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Share some fantastic food with someone special – the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a time to show those you love how much you care…and to enjoy some delicious food together! Whether your heart desires something sweet (check out Chocolate Belgian Waffles with Homemade Raspberry Sauce) or something savory (like Coffee Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce), we’ve got some recipes to make your Valentine’s Day scrumptious.

Plus, check out ideas for planning the perfect day, and get crafty with some love notes and mason jars. When February 14 rolls around, you’ll be ready to show your Valentine you care in special way!

Blackberry Champagne Sparkler

Blackberry Champagne Sparkler

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Put a twist on classic bubbly! Flavorful blackberries make this simple and delicious drink a wonderful toast for your romantic celebration.

 
For the flute rim:
  • Fill a ramekin ¼ full of honey
  • Fill a ramekin ¼ full of silver or gold sugar sprinkles
Ingredients for the cocktail:
  • 2 baskets blackberries (1 cup will be for the syrup)
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 or 5 sprigs rosemary
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Directions:
  1. Place 1 cup blackberries, sugar and 1 cup champagne in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer for 12-15 minutes. The berries will turn bright in color and the ingredients should begin to turn to a syrupy consistency.
  2. Remove the berries after 12-15 minutes and separate them from the syrup. Let the syrup sit for about 10 minutes so it thickens a bit more.
  3. Dip the rim of your champagne flute into the honey while you’re waiting on the syrup, then dip it into the sparkly sugar. Make sure you dip the rim lightly into the honey so it doesn't drip down the sides of the glass.
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  4. Pour the champagne into a glass when the rims of your glass are nice and sparkly, about ¾ full.
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  5. Add 4 tablespoons of the blackberry syrup to each glass. Do this slowly because the acidity of the berry might make the champagne foam. You want to make sure it doesn’t spill over the glass.
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  6. Add a sprig of rosemary to each glass and drop in 2 fresh blackberries.

The combination of the honey, blackberry syrup and rosemary come together for a flavorful cocktail. XOXO!

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Chocolate Belgian Waffles with Homemade Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate Belgian Waffles with Homemade Raspberry Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

We all love special treatment once in a while. Whether it's kind words, a thoughtful note or a heartfelt gesture, it's nice to know someone is thinking about us.

And nothing says, "I'm thinking of you" better than having breakfast served to you in bed. It's like hitting the jackpot! Getting to linger over coffee and a few magazines in bed while happily eating a special meal is golden.

With breakfast in bed, you want the meal to be as special as the gesture itself. This is where Belgian Chocolate Waffles come into play. I have taken my tried-and-true Belgian waffle recipe and made it into a chocolate-lover's dream. The best part is that this waffle is not overly sweet, but still has a definite chocolate taste. Most of the sweetness comes from the toppings: fresh, homemade raspberry sauce, chocolate drizzle and whipped cream.

The recipe can easily make 12 large Belgian waffles, but the batter can also go right into the fridge and be used over the next couple of days. In other words, don't feel obligated to make them all at once. However, if you’re up for using all the batter, the waffles freeze well.

Raspberry Syrup:
  • 1 pint (12 oz.) fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
Directions:
  1. In a saucepan, combine raspberries, sugar and water. Stir constantly over low heat until raspberries start to break down.
  2. Whisk the cornstarch into cold water until smooth. Pour into the saucepan with the raspberry mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Puree the sauce in a blender or with a handheld immersion blender.
  4. Strain through a fine sieve.
  5. Serve warm or cold. This sauce will keep for a week in the refrigerator.
Waffle:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. espresso powder
  • 3½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Stir into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, about 7-10 minutes; fold into batter.

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Coffee Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce

Coffee Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Valentine's Day is served with ease thanks to this quick, elegant meal for two! Juicy tenderloin steaks, a flavorful marinade, plus a simple cream sauce…it’s sure to impress.

