They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, which explains why I tried to seduce mine with a homemade meal of Fettucine Alfredo and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cheesecake when things started getting serious! I remember sitting on the phone with my mom as she walked me through how to prepare the cheesecake, drizzling the chocolate into the base layer and swirling it into formation. It was really important to me that he thought I was a good cook. That meal was my showcase! I guess I passed the test, because 25 years later, he’s still raving about my food (thanks, honey!).
Five kids later, I am trying to win over my entire family’s hearts, not just my husband’s! I was raised that food is love, so I spend a lot of time thinking about what to feed my family – and I spend a lot of time planning and preparing meals. I think Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to show your love with food, so I’ve rounded up 5 of husband’s (and family’s) favorite recipes that are sure to win over your family’s hearts (and stomachs!).
These plant-based recipes are full of flavor. My kids and hubby aren’t vegan so it’s always a win when I get the thumbs up from them. The recipes below are family tested and approved!
This is a classic. I use Gardein for the “Scallopini” and my husband chooses it over chicken. The lemon-garlic pasta is zesty and delish on its own, (which is a safe bet since my kids are not always the biggest fans of faux meats).
The roasted veggies in this filling are delicious on their own, but wrapped in fluffy puff pastry, this is a taste bud winner. You can customize it with your family’s favorite veggies, but the olives in this recipe are a must on my family’s list.
This is a throwback to that first meal I made my husband. This creamy sauce is a family favorite. Pour it over your kids’ favorite pasta for a healthy and delicious weeknight meal.
The Beyond Meat Beyond Burger (the base in these “meatballs”) is the only hamburger my husband eats now. This recipe is a vegan twist on the family recipe my grandmother used to make us as kids.
These are a fun twist on my family’s favorite meatless and dairy-free lasagna.
What’s the one dish you make to win over your family’s hearts and stomachs? Please share in the comments below.