Our 9 best recipes for a romantic night in

We know you love Heart Matters recipes - they're delicious, heart-healthy and easy to follow, with full nutritional information. So why not share them with a loved one too? Here are our top picks for a romantic night in. 

1. Chicken and avocado salad

Chicken and avocado salad

This dish is as pretty as a picture, and won't leave you feeling too full to enjoy a romantic evening. It works with leftover turkey instead of chicken if you have some.

2. Spaghetti and meatballs

Mediterranean-style meatballs

That spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp is one of the most romantic food scenes in film history (even if it does involve cartoon dogs.) Now you can recreate the scene for yourself and make it the heart-healthy too.

3. Chunky vegetable and bean goulash

Chunky vegetable and bean goulash

If a hearty meal is the way to your loved one's heart, try this dish, which shows that warming winter stews don't have to be full of meat or saturated fat. This goulash uses inexpensive ingredients and is packed with flavour.

4. Piri-piri chicken

Piri-piri chicken

Bring a tingle to your tastebuds and some Portuguese sunshine into your kitchen with this easy recipe.

5. Red onion, courgette and pepper pizza

Red onion, courgette and pepper pizza

If your idea of a romantic meal is a pizza made for two, try our low-salt heart-healthy version. (Ideally, this recipe serves four to six - but if you want to split it between two it will still have less fat and calories than the vast majority of restaurant pizzas.)

6. Italian-style chicken casserole

Italian-style chicken casserole

This casserole has all the flavours of Italy and can be made ahead and chilled or frozen - perfect if you want to have a no-stress romantic evening. 

7. Roast vegetable and chickpea tagine

Roast vegetable and chickpea tagine

This mildly spiced Moroccan stew will taste just as good reheated the next day, so you can make it in advance, or make extra for leftovers. 

    8. Tiramisu

    tiramisu in glass

    Round off your evening in style and add a bit of "la dolce vita" with our creamy tiramisu recipe. 

    9. Carrot, sultana and orange cake

    Carrot, sultana and orange cake

    Want something sweet to round off the evening? Baking doesn't have to be completely off the menu if you're trying to look after your heart health. Try this delicious cake, which is low in saturated fat.

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