Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with the people that are important to us. This day can induce a bit of stress as we try to please and impress our loved ones, especially when it comes to food! Out of the fear of cooking, many of us go out and visit restaurants known for their romantic atmosphere for the holiday, yet they end up being overcrowded, overpriced and lacking those special moments Valentine’s Day is all about.
A home cooked meal can be more personal and thoughtful than going out to eat. Hormel Foods has worked to put together several tips and delicious recipes to add some flavor and make your entire Valentine’s Day experience stress-free.
1. Plan ahead! Do some research on the person or group you are cooking for. What are their favorite dishes? Try out a few different recipes that best fit your audience’s tastes, or better yet, impress them with your creativity--try out something that no one has had before. Visit hormelfoodsrecipes.com if you’re in need of a little inspiration to push you in the right direction.
2. Pick a setting. Will you be serving breakfast in bed? A romantic meal at the dining table? A series of small dishes or one main course? Here are a few ideas from Hormel Foods for each option.
Appetizer: Asian Lettuce Wraps are simple to prepare yet have a sophisticated look and taste. Heat a combination of chicken, water chestnuts and a House of Tsang® stir-fry sauce of your choosing in a wok or skillet. Arrange the mixture in the center of each lettuce wrap, top with your favorite veggies and enjoy!
Main course: Impress your guests with a tasty Sausage and Pepper Pasta. Customize the simple dish that combines rigatoni pasta and Hormel® Natural Choice® spinach asiago chicken sausages with your loved one’s favorite jarred pasta sauce.
Breakfast: Don’t sacrifice precious sleeping time by creating a time-consuming breakfast dish. Try topping off toasted frozen waffles with Hormel® Cure 81® ham, strawberries and maple syrup. Or, spread toast with cream cheese, create a heart in the center of the toast with blueberries and spoon strawberry jam in the center.
3. Set the tone. Will your partner or family appreciate a more romantic ambience with candles and mood music or a more playful, upbeat theme?
4. Don’t forget dessert! Valentine’s Day is known as a “sweet” holiday and no home-cooked meal on this day would be complete without a delectable dessert dish. If you’re already exhausted from your cooking efforts, heat up Hormel™ Country Crock® cinnamon apples and spoon over ice cream for a quick and mouth-watering ending to your meal.
What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Will you be eating at a restaurant or making something at home?
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