Rather than spending an evening in an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant this Valentine's Day, spend the night in and prepare a romantic dinner that is kind to your body, your wallet, and the Earth.
Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette. Dress up a spinach salad with lovely pink and red colors to add to the evening's ambiance. Make it special by adding pomegranate seeds. Not only are they delicious and crunchy, but they're rumored to be a natural aphrodisiac.
Tempeh Bacon-Wrapped Dates. Salty-sweet and simply decadent, these are easy to make and can be prepared in advance and put in the oven when you're ready to eat.
"Hearty" Ravioli. The fun shape of this ravioli says it all, and the light filling won't slow the rest of your evening down like other heavy fillings might. This recipe calls for spinach, but consider mushrooms, sweet potato, or even pumpkin as a filling.
Red Pepper and Walnut Pate. Sweet red peppers with zesty onion and garlic pureed with walnuts to form a rich spread that pairs perfectly with crusty bread, pita or your favorite crackers.
Strawberry Champagne Sorbet. Strawberries and champagne are already perfect for Valentine's Day. End the meal with this light dessert and sip on the leftover champagne together.
Happy Valentine's Day!