Valentine’s Day Appetizers & Dessert Recipe Roundup

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Switch up your Valentine’s Day this year and try some of my favorite Valentine’s Day appetizers and dessert recipes.

Just because it’s a holiday typically associated with chocolates and sweets doesn’t mean you have to overdo it and completely indulge. (You can still satisfy your sweet tooth with some of these desserts, I promise!)

Valentine’s Day Appetizers and Dessert recipes that will “wow” your significant other

I’ve never really been a huge fan of this hallmark holiday that comes to life with chocolate and roses, but it is a nice excuse to show your significant other how much they mean to you.

One of my favorite ways to show people how much I appreciate them is to prepare homecooked foods and unique recipes that we can enjoy together. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be simple. If it’s too complicated, I’m spent before I even sit down to eat.

Give some of these Valentine’s Day appetizers and dessert recipes a try for something different this year. Many of them are packed with micronutrients and simple swaps (but they’re so subtle that your significant other won’t even notice you’re giving them something delicious and healthy).

Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Gnocchi and Spring Peas with a Basil Cashew Cream Sauce

Valentine’s Day Appetizers & Dessert Recipe Roundup

Indulge in the flavors of spring with this recipe for Gnocchi and Spring Peas with a Basil Cashew Cream Sauce that packs a flavorful and nutritional punch! This hearty dish can be assembled in less than 30 minutes and is a great option for a Meatless Monday. View the recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

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Looking for a hassle-free, lower carb alternative to risotto? Let me introduce you to this Creamy Low Carb Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto. Made with a base of cauliflower rice, mushrooms and peas, then mixed with the most decadent dairy free cashew cream sauce, this is going to be your new go-to when comfort food cravings hit. View the recipe.

Salmon and Asparagus Parchment Packs


These Salmon and Asparagus Parchment Packs require minimal ingredients, are easy to assemble, and even meal prep friendly! They’re perfect for someone who loves salmon, but struggles with how to cook it perfectly at home! These parchment packs are fool proof and result in moist, flaky salmon every, single single time. View the recipe.

Vegan Charcuterie Board


Using vegan cheeses, in this post I walk you through step-by-step how to create a delicious and beautiful vegan charcuterie board for the perfect romantic night in. View the recipe.

Rich & Creamy Cauliflower Vegan Alfredo

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We are giving the cream-filled alfredo classic a healthier twist with the help of roasted cauliflower and cashews. This rich and creamy cauliflower vegan alfredo is just as decadent as the real deal, but made so that you can enjoy the comforting flavors of alfredo a little more often. View the recipe.

Vegan Creamy Polenta with Garlicky Kale and Roasted Chickpeas

Creamy Polenta w/ Garlicky Kale & Crispy Chickpeas

This recipe for vegan creamy polenta with garlicky kale and roasted chickpeas is equally satisfying as it is layered with flavor. Plus, it is absolutely stunning on the plate! View the recipe.

Veggie Glow Vegan Such (How to Make Homemade Sushi)

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Making sushi can be a fun activity for a date night at home, girls night in or family night and you don’t need a sushi mat to get started. Just a piece of parchment paper! View the recipe.

Raspberry Chia Chocolate Pudding Parfait


This classic fruit and chocolate combo is given a healthy and decadent twist just in time for Valentine’s Day. View the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Chia Pudding Parfait with Peanut Butter Mousse

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Espresso, chocolate and peanut butter are perfectly paired together in this simple sweet treat. The healthy fats from the chia seeds and coconut milk makes this recipe just as nutritious as it is decadent. Grab a spoon and get ready to dive into a little taste of heaven! View the recipe.

-Carly Paige

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