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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Do you have plans? Are they soy-free?
The traditional (cliche?) choice of chocolates and a nice restaurant isn’t a guaranteed soy-free option. Fancy soy-free chocolate is hard to find (especially Valentine’s-themed chocolate) and while enjoying a soy-free meal at a restaurant is possible, it gets a little bit harder on a busy restaurant day like Valentine's Day. (Side note here: it is easy to think that the more expensive a food is, the less likely it is to contain soy. Unfortunately, this isn’t true—soy can be found in various levels of restaurants and desserts from low-end to super fancy.)
So as you make plans with a special someone, can you be sure to have a soy-free holiday? Of course you can! If you are set on going out to eat, call ahead (you’ll need reservations anyway) and ask about soy in the restaurant's menu. Come up with a few menu items that are soy-free or easily modified to be soy-free ahead of time. This way, you can focus on enjoying the dinner instead of worrying about choosing a soy-free food. Another option, one that we personally recommend, is to have a fun fancy dinner at home. Spend intentional time together in the kitchen making something unique or fancy that you don’t normally eat. It doesn’t need to be difficult! Our plans this year are to cook soy-free steak at home and follow it up with homemade chocolate fondue. This chocolate fondue is soy-free, easy to make, and a truly classy touch to make Valentine’s Day special.
Instead of adding stress to a day that’s already full of stressful expectations, choose food options that make it easy to stop thinking about the ingredients and focus on the dining experience! (and maybe also pick up some flowers on your way home)
What You’ll Need:
- 1.25 cups heavy cream
- 1 10 oz bag Nestle dark chocolate morsels (they are soy-free!)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp brandy
- Rice Krispy treats - naturally soy-free if made at home! (the store-bought ones contain soy lecithin)
- Other soy-free treats to dip into the chocolate
What To Do:
- Heat the cream in the fondue pot
- Once hot, slowly mix in the chocolate chips until melted
- Add vanilla and brandy
- Dip strawberries, bananas, pineapple, Rice Krispy treats, marshmallows, or any other treat of your choice (note: keep the heat low to avoid burning the chocolate)