Fancy A Low-Cost Date?

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New analysis into the spending habits of Australians conducted by meal kit delivery company EveryPlate has found Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly more expensive.
According to a survey conducted last year, Australians spent $415 million on Valentine’s Day, which could increase this year thanks to rising trends in household spending. 
The results show that men are more likely to spend more than women, with men set to spend an average of $132 per person versus $73 for women) with an overall estimated total of $314 million versus $101 million for women.
Over a quarter (28 per cent) of Australians planned to spend money on food, chocolate or alcohol.
This was higher in NSW (40 per cent) and South Australia (43 per cent).
As Australians spend more money than ever on romantic gestures for the day, it’s clear that Aussies are feeling the pressure to make their loved one feel special.  
To support romantics, EveryPlate has pulled together a list of budget-friendly and home cooked meals to spoil that special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Beef Rump & Potato Dauphinoise with Easy Chocolate Brownies

Beef Rump & Potato Dauphinoise with Easy Chocolate Brownies

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious dinner plus dessert!
Tender beef rump and creamy potatoes are the main event, with a rich chocolate brownie to finish off the meal.

Steak & Classic Potato Salad with Garden Salad

Steak & Classic Potato Salad with Garden Salad.

Valentine’s dinner doesn’t need to be complicated.
With a tender steak and garlicky potato salad plus a generous garden salad on the side, this is proof that some meals are simply timeless.

Jerk Pork & Coconut Sauce with Mash & Veggies

Jerk Pork & Coconut Sauce with Mash & Veggies

The delicious island-style spices cooled down with a creamy coconut milk make this succulent pork steak a Valentine’s Day dinner to remember.

Vietnamese-Style Ginger Fish with Nutty Rice & Garlicky Greens

Vietnamese-Style Ginger Fish with Nutty Rice & Garlicky Greens

Try preparing the classic Spanish trio of capsicum, onion and chorizo combined in this easy baked paella for a tasty and fuss-free Valentine’s Dinner. Finish it off with a dollop of garlic aioli and a peppery fetta and rocket salad.
Bursting with flavour this Vietnamese-style ginger fish will be a tasty addition to your dinner roster.
Finish it off with stir-fried garlicky greens and nutty jasmine rice. 

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