When you've got a family, sometimes you're just not going to pull off the whole Valentine's Day romantic-dinner-for-two thing, even if your heart is in the right place. But you can still have some fun and get into the spirit with just one
clever recipe worked into the day -- breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Check out our five Valentine's ideas below
and see if one of them is right for saying "I love you" to the whole gang.
The sweetness of the passion fruit juice is nicely balanced by the zing of fresh ginger. You can use Champagne for you and yours; sparkling lemonade if you're making it for the whole family.
Beet and Goat Cheese Hearts:
Beets and goat cheese –one of the food world's most delicious pairings – team up in this whimsical heart shaped stack. Brightened with a lemony dressing and the crunch of smoked almonds, it's a nice way to kick off a grown-up (or if you've got good eaters, a family) dinner.
"Pillow Talk" French Toast:
There's no need to stand at the stove to make French toast – just pop it in the oven and it develops a pillowy center and crunchy edges. Drizzled with fresh strawberry syrup and dollops of whipped cream, it's a romantic breakfast OR an over-the-top treat for the kids.
Wild-At-Heart Stuffed Peppers:
Red bell peppers are sweet when they're raw, but roasting lends them a silkiness that enhances their natural assets. Stuffed with wild rice, hazelnuts and dried fruit, they're a good side dish for poultry or game – or an unexpected main course.
Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake:
This creamy, luscious cheesecake is laced with orange and swirled with scarlet streaks of raspberry preserves. It's gorgeous for entertaining, but is also a showstopper for a weekend family dinner.