Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas

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Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Thank you for such nice comments about my bedroom makeover. Gosh, I feel like Martha! (I joke, I joke). I would love to decorate your rooms- just set the date! ;) Oh, Eric read the post last night and he said, ‘I actually think that spotted placemat makes it MORE girly looking.’

Ouch, that one stung! lol.

Anyone catch the fabulous opening ceremonies last night? I really enjoyed seeing athletes from different countries, it was awesome! Can I just say how hilarious it was seeing all those people run next to Gretzky’s truck when he was en route to light the outdoor torch?! Eric and I could not stop laughing! Too funny. :mrgreen:

Today was a work day for me. I baked just under 200 Adore bars today. I got started nice and early so I have the rest of the day off.

Eric and I are taking tonight to plan out our Florida trip. We feel like we are spinning our wheels because we have spent so much time looking for hotels in the Keys and South Beach and have not booked a thing yet because they are all around $275-300+ per night in March! Not a great time to travel I guess…

We might have to skip the Keys all together since it is so pricey. It seems a bit touristy to me (and way over-priced) so I am not that heartbroken about it.

For today’s post, I thought I would put together some Valentine’s Day menu ideas. These are some of my favourite recipes that would be great to whip up on Valentine’s Day.

Breakfast Ideas:

1) Creamy PB + J Oatmeal Parfait 

This is my favourite way to eat oatmeal!

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2) Healthy Peanut Butter Coconut Swirl Pancakes 

These are the best pancakes I have ever made. The PB coconut swirl is out of this world.

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3) Peanut Butter Banana Bomb Muffins

My favourite muffin recipe.

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Lunch Ideas:

4) Pizza with ‘Cheeze’

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5) Sweet Potato & Pear Holiday Soup 

Hands down the best soup I have ever tasted. OSGMOM made this for me when she was visiting!

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6) Loaded Savoury Oatmeal

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7) In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers

Best veggie burgers I have ever had. I have received at least 20 emails from readers saying the same thing. They don’t look like much but they are magical!

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Dinner Ideas:

8) Soul Soothing Quinoa Coconut Curry

Soul Soothing. ‘Nough said.

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9) Squash and Chickpea Moroccan Stew

This is a fun dish with lots of textures. Great with wine.

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10) This Ain’t Grandma’s Sweet Potato Casserole

A sweet dish- you could even make this for dessert! This is definitely a reader favourite.

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Dessert Ideas:

11) Tall, Dark, and Handsome Hawt Cocoa

Rich, creamy, thick. Tall, dark, and handsome. Need I say more?

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12) Peanut Butter and Jam Glo Bites

Fun and RED for V-day!

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13) Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Alicia Silverstone is a genius! These rock my socks.

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14) Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

One of my favourite cookies of all time.

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15) PB & J Chocolate Love Pie

GAH!

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Guess what Eric told me today????

He said that I am BANNED from the kitchen on Valentine’s Day!!!! I wonder if this means he is cooking for me?! ;) A gal can only hope and dream…

I’m off to workout now. My training schedule has changed around a lot this week, but it’s all good. I’m just going with da flo. I have definitely caught the running bug again.

PS- Ke$ha has the best music to run to! Current favs = ‘Backstabber’, ‘Your Love Is My Drug’, and ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ Awesome tunes.

Have a great day!

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 13, 2010

Oh my goodness…this post is DROOL worthy!

And, I kind of agree with Eric– there’s nothing really manly about a placemat, lol :-) That being said, I still think it’s awfully cute!

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2 Megan February 13, 2010

Wow, you were right about the food porn!!!

This is perfect – I was just thinking about looking up your recipe for the savoury oats this morning! Hoping to try out a batch of the veggie burgers as well…. possibly those glo bites too!

Holy yum Ange!

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3 Brandy February 13, 2010

You need to check out Travel Zoo for great Florida hotel deals! http://www.travelzoo.com Don’t skip Miami and the Keys!

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2010

yea we did…i gettheir weekly wed. email. nothing yet!

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5 Janna (Just Flourishing) February 13, 2010

Thank you thank you thank you for these recipes!

You have the best ones. They always turn out amazing!

I want to try those chocolate peppermint cookies and the veggie burger…and the soup. I think i just have to try everything!

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 13, 2010

What incredible menu ideas!! I need to make to PB chocolate cups!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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7 Danielle (Coffee Run) February 13, 2010

I love recipe round-up posts :) Everything looks amazing! I have to try those spelt burgers…and the pizza…(basically everything)

I love that song “Blah Blah Blah” too ;)

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8 Natasha February 13, 2010

I don’t think I have ever felt more hungry after reading a post.

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9 Brittany February 13, 2010

Oh my gosh…this post looks amazing.
I literally wish I could make every single thing on this list!

