Feb 13
2013

Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe & Other Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe & Other Valentine's Day Ideas #recipe #valentinesday
This creamy mushroom risotto, along with some dessert and appetizers, are a great way to surprise your special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and you’re still trying to figuring out what to cook for that special someone, aren’t you? That’s okay, I’ve got you covered. Nothing says, “I love you” more than a pot of gently simmered, carefully tended creamy risotto. Really, it beats conversation hearts any day of the week. Even though the word “creamy” is in the title, this mushroom risotto is one of the healthiest versions around. I ditched the butter and extra Parmesan, and was still rewarded with a dish that tasted as decadent as a molten lava cake.

Of course, a Valentine’s meal isn’t complete without dessert, and perhaps a special appetizer or side dish. So, I put together a couple of menu options that take the guesswork out of menu planning. Scroll down for more details.

For the mushroom risotto recipe, pop over to this post that I wrote for allParenting.com.

Dinner #1:

If you’re going to serve a salad on Valentine’s Day, why not serve one with a kick of bourbon? Between the bourbon and the glass of red wine you’re sure to be sipping while stirring the risotto, you and your loved one will be feeling very amorous by then end of the evening. Top the meal off with a beautiful meringue, which can be made the day before, served with a scoop of red raspberry sorbet.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe & Other Valentine's Day Ideas #recipe #valentinesday
Warm Bourbon Spinach Salad with Bacon & Avocado
Almond Meringue with Raspberry Sorbet

Dinner #2:

If you tend to get the nibbles before dinner, whip up a few strawberry and Brie cheese crostini. These would go beautifully with a glass of Prosecco, or your favorite sparkling wine. End the meal with a gloriously chewy bar made of oats and Nutella.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto Recipe & Other Valentine's Day Ideas #recipe #valentinesday
Strawberry, Brie Cheese, Honey & Basil Crostini
Chewy Nutella & Oatmeal Bars

Of course, these meals don’t have to be saved only for February 14th. Surprising your loved one with a special meal, perhaps after a long work week or to kick off a vacation, is a sure way to earn points.

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1 bellini February 13, 2013 at 5:15 am

Happy Valentines Day Dara. I hope that love is in the air in your new home. Certainly some delicious ideas.

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2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

You’re right – this beats conversation hearts any day of the week!

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3 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

That risotto looks so so dreamy and delicious!

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4 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 13, 2013 at 7:11 am

I am such a big fan of risotto! We eat in for Valentine’s day every year and risotto is on our menu this year. I love this one, Dara!

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5 Bev @ Bev Cooks February 13, 2013 at 7:59 am

That risotto has me all weepy.

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6 patsy February 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

Creamy risotto and those appetizers would make a fabulous meal anytime!

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love mushroom risotto, it would be a perfect Valentine’s meal for me!

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8 The Healthy Apple February 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I Love making risotto; one of my favorite gluten free meals! Have a great Love Day! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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9 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Risotto is just so comforting and elegant! Perfect for V-Day!

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10 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 14, 2013 at 4:18 am

Dara,
I love the different menu plans–they each sound great for any special meal.

Thanks!

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11 Jenna February 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love how wonderfully comforting this looks! So creamy and full of flavor. Another one im adding to my to-make list

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12 carrian February 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

I love a creamy risotto and all of the other ideas look lovely as well!

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13 brandi February 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

that risotto looks perfect!

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14 Fiona March 19, 2013 at 5:01 am

This should not be in the vegetarian section of your restaurant since you use beef broth. It’s clearly not vegetarian…

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