There are two ways to look at Valentine's Day: a cheesy Hallmark holiday, or just one more chance to celebrate your love with someone (or to celebrate being single, which can be fabulous as well). And while there are glitzy restaurants and Valentine's Day specials, save your money and do something a bit different this year. Create a spa in your home (massages, candlelit bath, thick, terry cloth robes), shut off the outside world and make fabulous meals you'll both enjoy.
Start the day off right with a heaping plate of Cashew French Toast. Next, make a healthy Cobb Salad for lunch and a Greens Smoothie for an afternoon snack. For dinner, open a bottle (or two or three) of red wine and feast on an Italian Meal for two.
And of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without something chocolate to end the night. You can indulge in a traditional chocolate cake, or take the plunge and make an eggless variety. Fluffy and tasty, this cake is easy to make and won't leave you with that inevitable sugar hangover the next day. Happy love weekend!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or a baking flour of your choosing)
1 cup organic sugar (or 3/4 cup honey)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar (or lemon)
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one 9X5 inch loaf pan (or a round cake pan). Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar, chips and water. Mix together until smooth.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.