Valentine’s Day can be extremely daunting.  For someone who doesn’t have a significant other but wants one, seeing all the happy couples can be depressing.  For someone who has a significant other, there is always the question of what to get them to show your appreciation/love for them.  Even though we can’t do much to help find that someone special, we can help you with a fabulous meal plan if you already have someone special to prepare it for!!

Start with some fabulous cream puffs for breakfast…

INGREDIENTS:

2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla

pudding mix

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1.

Mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set.

2.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

3.

In a large pot, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms a ball. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.

4.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.

5.

When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.

Since you started your mate’s day off the right way, they probably aren’t going to be expecting that you’ll tackle dinner for the evening as well!!  Once your mate leaves for the day, simply start this fabulous meal to further surprise your mate at dinner!!

Valentine's Fettuccini for Two

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces dry fettuccine pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast

halves

2 tablespoons Italian-style salad dressing

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

4 ounces fresh button mushrooms,

quartered

1 (14.5 ounce) can organic fire-roasted

diced tomatoes (such as Muir Glen®)

2 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons freshly shredded

Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

1.

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, stir in the fettuccini, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

2.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet, and cook the chicken breast halves over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side. Pour the Italian dressing and balsamic vinegar over the chicken, add the mushrooms, and cook, covered, until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove the chicken breasts, and cut into strips.

3.

Stir the tomatoes, cream cheese, and basil together in the skillet with the mushrooms over medium-low heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir to melt the cream cheese into the sauce, add the chicken strips and the cooked fettuccini, and toss together. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to serve

Of course, no Valentine’s Day would be complete without a treat for your sweet!

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding

12 oz can evaporated milk

15 oz can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup Bisquick (I used my homemade DIY Bisquick recipe)

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

whipped cream

 

In a large bowl, beat together evaporated milk, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, Bisquick, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth. Spray in the inside of a 4 quart slow cooker with non stick spray and pour the pudding into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours or until the center is almost set and it's pulling away from the sides. Remove lid and cook an additional 30 minutes; a skewer should test almost clean in the center. Spoon into serving dishes and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

 

These recipes are sure to make your Valentine’s Day one your love will never forget!