A Very Valentine’s Roundup

A round up of both sweet and savory Valentine treats!

My Heart Beets For You Salad

If you haven’t whipped up any Valentine’s treats yet – grab a pen for your shopping list. I love that every holiday brings a new chance to marvel at the ingenuity of fellow food bloggers. In that spirit, we thought we’d share a few of our own Valentine’s Day creations, and then share recipes and ideas we love from other bloggers, too.

If love be the music of food, play on.

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Heart Beet Cookies Recipe – Vegan Sweets for Your Sweeties

Heart healthy and heart shaped. Win – win.

Heart Beet Cookies

Vegan Beet cookies for your Sweeties

Beets. In heart shapes. And in cookie form. Doesn’t everyone make cookies like these for their sweethearts?

The first time I made vegan cookies – no eggs, no butter – I was shocked at how good they were. These will shock you, too. More heart healthy than many cookies – and no Red Dye No. 2 – colored naturally with beets!

 These vegan delights were inspired by Sweet Beet Cookies from Weelicious, who finds ways to get veggies into her kids foods in such unique and creative ways. Lucky kids!

— posted by Donna

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Chocolate Celebration: Five Minute Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta Recipe

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Five Minute Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta

If you want to say “I Love You” with food, is there a better ingredient to use than chocolate? I can’t think of one.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, we are sharing some of our latest ways to whisper sweet nothings with chocolate.

I am a recent convert to pana cotta. The original Italian dessert is pretty flavorless, but the texture is amazingly soft, pillow-y and silky. When I saw a chocolate panna cotta recipe out there, I decided to  use Nutella as a shortcut – AND to add flavor.

The chocolate recipe I was thinking of making required melting in a double boiler. Then I thought of a pantry item that should swap out and make the dish even simpler to prepare: Nutella.

This is one of the simplest desserts you will ever make – if it takes you more than 5 minutes, you’re doing something wrong. And the flavors are superb.

Make this panna cotta and make your sweetie swoon!

— posted by Donna

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Sweetheart Shrimp Recipe

Your Valentine will be swooning over these saucy shrimp!

Sweetheart shrimp

Your sweetheart will be swooning over these sweetheart shrimp!

What sweetheart wouldn’t be swooning over a meal with a first course that is heart shaped?

Usually we advocate for all things frugal, but not on Valentine’s Day recipes. BUY THE MOST GIGANTIC SHRIMP YOU CAN FIND!!! These were about 16 per pound, and well worth it for a once-a-year splurge! Your sweetie’s worth it, no? (You only need four of them for a cozy dinner for two, after all.)

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