Valentine’s is here. A time for lovers to show their love to each other. A time to give flowers, chocolates and nice gifts. This year
Valentine’s is here. A time for lovers to show their love to each other. A time to give flowers, chocolates and nice gifts. This year kick things up a notch by cooking your date a nice meal. And not just a simple meal but a full 3 course meal. Don’t you be scared, you need not to be a professional in the kitchen, this is a very easy 3 course meal plan. Anyone can prepare it whether they are an unskilled amateur or a 5 star hotel culinarian.
First things first, what is a 3 course meal? A 3 course meal or a full course meal is a meal comprising of multiple meals or courses each served after the other. Common full course meals are 3 course meals (comprising of 3 courses) and 4 course meals (comprising of 4 courses)
An easy 3 course meal will usually start with an appetizer/hors d’oeuvre (served immediately the guest arrives.) The appetizer is then followed by the main dish/main course and finally dessert is served at the end.
You really want to make things magical – in a month or two your guest may not remember what they ate for dessert, but they will surely remember the overall experience. You therefore have to make sure that everything – not just the food – is top notch.
Light several candles, preferably scented ones, and dim the lights, . Candles are sure to transform the whole experience from just a regular dinner to an unforgettable epic moment. Also make sure some music is playing when your guest arrives. It could be some smooth jazz music or some other ambient genre. Just be sure to keep it at a comfortable volume so that no one feels they have to shout.
Decorating the dinner table
Table setting is also another element that adds up to the overall experience. Various table setting methods exist however in this case, we will go with basic table setting.
Before your date arrives, set the table by placing a table mat on the table. Then put the dinner plate in the middle of the mat. Place a fork on the left of the plate. Then place a knife to the right of the plate, with the blade pointing in, and a spoon to the right of the knife. Finally place water and wine glasses on the upper right side of the plate. Click here to learn more about table setting.
In conclusion don’t get your heart set on perfection. Be prepared to adjust and adapt if things go wrong or if the unexpected occurs.
When preparing a full course meal, it is important to stick to the same cuisine from the start to the end. The cuisine I use in this easy 3 course meal is Italian. Experiment with the recipes before hand to get a good grip. You can also swap out any of the dishes for another you’d prefer.
Let’s head straight to the appetizer, shall we?
Easy 3 Course Meal – Appetizer – Italian Bruschetta
For the appetizer, we shall prepare Italian Bruschetta, pronounced ‘brusketta’
Let the name not intimidate you, this is a simple dish that only requires bread, garlic, olive oil, salt and tomatoes.
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If you have never made this classic Italian appetizer, you will find learning how to make it easy, delicious and fresh. You need the ripest and juiciest of tomatoes you can find. Any kind of bread works however it needs to be sturdy and crusty to hold up the juicy topping.
Prepare this appetizer 30 minutes before your date arrives and serve immediately they arrive.
- 3 fresh tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 4 bread slices
- Olive oil
- fresh garlic
- Cut tomatoes in half. Use a teaspoon to scoop out watery seeds then dice the tomatoes.
- In a bowl mix the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, cover and let stand at room temperature for 10 mins for the flavors to integrate.
- Brush each side of the bread slices with olive oil and toast or grill on a pan until golden and crusty. Rub each toasted or grilled slice with a clove of raw garlic.
- Top tomato mixture onto each bread slice. Drizzle with more extra virgin oil and serve immediately.
Easy 3 Course Meal – Main Course – Sausage Spaghetti Sauce
For our second course, the main course, we shall serve yummy sausage spaghetti sauce.
This has always been my go to meal whenever I am trying to impress someone as it is yummy and delicious and is easy to put together plus it couples up nicely with red wine. By that I mean be sure to serve this meal alongside some red wine.
See also: Spaghetti Veggie Bacon and Omelet
You can prepare this dish earlier on in the day such that it becomes a matter of warming when both of you are done with the appetizer. Alternatively, you can prepare it together while sipping on red wine. That way it becomes more fun.
Sausage Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5 sausages cut into slices
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 3 tomatoes chopped
- 200 grams spaghetti
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put water on a large saucepan to boil.
- Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the sausage pieces on fairly high heat until they are golden brown
- Turn down the heat and add chopped onion and crushed garlic. Cook them until they have softened
- Stir in chopped tomatoes, let it boil then cover and let it simmer for 10 Minutes as you cook the spaghetti
- Drop the spaghetti in the pan of boiling water and cook according to the instructions on the package.
- Drain the spaghetti then mix it into the sausage sauce till thoroughly mixed. Serve Immediately
Easy 3 Course Meal – Dessert – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Valentine’s is not complete without chocolates. For dessert, we shall couple chocolate, peanut butter and banana slices to make delicious yummy bites. They are absolutely delicious and healthy too so bite on them without any guilt whatsoever. Slices of banana are coated with chocolate and peanut butter and frozen to make yummy, paradise tasting bites.
As much as the dessert appears last on this post and is served last, it will be prepared the first probably a day before and stored in the fridge till the material day.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
- 150 grams dark chocolate
- 150 grams smooth peanut butter
- 3 bananas sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- Line baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. If you don't have this, you can use a large plate
- In a double boiler (If you don't have one bring about 1 inch of water to a simmer in a small saucepan and cover it with a non meltable bowl) melt the chocolate until smooth.
- Add in the peanut butter and stir until smooth
- Using a fork dip banana slices one by one into the chocolate mixture tapping the excess chocolate off.
- Place the dipped bananas on the baking sheet or plate and place in the freezer till the chocolate sets. Once the chocolate sets transfer the bites to an airtight container and store in the freezer.
With that, go fourth and try out this plan then come back let me know how things go. I love feedback. If you also swap out any of the courses for another let me and others know too. Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day.
John is a passionate foodie and an advocate for balanced eating and healthy living. Healthy African Foodie is where he shares his wholesome recipes, cooking tips and kitchen tool reviews to make a healthy lifestyle an easier, more convenient choice for individuals and families.