Valentine's Day Meal Ideas

Heading to the lake this weekend with your Valentine and mini-Valentines (aka children)? Thinking about food? I've got you covered with a variety of meal ideas below. Options range from 'hands-off' meals to 'quality time in your beautiful CL kitchen' meals.  I think these chilly, cold months often draw me to Italian cuisine, there is something comforting and cozy about tomato-based dishes. If you would like to try a meal just add the name of the dish, any specifications, and how many you would like to feed to your grocery list and I'll purchase the ingredients. My hope is that the leftovers and certain ingredients can be tied into your other dishes for the week or weekend.

Have other ideas for your shopping list but can't quite formulate a grocery list to send? Give me a ring and I'd be happy to chat about and create your shopping list for you based on your ideas. 


Dinner Ideas

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Hands Off - Loveras Lasagna & Sides

  • packaged lasagna from Loveras Market
  • salad with all the fixings from Whole Foods salad bar
  • garlic bread
  • sparkling water 
  • possible add ons-
    • your choice of wine
    • fresh basil 
    • cheese, meats and crackers from Loveras
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Minimal Prep - Roasted Chicken & veggies

  • whole chicken
  • fixings like rosemary, thyme, lemon, butter, and garlic
  • red potatoes, carrots, parsnips, shallots
  • recipe idea included
  • possible add ons-
    • creamy rice with garlic and parmesan
    • your choice of wine
    • side salad
    • sparkling water
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Quality kitchen time - Grilled Steak & sides

  • your choice of steak - strip, tenderloin, rib-eye, etc
  • potatoes and fixings for mashed potatoes
  • asparagus
  • garlic and rosemary 
  • recipe ideas
  • possible add ons-
    • your choice of wine
    • side salad
    • sparkling water

Lunch Ideas 

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Hands off - Whole Foods Prepared Pizza

  • 16 inch pizza
  • possible add ons-
    • side salad
    • La Croix or carbonated beverage
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Minimal Prep- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

  • crusty loaf of bread
  • butter
  • cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella 
  • Pacific brand tomato-basil soup
  • possible add ons-
    • fresh basil
    • bacon 

 

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QKT (Quality Kitchen Time) -Caprese salad, crackers, hummus & Veggies

  • heirloom tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella 
  • balsamic 
  • fresh basil
  • hummus, veggies for dipping and crackers
  • possible add ons-
    • leftover dinner!
    • pesto 
    • asparagus

Breakfast Ideas

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Hands Off - Mixed fruit, donuts & muffins

  • container of mixed fruit and berries from Sprouts or Whole Foods
  • hand-selected donuts, muffins and/or pastries from Whole Foods bakery
  • possible add ons-
    • greek yogurt
    • orange juice
    • coffee/tea
    • breakfast sausage
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Minimal Prep - Bacon, eggs, Toast & jam

  • package of nitrate-free bacon
  • carton of cage free eggs
  • loaf of bakery-fresh bread
  • jar of mixed berry jam 
  • butter
  • possible add ons
    • coffee/tea
    • orange juice
    • mixed fruit
    • honey
    • breakfast sausage
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QKT - Pancakes, Bacon & Mixed Fruit

  • package pancake mix (Pamela's for gluten-free fans)
  • half carton eggs
  • buttermilk 
  • package nitrate free bacon
  • container mixed fruit
  • butter
  • syrup
  • possible add ons
    • coffee/tea
    • juice 
    • breakfast sausage

Dessert Ideas

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Hands Off- Bakery Treats & Chocolate covered fruit

  • assorted bakery goods from Whole Foods.
  • assorted chocolate covered fruit and nuts from Whole Foods
  • possible add ons
    • champagne or after dinner drink of your choice
    • container mixed fruit
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Minimal Prep - Ice cream with the fixings

  • tub of ice cream
  • chocolate sauce
  • fresh fruit - bananas and strawberries
  • crumbled nuts 
  • possible add ons
    • granola
    • mixed berries
    • multiple types of ice cream!
    • sprinkles
    • caramel or fruit sauce
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QKT - Paleo Pudding Parfaits

  • recipe included
  • coconut milk
  • small container gelatin
  • honey
  • vanilla extract
  • mixed berries
  • possible add ons
    • granola
    • chocolate 
    • champagane or afterdinner drink of choice

Extras

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Many of the meal ideas listed above include oil, butter, and/or salt and pepper. I've left these out of most lists since they are often on hand in homes. If you would like to add any of these pantry items to your list please let me know!

If you have some meal ideas in mind and are ready to create your grocery list, you can head straight to the Forage Membership Page or to Individual Orders to get started! Any questions or want to schedule a call? Shoot me an email at sarah@foragewithsarah.com. 

Thank you for foraging with me!