Share the love on Valentine’s Day with these delicious, guilt-free dishes and sweet treats.
Whether you’re single and fabulous or planning a special Valentine’s Day evening with your family, celebrate the love in your life with gourmet food and confections. The following Valentine’s Day meals and desserts are not only mouthwatering - they’re light, healthy and festive!
Penne Pasta & Roasted Beet Sauce
Color your Valentine’s Day dinner with a sultry shade of red by cooking up penne pasta drenched in a savory roasted beet sauce topped with crunchy poppy seeds. Bev Cook’s easy recipe creates a divine pasta dish that is like a fantasy for the senses.
- First, roast diced beets with oil, thyme sprigs, salt, and pepper.
- Second, blend roasted beets in a food processor with garlic, balsamic vinegar, vermouth, cheese, and oil until it’s a sexy, smooth consistency.
- Third, cook the mixture in a saucepan with cream, stock, sugar, and a pinch of salt—voila!
Your sauce is ready to romantically paint your whole wheat penne pasta and give your taste buds a special treat. Not only is this heavenly meal unique and delicious, it’s healthy. Call it lover’s carb loading for a couple’s post-Valentine’s Day run the next morning.
Beet & Barley Risotto
For an even more indulgent Valentine’s Day dish, cook up vegetarian risotto coalesced with beet and barley to create a mouthwatering edible masterpiece. Katherine Martinelli, who came up with the bright red beet risotto recipe, mentions that beets are nutritional superfoods, full of nutrients including folate, maganese, fiber, vitamin C, and betaine. It’s a dish bursting with sweet, earthy flavor that will impress your girlfriends at your single-girl’s Valentine’s Day celebration. Sprinkle the vibrantly red barley risotto and beet cubes with Parmigiana-Reggiano. Complement the risotto with a glass of red wine, and you’ll nearly faint in pleasure. Don’t forget to post the gourmet dish on Instagram - you’ve earned those hashtag bragging rights!
Whipped Chocolate Mousse
Sweeten your special Valentine’s Day date with low-carb chocolate mousse dessert to get the mood started. Satiate your sweet tooth with spoonfuls of this chocolate aphrodisiac, and the night may progress from the kitchen to the bedroom in zero to 60. Top the light and fluffy mousse with Oreo crumbles or chocolate sprinkles, and garnish with raspberries or strawberry slices.
Lalo’s Famous Cookies
Treat your family to the healthy goodness of these vegan thumbprint cookies featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter cookbook. The Lalo’s Famous Cookies recipe is free of butter and refined sugar and includes the ingredients barley flour and ground almonds. Full of nutty, cinnamon flavor with hints of maple and a sweet jam center, these guilt-free bite-size desserts will make your family’s Valentine’s Day nutritious and decadent. Make sure to use spoonfuls of raspberry jam while baking for a deep-red filling that Cupid would love!