#whatsonyourplateblogchallenge Over 50s Lifestyle Recipes

An easy 3 course dinner menu to impress

March 2, 2022

February is the month of love and although Mr M and I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something special for him as 2021 was definitely not a great year. Once upon a time, we would make a special dinner each Saturday, taking it in turns to be the chef. Unfortunately, life took over and our special dinners were pushed to the back burner.

At the start of 2022 we both decided to re-introduce the special dinner idea and I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse. The three-course menu wasn’t that difficult or time-consuming to make, however, I did make the dessert and the dough on the day before to save time.

The Menu

I looked at a few ideas for the menu and then as I usually do, took a bit of this and a bit of that to put my own touch. You can find the recipes for each recipe by clicking on the links.

Entree – Individual Camembert & Asparagus Tarts – find the recipe HERE

Individual Camembert & Aspargus Tarts

Main – Salmon with Steamed Bok Choy in Chilli, Ginger and Garlic Sauce – find the Recipe HERE

Air Fryer Salmon with Steamed Bok Choy in Chilli, Ginger & Garlic Sauce

Dessert – Chocolate Mousse-style Hearts with Raspberries and Vanilla Yogurt – find the recipe HERE

Chocolate Hearts with Raspberries and Yogurt

Do you make special dinners? What is your favourite menu?

This is my contribution to the monthly What’s On Your Plate? Challenge co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass.

Pop over and visit Donna and Deb and the other contributors to see What’s On their plate this month.

What’s on your plate? I’d love you to share your recipes or experiences with us.

whats on your plate blog challenge

See my previous What’s On Your Plate? contributions HERE

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Debbie March 2, 2022 at 18:39

    Oh Sue the chocolate hearts look delicious (and I’ve been over to look at the recipe) – but then it all sounds lovely! You are very clever and caring to make special meals like this. A great post for #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:49

      Easy and delicious Deb. They looked pretty good though so I was very proud of myself. x

  • Reply leannelc March 2, 2022 at 18:46

    Hi Sue – you did really well to make something special for Valentine’s Day – our only effort was to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to each other (somewhere around lunch time) when we actually remembered what day it was. I guess the romance level needs to go up a bit in our house!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:50

      Hi Leanne, we don’t usually do anything for Valentine’s Day but I was in the mood to do something special for Mike and it was fun. I enjoy cooking so it was quite relaxing for me. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections March 3, 2022 at 03:44

    Hi, Sue – This is such an impressive three course meal — and a very thoughtful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…or when a friend from Canada comes to visit (just sayin’)! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:50

      Thanks Donna, yes I will have a full menu when my friend from Canada visits! xx

  • Reply The Widow Badass March 3, 2022 at 06:09

    I’ve been enjoying your individual posts on these foods and now the compilation into one meal. I will be trying your air fryer salmon, for sure. Thanks, Sue!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:51

      Thanks Deb! I wanted to do the full 3 courses so I had to write the recipes first. My readers would have been tired of three recipe posts in succession!

  • Reply Jo March 3, 2022 at 06:52

    It all looks so lovely – and I will be trying the salmon in the air fryer for sure.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:52

      Hi Jo, I don’t use the airfryer very often mainly for salmon. I should try some new air fryer recipes. x

  • Reply Janine March 3, 2022 at 19:08

    I’m so impressed with your Valentines meal. I had thought I would do a picnic or meal but life got in the way! It really is important to make time to care and show our love to those who are special in our lives. Thank you for reminding me to make the effort!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:53

      Thanks Janine! We don’t usually make a fuss but my husband and I had a very difficult year in 2021 with a family issue and I wanted to make something nice for him. I enjoy cooking so it wasn’t a chore. xx

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton March 4, 2022 at 18:22

    Regretfully I hardly ever make special dinners. We used to have dinner parties a few years ago, and I loved to serve a Greek menu with home-made taramasalata and moussaka, with Greek wines. Nowadays neither of us eat desserts very often and J is so fussy about his diet we stick to a rather boring regimen. Your menu looks delicious, particularly those tartlets!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2022 at 12:58

      Hi Gail we usually don’t eat like this but I felt like making a special meal and enjoyed being in the kitchen. The tarlets were delicious. x

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