It’s that time of year again, right after Christmas when the isles are suddenly lined with pink and red boxes and gigantic teddy bears and sappy cards. Valentine’s Day is always a health-minded person’s nemesis – the emphasis on giving (and receiving) waxy chocolates and eating carb-loaded empty calories at dinner just isn’t appealing to those of us trying to watch and reshape our figures. If I’m going to eat a lot of carbs, it’s definitely going to taste better than $1 chocolate or an overdone steak at a busy restaurant.
So I’ve put together a list of ten alternative, healthy recipes that you can make for your Valentine, because I guarantee he or she will appreciate your cooking during a romantic night in more than they would like to stand in a restaurant queue for two hours on February 14th! (Not saying you have to skip out on the other mushy things, though. A heartfelt card goes a long way!)
Pesto Chicken – Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be a synonym for steak. Try our recipe for Pesto chicken and teach your taste buds that chicken can be delicious when paired with creamy pesto flavors and a side salad.
Spaghetti Squash Primavera – This one would be easy to modify to be meat free if you’re vegetarian or watching your meat intake at the moment. Simply remove the chicken sausages and you’d have a delicious fancy Spaghetti dinner in no time!
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe – It seems like every time I go to a steakhouse, they have shrimp skewers as a specialty side, particularly on holidays like Valentine’s Day. But at $8 and up, it’s a hefty price to pay for just a few tiny shrimp! Try these at home instead and save yourself some cash.
Lemon & Pepper (Garlic) Salmon – While this recipe is only available to 2fitathome.com recipe subscribers, it’s worth the cost of the membership! Lemon, pepper and garlic all come together to make this salmon above and beyond any salmon you’d get at a restaurant.
Baked Asparagus with Parmesan – We all know how healthy and delicious asparagus is. Take that to the next level with our recipe that adds parmesan to give this baked asparagus an extra flavor punch.
Roasted Winter Vegetables – If you’re always struggling to increase your veggie intake, these roasted veggies have you covered! They make a great side dish and I’d bet you’ll even go back for seconds (I won’t tell anyone).
Garlic Mushroom Quinoa – Am I the only one that feels that quinoa doesn’t get the attention it deserves? It’s healthy, filling, and mixes well in both fruit and veggie dishes. This garlic mushroom quinoa would wow at the dinner table, and takes a surprisingly short amount of time to prep!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Delight – I wouldn’t be doing Valentine’s Day justice if I didn’t include a few dessert recipes. We make these chocolate peanut butter coconut delight bars at home as a special treat, and you wouldn’t believe that healthy and chocolate can go hand in hand – but they do with this recipe thanks to Quest bars!
Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, & Chocolate Brownie MADNESS! – Another Quest bar recipe family favorite, these incorporate all the good stuff that you find yourself craving, cookie dough, peanut butter and chocolate brownies.
Now, our tenth idea isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gift idea. Instead of buying traditional cheap chocolates full of chemicals and preservatives, make your significant other a “candy bouquet” of Amberlyn chocolates! Here is a great tutorial. Nothing like sugar-free and guilt-free indulgence.
I hope these recipes help make your Valentine’s Day delicious and nutritious!