Even if you aren’t the best chef in the world, cooking can be a fun way to bond with your significant other. The meal doesn’t have to be complicated, just the fact that you get to spend time together and create something together makes it special! Here are some ideas for the popular breakfast in bed, dinner and dessert.
1. Breakfast in bed is a special treat and a great way to start your snowy Valentine's Day. Besides, who doesn't love the idea of breakfast in bed?!
- If coffee or juice doesn't cut it on this morning, get out the champagne flutes and try making a Valentini for your special breakfast:
- Combine 2 ounces of cranberry juice cocktail, 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, and 3 ounces brut champagne. Chill and serve.
- Special french toast for your special someone! Never has french toast been this sexy:
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 8 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
- 1 (8-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 4 teaspoons bittersweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla - set aside. Place and spread 1 tablespoon of ricotta in the center of 4 of the pieces of bread. Top with strawberries slices and a teaspoon of chocolate chips. Cover each with another piece of bread to make a sandwich. Carefully dip each of the sandwiches into the egg mixture until completely moistened, then place on a large skillet (spray with cooking spray before-hand) and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until the outside is golden brown and chocolate is melted. Top with remaining strawberries and powdered-sugar and serve to your significant other!
2. A homemade dinner for two is very romantic! Make sure you set the table nicely - tablecloth, flowers and all - light some candles, and it is almost as good as eating out in a restaurant! Try these recipes for this special day:
- Tenderloin Steaks with Herb Cheese Topping
- 4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
- 4 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
- 4 teaspoons plain lowfat yogurt
- 2 teaspoons minced onions
- dash white pepper
- 1 large garlic clove, halved
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
- Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, yogurt, onion and pepper; reserve. Rub each side of beef steaks with garlic. Place steaks on rack in broiler pan so surface of meat is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt. Turn and broil 3 to 4 minutes. Season with remaining salt. Top each steak with an equal amount of reserved cheese mixture. Broil an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley. Recipe may also be prepared using 1 pound beef top loin steaks cut 3/4 inch thick. Makes 2 servings for the perfect 2-some!
3. Last, but not least: dessert! Dessert is the best part on Valentine's Day, and everyone loves chocolate. Fondue is the perfect, passionate, delicious dessert to share at the end of a romantic meal.
- Chocolate Fondue
- 6 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup(s) half-and-half or light cream
- 1 tablespoon(s) flavored liqueur such as cherry, orange, coffee, or raspberry, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- Fruit such as whole strawberries or chunks of banana, pineapple, or pear
- Other things to dip are marshmellows, pieces of pound cake or cookie, pretzels, and graham crackers
- In heavy 1-quart saucepan or fondue pot, melt chocolate with half-and-half over low heat until mixture is smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in liqueur and vanilla; keep sauce warm. To serve, arrange fruits and everything else on large platter. Spoon fondue into small bowl if you like. With toothpick, dip fruit and other things into fondue!
Ok...so if cooking sounds terrible and you just want to avoid the mess in the kitchen and would rather have someone else do the work so you can relax, look into some take-out restaurants to deliver you dinner! Find a local restaurant here.
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