1.15)
2 onions, thinly sliced (yellow onions work best) (.25)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine (.10)
2 cups beef stock (made with bullion cubes or beef bones) (.10)
1 bay leaf
2 slices day-old French bread (.20)
1/2 cup Mozzarella or Swiss cheese, grated (.50)
Melt butter in a skillet. Saute onions until slightly brown. Add onions and bay leaf to beef broth in saucepan. Simmer slowly 10 minutes or simmer overnight in the crock pot on low. Pour into bowls. Place bread on top of each bowl of soup, and sprinkle the cheese on top. Then set under broiler and cook until cheese is melted and brown.
Tomato Basil Salad($1.44)
4 large peeled tomatoes (.79)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp. wine vinegar (.10)
2 Tbsp. olive oil (.05)
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped into small pieces (.50)
Dice tomatoes and combine with salt, pepper, vinegar, oil and basil. Serve. You may also add cubes of mozzarella cheese.
Maple-Glazed Chicken ($2.15)
1/4 cup maple syrup (.05)
4 tsp. lemon juice (.05)
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine (.05)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
4 pieces chicken ($2.00 purchased on sale at $2.00/.lb)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix maple syrup, lemon juice and butter together in a small saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes. Spray a baking dish with oil and place chicken in it. Add salt and pepper to the chicken. Bake 10 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and pour on glaze. Bake 15 minutes more or until juices run clear.
Glazed Carrots (.37)
1/2 lb. fresh carrots or baby carrots (.12)
1/2 stick margarine (.05)
6 Tbsp. brown sugar (.10)
1 tsp. cinnamon (.05)
1 tsp. ginger (optional) (.05)
Clean carrots and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cook 10 minutes in a small amount of boiling water or microwave (just until tender). Melt margarine in a large skillet over low heat. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add hot drained carrots, stirring well to coat. Remove when shiny and well glazed.
New Potatoes (.75)
6 new potatoes or 2 medium potatoes, cut in halves or quarters (.50)
2 Tbsp. margarine (.05)
1 Tbsp. parsley, or to taste (.10)
1/4 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
Clean potatoes. Steam or boil potatoes 20 minutes (until tender). Toss with remaining ingredients.
Red Velvet Cake (.50 for 2 servings)*
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 oz. red food coloring
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
Cream together butter, eggs and sugar in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except the flour and buttermilk. Mix well. Add flour and buttermilk alternately. Beat until all the lumps are out. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost with Red Velvet Frosting.
Red Velvet Frosting
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Cook milk and flour until thick, stirring constantly. Cool thoroughly. Beat milk and flour for one minute until fluffy. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add to milk and flour and add vanilla. Mix well. Frosts one Red Velvet Cake.
*Or purchase a box mix on sale .79 and canned frosting on sale .69. plus .50 for eggs, etc. to make the cake $1.48.
For more quick and easy recipes like this, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!