In episode 88, we are talking about cupid in the kitchen...and cupid is YOU! We share our favorite healthy Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert ideas. It’s not necessary to drop loads of cash on the holiday. Most people value the effort over the actual gift. So get cooking!
The first classic Valentines day dinner idea is steak and potato. Make it a little healthier by getting a lean cut of steak such as flank steak, top loin, sirloin or tenderloin. Bake the potatoes with a little olive oil rubbed on the skin and sprinkled with sea salt. The olive oil will help to crisp the peeling and also add a nice flavor to it. Use a little butter on the potato and season the steak with salt and pepper. You don’t need to overdo the seasoning. Often times that drowns out the rich flavor.
The next one is lobster tail or crab legs. Both are low in fat and carbohydrates and high protein. Just watch how much drawn butter you use. Try to stick to 1 tablespoon or use a spray butter over the top of it to keep fat at a minimum and a squeeze of lemon. Serve with steamed veggies or sautéed asparagus in a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and a baked sweet potato from the oven. When they are baked in the oven at 450* for about 25 to 30 minutes they get soft and sweet so you don’t even need butter.
If you are having dinner at home with kids, try a taco night with lettuce wraps for shells for the adults. Spaghetti squash pasta with grilled chicken is another great option for the family.
Dessert is what we really care about! The classic chocolate covered strawberries are great but something even better is protein stuffed strawberries. Find the recipe in Emily's cookbook, The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen.
Listen to the full episode to hear more dinner and dessert ideas, plus our most mortifying Valentine's Day memory (everybody has one or several!).