Last-Minute Valentine’s Dinners and Desserts
I’m making a mad dash today to get ready for a last-minute appearance on AM Northwest tomorrow morning to bake up some Valentine’s Day treats.
In order to get ready for the show, I’m prepping ingredients, props and the different baked goods in their varying stages of readiness. Talk about a test of willpower.
It’s hard explaining to the girls why they can’t eat these. Sometimes I call my stomach and my mouth “the girls.” Isn’t it cute?
In the meantime, I’ve got to get Gi and Lu all ready for their parties at school, laying out their heart tights and sweaters, cutting their sandwiches into hearts for their lunches and packing lollies and cards in backpacks tonight since I’ll be leaving the house before anyone is even thinking about waking up in the morning.
So no, Pea Daddy and I don’t have big Valentine’s Day plans.
But we have to eat.
And so do you.
So I thought I’d show you a few last-minute dinner and dessert ideas that you can put together in a rush and still come out looking like a hero. In heart tights, of course.
Italian-Style Meatless Meatloaf Muffins: they are hearty enough to feed big appetites but cute enough to add a bit of whimsy to your table. If you have a heart-shaped mold, you can really go crazy.
Noodle Salad with Peanut Mmmm Sauce: a lighter meal that comes together quickly and is fantastically delicious. You could even have your own Lady & The Tramp moment with the noodles, if that’s your thing.
Chickpeas and Dumplings: comfort food at it’s finest and it’s done in about twenty minutes for you and your little love dumpling. Oh brother.
Quinoa Pizza Casserole: If you haven’t tried this casserole yet, now’s your chance. Top zesty quinoa with your favorite pizza toppings and dig in. Be still my beating heart.
Chocolate Cherry Cashew Bars: sticky, sweet, chewy and rich, these bars are everything a Valentine’s dessert should be. And they go awesome with a glass of red wine. Or so I hear.
Chocolate Lava Cakes: These are just what they sound like. Only call them Chocolate Lov-ah Cakes tomorrow.
Truly Chocolate Pudding: I love this pudding. Love love love. Don’t dream of skipping the pistachios either.
Black Forest Brownies: If you don’t have raspberries, sub cherries on top of these fudgy brownies of my dreams. They go awesome with a cup of coffee. Or so I hear.
Totally doable, right?
Let’s rock this V-day.
I don’t know about you, but “the girls” and I can hardly wait.