Weekend Wanderings: 6 Things to Do in Seattle This Valentine’s Day

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The Emerald Palate outlines awesome things to do in Seattle this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day comes with a lot of pressure.

If you’re single, you’re supposed to celebrate your “freedom” and send a metaphoric middle finger to the world by showcasing how much fun you’re having being alone. If you’re in a relationship, there’s pressure to plan the perfect date, the perfect meal, the perfect gift. All the tension can make anyone’s head explore, but luckily I’ve outlined some awesome events and activities bound to make your significant other swoon.

So explore the best things to do in Seattle this Valentine’s Day and get ready to make some memories. I’ve doubled the number of activities I usually highlight because I’m that dedicated to making sure your love weekend is done right. And it’s okay if you take full credit for these ideas. Your secret’s safe with me. 😉

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Roasted Beet Pesto Sauce: A Perfect Valentine’s Day Recipe

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This roasted beet pesto sauce recipe served with pasta takes under 30 minutes and is really easy. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

I can’t get enough of beets.

I just love how versatile they are. You can eat them boiled, roasted, pickled, pureed, mashes, in savory dishes, in desserts…the options are limitless.

Lucky for me, my boyfriend also loves beets. So I thought, “Why not make a beet recipe we’ll both enjoy this Valentine’s Day.” Since pesto is one of my favorite things to make, it was obvious what I should make this Valentine’s Day. Plus, I have the added incentive to try and make something better than a damn pea pesto he insists is the best thing I ever made him.

I think this beet pesto sauce might win him over. Heck, it wins me over because it’s so quick and easy to make! And maybe it will steal your partner’s heart, too.

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Mindful Mondays: Skinny ‘Po Boy Sandwich Recipe

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A skinny 'po boy fish sandwich recipe that uses Greek yogurt in place of the mayo in the remoulade sauce. Finally, a healthy 'po boy perfect for Mardi Gras!

Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and there’s only one thing I crave during Mardi Gras: ‘po boy sandwiches.

There’s something magical about that tangy, slightly spicy remoulade sauce mixed with the fat from a hunk of fish and put on a rather messy sandwich. Yet, I always walk away feeling bloated and guilty from all that fried grease.

Not today.

In line with Mindful Mondays, I’ve turned this sandwich upside down and made a healthy version. Let me introduce you to this skinny ‘po boy sandwich recipe. It has faux-fried fish, which is baked in the oven, and the majority of the mayo you find in a traditional remoulade has been replaced with Greek yogurt. Get ready for a flavor bomb without the guilt.

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Weekend Wanderings: 3 Things To Do In the Seattle Area February 5-7, 2016

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Weekend Wanderings is a series outlining all the best things to do in Seattle and its surrounding areas. Curated by The Emerald Palate.

I sent out our Seattle events calendar last week. Did you get it? If so, you know there are a ton of foodie things to do in Seattle this month. Seriously. All those “be healthy” New Year’s resolutions are going out the window because February is about to test our will power like whoa.

Here’s a teaser of what’s in store for February.

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14 of the Most Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him & Her

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A list of the best, most thoughtful Valentine's Day gift ideas for both him and her. We've matched them with Valentine's Day crafts or experience gifts to really make it memorable. Let this be your best Valentine's Day yet! Via @emeraldpalate.

Step away from the jewelry, chocolate, & lingerie (but keep the flowers). Valentine’s Day is about giving gifts that take extra thought and sometimes effort. I’ve curated some of the best and most thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas for both him and her, and then paired them with experiences or crafts to up the wow factor.

Let this be the year you give your loved one the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.

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