Valentine’s day is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and there are so many ways to celebrate it, it’s almost overwhelming. How about starting the day with a pink smoothie of delight? The Pomegranate Pinky-Sweet smoothie from lunchboxbunch.com sounds absolutely gorgeous. They have some other adorable V-day smoothie options on the site as well: I have no doubt you’ll find one to suit any palate.
For something that’s a bit more luxurious (and filling, and protein-filled), maybe try the Red Velvet Smoothie from The Sensitive Pantry. It looks heavenly, it’s vegan AND gluten-free, and sounds like the perfect way to sweeten the day for your partner right from the start.
Planning to do any cooking or baking for your beloved? There are so many incredible recipes it was difficult to select just a few, but I’ve picked the ones that stood out the most.
I’m likely going to make the vegan Butternut French Toast from The Verdant Life for my Sir this year. Made with mashed or pureed roasted butternut squash, coconut milk and a bunch of warm spices, it sounds like sliced heaven on a plate, and is nutritious as well as mouth-wateringly delicious. Top it with a vegan cream cheese substitute or whipped coconut cream and some fresh berries, and it’ll curl toes in the happiest of manners, I’m certain of it.
Doing a search for Valentine + vegan on Epicurious.com yielded some interesting results, and this raw vegan appetizer sounds so fabulous, I can’t wait to try it. It’s Beet Ravioli with with Pine Nut “Goat Cheese”, Rosemary-Cream Sauce, and Aged Balsamic Vinegar. Buhhhh.
For dinner… oh, the lusciousness that a romantic vegan dinner can be. My dearest Sir and I have made this Rustic Bread and Eggplant Lasagna for special occasions, and it’s one of the most breathtaking things I have ever put in my mouth. No word of a lie. Try adding a bit of nutritional yeast to the breadcrumb topping for a zesty kick, and be prepared to drool all over yourselves when you try this.
Of course, in addition to feeding them, there are other ways to make your sweetie smile this holiday:
If they’re as much of an animal lover as you are, you might want to consider a donation to an animal rights organization or rescue shelter. If you and your partner are open to adopting a homeless animal, many shelters and animal adoption org’s have “specials” on for Valentine’s Day, like the Solano County animal shelter, where all adoption fees and neutering are reduced exponentially in the hope of finding homes for their animals.
Cruelty-free gifts are always sweet to give, from dairy-free chocolate to vegan perfume, and remember that home-made cards show that you’ve put time and effort into something lovely for the one you care about, especially if there’s dried macaroni and glitter involved in the process.
If you’re going solo this Valentine’s day, you can always take the opportunity to spend time with an animal you adore: animal companions revel in a bit of extra cuddling or playtime with their human, and shelter animals appreciate it when people volunteer to help care for them.
Let your plants know you love them too! One can never be too giving when it comes to love, kindness and compassion.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Do you have a favourite romantic/sweet recipe that you’ll be making this V-Day? Let us know!