Vegan Dinner Choices For A Night In

At this day in age, couples look to recreate a romantic night out (or in). For the vegan eater, the options are endless and increasingly growing as the movement gains traction. Vegans do not eat or use animal products. Holidays (and let's face it, they'll be here beforeyou know it) can be a finagling taste test to find the right combination of vegan-friendly products. Vegan diets are typically high in fiber, iron and legumes. Vegan food items are usually easily absorbed and contain plant-based ingredients. It’s time to romance that special someone this Valentine’s Day with vegan inspired dishes, wine and a hearty conversation.

5 Vegan recipes to try (add wine):

Poached fruit:

  1. Choose a fruit of your liking for this one! Pears nicely combine with red wine to make this poached fruit recipe. In a bowl, mix a half a bottle of wine, a half a cup of lemon juice, 3 cloves and one teaspoon of vanilla.

  2. Bring to a boil before adding the pears. Stir occasionally until the pears are soft.

  3. Remove the pears from the pan, place on a dish and allow the ingredients to turn into a syrup-like texture. Pour the syrup texture on top of the pears. Enjoy!

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Desert reduction:

  1. Choose a red wine of your liking. Pour ½ to ¾ of a bottle into a saucepan.

  2. Bring the red wine to a simmer with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Watch frequently and stir, switching between high and medium heat after 5-10 minutes.

  3. Continue stirring until the reduction appears like syrup.

  4. Pour the reduction onto a pastry dish of your choice. Allow 5-10 minutes to cool before enjoying.

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Eggplant and red wine reduction:

  1. Cut an onion, 4 stalks of celery, and 2 eggplant. Put vegetables into a saucepan. Combine with one cup of bone broth, 1 teaspoon of paprika and a pinch of crushed garlic. Allow to cook for 30 minutes on low.

  2. In a separate pan, add a half a bottle of wine to begin the reduction. Stir on medium for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, switch to hot heat and stir for 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of sugar and stir consistently.

  3. Combine both the vegetables and wine reduction into a large serving dish. Enjoy!

Artichoke heart pasta:

  1. Boil pasta of your choosing. Drain and set aside.

  2. Add chopped artichokes, banana peppers, sun dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of paprika and parsley with minced garlic into a saucepan and cook for 15 minutes.

  3. Combine vegetables and ⅓ cup of wine into a singular saucepan.

  4. Serve over pasta. Add salt to taste.

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ed wine beets:

  1. Wash and chop fresh beets.

  2. Add the freshly cut beets and ½ cup of red wine to a medium saucepan.

  3. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Occasionally stir to check the consistency of the beets.

  4. Serve when prepared to your likeness.

Tell us below in the comments which recipes you've tried and which ones you enjoyed the most!

Kristina Caputi