Italian-inspired Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year – Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.  Kids have school, everyone is at work, but it is Valentine’s Day and no matter what day it falls on, it’s great to make this day that celebrates love, feel special for everyone.


Typically when I want to make a special dinner for the family, I like to make one item that is different and unusual, something we haven’t had before, something that I can experiment with.  And I also like to have another dish on the menu that I know how to make and the family has had before, this way if my experiment food fails, I still have a main course that tastes good and the family will enjoy.


Italian food is one of the most romantic cuisines in my opinion. So for this Valentine’s Day I am planning on making an Italian dish that is easy, yet decadent, delicious and delightful – pasta with delicious red marinara sauce all baked with gooey cheese and a bunch of  veggies. My “experiment” dish for this evening is an Asian pear salad with an unusual dressing. Here is what I have planned for this year’s Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Dinner.


Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Dinner Menu:

Asian Pear and Avocado Salad with Micro greens and Garam Masala Syrup
from Gourmet Magazine, May 2005 Issue

Cheesy Stuffed Pasta Shells

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bark with Candied Ginger
with Vanilla Ice-cream


Happy Valentine’s Day!
❤️💕Wishing you and your families a day filled with plenty of love❤️💕


9 thoughts on “Italian-inspired Vegetarian Menu Celebrating Love. Happy Valentine’s Day! 2017”

  1. I enjoy all of your recipes and love your Blog
    I used to live on long meadow (Surrey Farm) now I’m around the road.
    Thank you taking the time to introduce new ideas
    Happy Valentines Day

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Wow, you live pretty close to me. I am very familiar with Long Meadow. I live off S Kennedy Rd.

      I am so happy to know you are enjoying reading my bog. You made my day! Wish you a wonder Valentine’s Day! ❤️

  2. I’m a little late to the party but I must agree with both Devi and Basanthi – YOU make Valentine’s Day special for us!

    Thank you for sharing your Valentine’s Day dinner menu! It sounds wonderful and I’m sure it was enjoyed by your family! Looking forward to trying out the recipes! Love ya…💝❤

  3. Dear Kalpana,
    Thanks so much for your well wishes for Valentine’s Day! You are in my thoughts always even though I don’t email so often. I wish you and family a very happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and happiness. I already received beautiful flower bouquet and a lovely card from the Debs today which made my day!
    By the way, just to let you know that I have read all your blogs and even noted down some of the recipes which I think would give a try. Thanks for sharing your recipes and your great blog ( well written with awesome photos )
    ❤️💕💐🌹 Devi

  4. Many thanks for your Valentine’s Day wishes Kalpana. You are in my thoughts and I wish you and your family a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with Love and happiness.

  5. You have made Valentine day special to me Kalpana. You taught me that Valentine day can be made special to everyone you love!
    You are one of my special Valentine❤️

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