A Valentines Day Menu from The Vegetarian Reset
And other good things
Want a Valentine’s Day dinner that will feel indulgent but won’t derail you from your 2023 resolutions? Look no further than this menu from my cookbook, The Vegetarian Reset!
We don’t have a specific reason for this (well maybe it’s 10 years of marriage), but my husband and I tend to prefer a fairly dull Valentine’s. It always feels too salesy, it’s super hard to get reservations and you end up paying for an overpriced and mediocre meal. Sometimes we’ll go out of our way to order in South Indian food, which is the ultimate unromantic cuisine (sorry - sad but true and yet delicious!).
This year, I’m going to cook a few dishes from my book and thought I’d pass along my menu suggestions that would work beautifully for Valentine’s or Galentine’s along with a dry red.
To start, we’re going to do the Caprese Salad, but with a seasonal citrusy twist - use oranges instead of tomatoes! I wanted blood oranges but they seem to be notoriously hard to source, so I went with a navel orange. This is really a non-recipe: slice mozzarella, oranges and layer them so they look pretty. Dot with pesto, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Maldon salt, and voila! (Side note: Oranges + flaky salt = heaven). Oh, and you want to use a fairly large orange, else the slices will be too small :)
Next up, the Curried Lentil Mushroom Bolognese. This is a fabulously hearty “bolognese” with a little bit of me thrown in, in the form of an Indian influence. You really just need a few ingredients from your pantry, and this recipe has gotten a ton of rave reviews. In the book, I serve it over zucchini noodles but I would do butternut squash noodles or beet spirals for a seasonal twist. (Or lentil/chickpea/whole grain noodles, you do you!) My friendwas kind enough to publish this recipe on her Substack.
Okay, dessert. It’s gotta be chocolate, right? My uber-fudgy Hazelnut Brownies are a pretty good reason to get the book, so (and sorry for the clickbait:)) I’m going to tell you to go ahead and order now if you don’t have it! They are made with almond flour and hazelnut butter, for that hint of Nutella (although you can use any nut or seed butter of your choice). But the best part is, they are sweetened with DATES. Just dates. A fabulous dessert and a guilt-free snack.
But wait, there’s more! This brownie scored a perfect 10 on my Levels CGM when I tested it - i.e., my blood sugar stayed steady, which is no small feat for a brownie. (And if you haven’t read my post on experimenting with a CGM, there is no time like the present.)
If you want this brownie in your life, get the book - I promise you there’s a lot more to love. Pro-tip, dust yours with orange zest since you will already have that orange on hand!
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