Wanna get a little fancy for Valentine’s day? Let us look to the heart shaped cookie cutter and the mushy food smear.
This is just a basic meal of Steak, asparagus, quinoa and squash. Oh. And some broccoli too.
What makes it fun, but not all that difficult, is the stripe of squash puree and the heart shaped quinoa.
For the heart shaped quinoa just put a heart shaped cookie cutter on your plate and fill it with quinoa. Pack it down a bit so it holds its shape. You can do the same thing with rice or mashed potatoes or anything else you can think to smash in there. Oiling the inside of the cutter helps it release.
The squash is done 2 different ways. I roasted half of it in the oven and then pureed it. To puree the squash, after cooking it, I added a blob of butter and a tiny bit of chicken stock then blended it with a stick blender.
To get the stripe on your plate, just drop a tablespoon of the puree onto the plate. Then just quickly drag the back of the spoon through the puree to make a swooshing stripe. Easy.
The other half of the squash was peeled, cut into cubes and pan seared in a combination of olive oil and butter over medium/high heat until cooked through.
Easy, fast, relatively impressive.
The heart shaped quinoa and the mushy food smear. My Valentine’s gift to you.