Okay, so, you and your partner wanna avoid that big bill, eat healthily, and stay in? Don't worry, I've got something just for you.
And yes, I'm writing a three-course meal that I'd cook for me and my partner, too.
First of all, your nutrition is incredibly important, especially if you're obsessed with your fitness, counting your calories, watching your diet, etc.
On days like Valentine's Day, we tend to opt for cheat days, big dinners, and expensive three-course meals just to impress our partner (or partner-to-be).
To help you out, here's a delicious, calorie-safe, easy-to-make, three-course dinner for you and your partner!
Appetizer: Valentine's Day Salad with Bacon Roses and Strawberry Hearts
Yes, seriously. It's an easy to make salad recipe, nutritious and delicious at the same time. One person can cook the bacon and roll 'em up into roses, and the other can cut the strawberries in half to resemble hearts. Toss 'em up, serve it with your favourite dressing, and enjoy while you wait for the next item to finish up!
- 4 cups of baby spinach
- 6 strips of bacon
- 4 strawberries
- Balsamic Reduction or other dressing
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, coconut oil, or other oils of your choice
Check the recipe out here on how to make the bacon roses, hearts, and other cooking directions!
Main Course: One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Gnocchi
Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, and Gnocchi? This recipe sounds like love. I think I might actually go home and make it for myself.
Yes, this one-pan recipe is healthy and yummy. It's simple, but you're dealing with a ton of flavours from the roasted vegetables, and Mediterranean seasonings such as oregano, garlic, and red-wine vinegar. Plus, with all the different ingredients, this is a one-pan recipe different from all others; you can actually make it look appealing and pretty with some good plating.
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, divided
2 large cloves garlic, minced, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
¼ teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1 (16 ounce) package shelf-stable gnocchi
1 cup sliced red onion
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
This recipe also provides some great nutritional facts on this dish (just for all of you calorie & macronutrient counters out there like me!)
This one-pan recipe is bound to your hearts AND stomachs happy! Check out the recipe here!
Dessert: Red Velvet Beet Pancakes
Who says you can't have breakfast for lunch, dinner, or even dessert?! This recipe will give you and your partner the comfort you need without the guilt!
This is a dessert that you can have on your own, shared, or for breakfast the next day if you've made too many. These pancakes require a few simple ingredients you probably have laying around at home, with the exception of the beets!
What better way to show someone you love them than with a stack of pancakes?
- 1 tablespoon flax meal + 2 1/2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup oat flour (ground-up oats)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup beet puree
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons applesauce
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 can full fat coconut milk or coconut cream (optional)
Prep time is short, and cooking time is short. Enjoy everything in a short amount of time! The directions for these yummy but healthy pancakes are here!
There you have it fitness fam! Stay on top of your nutrition with this healthy three-course meal. No need to break the bank, workout routine, diet, nutrition, or whatever else you can think of for one night you get every year!