Valentine’s Day is all about your significant other: giving each other gifts of artisan chocolates and beautiful flowers, and of course gazing into one another’s loving eyes over filet mignon. Ok, great. Where does that leave the people who don’t have someone to split a hunk of steak with? No worries, because Spoon is here to tell you how to have a kick-ass Valentine’s day, even without a bf/gf to share it with. Because honestly, what’s more important than loving yourself? And eating. Also that.

1. The Fooooooood 

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It’s treat yo’ self day, so that means going all out in the noms department. Only you know what you love, so cook yourself up the best meal you could ever dream of. Feeling fancy (and vegetarian?) Try out these brie and sweet potato empanadas, which are like hot pockets, but a million times better. Want decadence? Mac and cheese might be right up your alley, or even this cheap and easy chili. Need more inspiration? Check out the Spoon Dinnertime page.

2. The Dessert

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We all know this is the most important. Valentine’s Day is all about the chocolate, right? If you’re lazy, try this dark chocolate mug cake, which can be ready in under 5 minutes. If you wanna share, try these chocolate crinkle cookies which are as cute as they are tasty.

3. The People

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Valentines day is meant to be shared, so invite over some friends and offer them all the amazing food you’ve just cooked up. Also, to spread the love even more, consider whipping up a batch of these chocolate pretzels to bag up for your friends. Not only are they adorable, but they’re sure to brighten everyone’s day.

 4. The Relaxation

This doesn’t have so much to do with food, but rather the activities for your fun-filled solo VDay. Feeling tired? Fill up a bath with so many bubbles you disappear into them. It may sound cliché, but lighting a few candles and giving yourself some time to just be is so healthy. There are countless benefits to giving yourself some “me-time,” especially after that banging party you just had for all your awesome single friends. So go ahead, give yourself a lil’ relaxing!