All over the world, couples are celebrating the 14th of February. Every year…
Valentine’s Day is a magical time of the year even for those who are not born with the romantic gene. On this day, we’re given the opportunity to share our love with the one who truly gives meaning to our lives, so you won’t waste this time of the year doing nothing but thinking of what would happen to your diet solutions, will you? Right about now, your significant other may be buying a big chocolate candy heart box for you!
Valentine’s Day ideas can be endless. Is a romantic dinner your favorite celebration? You may be sitting down at your computer and pulling your hair out because you want to treat yourself and loved one to a memorable feast but you also don’t want to break your diet solutions. Here’s the best of some romantic and healthy Valentines Day recipes for you. Plus, some little tricks to help you find a balance between special treats and diet plans.
Remember that it’s all about balance. You can enjoy this magical time buying gifts for each other, preparing romantic and surprising meals, organizing special events for ‘the two’ and in the same time you can balance all by using these two little tricks.
A heart-healthy meal should be your priority this year and this will impress your lover, guaranteed. For example, include healthy salads and a dessert centered around fruit. Our menu plan is full of healthy recipes and ideal for this.
Plan an event that encourages physical activity. Such as dancing. You can do this at home.
Give yourself and your loved one a healthy alternative to candy or chocolate boxes, such as a fruit basket.
Broiled Tomatoes and Mozarella
3 large firm tomatoes
4 thick slices mozzarella
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
Vegetable oil cooking spray
Wash tomatoes and cut in thick slices. Mix basil and pepper together and spread on tomato slices. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and spray cooking oil. Spray broiler pan. Put prepared tomatoes and mozzarella slices on a pan and broil.
Spinach & Black Bean Salad
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 cups washed spinach
1.5 cups unsalted, fat free black beans
2 chopped tomatoes
1 small chopped red onion
Combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, mustard, oregano and basil in a large bowl. Wash, drain and chop spinach. Add spinach, black beans, tomatoes and onions to lemon juice and oil mix. Toss well and serve.
Black Skillet Beef with Greens and Red Potatoes
1 pound top round beef
1 tablespoon paprika
1 and half teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
8 red-skinned halved potatoes
3 cups finely chopped onion
2 cups beef broth
2 large minced garlic cloves
2 large carrots, peeled, cut into very thin 2 1/2 inch strips
2 bunches kale
non-stick cooking spray
Freeze beef partially. Thinly slice across the grain into long strips 1/8 inch thick and 3 inches wide. Combine and mix paprika, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, and dry mustard in a large bowl. Coat strips of meat with the spice mixture. Spray a large heavy skillet nonstick cooking spray. Preheat pan over high heat. Add meat to pan and cook. Stir for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, onion, broth and garlic. Cook all covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir in carrots, lay greens over top and cook, covered, until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Serve in large serving bowl.
Cheese Stuffed Potatoes
4 large baking potatoes
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and put the potatoes in the oven. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until tender. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the inside of each potato. Leave about ½ inch of potato next to the skin. Save the inside part of each potato in a small bowl. Peel and chop onion. Put the cheese, milk, and onion in another small bowl. Add the insides of the potatoes. Mix with a fork until light and fluffy. Divide this mix into 8 parts. Put part of the mix inside each potato. Sprinkle paprika over the potatoes. Return to the oven for 5 minutes to reheat.
Fresh Strawberries with Chocolate Cream
2 cs. vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup light hot fudge topping
4 cs. strawberries, hulled and halved
Combine yogurt and fudge topping in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Serve strawberries in individual serving bowls and topped with chocolate cream.
Valentine’s Day recipes that won’t make you fat! As we promised. You can use this menu anytime, don’t wait for the Valentine.