In case you haven’t heard, money is tight these days and most restaurant meals are too big and have “too much” (calories, fat, salt… you get the idea) for people who are trying to lose weight. I think one of the most romantic and thoughtful things you can do for a significant other, friend, or Valentine’s singles is to cook for them.
Here are my picks for healthy menu items you can try. Add to the mood with candles, grocery store roses (call and ask for petals for cheap), and a Valentine’s-themed menu you make on your computer to place in front of the seats. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love, hugs, and great food!
Rosemary Skewered Chicken with Orange Glaze – from The Biggest Loser
If it’s on The Biggest Loser, you know it is healthy. I like that this has a sweet taste without being filled with sugar. I recommend trying this with white fish like rockfish, cod, or tilapia or jumbo shrimp, perhaps without the skewer. Look for wild caught fish found in U.S. waters.
Winter Vegetables – served at Barack Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon
If it is good enough for the President, it is good enough for us! You’ll have to scale back the recipe unless you plan to serve 10 people, but these hearty winter veggies will go great with grilled chicken or fish. Asparagus, carrots, brussel sprouts, and beans with a hint of citrus means you don’t need to douse your nutritious side dish in butter or cream.
Red Velvet Cupcakes – because it’s Valentine’s Day
You would never know these sinfully delicious cupcakes are actually healthy. One cupcake has only 6 grams sugar, 1.5 grams saturated fat, and 180 calories. We’re talking about dessert, here, with a cream cheese icing! Oh yeah… This will be the perfect end to a healthy meal served up from the bottom of your heart.
February 14th, 2010