For my wife and me, Valentine’s Day is a bit of a conundrum. Sure, we want to celebrate—who wouldn’t want an excuse for a delicious, romantic meal with their special someone—but at the same time, this holiday falls on a Tuesday and Tuesdays for us are…problematic.
If you’re like us—a married couple both working full-time jobs and still trying to have a life outside of work (crazy idea, I know)—weeknights can get packed quickly. While it’s easy to romanticize the idea of a Valentine’s Day spent exchanging tender glances over a rack of lamb or enjoying soothing all-day couples’ massages at a local spa, in reality most weeknights we’re lucky to find the time to eat a quick meal together and wash the day’s dishes before crashing for the evening. The idea of turning Valentine’s Day into a huge production is exhausting for both of us. Who’s gonna clean the dishes?
Time to Cook? Try These Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes .
I think the nicest, most romantic thing you can do on Valentine’s Day is to find a way to make the best use of the time you have. That’s why I love these super-fast desserts. They’re delicious and special and, above all, manageable within the confines of a normal couple’s busy schedule. Making one is a way of saying both “I value you” and “I value your time”. So surprise your special someone with one of these delicious desserts—they’re the perfect way to turn a Tuesday night into something special.
Oh, and if you want to be extra romantic: volunteer to do the dishes yourself.
Chocolate-Covered Brownie Bites 
Dip bite-size pieces of brownie into melted chocolate for an easy treat.
Chocolate Fondue 
Skewer and dip anything you like in warm chocolate—pear slices, dried apricots, even marshmallows. The chocolate will stiffen if it gets cold, so enjoy it while it's still warm.
Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate 
A quick and healthy way to satisfy your special someone’s chocolate craving.
Strawberry-Mango Margarita Compote 
Mangoes and strawberries make a magical marriage. Splashes of tequila, Triple Sec and lime add a subtle kick to the mix. For a nonalcoholic or kid-friendly version, substitute fresh orange juice for the tequila and Triple Sec.
What are you cooking for Valentine’s Day? Tell us what you think below.