Few gestures are sweeter than putting the time and effort into a great homecooked meal. If the date night meal is the quintessential romantic outing, the food should be as flavorful, complex, exciting, and cozy as your relationship will be! Even for those whose cooking skills aren't quite up to scratch, these easy, impressive meals are bound to be a success. They only require a handful of ingredients, under an hour of effort in most cases, and they're delicious too. Avoid the prix fixe nightmare that is Valentine's Day fine dining and eat gourmet in your own home!

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon from Martha Stewart

Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Olives, and Lemon from Martha Stewart Photo by Johnny Miller

Photo by Johnny Miller

Four Cheese Stuffed Shells with Smoky Marinara from My Recipes

Four Cheese Stuffed Shells with Smoky Marinara from My Recipes Photo by Randy Mayor

Photo by Randy Mayor

Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp from Epicurious

Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp from Epicurious Photo by Romulo Yanes

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Crispy-Skin Salmon with Buttermilk-Mint Sauce from Martha Stewart

Crispy-Skin Salmon with Buttermilk-Mint Sauce from Martha Stewart Photo by Ben Fink

Photo by Ben Fink

Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce from Simply Recipes

Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce from Simply RecipesPineapple-Glazed Shrimp Skewers from Chow Photo by Amy Wisniewski

Photo by Amy Wisniewski

Grilled Steak with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri from Serious Eats

Grilled Steak with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri from Serious Eats Photo by Blake Royer

Photo by Blake Royer

Quick Paella from Epicurious

Quick Paella from Epicurious Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and Brie from Simply Recipes

Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and Brie from Simply Recipes

Ratatouille with Penne from Epicurious

Ratatouille with Penne from Epicurious Photo from Romulo Yanes