Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
“Tom” and I created another lovely Valentine’s Day supper to share with each other. This year we decided to stay with the heart theme dominated by red and white. We made heart shaped Margherita pizza with roasted heart shaped beets and potatoes.
individual pizza shells (store bought or make your own)
spicy tomato sauce such as Arribiata or Marinara (store bought or make your own)
cheezy cashew sauce *
vegan pesto **
1 or 2 tomatoes
3 large leaves fresh basil, chiffonaded
If making this for Valentine’s Day, cut the pizza shells into heart shapes. Otherwise, leave as is. Spread a bit of spicy tomato sauce onto the pizza shells. Put dollops of cashew sauce all over the pizza, then dollops of pesto in between the cashew sauce. Arrange thinly sliced tomatoes (I used 3 slices for each individual pizza). Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. After removing from the oven, add a few strips of fresh basil to each pizza.
* Cheezy Cashew Sauce
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for a few hours
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup water (or more)
1/8 tsp salt
a few grinds of black pepper
dash of cayenne
1/8 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp nutritional yeast
Put everything in a blender and blend for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed and adding a bit more water as needed. The consistency needs to be thickish so be careful about the addition of water.
1/4 cup vegetable broth
7 fresh basil leaves (approx.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp white wine vinegar
Put everything in a mini food processor or blender and blend until well combined.
Roasted Heart Shaped Vegetables
2 beets, peeled
2 largish, round potatoes, peeled
1 tsp vegetable oil
Cut the beets and potatoes into slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the slices into heart shapes with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Toss the vegies in the oil, arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then flip the hearts and bake for another 5 minutes until lightly browned on each side.
Oh, and we ended our meal with more hearts … watermelon hearts! And chocolate of course!