Love is in the air — can you feel it? This romantic holiday arrives every February to give us the chance to appreciate the relationships in our lives: Our communities, families, friends, and partners. It’s a moment in the midst of winter to pause for a hot minute and express gratitude for the love all around us.
Whether you plan to spend V Day cozied up with a new boo, or hosting your crew for a Galentine’s gathering, or setting aside time to connect with your longtime partner, it’s the perfect time to step up your kitchen game. A date night at home is the time to let your culinary prowess shine, with best-quality ingredients and plenty of inspiration to lead the way.
- Curate your music playlist. Extra-slow jams, please!
- Make sure your pantry is stocked with the essentials, like nutrient-packed ZENB Pasta and ZENB Gourmet Pasta Sauce
- Put a bottle of bubbly on ice
- Pop on your cutest apron and get cooking!
- Make it a night to remember
There’s something so fun about Spanish Tapas: The food is fiery and bold, and the small portions make it great for sharing. These sassy small plates also pair well with wine, of course (Rioja fans, rejoice!), and make a punchy start to any meal.
On their own, shrimp can be a bit subtle, so they are a great vehicle for powerful flavors. After peeling and deveining the shrimp, simmer them in ZENB Roasted Red Bell Pepper Gourmet Pasta Sauce, with the umami volume turned way up, thanks to sautéed onions and garlic. Serve with toasted slices of baguette for dipping.
Shellfish bathed in a luscious broth are practically the definition of a Valentine’s Day dish. You could spend hours working on a broth for those briny bivalves, or you can take a clever shortcut with ZENB Roasted Tomato Gourmet Pasta Sauce and use the time you save to do a charcoal face mask and pick out an extra-dope outfit.
Mussels are commonly served with baguette, making this great to serve alongside the shrimp tapas, or on its own as a light entrée. If you’re the lucky owner of an air fryer, French fries are an indulgent side, changing this dish to moules-frites.
You know that cute wine bar that serves orange wine and gourmet flatbreads? You can totally recreate that experience at home for a meal that’s light on its feet with a subtle Mediterranean flair.
Store-bought pizza dough (or a ball of dough purchased from your favorite pizzeria!) creates the foundation for this flatbread, which is topped with ZENB Roasted Red Bell Pepper Gourmet Pasta Sauce, a shower of mozzarella, some tangy goat cheese, and two types of olives. Add a fresh herb salad, and you’ve got a swoon-worthy dinner all ready to go.
We hope you enjoy a happy, love-filled Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for more inspo (or ideas for breakfast the next morning 😉), head to our recipe library that features over 100 creative, nutritious dishes. For a daily dose of cooking hacks, recipe tips, and wellness chat, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.