A Lighter Valentine's Day Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, February 10, 2009


This Valentine’s Day, serve everything from the perfect cocktail to a decadent dessert without a speck of guilt. Light some candles, grab your sweetheart and dig into this Italian-inspired, healthy dinner.

Set the Mood: The Drink
Start the meal with a crisp and fruit-filled red wine spritzer. Reduce calories by replacing some of the alcohol with sparkling water (save some calories for dessert). If you can’t imagine V-Day without some champagne (who could blame you?), try a bellini instead.

Prep the Palate: Finger Food
Send your senses soaring! Melt sensuous figs into a quick-and-easy jam. With some crusty bread, tart apple and a sprinkle of cheese, this simple appetizer is the perfect combo of sweet and savory.

Fresh and Simple: The Main Course
This luxurious and flavorful fish dish is piled high with tomatoes and olives. Serve with roasted potatoes for a light but satisfying main course. If you would rather go with a pasta dish, try the similar flavors in pasta puttanesca.

Romantic Finale: Dessert
It just isn’t Valentine’s without chocolate! Dress it up for the occasion with orange liqueur and fresh orange zest. The chocolate is plenty of decadence; stick to fresh fruit for dipping.

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Comments (11)

  1. Yum! I’ve been debating about whether to go healthy or just ditch my New Year’s resolution for cooking on Valentines’s Day, so this has definitely given me a little inspiration to be good… We have another tasty and healthy fish recipe on our site — Simple Aegean Fish with Coffee, Olives and Lemon. It can be used on any fish, but in this recipe, we use black sea bass.

  2. Kathy Ellenberger says:

    Belgian chocolate melts best in the chocolate fountains.
    I like the espresso coffee powder in mine and maybe cherry or mint instead of orange. What would I use instead of alcohol? Fruit juice?

  3. Dana White says:

    Hi Kathy-
    You could also flavor the chocolate with orange blossom honey, maple syrup, cinnamon or a splash of vanilla or other flavored extract.

  4. Wren says:

    We don’t drink alcohol. Can you suggest alternatives?

  5. Kristine Brabson says:

    Hey Wren, you might try Ellie Krieger’s Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea with Berry Cubes — it’s full of fresh and refreshing ingredients such as raspberries, lemon juice, ginger and white tea. The frozen berry ice cubes are a cute addition, too.

  6. patti says:

    Fish for valentine's, not very romantic later!

  7. Tonia says:

    Fruit Juice and sparkling water would be great. You can also purchase sparkling fruit juices at the supermarket. If you have a world market they have some great sparkling juices. I love the blood orange one.

  8. Tonia says:

    Fruit Juice and sparkling water would be great. You can also purchase sparkling fruit juices at the supermarket. If you have a world market they have some great sparkling juices. I love the blood orange one.

  9. Laurie says:

    Wait. Don't use anything in the melting chocolate that contains water. The chocolate with seize and harden. Liqueur works, but as an alternative to alcohol use a flavoring like orange or raspberry, which are oil based and can be found in the cake decorating section at places like Michaels or JoAnns

  10. Wickti says:

    If you both like fish, it isn't a problem. Just my opinion.

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