Q: Hi Angela, I promised to cook my girlfriend a plant-based Valentine's Day dinner this year, and I'm lost as to what to make. Any ideas? Thanks, Mark.
A: Hi Mark, That's quite the thoughtful undertaking, but I'm confident you will knock it out of the park! I think the most important aspect of planning a special meal is to select recipes that won't overwhelm you. You don't want to take on too much and lose the fun in the process (trust me, I've been there). My first suggestion is to pick a dessert that can be made in advance (such as my Chilled Chocolate Torte in The Oh She Glows Cookbook [p. 241] or my Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie [above]). This way, you won't have to worry about it on the day of! I'd also recommend serving an elegant yet easy-to-prepare main course. Pasta is ALWAYS a big hit on Valentine's Day (it's usually what we make at home), and many of my pasta dishes come together pretty easily. I recommend trying the Luxurious Tomato-Basil Pasta from The Oh She Glows Cookbook (p. 181). Prep time is just 20 minutes! It would be lovely with some homemade garlic bread and a simple side salad. I hope this helps get the wheels turning! Whatever you make I'm sure she'll be more than happy that you went to the trouble. Have a great celebration!