Vegan Tasting Menu for Valentine's Daykathypatalsky
My vegan Valentine’s Day tasting menu is a fun idea your romantic holiday. Plus these creative vegan flavors, textures and ingredients will inspire some fun meantime conversation.
Try something new. Valentine’s Day rolls around every year with the same predictable format. Red roses. Check! Box of chocolates. Check! Dinner reservations at some swanky downtown restaurant. Maybe not this year.. If you feel like staying in to celebrate, this vegan menu provides all the inspiration you need for a cozy dinner for two (or more! These recipes are kid-friendly, sans the champagne beverage.) So put on some pink sweat pants and maybe some pink lip gloss and blush for a cozy (yet elegant) meal to remember…
Pom Fizzy 1 of 14
Start off your romantic meal by sipping this fizzy red pomegranate lime cocktail. Sassy and sweet with energizing flavors.
Make a Fizzy Pom Cocktail
Cheezy Breadsticks 2 of 14
It's always nice to have a side of bread to nibble with your drink. So try these super yummy cheesy breadsticks - dotted with sun dried tomatoes, brushed in olive oil and rubbed with garlic. Daiya vegan cheese makes them dairy free. Easy to make using a ball of store-bought pizza dough.
Make pull-apart cheesy breadsticks
Meatless Cocktail Balls 3 of 14
These spicy sweet glazed cocktail balls are an elegant one bite appetizer. Topped with a bold dipping sauce and slice of pineapple - you won't even miss the meat!
Make meatless cocktail balls
Pink Cauliflower Soup 4 of 14
Creamy and blissful, this pink cauliflower soup will get you in a romantic mood for sure. The pastel pink color is made by using purple cauliflower and adding vinegar to boost the color. You could also use beets to transform white cauliflower if you can't find the purple variety.
Get the Pink Cauliflower Soup recipe over at Healthy. Happy. Life.
Pan-Fried Croquettes 5 of 14
Pass the croquettes please! "Croquette" is just a silly, high brow word that I love to say - so I like to work it into any tasting menu! These pumpkin chickpea croquettes are savory delicious. If you can't find pumpkin, you could certainly sub with mashed sweet potato.
Make pumpkin bean croquettes
Roasted Beet Salad 6 of 14
Deep red sweet beets are an obvious choice for any Valentine's Day menu. But not only do beets mesh perfectly with this holiday theme, they taste amazing. Sweet, succulent with a zesty kick from the dressing. These beets can be served alone or over top some spring greens for your salad course.
Make roasted beet salad
Seared Tofu Entree 7 of 14
For your entree, serve up this Broccoli Tofu Couscous Bowl - studded with candied cashews and sweet citrus. Tofu never looked so seductive! Perfect entree to take advantage of all that lovely winter citrus.
Make this seared tofu entree plate
Pesto Pasta 8 of 14
Pasta is another fabulous option for your entree. Light and zesty lemon sunflower pesto is a perfect pairing with tender ribbons of pasta.
Make sunflower pesto pasta
Tofu Triangles 9 of 14
If you need another protein accent to your pasta dish - try these super delicious salt and pepper tofu triangles. Pan-seared, these peppery bites mesh well with a variety of flavors.
Make salt and pepper tofu triangles
Chocolate Mousse 10 of 14
Chocolate mousse is a perfect rich and creamy end to any romantic dinner. You can also make this mousse into a mousse pie! Super rich, each blissful bite will change the way you look at vegan desserts.
Make vegan chocolate mousse
Chocolate Molten Cake 11 of 14
For a lighter sweet end to your meal, try this chocolate molten cake. Fluffy, low-fat cake sits atop a warm puddle of chocolate.
Make chocolate molten cake
Tiramisu 12 of 14
If you love classic tiramisu, you may want to serve this vegan tiramisu-flavored cream pie for dessert. Fluffy layers of coconut cream meet a rich cookie crust. Espresso and cinnamon spice flavors throughout.
Make this vegan tiramisu pie dessert
Chocolate Covered Berries 13 of 14
This classic Valentine's Day treat never goes out of style. This year, veganize your berries by using vegan chocolate.
Get the recipe for chocolate covered berries at Healthy. Happy. Life/a>
Coconut Whip with Espresso 14 of 14
A brisk shot of espresso is a nice way to end any fine meal. So I like to add a little fun to my after-dinner espresso by swirling homemade coconut milk-vanilla bean whip on top. Would you like espresso with that?
Get the Coconut Whippuccino recipe at Healthy. Happy. Life.
Read more from Kathy on Kathy’s blog, Healthy. Happy. Life!
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