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Easy and Elegant Recipes

Great Valentine's Day recipes for novice cooks and busy people


Red Snapper

Cajun-Seasoned Red Snapper

D. Rattray
Whether you're new to cooking or are incredibly short on time, these great recipes will surely impress your Valentine and get raves. Quick and easy desserts, side dishes, and main dish recipes just about anyone can fix.

Baked Bananas With Coconut
These bananas are peeled, sprinkled with sugar, butter, lemon juice and coconut, then baked. What could be easier?

Braised Belgian Endive
This easy but very special side dish takes very little prep time, and it makes a terrific side dish to steaks or lamb.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
A simple seasoned pork tenderloin from our forum. A meat thermometer makes this recipe fuss-free.

Broiled Red Snapper Fillets
Red snapper fillets are mild and delicious, so the spicy Creole or Cajun-style seasoning complement these fillets perfectly. These are wonderful with a creamy sauce, but they're also delicious as is with chopped tomato and green onion.

Tilapia Fillets With Mustard-Pecan Topping
This is an incredibly delicious tilapia recipe, one I've made time and time again.

Egg and Bacon Breakfast Casserole
This easy breakfast casserole has it all, and in one dish! A baked bacon and egg breakfast for two.

Steak Diane
An easy skillet meal for two, made with rib-eye steaks and fresh herbs and butter. Simple yet elegant.

Mashed Potatoes
Delicious mashed potatoes are easy and always popular. This recipe is simply made with baking potatoes, milk, butter, and salt and pepper.

Peach Ambrosia
This is such a pretty dessert, and a snap to make. To make this look even more elegant, layer with vanilla yogurt or whipped topping in parfait glasses. Delicious!

Hearty Chopped Salad
Most of the work is in the chopping, but it is worth the time if you have it. Ingredients include ham, pecans, chickpeas, cheese, and romaine lettuce, along with an easy dressing. You could use your own favorite purchased dressing to make it even easier.

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