Valentine's Day Ideas for your Sweet

Valentine's Day isn't something that I bother much with myself even though I do have a very special person in my life. I show and tell my husband each and every day how much I love him and value him, and I certainly don't relish occasions that make people feel compelled to dash off to the store to purchase things that aren't really needed, such as overpriced roses and treats, or spend an excess of money at expensive and crowded restaurants. My husband is very fortunate to get special meals and treats on a regular basis as part of my food blogging project and just because I like to provide good nourishing meals. And he likes to treat me too, all year round.

But Valentine's Day is an excuse for many people to prepare special foods for their sweethearts, and if you're looking for ideas you may want to try some of these vegetarian recipes that will certainly illustrate your passion for your honey. From breakfast to dinner right through to tempting treats and desserts, there's no shortage of opportunity to make this a special day for your most loved one.

You will find many more ideas to celebrate any occasion by browsing through the recipes that I have shared with readers including some nourishing and delicious side-dishes to go along with your meals. Though this list of suggestions was written for those in mind who enjoy Valentine's Day, I was also considering creations for any special occasion or for no reason in particular except for wanting to have a lovely meal along with some delights to treat your loved ones.

So let's start with some rather decadent sweets and desserts!

guinness gingerbread cake
This is a new favorite, a rich, moist, flavorful and not-too-sweet Guinness Gingerbread Cake made with Guinness stout beer and fresh ginger.

ricotta cheesecake
This Blueberry Ricotta Cheesecake is a winner and a very special way to say I love you. If your sweetie likes cheesecake, you must try this recipe.

goat cheese cheesecake
Cheesecake is always a favorite and I offer up this Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Mixed Berries that will earn you lots of hugs. One of my favorites.

berry ricotta cheesecake
Here is yet another cheesecake that is especially suitable for special occasions. This lovely Ricotta Cheesecake with Mixed Berries and Balsamic Vinegar is a perfect choice to end a special meal.

And of course there is chocolate. These Brownies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Icing combine some of the finest ingredients for a most satisfying treat.

peanut butter cups
There is nothing more pleasing than a combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Your sweetie will be craving these homemade Peanut Butter Cups for months after tasting them.

nanaimo bars
Here is another special decadent treat that originated in Canada. These rich Nanaimo Bars will have your loved one's mouth watering, so best to hide them until after dinner.

peanut butter squares
Chocolate is usually a welcome treat for most of us and I warn you that these Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares should be eaten in moderation but self control with a plate of these in front of you will be a challenge indeed.

spicy cayenne cookies
If you really want to spice things up, try these unique Cayenne Peanut Butter Cookies. I know my sweetie thought these were some of the best cookies he has ever eaten.

gluten-free honey lemon cake
For a gluten-free treat, this Honey and Lemon Cake with Poppy Seeds should be on the top of your list. Honey for your honey.

lemon pudding
This Lemon Sponge Pudding for Two is so pretty to look at and sure to please the palate of your honey. Romance = elegance.

french toast
I can't think of a better way to start the day then with this Eye-Opening Blueberry French Toast. Warming and filling it can be prepared the night before and popped into the oven in the morning.

pumpkin gingerbread waffles
Light and chewy Pumpkin Gingerbread Waffles with a dark and rich molasses and gingerbread taste, these are a wonderful treat to share between the two of you on a special day, and the aroma is simply heavenly.

Indian-Style Baked Eggs Florentine
One of the tastiest breakfasts I have ever enjoyed with my sweetheart, if you enjoy some spice in your life, be sure to consider trying Indian-Style Baked Eggs Florentine.

baked strawberry pancake
These Baked Strawberry Pancakes are especially easy to make and a real delight for a very special breakfast.

egg pakoras
For something a little different, give these scrumptious Egg Pakoras a try. Delicious anytime of day but truly a delightful breakfast.

Greek feta olive frittata
If you and your loved one enjoy eggs and cheese then this Greek Feta and Olive Frittata will be sure to impress both of you.

Jalapeño Breakfast Burritos
For an extra jolt in the morning, these Jalapeño Breakfast Burritos are a must. Healthy and filling and you just know that if your sweetheart likes some heat, he will be asking for more.

Tempeh-Miso Breakfast Patties
Here is a good alternative for those who wish to enjoy a vegan breakfast with their mate. Give these Tempeh-Miso Breakfast Patties a try.

Chickpea Flour Dumplings Simmered in a Spicy Yogurt Sauce
For a spicy and hot romantic dinner, these Chickpea Flour Dumplings Simmered in a Spicy Yogurt Sauce are a perfect way to share your love.

Vegetarian Mushroom Bourguignon
This Vegetarian Mushroom Bourguignon is ideal for serving to your sweetheart if he shares a passion for plump mushrooms simmered in a rich, thick and delicious red wine sauce.

Baked Gigantes Beans in Tomato Sauce
Baked Gigantes Beans in Tomato Sauce served with a glass of robust red wine and some soothing music is a choice that must be considered for an enjoyable and relaxing evening meal for just the two of you.

Looking for a gorgeous and nourishing soup starter for your special meal? This White Bean and Mushroom Soup with Butternut Squash and Kale is everything you and your sweetheart could ask for.

mung beans with paneer cheese
One of my favorite dishes, if your valentine likes Indian food, you will have the key to their heart with this zesty and spicy Mung Beans with Paneer.

Scalloped Potatoes with Best-Ever Mushroom Sauce
Perhaps potatoes don't sound like the most romantic of meals, but I assure you these Scalloped Potatoes with Best-Ever Mushroom Sauce are really rather gourmet when it comes to the versatile spud.

Everyone loves risottos, don't they? This Mushroom Risotto is a rich, earthy, creamy and perfect risotto to savor over dinner for two.

spicy chickpea koftas
Served along with a tomato based chutney and side dish, these Spicy Chickpea Koftas combine into a meal that would certainly warm my heart.


Nisha said...

Soooooooooo manyyyy ideassss, wowwiee ... but now so difficult to choose!!!
May be I'll have a Valentine's Week :) :D :)

bellini said...

Any of these ideas would be reason enough to celebrate Lisa.

Debbie said...

they all look so good, not sure which one to make!

Anu said...

Nice ideas. happy to follow u

niki said...

Lisa you are so special and sweet :-). You work so hard on your blog and it is so nice to "treat" myself to spend time here browsing your lovely recipes and reading your inspiration. Thank you for sharing all these recipes with me. xx niki

Lisa said...

Awww. Thanks for your kind comment Niki - you are sweet! And thanks also for recognizing how much time and energy goes into my recipes and blog.

Shrey Patel said...

I love the choices you picked and I would be happy to make any one of them.
Thank You.