Staying in with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Try this menu of heart-healthy recipes to treat your loved one, featuring recipes from culinary Registered Dietitians.
Every year we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a home-cooked meal.
Don’t get me wrong; I love quality, local restaurants. I love supporting the craftsmanship of specialty food. But with the crowds, the need for a reservation – we often prefer to make our own dinner at home.
Of course this year looks different in many ways for many people. If you’re not able to support a local restaurant to celebrate le day of love (said with a bad French accent), I’ve curated a menu of heart-themed recipes written by a few dietitian colleagues for you to enjoy with your sweetheart – or family or gal pals – at home.
Home-Cooked Valentine’s Day Menu
Appetizer: Turmeric Hummus
“Hummus is one of our favorite foods because it’s absolutely delicious, nutrient dense, easy to make, and incredibly versatile!” – by Lindsey Schoenfeld, RDN and Lexi Endicott, RD, LD, CCMS of To Taste
Main Course: Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe
“How to make Cedar Plank Salmon & Veggies in the Oven – honey Dijon salmon and herb roasted vegetables oven roasted on cedar boards for an unbeatable flavor.” – Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD of Hungry Hobby
Vegetarian Main Course: Pecorino Romano Risotto
“This Pecorino Romano Risotto is creamy, cheesy, and delicious! It does require some careful attention as it cooks, but once you taste it you will find it was well worth the effort!” – Christie Gagnon, RD of Hoorah to Health
“Dreary winter weather might give you the blues, but this fresh winter salad with pomegranate and goat cheese will help bright your day.” – Chelsea Jackle, MFN, RDN, LD of Chelsea Dishes
Dessert: No Bake Sugar Cookie Bites
“The No Bake Sugar Cookie Bites have a soft doughy center and are coated in a sweet chocolatey shell. Perfect for Valentine’s day or a fun healthier treat.” – Maggie Farley, MA, RD, Meals with Maggie
Alcoholic Beverage: Grapefruit Mimosa
“Serve yourself and your family these delish mimosas. They’re not overly sweet and taste absolutely refreshing with the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.” – Monica Nedeff, RDN, LD of The Traveling Dietitian
Non-Alcoholic Beverage: Sparkling Berry Lemonade
“This sparkling berry lemonade is packed with antioxidants from the berries, tartness from the lemonade, and 100 levels of refresh.” – Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD, Cooking for One Expert and Owner of Nourish Nutrition Co
I actually speak Spanish, so really I’d like to say, ¡Salud! Go forth and enjoy your special dinner at home!
Need help for planning your menu for the rest of the week? Grab my meal planning template and set aside 15 minutes this weekend to think through your schedule, how many people are eating at your house, and what you need to get dinner on the table.
Do you have special recipes you love to serve for special holidays? Inspire me with a comment below!
Happy day of love,
Ann from Peas and Hoppiness