Valentine’s Day Under $100

Want to give your boyfriend a meaningful Valentine’s Day surprise without breaking the bank? Plan a special day in with your man and spoil him by making 3 amazing meals all for under $100. He’ll appreciate you planning something for Vday for a change rather than putting on the pressure for him to surprise you with something romantic. And what better way to pamper your boyfriend than to cook some nice meals for him and spend the day indoors. Tell him to relax, stay in bed or do whatever he pleases while you go put on something sexy or cute for him and whip up some magic in the kitchen.

So what can you do for under $100?

I was curious myself what I could do for under $100. I planned out 3 meals and went to Whole Foods and guess what? I got everything for $106 and a few cents. I went over by $6 dollars because I bought a big wedge of Italian cheese to snack on that was $8 dollars. All the meals below can be created for under $100.

Ways to save money and not go over your $100 limit, make sure the dishes you use for your meals can be used later for another new dish. For example, I made a sausage potato hash and later panfried the leftovers to create a midafternoon snack. I toasted brioche as toast for the brunch I created. I then used the left over loaf of brioche and toasted it and spread nutella and strawberries on it for another midafternoon snack. The strawberries I used for the snack came from creating a centerpiece I made. The centerpiece was composed of fresh strawberries, rosemary sprigs, some parsley, and babies breath from a floral arrangement I already had in the house. The great thing about putting together an arrangement made of edible items is that you can use it to cook or eat it later. I used rosemary to marinate the lamb chops for dinner and used an extra sprigs to help decorate my centerpiece.

Ways to save money and not go over your $100 limit, make sure the dishes you use for your meals can be used later for another new dish. For example, I made a sausage potato hash and later panfried the leftovers to create a midafternoon snack. I toasted brioche as toast for the brunch I created. I then used the left over loaf of brioche and toasted it and spread nutella and strawberries on it for another midafternoon snack. The strawberries I used for the snack came from creating a centerpiece I made. The centerpiece was composed of fresh strawberries, rosemary sprigs, some parsley, and some babies breath from a floral arrangement I had already in the house. The great thing about putting together an arrangement made of edible items is that you can use it later or eat it. The rosemary was for the lambchops I was marinating for dinner and the extra sprigs I used to help decorate my centerpiece.

I will provide tips and recipes for all the dishes I created in the next few posts and break each post into different sections: Brunch, Midafternoon snack, Dinner, and Breakfast (this is a bonus, I created breakfast as a result of having leftover risotto :photo of the risotto cakes will be posted in a different entry related to leftover risotto). So technically you can create 4 meals out of $100.


My edible strawberry centerpiece

Check out the above photos of the strawberry centerpiece and below are the photos of all the meals I made for $100. Try it out next Valentine’s Day for your man and he’ll feel like the luckiest guy ever. What man doesn’t want a dolled up girl cooking up a storm in their kitchen? They’ve always said, a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

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Menu:
Brunch:

~ Italian Sausage Potato Hash served with a poached egg and toasted brioche
~ Champagne ( Brut de Blanc)

Mid Afternoon Snack:

~ Toasted Brioche w/ nutella and strawberries
~ Panfried Sausage Potato Hash topped with some ketchup

** Tip serve bedside, so you can enjoy your snack in bed with your man while watching his favorite show on tv

Dinner:

~Jumbo Prawn Salad w/ mango, avocado, organic greens tossed in a pomegranate balsamic dressing
~Sweet corn, green pea, asparagus risotto with goat cheese, asiago, fontina, and parmesan.
~Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops served w/ panfried Yukon potatoes, and arugula salad tossed with oven roasted tomatoes
~Lemon meringue tart
~ Brut Rose

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