Three healthy meals to cook your loved one on Valentines Day (or Galentines Day!)

  • 31 January 2019
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We’re coming up to the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! Going out for a treat meal may seem like a great idea, but there’s no reason you have to break the healthy routine to enjoy a night with your partner or bestie! Why not cook something for them instead?

That way, not only will you save money, you will both be getting a super healthy and tasty meal, cooked by your own loving hands. Plus… if you’ve put a lot of thought into it, that’s got to be worth more in the eyes of whoever you’re spending the evening with!

We’ve put together a healthy and super tasty three course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Starter - Potato Blinis with Aubergine Caviar

Whip up these gorgeously smooth and light Slimming World blinis to get the night rolling…

Ingredients

For the caviar

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 aubergines
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the blinis

  • 2 spring onions
  • 350g potatoes
  • 4 large eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • Fat-free natural fromage frais to serve
Method
  • First, make the caviar. Peel and chop the garlic and onions, chop the red pepper and dice the aubergines. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with a low-calorie cooking spray. Add the garlic, onion, pepper and aubergine to the pan and stir fry for 5-6 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the vinegar and season well. Stir-fry for a further 3-4 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • For the blinis, chop the spring onions and set aside. Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes and boil in water until tender. Drain the water from them and mash. Meanwhile, seperate the egg whites and yolks. Whisk the egg whites until they’re stiff. Take a fresh bowl and put the potato in with the yolks and season. Carefully fold the egg white into the potato mixture.
  • Spray a frying pan with a low-calorie cooking spray. Add 3-4 separate tbsps. Of the blini mixture to the pan. Fry on both sides on a high heat until se and lightly browned. Remove and keep warm. Repeat until all the potato has been used up.
  • Top each blini with a dollop fromage frais, then place the aubergine caviar and finish with the chopped sprint onion on top.

Main - Chicken Salad with Couscous and Oranges

This recipe from top chef Nigel Slater is a healthy, decadent meal that won’t take you away from your date too long!

Ingredients
  • 2 large handfuls of couscous
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 oranges, 2 juiced and 1 left whole
  • 2 glugs of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground fresh pepper
  • 1 roast chicken breast
  • Handful chopped fresh chives
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Handful pea shoots
Method
  • Put the couscous in a bowl and pour over boiling water (it should cover the grains by a couple of centimetres or so). Leave for about 15 minutes, until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and the orange juice with the olive oil and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, adding more olive oil if desired. Pour the dressing over the cooked couscous and let it soak the dressing up for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel the remaining orange by cutting the ends off, placing it on a chopping board and cutting down the sides with a sharp knife to remove the skin and pith. Cut the orange into good-sized chunks. Add the orange chunks, chicken and herbs to the couscous and mix gently. Don’t over-mix; it’s about lightness of touch.
  • Divide the pea shoots between two plates or shallow dishes and then gently top each with the chicken and couscous salad.

Dessert - Instant Berry Banana Slush

Finish the meal off with this no cook, low-fat berry iced dessert that’s just packed with flavour.

Ingredients
  • 2 rip bananas
  • 200g frozen berry mix (blackberries, raspberries and currants)
Method
  • Slice the bananas into a bowl and add the frozen berry mix. Blitz with a stick blender to make a slushy ice and serve straight away in two glasses with spoons.



Inspired to cook more? You can find a who range of tasty recipes on our other blogs! Happy cooking and have a great date night!