Valentine’s Day – the most Marmite day in the entire calendar – love it or hate it, it is a fantastic opportunity to eat lots of food! Whether you spend it with your spouse, partner, best friend or cat, ensure that you have a fantastic menu in place to celebrate the occasion. Here is my ideal three course vegan Valentine’s dinner to inspire your vegan menus! The recipes can all be found if you click on the headings – they will take you to the recipe pages for each course.
Starter: Tofu Satay Skewers
I always think the best starters are sharing starters. These are the perfect sharer – whip up a big bowl of satay sauce, marinate your tofu and get dunking!
Are you a big romantic on Valentine’s Day? Red roses, teddy bears and champagne? I fully appreciate that some couples love to go all out on the romance on Valentine’s Day but we are certainly not one of those couples. In fact, I came to the realisation that most romantic gestures in our household are food-based. Scrap the teddy bears holding the “I love you” heart and give me a chocolate pudding any day!
If I had to compile a list of the top romantic quotes uttered in our house this last year, it would probably look a little like this:
“I took a little detour on the way home to Waitrose and stocked up on your favourite tofu!”
“Don’t worry, you’ve had a long day, I’ll cook tonight and make lunch for tomorrow too!”
“There’s homemade chocolate cheesecakes sitting in the fridge ready for pudding!”
And the ultimate gesture of love in our household? Driving a slightly different route home to queue in all the rush hour traffic to reach our local Tesco Extra and buy Freaks of Nature pots for puddings that night! (Just for the record, if you have not yet tried the Freaks of Nature puddings I can highly recommend – they are absolutely delicious!!)
Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Or is it just our relationship that revolves around food?!
Main: Vegan Beetroot Ravioli
Italian is the language of love and therefore Italian food must be the food of love? Plus homemade pasta is blooming delicious and who couldn’t love you for whipping up a bowl? My favourite thing about this dish is the lovely pinky colour that shines through the ravioli from the beetroot – the perfect colour for a Valentine’s dish!
Now of course this menu assumes a cosy vegan Valentine’s night in but some of you may be planning a vegan date nightout. Again, many of our dates seem to revolve around food, in fact the more I write this post the more I realise food may well be the glue in our relationship!!
Thankfully, there are so many great eating out options for vegans these days that you aren’t too limited on choice for restaurants. One of my most favourite dates out was an afternoon tea in a small independent cafe. They have the most incredible selection of loose leaf teas which we really enjoyed. They did lots of vegan sandwiches (roasted vegetables, hummus), scones with jam and coconut cream and lemon and lime vegan cake. It was truly fantastic vegan service!
This beautifully pink dessert is a perfect way to end your Valentine’s meal. The tangy raspberries go fantastically with the spicy ginger biscuit base and with only five ingredients this couldn’t be simpler even for a more novice baker! Do make sure to make two though – we don’t want any arguments over who ate more cheesecake – unlike starters, puddings are not for sharing!
I wish you all a really Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope this has inspired you to whip up some delicious dishes for the special vegan in your lives! What are your plans for February 14th?