Instead of fighting the crowds at an over-priced restaurant this Valentine’s day, opt to cook the one you love a healthy, romantic dinner. By cooking at home you will cut back on money, calories and find personal time together.
We’ve got hundreds of heart-healthy recipes you can choose from to make a romantic meal at home. Or, try the Warm Winter Salad, Roasted Pecan Salmon, and Sauteed Pear Sundaes recipes posted here.
Lover’s Warm Winter Salad
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 small head radicchio, thinly sliced
- 1 small fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 6 large butter lettuce leaves
- 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or goat cheese
- Poach chicken. Use 2 forks to shred into bite-size pieces.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Whisk shallot, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl; add to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add the cooked chicken, radicchio, fennel, carrot and walnuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Return the pears to the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
- Divide lettuce leaves between 2 plates. Top with the warm chicken salad and sprinkle with cheese. Serve alone or with whole-grain baguette or rolls.
Romantic Roasted Pecan Salmon Delight
- 4 salmon filets (4-6 oz. each)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- Wedges of fresh lemon
- Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.
- Place skin side down on baking sheet.
- Combine mustard and honey, brush on top of salmon.
- Mix topping of breadcrumbs, nuts, and parsley and sprinkle over salmon.
- Bake at 400 degrees 10-15 minutes or until flaky. Serve with wedges of fresh lemon.
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 pear, sliced
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground ginger
- 2 scoops nonfat frozen yogurt
- Melt butter in a small nonstick pan.
- Add pear slices and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender.
- Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and ginger; stir until the sugar melts.
- Serve over scoops of nonfat frozen yogurt.
Recipe Source: EatingWell