Steaks & Marinade:
  • 2 Private Selection Angus USDA Choice Beef Tenderloin Steaks (⅓-½ lb. each)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled & minced
  • ⅔ cup strongly brewed coffee, room temperature (I used the Private Selection™ Breakfast Blend Dark Roast Coffee)
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled & minced
  • ¼ lb. bay scallops 
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp. cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tbsp. white wine
  • ¼ tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Directions:
  1. For the steaks: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, pepper and salt. Place the steaks in a plastic food storage container (at least 25 oz.) and then pour the coffee mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate the steaks for at least 1 hour (up to overnight), turning at least once halfway through the marinating time.
  2. Heat your electric grill or outdoor drill over medium-high heat. Add the marinated steaks, and cook to your desired temperature(s). Let the steaks rest 10-15 minutes before cutting into them or serving.
  3. While the steaks are resting, prepare the Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add in the scallops and sauté another 3-4 minutes. Pour in the wine and cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch in small bowl until combined and add to the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the tarragon and butter and cook another 1-2 minutes, or until the butter is melted into the sauce.
  4. Plate the steaks and spoon the scallop sauce over each steak. Serve and enjoy!

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Gift Card and Candy Bar Bouquet

Gift Card and Candy Bar Bouquet

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Almost everyone on your gift list will love this bouquet filled with different types of candy and Gift Cards. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a super-easy, pretty way to present your bouquet for Valentine's Day!

What you'll need:
  • 4 medium- to large-sized candy bars
  • 3-4 mini candy bars
  • 2-3 Gift Cards
  • 1 Mason jar
  • Candy to fill the jar
  • 1 small floral foam ball
  • Red or white tissue paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cellophane tape
  • Pretty ribbon
  • Scissors
Directions:
  1. Cut the foam to fit inside the top of the Mason jar and wrap the foam with tissue paper.
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  2. Use tape to secure sticks to the backs of the candy bars and Gift Cards.
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  3. Fill the Mason jar halfway with candy and place tissue-wrapped foam on top of the candy so that it lines up with the top of the jar.
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  4. Starting from the back, poke the sticks through the foam to secure them. For the smaller candy bars and gift cards, you’ll probably have to cut the sticks so each layer is a little bit shorter than the last – you want to be able to see all the candy and stagger each layer.
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  5. Tie with pretty ribbon and make a fancy bow so the majority of the ribbon covers the sticks, tissue paper and foam ball.
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Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about romantic desserts. I am a dark chocolate lover …

and I find the romance in this sweet ingredient somewhere between bite three and 12 of some rich and decadent dessert. While I can power through sugar-laden desserts just as well as the next gal, I try to keep my desserts on the healthy side. That’s right, even on holidays!

This chocolate mousse is made with simple, all-natural, healthy ingredients. Instead of using heavy cream and egg yolks for the base of the mousse, I used – just trust me on this one – avocado! It may sound strange, but avocado makes for a creamy, dreamy, thick mousse, and you can’t taste it past the chocolate!

Avocados are full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are great for your brain, skin and digestive system. The healthy fat in avocados boosts your metabolism and helps you digest the essential vitamins and minerals in your food.

I used raw honey to sweeten the mousse. Honey has natural antibiotic and antiviral qualities, and is also lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. In the realm of natural sweeteners, honey is arguably the best for you. Additionally, raw cacao powder is full of minerals and antioxidants. Combining these three superfoods – avocado, honey and cacao – means we’re left with a dessert that spans beyond the reaches of delicious; it’s also quite healthy for you!

 

All you do to prepare this healthy, decadent mousse is throw all of the ingredients in a food processor (or blender!) and process until completely smooth. Be sure to taste the mousse once you're finished blending, and add more honey or cacao powder to taste!

You can serve the mousse immediately, or transfer it to a sealed container and refrigerate it until you're ready to dive in. You can serve the chocolate mousse with whipped cream or shaved dark chocolate on top.

And that's it! Just a few minutes of prep time, and you're slated for a romantic evening, complete with a mouthwatering dessert!

Ingredients:
  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and halved
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp. raw honey
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  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Directions:
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and process until completely smooth. You may need to stop the food processor a few times to scrape the sides to ensure everything gets blended.
  2. Serve immediately with whipped cream and/or shaved dark chocolate on top, or transfer to a sealable container and refrigerate until ready to consume.

