02/10/2016 01:25 pm ET

12 Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes Worth Staying Home For

Don't bother making reservations this year.

Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, there's no reason you shouldn't eat a good meal on this holiday. And by that, we don't mean going out to eat (we're actually pretty against eating at restaurants on this particular day). What we mean is that come this Feb. 14, you should take the time to make yourself (and maybe a loved one) something really good to eat -- without even considering if it's an aphrodisiac.

We've found 12 recipes that we think would make for a romantic dinner -- or just a really good one. Now, we don't want you to stress while you make these meals. After all, this is just dinner like any other night. But we do hope that you'll take this holiday of love as a chance to slow down, maybe have a glass of wine (but not too many), and enjoy the really good meal you made.

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