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January 17, 2020 / Diana Gariglio-Clelland

Vegan Valentine’s Dinner Menu

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A vegan diet is a plant-based diet that omits all animal products, including meat, dairy products and anything derived from animal byproducts, such as gelatin. Plant-based diets such as vegan diets have proven health benefits, such as a lower incidence of heart disease and cancer.

What’s better than a heart-healthy meal? Sharing it with your sweetheart for a vegan Valentine’s day meal! Even if one of you isn’t vegan, you can both enjoy a delicious vegan meal that will impress even the biggest carnivore. Despite what some skeptics may think, vegan recipes can be just as bold and flavorful without using animal products.

According to a survey conducted in 2019, Americans planned to spend about $20.7 billion on Valentine’s Day. Saving money by cooking your Valentine’s dinner at home can make it even sweeter since you’ll be sticking to your budget and avoiding potential crowds at restaurants. Make your own delectable vegan Valentine’s Day dinner using PlateJoy's vegan meal plan for inpiration.

Vegan Appetizers

Zucchini Crostini with Lemon and Mint

Start your vegan Valentine’s dinner off right with a delicious appetizer to stimulate your taste buds and stir up your appetite. Here's a selection of our four most romantic (and easy!) recipes.

1. Zucchini Crostini with Lemon and Mint

This appetizer uses crispy whole grain bread to make a flavorful vegan crostini. Toasted bread is topped with thinly sliced zucchini, with complementing flavors from olive oil, mint and a touch of lemon. If you have leftover toppings, you can use these to make more fresh crostinis later; simply toast up bread when you’re in the mood for more!

2. Pita Wedges with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Another Mediterreanean-inspired recipe, this roasted red pepper dip is sure to be a hit with its bold and unique flavors. This recipe pairs pita bread wedges with a fresh dip consisting of toasted walnuts, roasted red peppers, pomegranate molasses and spices. It's chock-full of heart-healthy ingredients like walnuts, olive oil and garlic, and any leftovers can be added to a salad or sandwich.

3. Eggplant Fries with Wasabi Mayo

Eggplant fries with wasabi mayo

Almost everyone has had fries made from potatoes, but how many can say they’ve had eggplant fries? Impress your Valentine’s date by using this unique, absorbent fruit (also impress them with your eggplant knowledge - it’s technically a berry, not a vegetable!) to make thick, crispy fries. Add a kick to the vegan mayo dip by adding a touch of wasabi; make the mayo as spicy as you want by adjusting the amount of wasabi powder used.

4. Fresh Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Lemon Dressing

This light and fresh salad pairs fresh, juicy tomatoes with a zesty pomegranate-lemon dressing. Traditional pre-dinner salads can end up being more of a meal than an appetizer; this salad is simple and light in comparison. It’s a great option for those who want a light option over heavier, fried appetizers.

Vegan Entree Recipes

While the entree is the main event of your vegan Valentine’s dinner, it doesn’t need to be difficult to make or require a long list of ingredients. Here are our top four picks for your date night in.

1. Mediterranean Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pita Pizza

You and your date won’t miss the meat on this delicious, hearty vegan pizza. Using pita bread as a simple crust, this entree boasts bold Mediterranean flavors from sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and hummus. Artichoke hearts are fiber-rich, which means they will keep you full and keep your digestive system healthy.

2. Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

vegan black bean tacos

If you’re in the mood for a Mexican-inspired entree, then these crispy black bean tacos fit the bill. The taco shells are lightly crispy from being freshly baked in the oven, and the filling is loaded with flavorful ingredients like black beans, jalapenos, lime, salsa and guacamole. They can also easily be made into soft tacos if you or your date prefer; just skip the toasting of the corn tortillas.

3. Green Bean Succotash with Smokey Tempeh

vegan green bean succotash with smoky tempeh

Succotash and tempeh? This entree is sure to be unique to both you and your Valentine’s date! Tempeh, a fermented product made from soybeans, balances a variety of fresh vegetables in this dish including corn, spinach and green beans. Not only is this recipe nutrient-dense from all of the produce, but it won’t leave you hungry thanks to the plant-based protein from tempeh.

4. Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Bowls Over Rice

Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Bowls over Rice

If you’re looking for a Thai-inspired entree to share with your sweetheart, then look no further than this peanut sweet potato bowl over rice. Roasted sweet potatoes and bell peppers are topped with a savory sauce made from peanut butter, soy sauce, maple syrup and spices. This recipe makes great leftovers; just combine everything in a dish and enjoy it again the next day!

Vegan Desserts

Don’t let all of your efforts on the appetizer and entrée go to waste by ending with a store-bought dessert. These vegan Valentine's desserts have just a few simple ingredients and will end the night on a sweet note.

1. Make Ahead Lemon Sorbet

Let's start with the basics: lemon and sugar. This flavorful two-ingredient sorbet is light and fresh, and perfect if you don’t have much room left for dessert after devouring the appetizer and entree. With dessert already taken care of, you can focus on enjoying more time with your Valentine’s date.

2. Warm Mango with Tahini Coconut Sauce and Roasted Coconut Flakes

vegan mango dessert with coconut

If you prefer your dessert warm, then this dish with mangoes and a delicious coconut sauce may be your new go-to favorite. It's rich and creamy, and utilizes the unique flavors of tahini and full-fat coconut milk. Impress your partner with this tropical dessert recipe - they’ve likely never had anything like it before!

3. No-Bake Chocolate Silk Pie

If you prefer something a little more traditional, look no further than this no-bake vegan chocolate silk pie. The pie crust is made of cocoa powder, dates and pecans and is filled with a creamy tofu and coconut milk chocolate filling. You definitely won’t miss the dairy as tofu has a texture very similar to dairy-based pudding.

4. Homemade Chocolate, Banana and Caramel Swirl “Ice Cream”

vegan chocolate banana caramel ice cream

Frozen bananas are popular as a vegan ice cream substitute; their texture when blended is incredibly similar to regular ice cream. Dates and cocoa powder create a caramel-chocolate blend in a banana “ice cream” base. Be sure to freeze the banana slices the night before to achieve the desired texture.

The Takeaway

If you want a restaurant-worthy vegan Valentine’s dinner, look no further than your own kitchen! Not only is making a delicious three-course meal attainable, but it’ll likely save you a significant amount of money.

Utilize PlateJoy’s extensive library of vegan-friendly recipes to create delicious meals at home any day of the year. You can customize your own meal plan based on your dietary preferences, or what you happen to have on hand in your pantry. Once you try our custom meal planning, you’ll never want to go back!

Diana Gariglio-Clelland
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Diana Gariglio-Clelland is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with years of experience counseling patients in the hospital, community, and primary care health settings. She became interested in nutrition after struggling with her own misconceptions about health and nutrition during her early college years. Combining her own personal experiences and innate passion for helping others, she finds joy in helping her clients work towards achieving peace with their bodies by creating health-promoting, sustainable lifestyle habits.

Diana is currently working as a freelance dietitian since entering her newest role as stay-at-home mom to her little girl. She enjoys running and training for half marathons, and has been an avid equestrian for over half of her life.

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