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Mason Jar Love Notes

Mason Jar Love Notes

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ve got something extra special just for you! Call me untraditional, but making reservations on Valentine’s Day is overrated.

You’re stuffed into a restaurant that suddenly seats an extra 10 tables – not my ideal Valentine’s Day. I opt for dinner at home where you can set the mood. Think dim lighting, red roses and a romantic tablescape. I have the perfect DIY project that will make your loved one feel extra special on Valentine’s Day: papier-mache love note votives.

What you'll need:
  • 3-4 mason jars
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Sponge brushes
  • Love quotes – I took them from a book and also wrote love song lyrics on lined paper to make them look like love letters
  • Scissors
  • Votive candles
  • Raffia, twine or ribbon 
  • Newspaper to cover your floor while you’re gluing
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Directions:
  1. Write out a love note or two on lined paper to make it extra personal. I wrote love song lyrics on lined paper, and I also cut out love quotes that I found in a book. I liked mixing these two elements.
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  2. Cut out your notes or quotes and size them according to your mason jar's size. The paper should fit horizontally between the top and bottom lips of the jar.
  3. Use Mod Podge glue and a sponge brush to glue your quote or note to the jar. You can cover the jar completely or cover just portions of the jar. It’s up to you. I also cut different-shaped hearts through the middle of the notes and used them to decorate the jar.
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  4. Spread Mod Podge evenly over the paper and jar after you’ve glued the paper to its designated area, almost as though you’re coating it with glue. The glue goes on white but dries clear, so don’t worry if it looks white at first. Set your jar aside for 10-15 minutes to let the glue dry completely.
  5. Repeat the steps with the rest of your mason jars.
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  6. Add a votive candle to the bottom of each jar after your mason jars are dry.
  7. Wrap raffia, twine or ribbon around the rim of each jar.
  8. Add full red roses for a romantic touch, then dim your lights and light the candles. Now you have a beautiful romantic tablescape and reusable vases for next year. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Perfect Valentine's Day Ideas 

Perfect Valentine's Day Ideas 

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Some people are just so-so about Valentine’s Day, or they boycott it altogether. Then there are those who are head over heels for the day and go all out celebrating. I'm one of the latter.

There are also those who love to go out on the big day and dine at a fancy French restaurant with multiple courses, then there are those who wouldn't venture into the masses of people and overcrowded restaurants if they were paid to do it. I'm in the latter of these two groups, too.

While I wouldn’t ever pass up an opportunity to celebrate, going out to a restaurant on the actual day sounds a little bit like torture to me – the restaurants are packed, the service is typically horrible and I almost always end up disappointed.

Instead, I opt to stay home and plan other romantic and fun ways to celebrate. The options are endless if you want to have a perfect Valentine’s Day at home, and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite, easy ways to do it.

  1. Surprise your significant other with perfect pink roses, a marathon of his or her favorite movies and popcorn. Guys, pick out her favorite romantic comedy. Ladies, surprise him with an action-packed dude flick you normally would refuse to watch.
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  2. Make a restaurant-worthy dinner at home together. Steak, lobster, potato gratin, chocolate molten cake – go for the works. Not only do you get to spend some quality time together in the kitchen, but you also get to reap the rewards with a five-star dinner. 
  3. Keep it casual and make a heart-shaped pizza from scratch. Buy premade pizza dough and cut the pepperoni into adorable heart-shaped pieces. Add a bottle of red wine and you’re set.
  4. Skip dinner and munch on fancy cheese and crackers, and pick out a decadent dessert that you would normally never eat. Head to the cheese section of your local store and have the experts pick out their finest selections – a blue, sharp cheddar and creamy goat or brie is the perfect trio. Add some gourmet crackers too. Stop by the bakery section before you go and choose the most decadent chocolate dessert they have to offer. Finish the night off with that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
  5. Roast s’mores while you sip hot cocoa. You can go the classic route with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, or you can make it a little fancier with hazelnut spread, chocolate chip cookies or even homemade marshmallows. Adding a bit of Baileys Irish Cream makes a simple cup of hot cocoa just a little more special. The combination of the two? Cozy Valentine’s Day perfection.
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  6. Plan a scavenger hunt in your house leading up to a gift basket. Come up with fun clues leading to different rooms in your house, such as, “Go to the place where we sat on the floor and ate cold pizza the night we moved in.” For the gift basket prize at the end, anything goes – decadent chocolates, cozy slippers, crossword puzzles, gossip magazines, a favorite drink, guilty pleasure junk foods, Gift Cards – whatever your significant other loves, sneak it in there!

