A Whole30 Valentine's Day

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to have a few delectable and special recipes tucked in your back pocket to mix up your everyday menu.

If you are looking to celebrate at home (or again, just want to have an out-of-the-ordinary meal), I wanted to share some of my favorite taste-bud tickling dishes. Note: There have been a few recipe changes to make recipes Whole30 compliant.

I am personally a huge fan of a rack of lamb. If I make it, it is usually for a nice dinner like New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. I have three littles so the days of nice dinners for holidays are few and far between. For Valentine’s Day, we currently live in the land of heart-shaped pancakes, heart-shaped candies and cute decals on the bedroom windows. Until those days return, I will simply dream of a rack of lamb.

My favorite way to prepare rack of lamb is making Dijon, Garlic and Rosemary Rack of Lamb. Finely chop rosemary, and garlic and mix with about a ½ cup of Dijon mustard. Mix the three ingredients together well (it should be a little chunky) and baste the top of the rack of lamb, place lamb on cookie sheet and put in in the 450-degree preheated oven for around 20 minutes.

Here are some other amazing Whole30 compliant recipes that might just bypass the need for chocolate and wine this Valentine’s Day:

Portobello stuffed with crab

This recipe by The Sophisticated Caveman is decadent. The only ingredient that will need to be substituted in order to make it Whole30 compliant is the traditional Old Bay seasoning, which has non-compliant ingredients. You can find a recipe link for compliant Old Bay seasoning below.

Whole30-friendly Old Bay seasoning

This spice blend is PERFECT to use when your recipe calls for ‘Old Bay Seasoning’, but you don’t have any! I’ve used this many times and I love it! These are ingredients that you probably already have in your spice cabinet!”

Steak with Whole30 Bearnaise sauce

Who doesn’t love a steak with a decadent sauce on Valentine’s Day. 40Aprons does a great job creating a delicious (and compliant) recipe.

Double Crisped Brussels Sprouts with lemon, capers and garlic

Not to leave the side dishes out, Michelle of The Whole Smiths has created a delicious and textured crispy brussels sprouts side dish that will make your mouth water.

Hasselback Potatoes

And not to leave out the potatoes, hasselback potatoes are not only delicious but basically a work of art. For everyone who loves plating beautiful food as much as you love eating delicious food, this should be on your must-try list.

Fruit Salad with Mint and Lime

While there’s no chocolate on a Whole30 Valentine’s Day, you can still enjoy something a little sweet with your sweetie on this special day. This fruit salad kicks things up a notch with the addition or mint, lime juice, lime zest, and lime peel. It’s the perfect addition to your healthy holiday meal.

Happy Valentine’s Day! What’s your game plan for staying compliant and still having a fantastic holiday?