Susan at Fat Free Vegan had an interesting idea--prepare a low fat, vegan dish that would capture the romance of Valentine's Day. I thought about this and had many ideas. But, I kept remembering how many of my friends always order French onion soup when they're on a date or out with their husbands for a fancy dinner. You would think that the gooey, stringy cheese, and the impact of all those onions on one's breath would make this dish one to avoid in a romantic situation. But, that doesn't seem to be the case for many people.
One thing some people would like to avoid is the amount of calories in a bowl of French onion soup, on average between 700-1,000 calories per bowl. With that in mind, I offer this alternative from Deborah Madison: Red Onion and Red Wine Soup, With Tomatoes, Thyme and Heart Shaped Croutons. This is a lovely soup, slightly sweet, with a touch of sophistication from the wine. The red hue seems very much a Valentine color, to reflect how passion makes the blood run hot and heavy. Not everyone will think that the heart shaped crouton is an adequate substitute for mounds of runny cheese. But maybe the calorie reduction, which brings a bowl of soup in at under 200 calories, will soften the blow? I enjoyed the taste of this soup very much. Sometimes less is more.