A quick intro from me– I am a big fan of staying home to cook a lovely meal (or my fiancé cooks the meal should I say!) on Valentine’s day as I find it quite rushed and expensive eating out. We are not always the most inventive chefs, therefore I am excited to have the really lovely foodie genius Sarah from infullflavour.com to share her quick, simple and tasty Valentine’s day recipe with you! I already can tell that this is going to be our new favourite dish. I will leave all of Sarah’s links at the end of this post, please go and check her out!
It’s great to be teaming up with the very lovely Kate from Bargain Beauty Hub for this guest post and have a spot on her fab blog! We’ve exchanged posts and you can read all of her super ideas for a budget pamper evening over on my blog. I love that she is a bargain hunter too, I’ve always been a bit thrifty and now with a toddler, making sure we’re on top of our finances is really important.
I blog over at infullflavour.com and my main theme is food (I also throw in some posts on parenting and lifestyle) which is why Kate has asked me share my idea for an easy recipe for a Valentine’s date night. I’m all about low-effort cooking, especially when you’re trying to have a meal with a loved one, family or friends. Why would you want to spend most of your evening in the kitchen when you could whip up a quick meal and be focusing on having some precious time together?
Somy recipe is really straight-forward with minimal prepping, but it looks really impressive on the plate and tastes dreamy too. Perfect for a night in :o)
Pan-fried gnocchi and chorizo salad
For 2 people you will need:
- 4 large tomatoes, washed
- 1 pack mozzarella
- Handful of fresh basil leaves, washed
- 200 grams of fresh gnocchi
- 1 pack of chorizo (I personally always use Unearthed chorizo as it is nitrate-free)
- Teaspoon of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Balsamic vinegar for drizzling (if you prefer something sweeter,you can buy balsamic glaze which is really tasty)
What to do:
- Chop the tomatoes into largish pieces, aim to cut them into different sizes to give your salad more texture.
- Tear the mozzarella into chunks, and roughly chop the basil leaves.
- Mix the three salad items in a bowl, then season to taste with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Add the oil to a frying pan and once hot, put the gnocchi in thepan. Gently fry for about 8 minutes until lightly browned and crispy. While the gnocchi is cooking, slice your chorizo into rounds.
- Add the chorizo to the pan and fry for another minute or two.
- Plate up the salad as a base, add top it with the gnocchi and chorizo. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or glaze.
The gnocchi and chorizo make this meal quite hearty and filling, so if you want to add a starter, I would go with something light. A good suggestion could be some quick and easy crudités and dips (try mixing up natural yoghurt, some mint sauce, small cucumber pieces and a squeeze of lemon juice, yum!).
Or if you’re more of a pudding person, treat yourself some Gu puddings (trust me,they’re delicious). There’s loads of choice including cheesecake, chocolate soufflés and Key Lime pies. They’re sold in their own little ramekins too,which means they look lovely, and you don’t end up eating such a huge portion you feel queasy – not very romantic for your Valentine’s evening!
Happy Valentine’s Day and here’s to a lovely evening with your special someone…
Where to find Sarah:
Thank you so much to Sarah, I loved sharing our ideas! If you would like to do a guest post collaboration, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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