This six-course home cooked tasting menu for one, two or more is boss.

Roasted Spicy Shishito Peppers

I’ll start off by saying that I was inspired to make and post this tasting menu because Valentine’s Day is coming up, but I make tasting menus for birthdays, or any other time I feel like cooking a bunch of food (like yesterday!). I like Valentine’s Day and always have, even as a kid. I think it has to do with red being my favorite color. I loved cinnamon candy hearts (and still do), and I love giving and getting presents, anytime! In school, I would make gifts for all of my friends and bring cards for everyone in my class. My family celebrated Valentine’s Day. We still get together around it and give each other little presents to this day.

That being said, I also dislike parts of it. It’s commercialism at it’s best. And honestly, why is there a holiday that celebrates couples only?  I think that’s why I like the way my family does it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in or out of a relationship; it’s for all of us.

The cost of Valentine’s Day dinners also boggles my mind. How does a restaurant justify tripling prices by calling it a tasting menu? I can make a grand dinner at home, and enjoy the scent of cooking spices and some amazing wine. Well grand as in a lot of food, not necessarily in taste, that may vary depending on the day!

Sorry, my extra long intro is over. Here are some recipe ideas to give yourself, you and your significant other, or friends a great night in, anytime!

Six-course tasting menu

The recipes link to pages on the blog to keep this post shorter. Four dishes are vegan and for two of the courses (pasta and main) there are meat and vegan options.

I’ve added wine pairing suggestions, but I’m totally into drinking Prosecco and to me, it goes with everything. At 80 calories a glass, it’s also better for you … well in my mind! Wine pairings average about 2-3 ounces a glass, so for the full meal it is the equivalent of 2 full glasses of wine)

First course: Appetizer

Blistered Shishito peppers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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A perfect kickoff to the night.

Note: Substitute banana peppers if heat is a concern.

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 131.5
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carb: 9g
  • Protein: 2.5g

Wine pairing

Spanish Rioja

Second course: Soup

Mushroom soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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This soup's so good, you'd think it had cream in it!

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 105 calories
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbs: 5 g
  • Protein: 4g

Wine pairing

Australian Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Third course: Salad

Bibb (or Butter lettuce salad)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 164
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Wine pairing

German Riesling

Fourth course: Pasta

Spaghetti with meat sauce

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 281
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbs: 30 g
  • Protein: 14 g

Or 

Spaghetti with tofu

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 181
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbs: 30 g
  • Protein: 9 g

Wine pairing

Argentinian Malbec

Fifth course: Main

Pot roast with potatoes and carrots

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 347
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbs: 27 g
  • Protein: 32 g

Wine pairing

Australian Syrah or Argentinian Malbec (full bodied)

Or

Portobello mushroom roast

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbs: 20 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Wine pairing

Australian Syrah or Argentinian Malbec (light to medium body)

Sixth course: Dessert

Salted almond butter fudge

  • Servings: 21
  • Difficulty: medium
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Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 175
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbs: 7.3g
  • Protein: 4g

Wine pairing

Tawny Port or Grappa

Approximate nutritional information for 6 courses for 1 person (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

With meat

  • Calories: 837 (with wine pairing 1,097, with Prosecco 997)
  • Fat: 43g
  • Carb: 64g (with wine pairing  or Prosecco 74g)
  • Protein: 57g

Vegan

  • Calories: 760 (with wine pairing, 960, with Prosecco 860)
  • Fat: 32.5g
  • Carb: 53g (with wine pairing or Prosecco 63g)
  • Protein: 38g

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    • Please forgive my late reply. Thank you so much for reblogging the recipes and for your comment. Let me know what you think if you use it and if you have any suggestions for improvement. I would love some feedback! And that you so much for taking the time to read through this long piece 🙂

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  1. Great idea! I am thinking of making dinner this year around for my boyfriend and I rather than dining out! This is a fun way to do it 😃 Everything here looks tasty, I love mushrooms so I will for sure be giving those recipes a go! Also prosecco is a great choice! My preferred drink whenever available 😊

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  2. Great post on how to bring the dinning out experience home! I’m definitely going to give that Portobello Mushroom Roast a try. That looks absolutely delicious!

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  3. Impressive Sam. What a great idea. I would never have thought of doing this at home but you’re right. Why not! At least you know the nutrition that goes into it. I don’t even want to know what a 6 course meal at a restaurant is like for calories and fat!

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    • Thank you very much Michelle! I like to pamper people and myself from time to time! This is a great way to do it and still be relatively healthy for a meal like this. I will find out one day what the restaurants will be. They have to put the nutrition right on menus now in Ontario as of January this year!

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