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For the Love (of Food): 5 Home-Cooked Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Food for Grownups
valentines day recipes for two
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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those you love – whether it be your spouse, your girlfriends, your family, or yourself. Regardless of who you’re showering with love this year, the dinner you celebrate with should be indulgent and rich, right? (I know, I know, I’m usually saying that we should eat healthy but Valentine’s Day is a special holiday that deserves special treatment).

Instead of making reservations at a crowded restaurant, why not set up an intimate dining experience in your own home, complete with candlelight and the timeless music of Frank Sinatra? Skip out on the busyness that comes with a restaurant’s atmosphere, say no to a pricey prix fixe that doesn’t live up to the hype, and ditch the waiter who interrupts your conversation every 10 minutes.

The best news is, you don’t need to miss out on great food just because you’re staying in. We’ve collected some of the most romantic meals for you and yours. Don’t be shocked if people can’t believe it’s a home cooked dinner and start digging around to try and find take-out containers.

Let’s not stop the celebration with a delicious dinner. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, eat some dessert (guilt-free), and pop in a favorite rom-com.

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Healthy Chicken Parmesan (only 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points!)

Food for Grownups
healthy chicken parmesan

When it comes to dining out, I’m a very loyal customer. Or possibly a creature of habit.

When my husband and I move to a new area, we spend a few weeks surveying local eateries, then settle on two or three that become “our restaurant.”  It’s not that we never dine out at other locations, but these are the spots we frequent on a regular basis.  The staff knows us by name, and vice versa, and we can almost always get a table, even in the high season.

One of our favorites is a delightful little Italian bistro. The food is good, the service friendly, and the prices are fair.  When we walk in the door, we’re welcomed so warmly that we feel like family. Or at least members of the club. continue reading