Today’s Links: Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day! I snapped the above photo with my blackberry yesterday while walking in Soho. Pink painted hearts were dotting the sidewalks up and down Broadway for as far as I could see. It was like someone had spilled a bucket of confetti hearts from above. I’m a sucker for anything festive, so naturally a picture had to be taken.
Tonight the boyfriend and I are celebrating by heading into the city for some surprises (what could it be?) and to relive our first date at Gusto Organics. I’m super excited about going back to Gusto because they are the world’s first 100% certified organic restaurant (wow) and are also certified Green by the Green Restuarant Association. They take the health of their customers very seriously, which is obviously exciting for someone like myself. Last time I was there I ordered a delicious gluten-free grilled veggie pizza and a giant green juice (a Green Monster, perhaps?). I’ll share pics and updates of tonight’s dinner soon.
For now, here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day goodies on the blogosphere. Not all of them are sugar-free, gluten-free, or ACD friendly but I’m hoping to give each of these a whirl with a couple alterations and see what kind of fun date nights I can plan.
- Jess at Healthy Exposures heart shaped Almond Butter and Banana Stuff French Toast is the most absolutely adorable V-day breakfast I’ve seen. If I was using spelt bread, I’d roll with French Meadow’s yeast-free version (I haven’t seen a version that’s both yeast-free and gluten-free, but I love this company) and if I was sticking to a truly gluten-free bread, I’d go with Ener-G’s gluten-free, yeast-free brown rice bread which actually makes a great French toast because of it’s nice spongy texture. I’d probably nix the banana to make it ACD friendly and maybe throw a little kiwi on there OR cranberries for the red color, perhaps? I think I have to make this and find out!
- Hannah at Bitter Sweet Blog‘s heart shaped pomengranate pops are seriously the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I will definitely be trying these as soon as I can get my hands on a cute little heart mold.
- Moni at Being Cheap Never Tasted So Good‘s Oatmeal Cranberry Nut Love Cookies look delish and fun! I can’t wait to try an ACD friendly version of this with oat bran in place of oatmeal, brown rice flour to make it gluten-free, and agave in place of the sugar for the ACD lover in me. Actually, I can’t even look at them because I want to make one right this second.
And while they’re not Valentine’s Day themed, I also bookmarked these recipes for future date nights.
- Kim at Affair’s of Living‘s Crock Pot Beef Roast with Root Vegetables and Flourless Gravy (which happens to already be gluten free and ACD friendly as all her recipes are) looks like an amazing romantic dinner. When better to indulge in such a delicious looking dish? I’ve always wanted to try one of Kim’s recipes, and this one just may be first on my list given my huge love of root vegetables, which I don’t make at home nearly often enough, and my newly acquired love of pot roast. Mmm.
- I also really like Living on a Dime’s $6.00 Gourmet Dinners for Two. Especially the tomato basil salad, which is a great idea on a budget. I’m slotting this into dinner rotation and will make it without the vinegar (to make it ACD friendly) and with goat cheese in place of mozzarella.
- Whole Foods Swiss Chard Wrapped Salmon. Umm… yum, and surprisingly easy.
- New York Times’ Forbidden Rice Pudding with Blueberries from their “recipes for health” section has been calling my name all week. It’s not red, but it’s super yummy looking. And could be tried with Raspberries for a red twist I would think.
Alright, that’s a quick look at some of the Valentine’s Day recipes that I’d bookmarked this week. Clearly I won’t be making any of them tonight, but I’m excited to give each of them a whirl in the day (and holidays) to come. I hope you’re all having a great holiday weekend!