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Valentine’s Day will look a little different for most of us this year. Most restaurants — normally crowded on this special day — may not be open or are only able to offer limited seating options. So consider cooking at home instead. There’s no need to slave in the kitchen for hours, though. With a few ingredient short-cuts, you can treat your special someone to the ultimate Valentine’s Day spread. We start with a simple polenta appetizer (using pre-cooked polenta) followed by a gluten-free pasta and finish off with a chocolatey banana bread recipe that will drive you bananas.
Baked Polenta Bites with Butternut Squash Bruschetta
These cute and tasty little appetizers are made with pre-cooked polenta, which cuts down your prep time but doesn’t scrimp on a rich, delicious flavor.
Penne alla Vodka
There’s no need to order takeout from your neighborhood trattoria when this beloved, easy-to-assemble Italian dish gets dinner on the table in no time.
Chocolate Banana Bread
Go bananas and add some cocoa and chocolate chips to your banana bread. Now you can have your chocolate and eat it, too!