Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! Healthy Meals for TWO!

Who doesn't love a little pampering on Valentine's Day?

I have a NO CANDY POLICY! :p

Here are some GREAT ideas for Valentine's Day meals, whether you're planning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! <3 <3

MOST importantly~ ENJOY this special day with your special someone! <3 <3

Breakfast

Poached Eggs with Asparagus




The classic pairing of steamed asparagus and poached eggs makes a tasty breakfast or brunch, but we like it as a complete, healthy meal any time of day.


Total Time: 14 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 4 min.
Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients:
2 cups hot water
1 tsp. vinegar
4 large eggs
14 medium asparagus spears, steamed
Fresh ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
Preparation:
1. Bring water to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add vinegar; reduce heat to maintain a gentle boil.
2. Place one egg into a small bowl. Hold bowl close to the water’s surface and slip the egg into the water, repeat with remaining eggs; cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until whites are completely set. Gently lift eggs out of water.
3. Place seven asparagus spears on each serving plate. Top with two eggs and pepper (if desired).
4. Serve immediately.

Lunch

Fig Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

Figs add dimension and sweetness to this easy salad. Serve this fig salad along side chicken breast or pork loin for a delicious meal.
Total Time: 15 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. raw honey
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
4 cups mixed organic greens
1 cup baby spinach leaves
4 medium ripe figs, cut in quarters
20 raw almonds, coarsely chopped
Preparation:
1. Combine oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper in small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Combine greens, spinach, figs, and almonds in serving bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend. Serve immediately.

Dinner

Ginger Soy Flank Steak

Steak night always feels like a special occasion, even when you use a simple recipe like this one. Flavors of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and honey combine to create an umami sauce that takes lean flank steak to another level of delicious. The marinade takes minutes to make, and about an hour to fully flavor and tenderize the meat, but if you’re in a hurry, you can cook the steak after just 30 minutes.

Total Time: 1 hr. 21 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 16 min.
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients:
2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. crushed red pepper

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. raw honey
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame seed oil
1½ lbs. flank steak (or tenderized round steak)
Preparation:
1. Combine ginger, garlic, red pepper, lime juice, honey, soy sauce, and oil in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
2. Place steak in a shallow dish. Pour ginger mixture over steak; marinate, covered, turning once, for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
3. Preheat grill or broiler on high.
4. Grill or broil steak for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches desired temperature on your meat thermometer (rare is 120° F., medium rare is 125° F., medium is 130° F.). Remove from heat; let steak rest, covered with aluminum foil, for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
5. Slice steak thinly against the grain.

Roast Chicken Quarter with Potatoes and Tomatoes

This succulent chicken recipe is packed with antioxidants and takes just 20 minutes to prep. Chicken quarters are the whole leg with thigh and drumstick (or the breast with backbone and wing). If you like dark meat, this is a very healthy and flavorful way to prepare it. Try the same recipe with smaller cuts of chicken and omit the first 15 minutes of cooking time.
Total Time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 55 min.
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
4 (6-oz.) raw chicken leg quarters
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
¼ cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
1 medium lime, sliced
6 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and chopped, stems discarded (reserve 2 whole sprigs)
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
5 kumquats, cut in half (or 1 lemon, sliced)
6 fresh parsley sprigs, chopped
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
2. Place chicken in large oven-proof roasting pan lightly coated with spray.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Drizzle with lime juice and broth; top with lime slices and chopped rosemary.
5. Bake for 15 minutes.
6. Add potatoes, tomatoes, kumquats (or lemons), parsley, and rosemary sprigs; bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the thickest part, juices run clear, and vegetables are tender.
7. Remove skin before serving.

Dessert

Blueberry Buckle Granola

Here’s a delicious yet sensible dessert recipe that contains the healthy fiber of oats, the antioxidant properties of blueberries, and the crunchy goodness of almonds…plus this blueberry buckle tastes great!
Total Time: 25 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 2 servings, about ½ cup each

Ingredients:
¾ cup steel-cut oats
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp. slivered raw almonds
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Combine all ingredients in a glass baking dish.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice during baking.

-- 21 DAY FIX APPROVED~ Chocolate-Covered Strawberries -- 




(Makes 10 servings, 2 strawberries each)
*2 Strawberries= 1 YELLOW! <3 
  • 20 medium strawberries (about 1 lb.)
  • 9 oz. dark chocolate morsels (or chopped semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil











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