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Despite what many people believe, you don’t need chocolates, candy or even roses to have a memorable Valentine’s Day with the person you love. In fact, for all of you solely plant-based eaters out there, your vegan date ideas don’t need to be complicated at all. Instead, you can simply say “no” to the stress that this holiday-for-lovers can sometimes cause and instead opt to keep things really laid-back and simple.
On that note, when it comes to the perfect vegan dinner date for two, you don’t have to brave the over-crowded restaurants, tight tables squeezed too close together, or higher prices for fancy one-day-only menu options. Instead, we have some amazingly delicious, restaurant-quality vegan dinner recipes to share with you, below, that you can make from the comfort of your own home.
Plus, don’t worry… You won’t have to slave forever in the kitchen to make these incredible dishes. While they look and taste like meals that took hours to create, they’re quite fast and simple! They’re also packed with bold, exciting flavor and full of decadent ingredients that will make you truly relish every bite. In addition, for those of you on a vegan or vegetarian keto diet, you’ll even find some dishes that meet your dietary regimen!
Not to mention that at the end of the article, you’ll also find a totally-indulgent vegan Valentine’s dessert recipe that’s just as delicious as the non-vegan version (in case the person you love doesn’t share your vegan dietary preferences)! In fact, every single recipe in this article is so yummy that meat-eaters will truly appreciate them as well!
Read on to start planning the perfect vegan dinner date by candlelight at home… You may just find that it’s much less stressful and much more romantic than venturing out!
Sumptuous Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes
1. Vegan Coconut Curry
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Do you love the taste of spicy, exotic curry almost as much as you love fresh, crisp vegetables? These two things combine in this rich and coco-nutty dish that’s perfect for using up all the extra veggies in your fridge before they go to waste.
Plus, the recipe is extremely versatile… You can use whatever veggies you love best! Some particularly great options for this recipe, (some which are mentioned and some that aren’t) include red bell pepper, snap peas, broccoli or broccolini, spinach or kale, carrots, green beans, yuca and cauliflower. Or, if you prefer, you can stick with the recipe exactly as it is, which is amazing as well.
One of the best parts of this vegan dinner recipe is that the total prep and cook time combined is just 30 minutes – that’s it! But the slightly-tangy, sweet and spicy flavors will make it taste like it took much, much more effort. Serve this dish with your choice of rice or quinoa and then sit back and indulge in the seriously-healthy, full-flavored meal.
Get this Vegan Coconut Curry Recipe here.
2. Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara
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Next, this vegan dinner recipe rivals regular carbonara pasta, which typically includes egg and bacon, (as verified by a meat-eater)! If you typically enjoy “egg-like flavor” in your recipes, without having to eat the actual eggs, you can add some kala namak to the dish when done, a salt which adds an eggy taste.
Either way, this thoroughly rich and indulgent dish will definitely make you feel like you’re celebrating a special occasion, making it ideal for your vegan dinner date. In this recipe, cremini mushrooms with a liquid smoke flavor take the place of bacon – and really give the entire plate a depth of taste.
Plus, raw cashews for the sauce make the pasta extra creamy and unforgettable – no cheese or cream needed! It’s truly a stand-out entrée that can be whipped up in just over 30 minutes.
Get this Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe here.
3. Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta
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Cashews show up yet again to take the place of heavy cream and other dairy-based ingredients in this exciting pasta dish. This vegan dinner recipe will likely become a new favorite… as it works just as well for a holiday celebration as it does for a weeknight meal.
By adding the cashews to a food processor until they’re smooth and creamy, and then combining them with a pungent, savory sauce of crushed and diced tomatoes, garlic, onions and vodka, you get an incredibly delicacy! This dish is both tangy, slightly-sweet, and extremely satisfying with every bite. Top it all off with fresh basil or parsley for an amazing Italian vegan dinner date feast!
Get this Vegan Vodka Sauce Pasta Recipe here.
4. Cauliflower Steak with Mushroom Gravy
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Next, for another vegan dinner idea, you don’t need to be a meat-eater to enjoy and appreciate steak… you’ll just be enjoying it in a completely different way! This cauliflower “steak” recipe uses large, thick slices of meaty cauliflower drenched in a rich and textured brown gravy.
The gravy in this dish is flavored using dried porcini mushrooms, giving it incredible, interesting flavor and depth of texture. There’s also a variety of herbs – dried thyme, oregano, garlic salt and fresh parsley – along with tamari, which is similar to soy sauce and gives the dish some tang.
Enjoy this cauliflower steak with a side of green beans, asparagus, mashed or baked potatoes, or spaghetti squash. If you’re on a vegan or vegetarian keto diet, just choose a low-carb side cooked in a healthy oil or grass-fed butter to up the fat content.
Get this Cauliflower Steak with Mushroom Gravy Recipe here.
5. Creamy Vegan Vegetable Risotto
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Finally, our last vegan dinner recipe is another awesome vegetable-heavy dish that will make you feel thoroughly satisfied after consuming it. This is another quick recipe that only calls for some dedication stirring at the stove. Even though it doesn’t take long, you have to stir it very often to help along the cooking process and prevent sticking.
Though the recipe suggests you try this dish with asparagus, red bell pepper and broccolini, you can definitely use any types of veggies you have on hand or prefer. However, arborio rice is definitely the type you will need to get that creamy, dreamy risotto consistency. Though if you’re on the keto diet, you can still make it with cauliflower rice instead for a unique twist!
Top off this dish with vegan parmesan cheese to take it to another level in taste! Just make sure you save room for our final recipe, dessert…
Get this Creamy Vegan Vegetable Risotto Recipe here.
Vegan Valentines Day Dessert Recipe
310 N'ice' Cream Recipe
Finally, any vegan date idea wouldn’t be complete without the perfect indulgent vegan Valentine’s dessert! In this case, we created a much healthier spin on traditional chocolate ice cream – because who DOESN’T want something rich, creamy and chocolaty on Valentine’s Day?!
Skip the candies and chocolates that usually accompany this holiday, and make this guilt-free indulgence instead. Bananas, which contain nutrients that are great for your digestion, skin and heart, are the star of this recipe – as when you freeze them they transform into a consistency similar to ice cream!
Almond milk, cacao powder, maple syrup, 310 Chocolate Shake and 310 Peanut Butter Powder (which is optional), finish off this amazing recipe. Add some raspberries or strawberries to the top for a classic vegan Valentine’s dessert to please just about anyone!
Get our 310 N'ice' Cream Recipe here.
Which recipe are you going to try out this Valentine's Day?! Let us know in the comments below!
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