Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Easy Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Vegan Recipes


Celebrate Valentine's Day the easy way by preparing a simple meal for friends, family, significant other, or savor it solo. 


Make Valentine's Day meals attractive, nourishing, and delicious by using whole food plant-based (WFPB) ingredients that are a snap to assemble and warms hearts as well. 


Discover easy to follow recipe ideas below.


They were selected, because they can be made by even a newbie cook, are chock full of colorful veggies or fruit, healthful legumes, crunchy nuts and seeds, filling whole grains, and lively seasonings. 


Rest assured. These Valentine's Day dishes are flavor-packed and versatile.


Mix and match those recipes that appeal to you. Prepare them for weekday or weekend lunches or dinners, and special occasions like birthdays, Mother's day, and Earth Day too. 


Take a moment to read "Why I'm going Vegan for Earth Day" for eco-reasons to eat plant-based.


Use food prep time to unwind and relax, and follow the recipes to make eye-appealing, nutrient rich dishes. 


Remember this ~ putting together a meal with whole food plant-based ingredients is a fabulous way to self-care. 💓


When we are mindful about our food choices, it reaps big health rewards!


Tip: Prepare your food the day before, and refrigerate it. Most foods can be served at room temperature. So enjoy the fruits of your labor at your leisure on this special day of love.  

Now on to the recipes.

First recipe up is one of my all-time favorite dishes, and fav of the man I love as well.


Vegan Recipes for valentine's Day


Simple Vegan Pasta with Pesto Sauce Recipe by Nancy Andres


Ingredients:


½ lb. pasta

2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves

¼ cup raw unsalted cashews or raw unsalted pine nuts

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 to 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Optional Ingredients: red pepper flakes, parsley, and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to add a cheesy flavor


What to do:

 

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the package.

2. While the pasta is cooking, place cleaned basil leaves, raw unsalted pine nuts or raw unsalted cashews, and peeled garlic cloves into a food processor bowl fitted with an S blade.

3. Pulse to combine, and stop when mixture is coarsely ground. Turn on motor and pour drops of olive oil through the feeding tube into the bowl in a thin stream.

4. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, and additional seasoning ingredients. Pulse a few more times to combine. Blend into cooked pasta. Garnish with organic grape tomatoes or organic red pepper slices.

This recipe serves 2 people. Plate immediately and serve. If you're preparing it ahead of time, refrigerate. Then serve within a day or two at room temp on a bed of lettuce. 

Serve this yummy pesto sauce on your favorite pasta, or on sandwiches, veggies, and whole grains including rice, quinoa, millet, and wheat berries. 

Use it as a topping for sliced heirloom tomatoes or add a few tablespoons to your salad dressing of choice.💓

 

Next up is Alina at Vegan Runner Eats! Her goal is to show you that leading a vegan lifestyle can be easy, healthy, and enjoyable. Vegan Eggplant Rollups with Black Bean-Potato Filling proves that point. 💓




Here's an offering from Nisha at Rainbow Plant Life, where she teaches you how to master vegan cooking at home. Vegan Red Lentil Curry is a fan favorite, and perhaps will become one of yours too.💓



April, the blogger who offers Lifestyle Inspiration for Modern Women serves up Old Fashioned Vegetable and Barley Stew (Vegan) any time she wants a warming, comforting, and incredibly satisfying meal, including special occasions like Valentine's Day.💓



To round out my Vegan Recipe Roundup, here's a scrumptious dessert recipe from Terri, a Licensed Food for Life Instructor and whole food writer at Eat Plant Based. Vegan Chocolate Cake is a treat too good to pass up. As an added bonus, it's naturally sweet, yet sugar free. 💓




Hope "Easy Vegan Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup" inspired you to try out at least a few of the recipes. 


Eating whole food plant-based meals is a tasty way to prevent disease, enhance health, and increase our sense of wellbeing. 


Which recipes piqued your interest?

Please comment below. Share the LOVE by re-sharing a link to this post on social media as well.

If you try any of the recipes, please let my fellow bloggers and me know about it.

I read and appreciate each comment, but will not publish comments that contain links. 

Sending love and hugs to all and my best wishes for a love-filled Valentine's Day. 💓 

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24 comments:

  1. What lovely ideas for Valentine's Day celebrations, Nancy! Thank you for including my recipe as well. Everything looks so delicious!

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  2. Thanks so much April for your comment and sharing a link and photo to your cozy recipe for Old-Fashioned Vegetable and Barley Stew. It's a dish I will make often, as I love barley and the tasty veggies you incorporate into this dish. Maybe I missed it, but I was wondering how many people do you think this dish would serve? When I make it, I'll probably reduce amounts or freeze half. Thanks for your support and Happy Groundhog Day!

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    1. Hello again, Nancy! I'm so sorry, I missed your reply to my comment. I find that for a vegetarian main course, it will serve 2 to 3. The recipe is pretty flexible though depending on how many veggies you add, so you can increase the servings fairly easily. Thank you so much again - and I'm featuring this post at the March Hearth and Soul Link Party which has gone live today! Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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    2. That's what I thought. I've made this dish and it's yummy.

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  3. I love this! I have been focusing on eating more plant based meals and will be incorporating one of these recipes into our valentines day dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Katie. so nice of you to drop by. I appreciate your kind comment. My blog has many healthy plant-based recipe ideas and if you enter a food like avocado or lentil in the search bar more than likely you'll find help and information about WFPB foods and ways to incorporate them in your meal plan. Happy Valentine's Day dear one!

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  4. Well now you’ve gone and done it, I’m hungry!!! It all sounds amazing.

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    1. Thanks Victoria. Glad you were here. Happy Valentine's Day and let me know if you try any of the mouthwatering recipes in this post.

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  5. that pasta with pesto looks really good..as does the chocolate cake! Pinning this for future use.

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by. Please let me know if you try any of the recipes and have a Beautiful Valentine's Day!

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  6. Yummmm! The pasta brought me in and I was rapt all the way to the chocolate cake! :) Thanks so much Nancy - I love all the recipes!

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    1. Thanks so much Barbara. I appreciate your sweet comment. Have a Happy Valentine's Day and let me know if you make the recipes and how they turned out.

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  7. Hi Nancy,
    I was looking for a vegan main course for a Valentine's menu. I really love the potato stuffed eggplant idea! looks perfect. Great post and thanks. Happy Valentine's Day

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    1. I agree. Alina's recipe is tops. Happy Valentine's Day dear Judee and stay safe and well.

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  8. Great round-up - all the recipes look delicious.

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  9. These look so delicious and easy! My favorite! :)

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  10. Wow, Nancy! These look sooo good! I literally can't wait to make these recipes not only on Valentine's Day, but also on other days throughout the year! Exactly what I was looking for! :)

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    1. Agree Marina. These recipes are good every day of the year. Please let me know which ones you try. Have a beautiful day and stay safe and well.

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    1. Thanks Nadalie. Please let me know if you try any and have a fabulous day!

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  12. Wow! A lot of recipes and options to choose from!

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