Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine’s Day Ideas–Eat at Home!

Didn’t make reservations for Valentine’s Day? 

Don’t worry – we didn’t either.  In fact, we’ve never gone out for Valentine’s Day.  Instead, we celebrate by enjoying a special meal or dessert at home.  Hope these inspire you!

Blueberry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast – A real treat for breakfast, especially if you cut the toast into heart shapes!  Go extra red for Valentine’s Day and use strawberries or raspberries in place of the blueberries.  Get the recipe here

Apple Danish – We love these and they are truly a treat for breakfast.  If you’d like, use cherries or a combination of raspberries and strawberries to make the breakfast more festive.  They are really quite easy to make!  Get the recipe here

Roasted Red Pepper Soup – If you are looking for a lighter meal or an appetizer soup, give this one a go.  Yummy roasted red peppers and potatoes make a perfect soup.  We love it served with pizza-stuffed pretzels or a nice salad.  Get the recipe here

Roasted Veggie Parmesan – This is a fantastic way to eat your veggies & enjoy them too!  Roasting vegetables brings out amazing flavor, couple that with Italian sausage and Parmesan cheese and you have a great dinner.  Get the recipe here

Roasted Red Pepper Tortellini Bake – An easy dish to put together, yet amazing in taste.  Splurge on good, fresh tortellini rather than the dried variety and you will think you are out to eat!  Get the recipe here

Parmesan Crusted Chicken – This meal takes just about 30 minutes, and your family will think you are eating at a high-end restaurant.  Promise.  It’s amazing.  Get the recipe here.

Sweet & Sour Chicken – Bring the take out to you, in your own kitchen!  This baked sweet & sour chicken tastes like a replicate of your favorite Chinese dish.  Toss in some bell peppers and pineapple and enjoy!  Get the recipe here

Re-Create a Special Meal – We recreate our wedding meal annually, and it’s one of our favorites.  Don’t have a special meal to recreate, then I recommend ours! Yummy baked chicken Alfredo. Get the recipe here.

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan – Want to make a nice meal but don’t have time to be at home?  Try this Crockpot Chicken Parmesan recipe!  The chicken melts in your mouth and the flavor is incredible.  Plus, it cooks while you are away.  Get the recipe here

Baked Fudge – If you are looking for a gooey, delicious dessert this is the one to make.  Originally a Pioneer Woman recipe, I’ve made it healthier and it still tastes amazing.  Serves 4, but can easily be halved to serve just two.  Get the recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake – This is a family favorite recipe.  For just a small dessert, make a half recipe and bake it in a pie plate.  Get the recipe here

Sweetheart Cake – Not entirely from scratch, but yummy and filled with cherries.  Great for dessert, especially if you are sharing it with others.  Get recipe here

Brownie Strawberry Layers – Fudgy brownies, pudding, and strawberries layer for a delicious dessert.  This one works well for a crowd, or hungry family too!  Get the recipe here.

Hope these recipes inspired you to think about eating at home this Valentine’s Day! 

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