I think I’ll start with those muffins :)

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10 Diana February 13, 2010

Hey! You can’t skip Miami OR The Keys!
When I was in Miami a few years ago we did a day trip to the keys – No pricey hotel but we still got to enjoy the beach and atmosphere. We drank rum runners all day long and just relaxed! Plus you get to take in some scenery along the way.

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2010

We might do this…I heard there is a bus from miami to the keys..it might be a good option!!!

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12 Carolyn February 13, 2010

The menu looks amazing–as does all your food! =D

In terms of the pricey hotels in the Keys: have you tried doing the Priceline thing where you book a few days in advance instead of weeks? My family has done it, and we got REALLY nice rooms in Chicago that usually go for $120-$150 per night for only about $60!

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2010

hmmm might check that out, thanks!

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14 Jil February 13, 2010

Yum. Yum. Yum!! If I had someone to cook for on Valentine’s Day I would cook these things. haha :)

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15 Caroline February 13, 2010

I don’t know about the south of Florida, but I’m sure that a lot of the beach cities spike their hotel prices starting in March to catch all of the students (and families) on spring break.

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16 Katie February 13, 2010

Your recipes look wonderful! I am really hankering for some pancakes, so I may just have to make your PB-Coconut Swirl recipe soon! Actually, I am just going to have to make all of these wonderful breakfast and dessert dishes soon! I have a major sweet tooth. :)

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17 Kristie February 13, 2010

Heh, I was thinking the same thing about the placemat, mostly because I know my man isn’t really a fan of anything polka-dotted. It’s your room too though ;)

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18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 13, 2010

Kesha does have the best music to run to. Her and Lady Gaga… oh yeah.

Have fun staying out of the kitchen tomorrow!!!

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19 Kelly Michelle February 13, 2010

mmmmmmm the food looks delicious. I agree that key west is fun but very touristy you will probably not miss out on much. since it is spring break it will be very overwhelming there anyways. I wish I had a spare room here in Miami, I would love to offer it to you!! (especially in exchange for some of your bars….)but all I have is a one bedroom :( Spring break is a tough time to be down here. The beach will be very busy (but very fun too) although parking becomes a bit much and all the restaurants jack up their prices or take away specials and such and the clubs charge a fortune to get in BUT it is also the most fun time to be here because of all the people!!! anyways make sure you plan a Miami meet up please please please!!! Have you considered looking at hotels that are not on the beach? Since you have a car it might be a good option to save money. It will be a hassle to drive into the beach and park but you will probably save a lot and be near cheaper restaurants too. how long are you in miami?

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2010

We are thinking 1 or 2 nights….should be a blast :) Will have a meet up prob march 24th

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21 Kelly Michelle February 13, 2010

yay sounds awesome!

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22 Breanne February 13, 2010

Angela!

It looks delicious but…

From one Canadian to another, I’m shocked that you haven’t commented on the Olympics yet. :( I was looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the Opening Ceremonies.

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 13, 2010

I did comment on the opening ceremonies…at the start of the post, as well as in yesterday’s posts.

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24 Jane February 13, 2010

Angela, Have you guys thought about trying vrbo.com (Vacation Rental By Owner). People rent their homes/condos/apartments/cottages/etc. on this website, and it is often a much better deal than a hotel + in a house you have a kitchen so you can save a ton on food/eating out. It is often a great way to experience a place as a local as well. We have done it as have friends of ours and with great results! Stayed in the best apartment ever with friends over my sister’s wedding weekend and it made our trip! Just a thought. Good luck!

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25 Karla February 13, 2010

Oh no! You’re on the Ke$ha bandwagon too!!!!
Oh well… I still want to try pretty much all these recipes!

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26 MAJL February 13, 2010

For your Florida trip, they Keys are sorta cool but we wouldn’t go back due to yes, how expensive it is and how touristy it is. If you are in Fort Lauderdale, check out Sublime, a really good organic restaurant with veggie options.

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27 Jessica February 13, 2010

Hey. I used to live in Ft. Lauderdale and would travel to the Keys. You should check out the Key Lodge in Key West. It is right on Duvall street and is moderately priced. It has actually just been completely redone and is in my opinion, one of the best places to stay in Key West.

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28 Sarah February 13, 2010

I hope you have an AWESOME V-day Angela! Sounds like your man is cookin’ up something extra wondrous :)

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29 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen February 13, 2010

those are all great recipe ideas! can’t wait to see what Eric makes for you guys :) also, i don’t know if you’ve looked at this yet, but try http://www.vrbo.com for your travels…you’d be staying in someone’s house/condo/apt but it’s usually a LOT less expensive! and you can cook for yourself if you want/need to :)

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30 Meredith February 13, 2010

I loved seeing all the international athletes in their little snowsuits!

