Ravioli, salad and salmon cake on a plate

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home with Help from Heinen’s

Happy “Hearts Day” to all you foodie lovers out there. This year, while Valentine’s Day falls mid-workweek I am not going to let the special day go by without preparing a nice dinner for my husband and our little one. As a working wife and mom, I try to do my best to plan and prep for meals on Sunday afternoons. However, I recently discovered some of Heinen’s “Meals in a Flash” offerings and they have helped a lot. These dinner suggestions have been both inspiring and a super-easy way for our family to eat well on a work night.

This Valentine’s Day I want to step it up a bit with a slightly larger, more indulgent meal than I might regularly serve on a weeknight. I want the evening at home to feel special; like we are out at a restaurant but without the crowds and price-fixed options … one that is also child-friendly.

package of Heinen's ravioli, salmon cakes, spinach salad and a bottle of bubbly

For our Valentine’s Day dinner at home I choose Heinen’s Beet, Squash & Goat Cheese Ravioli (found in the Refrigerated Pasta Case), served with a dollop of prepared arrabiata sauce, a baked salmon cake (found in the Prepared Foods case), a small spinach salad (assembled from the Salad Bar), a slice of brie cheese (for the end-of-the-meal treat) and a glass of chilled bubbly!

I simply warmed up the salmon cake in the oven, and while they were warming I boiled the ravioli until al dente. I assembled our plates with the small salads which included spinach, delicious beet sauerkraut (for that holiday red hue), red onions and garbanzo beans topped with a tablespoon mashup of Greek yogurt and blue cheese. I microwaved the sauce and ladled the pasta on top, placed the warm salmon cake on the plate last, and — voila! — our Valentine’s Day weeknight meal at home was served in under 20 minutes.

Close up of spinach salad and ravioli

It was fun to have such a well-rounded, fancy dinner at home. Knowing I was serving my family a special weeknight dinner made me feel accomplished and a bit like Super Woman. If you are looking to impress your family with a nice meal at home this Valentine’s Day head to Heinen’s. The time savers among their Prepared Foods case, salad bar and refrigerated options are wonderful. Trust me — they will LOVE it!

Charity D'Amato
Posted by: Charity D'Amato
Charity is the founder of studio Chartreuse; chartreuseinc.com a design firm located in Lakewood, Ohio. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Design and Art Education. Charity is a Cleveland Bridge Builders graduate and the recipient of the 2010 Inside Business Athena Young Professional Award. Since 2007, Charity has also been the voice behind the regional lifestyle blog, iheartcleveland.com. Charity and her family recently made the move across the river from Westlake to Shaker Heights, Ohio. “I really adore that I get to come to work every day and be creative. This is my passion and my reality.”

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