Heart Healthy and Romantic Dinner for Two|
by Wen Zientek-Sico
There is no more romantic gift for Valentine's Day than a special romantic gift for two. Make it even more special by showing how much you care by preparing this quick, easy, elegant, and healthy menu that is just perfect for two.
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to enjoy a special romantic dinner for two. It is also a great time to show your care for your special someone's "heart" by making a heart-healthy dinner. There is no better time than Valentine's Day to express your love, and what better way than with a really delicious and special dinner that will help you ensure you will enjoy many more Valentine's Days together.
Don't restrict this menu to just Valentine's Day though! It makes a great dinner for any special occasion and is easy to prepare. The recipes can all be doubled or tripled easier for larger events.
The Menu Plan
One to Three Days in Advance
Make the sauce for the Herb and Garlic Spiced Oysters on the Half Shell.
Make the sauce for the Orange Roughy with Red Pepper Sauce Make the Rosy Wine Glazed Pears.
Two Hours in Advance
Prepare the salad and dressing for the Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Oranges and refrigerate them separately.
Prepare the sauce and green beans for the Rosemary Orange Green Beans.
15-20 Minutes Before Serving
Begin preparing the roughy for the Orange Roughy with Red Pepper Sauce and reheat the sauce.
Prepare the Asiago Garlic Orzo Pilaf.
10 Minutes Before Serving
Toss the Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Oranges.
Reheat the Rosemary Orange Green Beans.
We have included instructions for making the dinner in small pieces in advance, but you can easily prepare the dinner from start to finish in an hour and a half, with much of that being unattended cooking time. Active preparation time for the whole menu is about half an hour.
To make the menu all at once, start with the Rosy Wine Glazed Pears as they require the longest cooking time. Then make the sauce for the Herb and Garlic Spiced Oysters on the Half Shell as it needs to chill. Prepare the salad and dressing for the Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Oranges, but do not mix them together yet. Prepare the sauce and the green beans for the Rosemary Orange Green Beans and let sit at room temperature. About 15-20 minutes before dinner, prepare the Orange Roughy with Red Pepper Sauce and Asiago Garlic Orzo Pilaf. Reheat the Rosemary Orange Green Beans and toss the Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Oranges. Serve the Herb and Garlic Spiced Oysters on the Half Shell with the chilled sauce.
Healthy Cooking for Two
by Brenda and Angela Shriver
Looking for great, healthy recipes for two? Then this book is probably the best resource you will find. The recipes are well-written and easy to follow, and most importantly are practical and taste wonderful. All of the ingredients are easy to find and the recipes are so good you will find yourself doubling and tripling them to serve them even when you need to make enough food for more than two.