There's no need to blow the budget this Valentine's Day – plan a menu that's simple, budget-friendly and looks stunning on the plate. Cooking a romantic meal to impress is easier than you think. Simply choose an option from each of our selection of starters, mains and desserts for a night to remember. Pick a signature cocktail, too, and raise a glass to love.


We've designed an affordable menu with various options included to suit a range of diets, whether you're after a low-cost vegetarian feast or in the mood for a meaty main. Discover more celebratory recipes that won't break the bank in our party recipes on a budget collection.

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Budget Valentine's Day menu


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An easy, elegant starter will set you off on the right foot. Ditch the potatoes and try these moreish courgette fries, scattered with a generous helping of parmesan for a sophisticated touch.

Or create a colourful, cheesy feast in the shape of our baked feta with sumac & grapes. The salty feta, sweet grapes and tangy sumac create a modern, complex mix of complementary flavours. For a splash of colour and excitement, there's our chargrilled mackerel with sweet & sour beetroot. The pickled beet wedges add extra tang to this moreish fish dish.

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Main course

Large pot of tagliatelle with olives, cauliflower and harissa topped with parsley

For an impressive vegan main that's big on flavour, try our olive, cauliflower & harissa pasta. The dish boasts luscious ribbons of pappardelle, and a dollop of harissa brings vibrant warmth. Feel free to add more, depending on how spicy you both like it.

If you're in the mood for a meaty main, we recommend our lemon pepper steaks with hazelnut salsa verde. The zingy green sauce really brings it to life – swap the celeriac chips for chunky homemade chips if you like.

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Looking for an easy, indulgent chocolate dessert? You don't even need to turn the oven on for these fudgy, chocolate chip-studded microwave brownies. Go one step further and serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.

Our five-minute mocha pots use just four basic ingredients and the result is rich and silky-smooth. If you fancy something fruity, our apple crumble sundaes are ready in no time. Cinnamon-spiced ginger biscuit crumble contrasts with soft, sweet apples and vanilla ice cream – a surefire way to someone's heart.

To satisfy a true sweet tooth, whip up this butterscotch banana pie with salted caramel. This storecupboard saviour looks a million dollars.

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