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Caramelized Pears and Balsamic Reduction

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Caramelized Pears and Balsamic Reduction

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

When it comes to making appetizers for friends and family, I usually keep it as fresh as possible. I’m a big fan of roasted vegetables, so prosciutto-wrapped asparagus makes for an easy and pleasing pre-meal tapa that’s also sharable.

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is one of my favorite go-to appetizers. Adding a balsamic reduction and spiced pears makes for a flavorful and unique starter. You can make the balsamic reduction and the spiced pears while the asparagus is roasting, so this is a pretty quick and easy recipe to prepare.

At first mention, the spiced pears may seem a little strange, but I promise that everything works when it's all combined! Just be sure to serve the appetizer hot, and you’ll be surprised at how well the prosciutto-pear-balsamic combination jives. If in doubt, you can always serve the spiced pears on the side!

Although there are several parts to this recipe, it’s very easy to prepare. All you have to do to is trim the rough ends off of the asparagus, give all the stalks a very light coat of olive oil, then wrap three to four stalks in one strip of prosciutto. Put the bundles seam-side down on a baking sheet and roast until crispy!

If you’ve never cooked pears or reduced balsamic vinegar, both are super simple to do! Peel and chop the pear, put it in a pot with the pure maple syrup, cinnamon and water, and allow it to gently boil for 10-15 minutes or until the fruit reaches the desired softness. To reduce balsamic vinegar, heat it to a gentle boil and allow it to bubble for 5-8 minutes until thick. Allow it to sit a few additional minutes – it will continue to thicken as it cools.

And that’s it – just a few steps to a healthy yet flavorful and unique appetizer!

 
Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 oz. thinly-sliced prosciutto
  • ½ cup Kroger Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 large bosc pears, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Kroger Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp. Kroger Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.
  2. Trim the stalk ends off the asparagus and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Use your hands to make sure all the stalks are lightly coated and sprinkle the asparagus with sea salt.
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  3. Wrap 3-4 stalks of asparagus in 1 thin slice of prosciutto. Place the bundle on a baking sheet seam-side down. Repeat for the remaining asparagus and prosciutto. Bake for 15 minutes or until the asparagus and prosciutto are crispy.
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  4. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small skillet over medium-high heat while the asparagus is roasting. Bring to a full boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar has reduced by ⅔ of its original volume and is thick, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside until you're ready to use.
  5. Add the chopped pears, butter, pure maple syrup, cinnamon and salt to a small pot and heat, covered, over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pear has softened and is caramelized, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Transfer the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus to a serving platter. Add the spiced pears, drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve!
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Red Velvet Muddy Buddies

Red Velvet Muddy Buddies

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

This easy treat is just right for Valentine's Day at home with your family. The kids will love helping out and everyone can enjoy it right away because there's no bake time! 

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • ⅓ cup chocolate melts (or chocolate chips) 
  • ⅔ cup white chocolate chips
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  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup red velvet cake mix
  • 1 bag Valentine's M&M's
Directions:
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment. Stir in the milk and cream cheese when the chocolate is melted. 
  2. Thoroughly mix the melted chocolate and Rice Chex cereal in a large mixing bowl. Each piece of cereal should be thoroughly coated.
  3. Add the cereal mixture to a large Ziploc bag filled with the powdered sugar and cake mix. Shake until completely mixed.
  4. Add M&M's and serve or package.
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Valentine’s Day Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce

Valentine’s Day Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

This side dish will win your date’s heart on Valentine’s Day! Make a loving impression by baking Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes with Bechamel Sauce. These baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream and a rich bechamel sauce are topped with panko breadcrumbs to make this dish the love of your life.

