Homemade Romantic Meal for 2

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Pesto & Spinach chicken with marinara bowtie pasta for Valentine's in-home dinner | www.OurThriftyIdeas.com  #Valentines4All #shop  #cbias #dinner #dessert #cake #chicken

Do you stay in for Vday? We usually don’t like to fight the crowds and it gets super expensive when we have to pay a babysitter. So usually we make some mac & cheese for the kiddos, put them to bed early and then have a romantic night together at home. So today I’m gonna share an incredibly romantic meal that you can make for that romantic night in!

Pesto & Spinach Chicken


2 large chicken breasts
1 egg
3 slices of sandwich bread
Italian seasoning
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp butter
Buitoni Pesto Sauce
Roma tomato (diced)
Sliced Mushrooms
Chopped spinach
Parmesan Cheese (shredded)


Pound out both chicken breasts to be no thicker than 1/2 inch.

Shred the bread into tiny pieces and place on a plate and toss with salt & pepper and italian sseasoning. Whip the single egg in a medium bowl. Dip both sides of the chicken breast into the egg and then into the bread crumbs. Repeat on other chicken breast.

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Brown each side of the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat. Place an oven safe cooking rack over a baking sheet, and place both chicken breasts on top of the baking sheet (to prevent the bottom from going soggy while baking)

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Pull the chicken out and spread the top with Buitoni pesto sauce. Then top with diced roma tomatoes, chopped spinach, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve over a bowtie pasta (or other of your choice) and Buitoni marinara sauce.


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Tres Leches mini Trifle

Tres Leches mini Trifle


Nestle Tres Leches kit
1 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs
Whipping Cream
Chocolate for Garnish


Mix the cake batter according to the kit box. Instead of baking it in a cake pan, spray a mini cupcake pan with non stick spray and fill each one almost to the brim. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes. Then poke holes with a fork or toothpick all over in the cakes.

Mix the 2 cans and 1 cup of milk together until fully combined. Then pour over all the cakes . You'll use about 1/2 of the milk mixture. Let all the cake mixture soak in.

Cover and refrigerate the cakes & leftover milk mixture for at least 4 hours to let everything soak.

To put together the trifle, place a tablespoon of milk mixture into the bottom of your cup. Then layer one mini cake followed by some cream and then a round of raspberries. Repeat again until your cup is full, ending with the cream. Shred some chocolate on top of the cream and top with a single raspberry.

Chill until ready to serve


I found both the Buitoni sauces and the new Tres Leches kit at Walmart. You can make it a one stop shop for your romantic night!

Tres Leches cake kit and Buitoni pasta sauces

And just for fun, cause I love how they turned out, the cute centerpiece for our table that was made by gluing fun cupcake liners together!

Valentines Day table decor from cupcake liners and dowels

blue line


  1. Mmm. Mmm. MMM! This would be a big hit with my WHOLE family, not just my love. I think I’ll be putting this on our V-day menu for sure! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. OMGosh it ALL looks so delicious – my stomach is growling!! Pinned!

  3. I love pesto! This looks like the perfect meal to kick of the romantic night!

  4. Looks like a fabulous date night idea indeed!

  5. MMMMM! All of this looks so divine and I am officially hungry! Pinned!

  6. That all looks soooooo yummy! What a great meal!

  7. Mmm these both look like the perfect things for valentines day… I haven’t heard of that tres leches mix, but I cant wait to try it!

  8. I love Tres Leches!

  9. This all looks so yummy and the center piece…most cute.

  10. Oh! That all looks so yummy! I love the tres leches idea for a party dessert! Pinning!


  11. This looks so yummy! Love tres leches!

  12. These recipes look delicious! I know my husband would love these too. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Yummy! Can’t wait to try the Tres Leches!

  14. That tres leches looks delicious! It’s one of my favorites.

  15. That trifle is so cute! It looks like a lot of work went into it… definitely perfect for a special meal.

  16. That sounds really good. I love the Buitoni Pesto! Good stuff. I love how cute your centerpiece is. So happy! I don’t love going out on Valentine’s Day either. So many people. This year it’s on a Friday, so it will be even worse.

  17. oh goodness those both look delicious! Pinning

  18. Looks amazing. Now I’m hungry!!!! Thanks.

  19. This meal looks amazing! I want to come to your house for Valentines! ;o)

  20. I love staying in for Valentine’s Day! It’s fun to have an opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary. This meal looks delicious! Love the decorations too.

  21. All of the recipes look so delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try the dessert!

  22. What a cute idea for the Tres Leches! Thank you! #client

  23. the dessert is adorable! love it! xo San

  24. Such pretty pictures! Looks amazing!

  25. Sounds like a perfect at home romantic meal…

  26. Those trifles look amazing!!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  27. WOW! This meal looks AMAZING!! Awesome job! #client

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