Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine’s Day

Look no further than these quick vegan Valentine's Day recipes when cooking for your other half this year

These wonderfully easy recipes come courtesy of Ms Geeta Sidhu-Robb/Nosh Detox.

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Bowl

Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 30 seconds or until completely smooth
  2. Decorate with your choice of topping. We recommend chia seeds, fresh strawberry, mint, mixed nuts and shredded coconut.

Vegan Bruschetta

Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day

Ingredients

Bruschetta:

  • 1 vegan-friendly baguette
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

Topping:

  • 9 tomatoes (plump, ripe), chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive brine or olive oil
  • vegan cream cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. Meanwhile, cut the baguette into ½ inch slices on an angle. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil (optional). Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Cut a garlic clove in half. Remove the toasted baguette from the oven and rub the garlic clove over the warm, slices of baguette.
  3. Add tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix together. Add tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix together.
  4. Scoop the bruschetta mixture onto the baguette and garnish with olives, fresh basil, rocket, and balsamic vinegar (optional). Serve right away after assembling the bruschetta.

Vegan Basil Avocado Pasta

Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 300g gluten free pasta
  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • handful of basil leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes

Method

  1. In a large pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt, cook pasta and drain well.
  2. Place the avocado, garlic, basil, olive oil, lemon juice into a blender or food processor and blend until your desired consistency. Tastes great both chunky or smooth and creamy.
  3. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and chilli flakes.
  4. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve.

Love’s Vegan Chocolate Pot

Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 220g dairy-free dark chocolate
  • 700g silken tofu
  • 140g maple syrup
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 large pinch of sea salt

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a low heat on the hob. Meanwhile, line a medium bowl with a clean tea towel. Add the tofu, bunch up the tea towel and squeeze out the excess moisture.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 mins, or until smooth. Now transfer the mixture into small pots or bowels and place them in the fridge for a minimum of 15 mins.
  3. Decorate with fresh fruit.

Love’s Vegan Truffles

Easy, healthy recipes for Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 125g vegan dark chocolate
  • 95g coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  • cocoa powder, for dusting

Method

  1. Break chocolate into pieces and place chocolate in a bowl. In a small saucepan, heat coconut milk on low heat until it comes to a full simmer. Do not let it boil! Then, take off the heat and pour hot coconut milk over broken chocolate. Let sit for a minute or two. After sitting, stir with a spatula until all the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth chocolate ganache.
  2. Add vanilla, espresso powder, maple syrup, sea salt and liquor (if using), to ganache. Stir well.
  3. Chill your bowl of ganache in the refrigerator until it has thickened, about 2-3 hours. Stir every 30 mins or so to ensure it chills evenly.
  4. Once firm, using a teaspoon, scoop out portions of ganache and roll into balls with clean, cool hands.
  5. If your palms start to get warm and messy, wash your hands before continuing. Roll truffles in cocoa powder to coat.

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