 
Ingredients:
  • 1 package (1 lb., 14 oz.) Kroger Country-Style Hash Browns
  • 1 can (10.5 oz.) Kroger Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup
  • ⅓ cup green onions
  • 1 cup white onions, chopped
  • 1 stick Kroger Butter
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Kroger Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 tub (16 oz.) Kroger Sour Cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix the hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onions, sour cream, half the shredded cheddar (about 1 cup), salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Pour and spread the mixture into a casserole baking dish.
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  3. Melt half the stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and sugar.
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  4. Continue to cook the flour mixture, making a roux, for about 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually add 2 cups milk and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour and spread on top of the hash brown mixture.
  7. Add a layer of panko breadcrumbs and the remaining half stick of butter and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Bake at 350° F for an hour until the potato mixture bubbles and the topping is golden brown.
  9. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve to your “honey bun!” Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

One of the hardest things about being vegan or lactose intolerant is missing out on delicious desserts when you eat out or you're at a party. Every year on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I stay home and cook together in our pajamas, but we usually don’t make a dessert.

This year, I thought it would be fun to put together an ice cream sundae bar so we can each make our own creations.

Instead of buying hot fudge and caramel, I decided to make my own – and the result is to die for. Both recipes are super easy to make with only a few ingredients, and they are dairy-free.

After you make the hot fudge and caramel, pour it over your favorite vegan ice cream; I used cashew ice cream in a vanilla bean flavor. (Note: Vegan ice cream does not have the exact same consistency as regular ice cream, but in my opinion, it tastes just as great!) I also put out some small bowls with fun assorted toppings, so we could each get creative and make our own hot fudge sundae!

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Small pinch sea salt
Directions:
  1. Hot Fudge: In a blender, blend the coconut milk, coconut sugar and cocoa powder until smooth (helps ensure the sauce will not be lumpy). 
  2. Caramel (optional): Blend coconut milk, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
  3. Pour each mixture separately into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, then remove from heat.
  4. Whisk in the coconut oil/vegan butter and vanilla.
  5. Allow the sauces to cool for 20 minutes. A thin film will naturally form over the top of the fudge sauce, which is perfectly normal. Simply give the fudge/caramel sauce a good whisk before pouring it into an airtight glass container. The sauce will continue to thicken while it cools.
  6. Store the fudge in the refrigerator; it can be served cold or hot. Consume within 4-6 days.

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Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Every year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I make dinner at home. We always try a new recipe, and it becomes such a fun experience – cooking together in the kitchen, lighting some candles for ambiance and getting to eat in our pajamas.

We always go all-out with our dinners and do a four-course meal, but the star of the show is usually the entree. We both recently became vegan, so we have been having a grand ol’ time trying some delicious vegan dishes in the kitchen.

This pasta dish is so unexpectedly creamy and flavorful, and doesn’t have a stitch of dairy in it! It would make for the perfect dinner at home with your sweetheart, especially if one of you has special dietary needs! I used regular pasta but you could easily sub in a gluten-free pasta.

Ingredients:
  • Pasta of choice
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Himalayan salt and black pepper
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • Fresh basil (for serving)
Directions:
  1. Roast red bell peppers on a baking sheet in the oven at 500° F for 25 minutes.
  2. Once they're roasted, remove the stem, seeds and any burnt skin from the peppers.
  3. Boil pasta while peppers are roasting and drain once complete. Add a touch of olive oil to pasta.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown shallots and garlic. Season with large pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. In blender, mix browned shallots and garlic, almond milk, red peppers, nutritional yeast and cornstarch. Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Blend in blender until creamy. Transfer to skillet over medium heat until simmering, then reduce to low heat until sauce thickens.
  7. Add noodles to sauce and garnish with chopped basil.

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