9 Healthy Valentine’s Recipes
Valentine’s Day is on its way, which means you’re probably deciding whether to go out or stay in and cook this year. The convenience of going out for a nice dinner with your significant other can be tempting, as well as more than a little romantic, which is what it’s all about after all. But it’s also expensive, not to mention pretty unhealthy. It can be just as romantic to stay in and cook together, so we rounded up some delicious Valentine’s recipes to make with your sweetheart. Find some healthy twists on classic comfort dishes below!
A hearty salad can be just the thing to start off your Valentine’s Day dinner. Salads aren’t necessarily known as comfort food, but you can give them a boost with ingredients like beets and strawberries – which also happen to be red and sweet, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
This simple salad from Ricardo Cuisine tastes anything but, especially with the sweet and fruity vinaigrette. The Dijon Mustard adds some zest and balances out the sour lime juice and tasty orange juice to make a sweet salad for you and your significant other! You can skip the cheddar cheese for an even healthier salad, although sprinkling a little on top won’t hurt.
We love beets for Valentine’s Day. They’re red, sweet, and go perfectly with lots of other hearty salad ingredients. This one from Natasha’s Kitchen is a great way to add some beets to your dinner! It’s also got dried cranberries for an extra pop of red, sweet goodness.
Strawberry and avocado might seem like an unexpected combination, but the poppyseed dressing on this salad from Gimme Some Oven ties everything together. Sweet strawberries and creamy avocado combine with red onion for some extra colour, and the almonds provide some crunch. If you and your Valentine are feeling a little adventurous, switch out your usual salad for this sweet combination.
Valentine’s Day dinners are usually known for large portions of hearty, substantial meals covered in heavy sauces and stuffed full of fatty ingredients. But you can easily avoid this type of meal! We collected a few lighter Valentine’s recipes that are just as filling and satisfying to inspire your Valentine’s dinner.
This recipe from Food & Wine is a twist on the classic, rice (and carb) heavy risotto. It swaps rice for quinoa making it lower in carbs and higher in protein, so you’ll be just as satisfied as if the recipe called for rice. The tomatoes and lemon make a sweet, tart flavour balanced by savoury rosemary, garlic, and shallot. Pair it with a small glass of dry white wine for a little extra romance.
Stuffed chicken is a classic hearty dinner meal, but it’s often loaded with extra cheese or other meats like bacon, prosciutto, or sausage. Not only is this Valentine’s recipe from Cooking Light delicious, it’s much lighter than other varieties of stuffed chicken. Spinach is full of nutrients and minerals, and feta cheese is on the healthier side when it comes to cheese. A little feta goes a long way with this dish.
Lasagna is one of the richer options when it comes to pasta dishes. It’s usually smothered in cheese, stuffed with ground beef, and filled with starchy, carb-filled lasagna noodles. This is a vegetarian version from Taste of Home with artichokes and mushrooms, both of which are healthy vegetables with good nutrients rather than empty calories. You can reduce the amount of cheese in the recipe and swap the noodles for whole grain to make it even healthier. This is one Valentine’s recipe you’ll both enjoy!
Besides being one of the healthiest leafy greens, kale is delicious and satisfying. Try some in this vegetarian pasta dish from Woman’s Day. It’s perfect for a satisfying dinner! We love pesto because it’s pretty healthy as far as pasta sauces go, and it’s full of flavour. This Valentine’s recipe is feel-good food that’s also good for you!
A Valentine’s Day dinner wouldn’t be complete without a delicious dessert! This part of the meal is where it gets really easy to overload on sugar, fat, and calories. Instead, try these Valentine’s recipes for a healthy and tasty dessert course.
Cupcakes are a Valentine’s Day staple, and what better cupcake that a red, chocolatey cupcake to show your Valentine that you care. This recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking simplifies cupcakes – which can be tricky to get right! It uses all-natural ingredients that are healthier than what’s usually in cupcakes, like replacing butter with coconut oil, or heavy cream with non-fat Greek yogurt for the frosting.
If cupcakes aren’t your thing, here’s another classic Valentine’s recipe to make for dessert – raspberry cheesecake! This recipe from Tasty is quite a bit lighter than most other cheesecake recipes, so rest assured that you’re not consuming nearly as much sugar. Still as rich as can be, treat yourself and your sweetheart to this cheesecake to finish off a romantic meal!
Planning a romantic, delicious, and healthy Valentine’s Day dinner can be a difficult task! We hope this blogpost has helped you choose some Valentine’s recipes that both you and your Valentine will love. If you need more dessert suggestions, try our blogpost on healthy Valentine’s cake recipes!