I made a heart ravioli dinner for my companion Ken on Valentine’s day. He gave me the gorgeous flowers you can see in these photos.
3 Cheese Heart Ravioli with Garlic Tomato Sauce – This is my favorite pasta dough, I used a heart shape cookie cutter to cut the dough. The filling was Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Asiago cheeses with basil and fresh ground pepper. For the tomato sauce I sauteed onion and 4 garlic in olive oil. Then I added a 29 oz can of tomato puree and basil.
Roasted Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon Zest
Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
My critique of the meal: The ravioli were delicious. I really should make ravioli more often. Ken was thrilled with the meal. I had a little trouble with the chocolate fondue consistency but I think it was operator error. It tasted great and was fun to eat. Earlier in the week when we went to the liquor store to buy the hazelnut liqueur, I was thrilled to get Frangelico in the cute monk bottle. It was a successful Valentine’s Day meal.
My friend Renae, her husband and daughters came over for a Valentine Themed lunch.
X and O Mini Bagels
Cheddar Hearts – cut with a cookie cutter
Lentil Soup – I did not use the coriander or grains of paradise
Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies – I did not use the instant espresso powder
My critique of the meal: Everything was delicious and my guests seemed to enjoy. The only thing I would do different is ask them for bagel topping preferences. I was not sure so I made a lot of plain bagels. When I make for a crowd, I prefer making plain bagels and I add various toppings.
I made this lip themed meal for my companion Ken. I was glad to use a different cookie cutter.
Left Side: Lips – Black Beans and Salsa, Nishiki rice cut with a cookie cutter
Top Right: Lips – Apple cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, apples
Bottom Right: Lips – Red bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, hummus
I made this Naan pesto pizza fish meal for myself. It was delicious and satisfying.
Left Side: Fish – store brought Naan bread cut with a cookie cutter, spread with pesto (I make mine with garlic, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, pine nuts, and Asiago cheese), add small cubes of fresh mozzeralla cheese – bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown, Eye – carrot, blueberries
Top Right: Pecans
Bottom Right: Fish – carrot cut with cookie cutter, sugar snap peas
I made this simple meal for my companion Ken.
Left Side: Rooster – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, hens – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles
Top Right: Pistachios
Bottom Right: Clementine
Last year I started a tradition of making freezer meals for my friend Carol’s birthday gift. It was well received so I decided to do it again this year. I made 4 different types of meals and gave her 15 portions. I saved some portions for myself. The Chili, Cornbread and Chocolate meals are in EasyLunchBoxes.
West African Peanut Soup – I added only 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1 can of coconut milk, halved the ginger, and used spinach instead of greens.
Homemade Fresh Mozzarella Pesto Pizzas with Frozen Yogurt Pies (I used Greek Raspberry yogurt, did not use the fresh raspberries and put the filling in individual graham cracker crusts.)
Rigatoni and Vegetable Casserole (I used Cheddar and Asiago instead of the tofu and omitted the nutritional yeast.)
Chunky Vegetable Chili (I reduced the chili power since Carol does not like spicy food) with Cornbread Muffins (I baked them in muffin tins – did not take as long to bake as original recipe.)
I am not good at giving gifts but think that this idea is a success. It is fun to think of meals I can make and give to friends. It is an added benefit that I create meals for myself at the same time.
I made this meal for myself. The peanut noodles are a standby lunch. I made it more fun with some cookie cutters.
Left Side: Alligator – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles
Top Right: Pistachios
Bottom Right: Palm Trees – apple cut with cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, blackberries