Serve Up a Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home {Recipes Inside}

Forget the hassle of finding a reservation this Valentine’s Day. Here is a delicious and healthy three-course meal you can make at home.

Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

Tomato Tulip

  • Grape tomatoes
  • chives

Ricotta Filling

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. Parmesano Romano cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

Stuffed Grape Tomato Tulips

Instructions
1. Cut grape tomatoes about 1/3 of the way down. Remove seeds.
2. Make ricotta filling. Mix all ingredients into bowl and stir thoroughly.
3. Carefully stuff tomatoes with ricotta filling.
4. Place “tulips” on plate with chives or green onions as the stem. Serve and enjoy!

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp. pistachios, shelled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick), skinned
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup good-quality red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Pistachio and Herb Crusted Salmon with Mixed Greens Salads and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Instructions
1. To prepare salmon, combine the first 8 ingredients in a shallow dish or pie plate. Sprinkle fillets evenly with salt and pepper. Dip fillets in eggs; dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fillets to pan; cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; carefully turn fillets over. Cook 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
3. To prepare salad, make salad dressing and set aside. Add extra fun toppings to salad and serve with salmon. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. light butter, softened
  • 8 oz. package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz. fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 oz. Baker’s semi-sweet dipping chocolate
  • Raspberries

Raspberry Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.
2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork until mixed through. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
3. Use food processor or fork to crush raspberries into puree. Strain through strainer to get rid of seeds.
4. Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites and flour., do not over beat. Gently stir in pureed raspberries. Pour over graham cracker crust.
5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature then chill a few hours in the refrigerator.
6. Drizzle with dipping chocolate. Cut into desired shapes. Top with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

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    1. Great question, Karen. I apologize for not including this in the recipe. I usually use one small clamshell (1-1.5 cups) of raspberries to puree into the recipe. I then top with some fresh raspberries or drizzle with extra puree. They are so good. Let me know if you like them. Enjoy! 🙂

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