Did you forget to book a restaurant for Valentine’s Day and need uncomplicated last minute recipes? Here are some quick and easy recipes that are useful if you’ve found yourself in a bind.
To start off a wonderful meal you must have bread. I find anything Pillsbury, especially their crescent rolls, to be a perfect start.
Next for the salad. If you don’t feel like making a fancy salad, just throw some lettuce, peppers, and carrots together and have your favorite dressing on the side. However, if you would like a real salad, I find a chopped salad to be nice and fresh, as well as mess free. If you have ever been to the cheese cake factory, this recipe is somewhat like their chopped salad.
You will need:
Two 9 oz bags of romaine lettuce
Any type of tomato
Two medium avocados
1 cup corn kernels (or a can will do)
1 package already cooked bacon
3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 granny smith apple
Chop everything into bite sized pieces and toss together. For the dressing a balsamic vinaigrette is best. This salad is very crisp and fresh. It also has a mix of sweet and salty flavor, which takes it away from the category of boring salads.
Next is an easy meal. The easiest and most romantic is spaghetti and meat balls. Yes, I stole the idea from Disney, but it is a delicious classic that can be changed any way desired. You can use any noodle and any sauce. Personally, I prefer penne pasta with Preggo meat sauce on top.
For dessert I would finish it up with a simple sugar cookie. Usually they take forever to make because you have to stick the dough in the freezer. However, this delicious recipe makes them gooey and delicious, but takes away the rolling and freezing.
You will need:
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
First, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then you will need to mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth. Next, gradually add flour mixture. When ingredients are blended scoop spoonfuls of dough onto un-greased cookie sheets. Add sprinkles if desired. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and let cool. These cookies are quick, easy, and addictive.
If you want to surprise your Valentine, then these recipes are an easy way to make it a wonderful night.