I had a biopsy yesterday and made the hawt cocoa to help with “post-op recovery” haha. Worked like a charm! Felt much better :D

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31 Paige (Running Around Normal) February 13, 2010

Great meals, Angela! I’ve tried a few of them , and the ones I did were delectable!
Hmmm I wonder what Eric is planning on doing for a V-day meal?

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32 Kristina (spabettie !) February 13, 2010

I made your quinoa / coconut curry a few weeks ago… YUM.

very good! I made a BIG pot of it and we had for lunch & dinner several times that week…

I got my big order of ADORE bars yesterday, *SO* excited… Jason saw how excited I was to get these, and he said, I can start ordering them too… :) !! He LOVES them !

Happy Valentines to you & Eric !

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33 Ashley February 13, 2010

Best post everrrr!! Thanks…I really needed help with this!! hehe Tonight will be the cocoa for dessert with the blogger meetup girls sat my house. Bfast tomorrow with the hubs will be pnut butter swirl pancakes [he loves PB] and dessert are the PB cups….can’t waaaait!! Lunch is veggie samiches w/my curry honey hummus. He’s doing dinner…yay =) Have a good one!

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34 KathyR February 13, 2010

I’d love to be banned from the kitchen, but only if it meant I was also banned from the clean-up! Have a great V-Day!

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35 Jolene February 13, 2010

I think that does mean that he is cooking for you ;-) Can’t wait to hear about your valentine’s day!!!

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36 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 13, 2010

I made those PB Banana Bomb muffins a few months ago! They were GOOOOOOOOD.

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37 Sportsgirl February 13, 2010

If you can afford it, go to the Keys. Key West is one of my favourite holiday spots. I just love it there. It’s so laid back and quaint! South Beach is crowded and pretentious in comparison.

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38 Heather (Where's the Beach) February 13, 2010

OH the food!!!! I’ll have at least a bite of everything please. I think if he says out of the kitchen, you’re going to have a great day!

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39 Aria February 13, 2010

Hey Angela!
I just wanted to let you know that I just went to your website to order Adore bars and it says ‘Page cannot be found’ Are there any left?

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40 Aria February 13, 2010

Hey Angela,
I just wanted to let you know that I went to your webiste to order Adore bars and it says ‘Page not found’ for them! Are there any left? I have been dying to try them!
Thanks,
Aria

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41 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 13, 2010

I haven’t been to Florida in a few years, and never to the Keys. I do like your room, and would have LOVED that placemat in my dorm room senior year of college – I decorated it in blue, green, and teal!

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42 christie, honoring health February 13, 2010

Yum, Yum, Yum! It all looks delish!

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43 Lynn (The Actors Diet) February 13, 2010

thank you for all the suggestions – such beautiful and tasty looking ones!

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44 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 14, 2010

Aww how cute, he banned you from the kitchen!! Love all the recipes, I will let you know if I make any of them- I am planning on a couple very soon!

xo
K

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45 Jill February 14, 2010

Hi Angela,
These recipes look delicious!! I am about to make some vegan snickerdoodles for my hubby and a family dinner tonight. He is still sleeping so I am hoping to wake him up with the glorious aroma of baking…
I was wondering where you buy your nutritional yeast? I live in Peterborough ON, and have been looking around but can’t seem to find it. Maybe its only available in big cities?

Cheers,
Jill

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46 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 14, 2010

My hubby cooked for me! Maybe Eric will cook for you! :)

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47 Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com February 14, 2010

WOW! Delicious menu options!!! I completely agree about Ke$ha. She’s so different and fun!! Have a wonderful day!

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48 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie February 14, 2010

Those desserts are to die for!!! I need to buy Alicia Silverstone’s book ASAP! Those peanut butter cups are calling my name!! Have fun staying out of the kitchen today! ;-)

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49 RhodeyGirl February 14, 2010

Love this recipe roundup!!!!

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50 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 14, 2010

Those oats look interesting! I’ve only ever had sweet oats, but I’ll have to try this eventually.

The peanut butter cups look fantastic!

Enjoy your day out of the kitchen. :-)

K

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51 Emily February 14, 2010

So I just started reading your blog, and I am loving it. But I had to comment, because I have been rocking out the Ke$ha during my morning workouts too!

Happy v day!

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52 Sarah @ Daily Nibbles February 14, 2010

Thanks for the meal ideas! I can’t wait to try some of the dessert recipes. I love to bake and would like to start making healthier recipes:)

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53 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 14, 2010

I looooved the hawt cocoa that Ashley whipped up last night at our blogger meetup. Amazing, girl!

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54 Judy February 15, 2010

You may want to check out http://www.tripadvisor.com for some really good travel information. Also, if you and Eric are planning to go to Disney, http://www.mousesavers.com. Traveling is the best!! ~Enjoy~

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