Giorno Menu A del Vegan San Valentino

Questa settimana è San Valentino e così cosa c'è di meglio da dire “Ti amo” che con una deliziosa, fatto in casa, pasto cruelty-free?

Invece di mia solita lunga lista di idee mix e il menu partita, this time I’m making a specific menu so you can spend less time reading through recipes and more time coming up with romantic gestures, gifts and activities for your someone special.

Most of the items are gluten-free but I added one seitan dish in case your honey can eat gluten. My Tommy eats gluten-free with me all the time even though he doesn’t have to so once in a while I like to make him seitan which he loves. I also added one entree that has neither gluten nor soy (if you use coconut butter spread and raw parma) so there is an entree choice for everyone!

Here is what I think makes up the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner menu.

Antipasto
Start the meal off right with finger food that says romance and sophistication. My Tomato-Olive and Chimichurri Bruschetta are both delicious on my gluten-free, fresh baked ciabatta bread. Cooking for someone is impressive, baking fresh gluten-free bread for them says love.
Zuppa
What could be prettier than starting the meal with my beautiful soup made with purple cauliflower? Creamy and delicious with a crunchy cheddar garnish.
Insalata
Spicy arugula, roasted red peppers, olive nere, cipolle rosse, celery and chickpeas make a delicious combination drizzled with a flavorful sundried tomato vinaigrette.
Entrata
Of course I had to choose the dish that won the nationwide competition to be included in Bitchin’ Cucina di “Cooking for Trouble.” This dish of pan-fried tofu smothered in a sauce of garlic, limone, white wine and capers is sultry and elegant.
oppure
For a cruelty-free version of meat and potatoes, this is the perfect dish. A thick and juicy seitan steak covered in an herbed white wine butter sauce served with fries that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
oppure
Show your love with this homemade pasta dish. Pumpkin gnocchi served in a spicy vegan butter sauce (soy-free if you use coconut butter spread and skip the grated parm) topped in an elegant lemon cashew cream.

Contorno
A delicious and colorful side dish of vegetables sauteed in garlic and olive oil. See the recipe below.
Dessert
It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate. This mousse is made with coconut milk and it’s rich and creamy. Topped with your choice of chocolate or vanilla whipped cream or both. A romantic date just has to have whipped cream (wink, wink).
Whether you are having a first date, dining with your long-time significant other, having dinner with your kids or best friends (cani, cats and all furbabies included) or maybe planning to pop the question, this menu will make for a memorable evening of love, compassion and fine dining.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Artichoke Hearts and Sundried Tomatoes

Ingredienti
1 lb. baby Brussels sprouts
1 Tbs. olio di cartamo
1 spicchio d'aglio, tritato
Un pizzico di peperoncino
2 Tbs. pomodori secchi, chopped
1 can artichoke hearts in water, scolati e sciacquati
Sale e pepe qb

Indicazioni
Steam the Brussels sprouts until they are tender. When they are cooled, cut them into halves. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and red pepper flakes. Add the chopped sundried tomatoes and cook for about 2 minuti. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook on both sides until they are browned and crispy. Cut the artichoke hearts into quarters and add to the pan. Cook until the artichokes are also slightly browned and crispy. Aggiungere sale e pepe a piacere. Godere!

Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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3 Le risposte alla Giorno Menu A del Vegan San Valentino

  1. Resume Febbraio 15, 2012 a 5:16 su #

    The tofu picatta looks really delicious. But I’m always partial to a good chocolate mousse!

  2. michael Febbraio 13, 2012 a 9:36 pm #

    bello! glad to see you added a chocolate treat in the end!

  3. Brian Febbraio 13, 2012 a 3:29 su #

    Love it! I’ve got to try that cauliflower soup! Then maybe I’ll go straight to three or four helpings of that desert!


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