Need a Valentine’s date idea that’s budget friendly? This Valentine’s dinner is fabulously frugal, delicious, and easy to make under $20.
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Have a tight budget this year and already kissing Valentine’s plans goodbye? No need! This Valentine’s dinner is fabulously frugal and easy gourmet. Set the kids up with a movie or put them to bed early and enjoy a quiet evening at home.
I bought the ingredients for this meal at Wegmans for $15.57, but you can pay around the same price for them at most grocery stores. I even splurged a little on pre-marinated chicken and a large container of strawberries so I know the budget can be reduced even more if need be.
Frugal Valentine’s Dinner Menu
- Baked chicken ($5.94 for 2 Jamaican Jerk chicken breasts)
- Boiled baby potatoes ( $2.09, just over 1 lb. – we had leftovers for my husband’s lunch)
- 1/4 pound fresh green beans (1.99/lb.)
- Chocolate covered strawberries – (32 ounce strawberries – 6.99, chocolate – I already had but you can usually get for around $2.50. If you need to go really tight budget you can grab a checkout aisle chocolate bar.)
I didn’t count butter in my budget since I already had some and I already have plenty of chocolate. I also didn’t include a special drink. This budget gives a little leeway to add something special.
Frugal Valentine’s Dinner in Under 60 Minutes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Put chicken in covered baking dish in oven. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes
- Wash and cover whole creamer potatoes with water in medium pan. Cook over medium heat until just soft (appr. 35 minutes)
- 10 minutes before chicken is suppose to be done, heat frying pan with 1 tablespoon butter. When hot, add washed green beans. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened with some browned/blackened spots.
- Pull chicken out and let set a few minutes, then slice thinly and plate.
- Plate green beans and potatoes, smashing potatoes slightly and adding a little butter.
- After dinner, melt chocolate in a small dish. Dip strawberries in and eat. You can also prepare these ahead of time.
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