Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day or having a Galentine’s Day zoom party, we have the perfect plant-based menu to make it a night to remember! There are too many decadent vegan recipes to pick from, so we’ve simplified it for you by choosing delicious recipes from our Food Monster App from the appetizers to entrées and everyone’s favorite part… dessert!
1. Cranberry Pecan Chevre Log
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A mixture of raw cashews and young coconut meat filled with tangy dried cranberries make the flavor of this Chevre Log by Amy Lyons unique. It’s soft, sliceable, and spreadable, making it perfect as an appetizer to serve alongside grapes and crackers.
2. Purple Sweet Potato Croquettes
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3. Roasted Garlic Tahini Crostini
Source: Roasted Garlic Tahini Crostini
Dinner taking longer than usual? Need to whip up a quick snack to bring to a potluck? Florian Nouh‘s Crostini recipe is the perfect thing to keep on hand. The tahini garlic sauce and the caramelized pine nuts come together in a cinch, the mushrooms just need a quick sautéeing, and then you pile it all onto a crunchy piece of bread. Easy and delicious!
4. Lentil Paté
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Healthy snacking has never been easier than with this Lentil Paté. Florian Nouh‘s recipe has but two simple steps and uses just five ingredients – lentils, cashew butter, olive oil, garlic, and onion. This dip is hearty and comforting while still being super nutritious! Spread it on bread, use it as a veggie dip, or just eat it by the spoonful!
5. Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies
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Great as an appetizer at a party or as a lunch you can grab on the go, Trine Rask‘s Creamy Mushroom Hand Pies are absolutely delicious. A creamy, garlicky mushroom filling is sealed within a flaky puff pastry pie crust. The best thing about these little hand pies, other than their portability, is that once you perfect the art of making them you can try them with different types of fillings like tofu scramble for breakfast or fruit for dessert.
1. Valentine’s Hummus and Pearl Barley Bowls
This Valentine’s Day, impress your honey (or pal!) with Sasha Gill‘s Hummus and Pearl Barley Bowls, topped with roasted sesame butternut squash and pomegranate seeds! Who says a romantic dinner can’t be healthy?
2. Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce
Although making your own ravioli takes a bit more work than opening a package, with hard work comes great reward. Gabrielle St. Claire‘s tasty Ravioli have pumpkin folded into the dough, which gives them a lovely orange color. Then, they are stuffed with creamy pumpkin purée and vegan Parmesan and cooked until tender. The finishing touch is a delicious white wine butter sauce that is perfectly seasoned with fresh sage. This makes a small serving, so it is the perfect entrée for an intimate gathering or you can double the batch and freeze the rest for later!
3. Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo
This Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells With Cashew Alfredo pasta dish by Amanda Nicole Smith is a crowd-pleaser! Tender sweet potato mash is stuffed inside of a brown rice pasta shell, smothered in pasta, and topped with a dollop of creamy cashew Alfredo sauce. Topped with herbs, this dish is elegant, satisfying, and surprisingly easy to make.
4. Seitan Parmesan
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Meat-free chicken parm? Yes, please! Melanie Sorrentino‘s Seitan Parmesan tastes just like the old classic, right down to the savory flavor and meaty texture. Serve it on top of your favorite pasta, tomato sauce, and plenty of melty vegan cheese.
5. Creamy Linguini With Vegetables
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Rinku Bhattacharya‘s Creamy Linguini With Vegetables is made with a deep rich sauce using hummus as a base. The pasta is made with a load of vegetables, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. The sauce is rich and soft. It is for days when you want to cook and make sure the family is well fed that this pasta dish comes in handy.
1. Ombre Heart Valentine’s Day Cake
Source: Ombre Heart Valentine’s Day Cake
Gretchen Price‘s Ombre Heart Valentine’s Day Cake is a very simple vanilla cake baked in a heart shaped pan with vanilla buttercream but simple is quite delicious! The cake layers create an ombre effect from dark pink to light and buttercream roses to decorate the top. Love is in the air!
2. Raw Chocolate Caramel Valentine’s Hearts
Karen Kitto‘s Valentine’s Hearts are the perfect way to end a meal you’ve made for your special someone. They’ve got it all – avocado chocolate mousse, smooth caramel, crunchy almonds, cinnamon, and a crunchy base. These hearts are the perfect dessert as they are not too heavy but really satisfy that craving for something sweet and creamy.
3. Chocolate Fudge Truffles
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4. Classic Red Velvet Cake
Source: Classic Red Velvet Cake
5. Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
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Looking for homemade dairy- and egg-free ice cream alternatives that don’t involve bananas or an ice-cream maker? You are in luck! For those who feel a pang of nostalgia when you hear the words “Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake,” you’re also in luck! This ice-cream cake combines the classic Neapolitan flavor trio of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla along with all-natural flavors, plant-based creaminess and contemporary visual appeal. And it’s surprisingly easy to put together. Of course, it is much lower in sugar than the freezer staple of many a suburban home of the 1980s too. Great to prep and make in advance of a celebration, it’s a pretty party treat.
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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