Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to cook an amazing meal for your loved one. They key to planning a sexy meal is to keep it light. You don’t want to eat a five course meal and feel overstuffed. Beef is a popular Valentine’s Day dish, with tenderloin being a favorite. Fish and seafood are also a great choice.

In terms of poultry, duck is a fantastic option. You can find it frozen at large or specialty grocery stores. When cooking duck, try to keep it medium well done. Unlike chicken, it’s perfectly safe to eat duck rare.

We hope you love these 8 sexy Valentine’s Day dishes, submitted by Half Hour Meals users.

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8. Steak Oscar

Steak Oscar, every once in a while you’ve got to spoil yourself. Yes, there is a Steak under all that creamy rich bearnaise sauce! Top the steak with a couple lemon-garlic grilled shrimp and then smother with that rich thick crab filled bearnaise sauce. Serve with fresh steamed asparagus on the side and you’ve got heaven on a plate.

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7. Cranberry Glazed Duck Breast

This sweet/sour duck combination is beautiful. It makes a really impressive special occasion dish but it’s actually easy to make. Serve this for your Valentine’s Day dinner and impress your loved ones!

6. Tagliatelle ai Funghi

The beauty of tagliatelle ai funghi is the simplicity, and how the quality of each ingredient can be perceived in each and every bite. When prepared with fresh handmade egg pasta, the dish is divine. This is a great dish for a vegetarian Valentine’s Day dinner.

5. Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction

Filet mignon, or beef tenderloin, is a great choice for Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s an expensive cut of meat so it’s great for a special occasion. The red wine sauce is the perfect accompaniment to this dish!

4. Duck Breast With Red Wine Pears

The richness of the duck goes perfectly with the acidity of the pear and wine. This is a great Valentine’s Day meal. Poached pears make a beautiful side dish to this fatty cut of meat.

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3. Pork Loin With Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

In this recipe, the mild flavor of pork pairs perfectly with a fruity, tangy, sweet sauce made with cranberries and pomegranate juice. The red sauce is a perfect color for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

2. Linguine With Parma Ham

Pasta is a great option for Valentine’s Day dinner. Fresh pasta is delicious, but you can always buy a good brand of dried pasta. The red tomatoes and pink parma ham make this dish very festive!

1. Five-Spice Glazed Salmon 

One dish dinners don’t often get as quick and easy as this one! The salmon is marinated in a quick Asian marinade and the beans are roasted right alongside it in the oven. Quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner, or to impress someone special on Valentine’s Day!

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