Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers!
Hopefully you have someone or many someones close to you to celebrate with this weekend. Valentine’s Day of course causes some polarizing feelings, based on what your relationship status is it seems. But there are more types of love than romantic love. Try taking today to celebrate all your loved ones, including your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, and even random strangers. Everyone could use a hug or a smile or a kind word.
For Valentine’s Day recipes to impress, try:
- I Choose You Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Angel Food Cake Roll with Strawberry Filling
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Popcorn
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Truffles
- Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cocoa
- Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies
- Chocolate Shortcake with Patron Cafe Whipped Cream
- Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
If you want to try impressing your loved one(s) with a home-cooked meal but feel daunted, try searching my “less than 5” section for recipes that take less than 5 minutes, less than 5 ingredients, or less than 5 dollars to make.
This recipe is a light, easy slaw using ingredients that are around in February: cabbage, carrots, and beets. Dried cherries or cranberries and honey sweeten it up, while apple cider vinegar & lemon juice gives it pucker power. And the beets give it a lovely pink color!
- 1/4 large cabbage
- 1 large carrot
- 2 medium beets
- 1 tbsp dried cherries or cranberries
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Step 1: Cut the tops off the beets, place in an oven-safe sprayed pan and roast at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until tender when pricked with a fork. Dice or shred the cabbage into small strips. You will need about 3-4 cups, but can halve or double the recipe as needed.
Step 4: In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, honey, lemon, and vinegar and whisk until well combined.
Step 5: Pour the liquid over the vegetables in the bowl. Add some salt & pepper to taste.
Step 6: Mix everything well to coat, and refrigerator for 1 hour up to 2 weeks.
The liquid mixed with the beets turns a nice red-pink color. This slaw is super healthy, and tastes great on its own or slathered onto sandwiches or hot dogs. You can also pickle it by adding slightly more vinegar to cover in a bowl or jar, and leaving it out at room temperature for 4-7 days. Then put on a lid and put it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Have a healthy, happy Valentine’s Day!