Better Homes & Gardens February 2014 Recipes

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes
It shouldn't come as a surprise that we love desserts this month -- with pudding cakes, mini cheesecakes, double-chocolate brownies, sorbet, and more, we have eight different ways to satisfy your sweet tooth on Valentine's Day. Along with our desserts, we have several variations on a classic comfort food and easy weeknight dinners that come together in a pinch.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

A surprise sweet-tart combo of honey and sour cream ups the wow factor of these easy-to-share mini cheesecakes. Topped with sliced strawberries and an extra drizzle of honey, they're perfect for any special occasion.

Sweet Potato-Chorizo Lasagna

For a south-of-the-border twist on traditional lasagna, we created a sweet potato sauce infused with lime and cumin, then topped it with spicy chorizo sausage, green onions, cilantro, and sharp white cheddar.

Lasagna Recipe Tip: Because this recipe has a thick sauce, we don't recommend using no-boil nodles. Instead, drain your cooked noodles on paper towels to soak up excess moisture. Do this step right before lasagna assembly, however, to prevent the noodles from drying out.

Rosemary French Onion Soup

Onions caramelized in a bit of rosemary lend a bright, earthy flavor to this classic comfort food. To save a bit of time, we opted for cheesy dunkers instead of baking the bread and cheese into the soup.

Double-Cherry Slab Pie

Have a little heart-to-heart over this delectable fruity dessert. A double-cherry filling thickened with a surprise ingredient -- crushed cornflakes -- is layered between two sheets of buttery, flaky pastry for a pie that's as easy as it is tasty. For super-sweet presentation, use different-size heart-shape cutters to create a pretty motif.

Gorgeous cherries (two kinds!) hide in this cute dessert recipe. We'll help you make the slab pie, including demonstrating how to roll the dough and our secret for the using a cookie cutter to create the heart shape.

Cute Cherry Dessert: How to Make This Cherry Slab Pie

Watch our food editor Maggie Glisan show you how whip up this classic and delicious cherry pie with a fun Valentine's Day twist.

Raspberry Sorbet Trio

This tasty trio of raspberry sorbets (with pineapple- and mango-infused versions) is a healthy way to enjoy something sweet. Beating the fruit mixture during the freezing process adds air, which gives the sorbet a creamy quality without adding fat.

Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower Mash

A yogurt-cornmeal breading technique adds the perfect amount of crunch to these easy chicken tenders. You can boost the flavor by adding your own spices or dried herbs, such as oregano and cumin. Bonus: Our healthier swap for mashed potatoes (a cauliflower-potato mash) can trick even the pickiest eaters into enjoying a balanced dinner.

Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding

It's easy to whip up this tasty vanilla pudding for a weeknight treat! Just prepare the pudding before dinner, let it cool while you're eating, and scatter fresh berries or festive sprinkles on top before serving. The pudding can be served either hot or cold -- another reason to love it!

Lasagna Bolognese

This traditional ground beef lasagna is the ultimate comfort food with layer upon layer of gooey cheese and meaty sauce sandwiched between pasta noodles. To speed up prep time, you can use no-boil noodles in this recipe. They absorb more sauce than boiled noodles, so they're best used with thin-sauce lasagnas such as this one.

One-Pot Ham and Greens Pasta

Mix it up on pasta night with a handful of healthy greens, such as mustard greens or kale, and Cajun-inspired flavor. Slicing the garlic instead of mincing it prevents it from burning too quickly while adding flavor that doesn't overpower the dish.

Peanut Butter Banana Shakes

Amplify an after-school treat with protein-packed frozen Greek yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter. To give the shakes an extra-special touch, add a few dots of chocolate syrup to each and use a toothpick to swirl them into heart shapes.

Editor's Tip: For an even creamier shake, freeze the bananas before blending.

Vegetarian Lasagna

This lasagna recipe is a perfect way to showcase your favorite veggies. We used cherry tomatoes and garlic-infused Swiss chard, but kale and spinach are also excellent choices for the cheesy layered pasta.

Lasagna Recipe Tip: Don't skimp on the sauce! Spread the sauce and filling evenly on the noodles, making sure to go right to the edges. This prevents the noodles from getting crunchy during baking.

You won't miss the meat in this two-layer vegetarian lasagna recipe. Featuring bright cherry tomatoes, deep green Swiss chard, and creamy goat cheese, it's a dinner recipe that doesn't skimp on flavor. Your whole family will love this go-to healthy casserole!

How to Make Fresh Vegetarian Lasagna

Our food editor Maggie Glisan shows you how to get your veggies in this video for beautifully layered vegetarian lasagna.

Jelly Doughnut Cake

Love jelly doughnuts? We do, too -- so much that we turned the concept into a heart-shape cake. Spread a luscious cream filling and strawberry jelly between two light-as-air cake layers for a dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Editor's Tip: Want to make this cake for a different occasion? Just use a round pan instead of a heart-shape pan.

Smoky Weeknight Chili

This stick-to-your-bones vegetarian chili can easily be thrown together with items already in your pantry, such as canned tomato sauce, beans, and diced tomatoes. A big hit of chili powder and dark cocoa powder give it an earthy, smoky quality that mimics all-day-on-the-stove flavor.

Chili Recipe Tip: Don't have chickpeas in the pantry? Swap them out for black beans or kidney beans.

Double-Chocolate Brownies

Send a love note that's good enough to eat with these double-chocolate brownies. Better than any mix from a box, these brownies have every quality you love -- they're fudgy, chewy, and melty at the center.

Short Rib Lasagna

Move aside, ground beef. Seasoned short ribs cooked with mushrooms, garlic, and carrots in red wine and beef broth are a welcome substitute in this nontraditional lasagna, especially when paired with a tangy Gruyere cheese sauce.

Lasagna Recipe Tip: Let the lasagna stand for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it to ensure clean slicing.

Lavender Lemon Pudding Cakes

The irresistible flavor duo of tart lemon and sweet lavender comes together perfectly in these puffed pudding cakes. Before baking, coat the ramekins with softened butter and sugar to prevent sticking and give the cakes a tasty crunch.

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