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14 comforting recipes for anyone dining alone this Valentine's Day

Not everyone will be cooking for two this Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on a romantic dinner! Treat yourself to one of these lovely single-serve dishes - there's nothing like good food to make you feel less alone.

By Harriet Keown
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    Chilli prawns with green apple salsa

    These fresh, flavoursome chilli prawns with green apple salsa make the perfect dinner on the busier nights - quick, healthy and tasty. Suitable for the 2-Day Fast Diet.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Chicken breast with romesco sauce

    The great thing about chicken breast is that it will soak up whatever flavours you throw at it. Here, it’s coated in balsamic vinegar, pan-fried and drizzled in romesco, the classic Spanish roasted red pepper sauce.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Lemon and dill chickpea salad

    Light and fresh - this tasty lemon and dill chickpea salad is quick, tasty and perfect for the whole family! Suitable for the 2-Day Fast Diet.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Green goddess omelette

    Here's a new recipe to get really egg-cited about! Nici's light and fluffy green goddess omelette is a deliciously versatile dish that is perfect for breakfast or for dinner.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Kale, chilli and parmesan pasta

    This kale, chilli and parmesan pasta is packed with bags of flavour and heat, and makes for a quick and nutritious dinner idea!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Salmon omelette with crispy capers

    Rise and shine with this delicious omelette recipe. The combination of tender hot smoked salmon, creamy feta and crispy capers is the perfect filling for this tried-and-true breakfast favourite


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    Lamb chop with spinach bean purée

    We truly love how simple winter recipes can get and this one is the perfect case in point – a juicy steak atop a hearty bean and spinach purée. Just divine! It's such an ideal meal to whip up when cooking alone.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Gazpacho with feta and prawns

    This fresh and flavoursome gazpacho with feta and prawns certainly ticks all the boxes for dinner tonight - easy to prepare, nourishing, and oh-so-tasty!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Roast chicken for one

    To me, dinner is dinner, and if I want roast chicken with all the trimmings, that’s what I’ll have. Here's my pared-down version of a full roast chicken - there’s stuffing and gravy, vegetables and roasties, and just enough for one!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Salmon with shaved cauliflower salad

    Indulge in this quick, yet super tasty fresh salmon and shaved cauliflower salad dish - perfect for dinner on the busier nights of the week!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Prawn and ginger noodles for one

    Do your chopping while watching the news and in the ad break, fry it up! These noodles are so quick to cook and delicious to eat, and they suit the “dinner for one” approach as they work best cooked in a single portion.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Berry crumble for one

    Nici Wickes always has frozen berries on hand so she can whip up a crumble at the drop of a hat - not a bad rule to live by, in our opinion! A crumble is very easily scaled down for one, like in this sweet and simple recipe.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Mug mud cake pudding

    Who doesn’t love a winter pudding to warm up with on a cold night? Cooking for one doesn’t need to be hard either - this mug mud cake pudding is scaled down to suit you, fitting perfectly into one large or two smaller mugs.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|