Supposedly, Valentine’s Day is a day about celebrating love, yet often times that leaves us feeling the lack of romance than anything else. Those who are out of relationships feel lonely, while those in relationships feel pressure to give and receive and it never quite measures up to what it’s supposed to be. So for this Valentine’s Day, cook with love for that extra special person in your life: yourself.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and your heart is the most important organ. Pita Panzanella with Za'atar by Biddie Kitchen.
Photo by Biddie Kitchen
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Your love is forged in iron, just like this pasta. Cast-Iron Skillet Pasta by Honey Bunch Kitchen.
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Nothing says "I love you" like cheese fondue. Baked Camembert Fondue for One by Singly Scrumptious.
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Salmon is good for your heart. Literally, and figuratively. Garlic Ginger Salmon with Bok Choy by Mix Play Eat.
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Get sexy with scampi! Sexy Shrimp Scampi by Babes and Beignets.
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The ultimate comfort food. Pad Thai by Life + Thymez.
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Who wants to share their brownies anyway? Single-Serving Brownies by Foodie Fiasco.
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When waffles aren't enough, there is always ice cream. Deconstructed Coffee and Waffles by Coffee and Champagne.
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You had me at cookie dough. Vegan Cookie Dough for One by ImmaEatThat.
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A dessert fit for a queen. Persian Pumpkin Dessert by LabNoon.