Perfect Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Guilt-free "ice cream" with an amazing cacao "chocolate" sauce is where it's at!!!

Guilt-free “ice cream” with an amazing cacao “chocolate” sauce is where it’s at!!!

I get questions left and right about food and romance. And around February, I hear this asked most of the time: which recipe works best? And my response is this: you’re going about it all wrong. 

Unless I have a close relationship with the person you’re trying to woo, it’s unlikely that I’ll know what they’re preferences are. So you’ll have to do the heavy lifting here, and it’s hardly an effort. All you have to do is ask them. Ask their favorite fruits, vegetables or favorite restaurants. It sounds simplistic, but conversation works. My husband did it when we were dating. One of his first questions was, “What would be your last dinner on earth.” Which set off a long conversation of getting to know each other. But I was more impressed at his attention to detail and full recall when I’d come over for dinner. I found a bowl of cold red grapes, my favorite wine and a whole meal dedicated to us.

Once you’ve got that information, what do you do? There’s no excuse for laziness these days, use Google, recipe websites, or have a look at one of the many recipes here. I’ve gone through and chosen fan favorites. 

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs on a sprouted wheat bagel
with a scallion, onion, tomato and avocado salsa

DONE, a breakfast bagel of champions with scrambled egg, salsa and smoked salmon.

DONE, a breakfast bagel of champions with scrambled egg, salsa and smoked salmon.

Shakshuka (eggs in purgatory-ish)

Poached eggs over a spiced tomato sauce makes for some savory, messy (in the best way) eating.

Poached eggs over a spiced tomato sauce makes for some savory, messy (in the best way) eating.

Vegetarian

Garlic-Infused Greens Over Creamy Polenta
Garlicky Greens Polenta

Appetizer & Salad

Arugula Salad

Artichoke Spinach Dip, Dairy-Free & Delicious

 

Dinner

Chicken Pot Pie

It's gluten-free y'all.

It’s gluten-free y’all.

Lamb Chops Garlic, Rosemary & Sea Salt

Garlic, Rosemary & salt

Garlic, Rosemary & salt

Rib Eye Steak with a Lime/Parsley Butter & Pomegranate Asparagus

Asparagus with a lime-pomegranate sauce.

Asparagus with a lime-pomegranate sauce.

Roast Chicken

roast_chicken
Dessert

Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Chocolate covered bananas

A Dessert Grilled Cheese, Chocolate Mascarpone
& Raspberry In Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Gluten-Free Apple Pie

Apple pie with a flaky gluten-free crust

Healthy Ice Cream (Raw food)
(pictured above)

Drinks, With & Without Alcohol

Almond Vanilla Smoothie
Vanilla Almond Smoothie
Ginger Lemon Tea

Ginger mint tea

A Non-Mimosa Guide

 

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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