Thursday, February 9, 2012

Healthy Valentine's Dinner

Cooking a Valentine's Day dinner? Looking for some healthier options that are still very tasty and romantic? If you have been to our house for dinner, you have probably had this meal. It's my favorite:

Steak, potatoes, vegetables, salad, and of course, dessert. 

Buy 2 - 4 red potatoes per person depending upon size of red potatoes. Slice the potatoes extra thin and soak in a bowl of water. Lightly Pam 2 cookie sheets and lay sliced potatoes flat on sheets. Add parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper powder - all according to taste preferences. Bake in oven at 375 until crispy - could be close to an hour depending upon your oven. 

My preferred salad is a caesar for this meal. Chop or tear up organic romaine lettuce. I also like to add organic red leaf lettuce for a bit of color and texture. We enjoy two light caesar dressings both from Ken's. First is Ken's Steak House Lite Caesar and the other is Ken's Light Options Caesar. It's your preference. A trick I also use is with any oil based dressing, I pour out all the oil on top before I mix it up - you won't miss it!! By doing this, you lower the fat and calories in addition to it being lite. 

Buy your favorite vegetables - for this meal mine are asparagus, broccoli, and mushrooms. Clean and chop into bit size pieces. Lightly spray a skillet or wok with Pam (or preferred spray), add vegetables, and season with onion powder, garlic powder, and a touch or parsley. As the vegetables begin to heat up, add a bit of water to steam the vegetables instead of burning them against the dry pan. Remove from pan when brightly colored and slightly soft. 

Buy your favorite lean cut of beef - sirloin filet, filet mignon, etc. Crush black pepper into the steaks and press on with your fingers. Grill them according to your taste.

Lastly, dessert. I found 2 great low fat recipes online as I am not a good creator of desserts. Here you go: Chocolate Fondue and Triple Berry Mini Cheesecakes.

Add your beverage of choice but try to keep low calorie, please!

Have a wonderful Valentine's weekend!!

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