If you’re in the mood for some amazing homemade comfort food I have you covered with this show-stopping meal that’s PERFECT for date night! Below you’ll find my recipes for a beautifully rustic grilled caesar salad (topped with tofu bacon bits, and lemon caper dressing!), oven roasted tomatoes, and cashew alfredo fettuccine!! Not only is this meal insanely drool-worthy but it’s also plant-based … and you would never know by its bold flavours!
If you want to get ahead of the game (aka give yourself more Rosé drinking time!) then I would suggest making a few things ahead of time! In order to speed things up, feel free to make the tofu bacon bits, lemon caper caesar salad dressing, and the cashew alfredo sauce and store them in the fridge until you’re close to having everything prepped. Just make sure to heat up the alfredo sauce while the noodles are cooking so it’s nice and hot by the time everything is ready! OR, if you have a Vitamix you can actually toss the sauce back in the blender and put it on the soup setting for a few minutes and it’ll heat it right up!!
Before you get going on these recipes, I should mention here that if you prefer your cashew alfredo sauce and the lemon caper dressing to be more garlicky and/or zesty, don’t be afraid to add more garlic cloves and/or lemon juice! Personally, my sauces and dressings with a TON of garlic and extra lemon juice!
I should also mention here that I used Sandhill’s Rosé in the pasta sauce! This summery blend of Gamay Noir and Merlot pairs beautifully with this dish thanks to its off-dry (and refreshing!) fruity notes! Not only does it make the sauce extra delicious but it’s also STUNNING to have out on the table while serving dinner thanks to its gorgeous (brand new!) bottle style and label … it’s pleasing on the eyes and the tastebuds! I would recommend serving this French Provencal-style Rosé along with your date night dinner.
For those that may be familiar with Sandhill’s Rosé, while the bottle and label are new, the blend of grape varietals is not different or unique from last vintage!
ALSO – for the Sandhill wine lovers our there, you may want to check out my latest Instagram post (find it here!) as we have teamed up with Sandhill and we’re giving away a case (12 bottles) of Sandhill’s 2018 Rosé to ONE lucky winner!
Entrants must be over the age of 19 years and the giveaway is open only to residents of British Columbia, Alberta + Saskatchewan (due to Canadian wine shipping regulations, Sandhill is unable to ship to provinces outside of BC, Alberta + Saskatchewan). Contest closes April 15 at 11:59PM PST.
There you have it! Make sure to let me know what you think of these recipes if you decide to whip them up! Don’t be afraid to pick and choose what items you make here as it doesn’t ALL have to be made together if you prefer only to make a few things for a light meal!
Thank you Sandhill for sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.