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Dinner Date: What to Cook for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, skip the reservation scramble and prix fixe menus. Cook something for (or with) your Valentine instead. Trust us, it’s much more romantic — and relaxing — than dining out. And we’re making it extra easy for you to have a low-stress, high-yum evening with a menu full of date night specials.

 

 

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What:

Spinach-Ricotta Gnudi

Why:

Gnudi are like gnocchi, just….”nude-y,” without the pasta (that’s why they’re also called “naked” ravioli). Think tender dumplings consisting of solely luscious, ricotta filling. Beyond the suggestive name, gnudi’s creamy nature makes them a luxurious experience. Bonus: Making gnudi is a fun way to start the night. And there’s no pressure to be perfect; gnudi are also dubbed malfatti (Italian for “poorly made”), a reference to their irregular shape.

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

With its subtly sweet flavor and lush, velvety texture, ricotta can elevate any dish to treat status. Fun fact: Italian for “re-cooked,” ricotta was originally produced from the whey remaining after cheesemakers produced Mozzarella and Provolone. Often (as with the Organic Valley ricotta we use), organic milk is reheated to very high temperatures, then vinegar is added at a critical moment to form curds.

 

Saltimbocca

What:

Chicken Saltimbocca

Why:

Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” lively saltimbocca delivers on its name. The crispy prosciutto, tender chicken, and lush peppercorn cream sauce are sure to awaken the senses.

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

Fennel (cooked here with millet) is full of phytoestrogens, plant-based compounds similar to the female hormone estrogen. Fennel’s reputation as an aphrodisiac can be traced back to ancient Egyptians, who considered the herb a nutritional supplement and libido booster.

 

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What:

Artichoke “Crab” Cakes

Why:

Surprise your date with something new. This playful dish evokes that relaxing “by-the-sea” feeling without falling into the faux crab trap. Our Bay-style spice blend adds a little heat, while our lemony yogurt tartar helps you keep your cool.

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

Legendary romantic Catherine de Medici brought artichokes to France when she married Henry II, and 17th-century sexologist Nicolas Venette wrote that Swedish women served their husbands artichokes with hopes of increasing desire and stamina. Regardless of whether you buy the folklore, you can play up the fact that your dinner’s star ingredients are artichoke hearts (aw…). Bonus: Artichokes are great for the liver, perfect for balancing out that bottle of wine.

 

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What:

Bison Stew

Why:

Made with bison, a leaner, slightly sweeter alternative to beef, this hearty, aromatic stew will leave you feeling cozy, not heavy.

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

Ginger makes pretty much everything better. It can stimulate the nervous system, improve digestion, reduce pain, and calm the stomach. It’s known as a natural aphrodisiac thanks to its ability to increase circulation and sensitivity.  

 

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What:

Pink Peppercorn Salmon

Why:

Pink two ways, with purple potatoes, this dish is like an edible Valentine (without all the sugar).

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

Not really peppercorns at all, pink peppercorns are the fruit of a Brazilian pepper tree, related to the cashew family. These little pink berries add a subtly sweet, fruity flavor — and a bit of intrigue — to a familiar fish.

 

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What:

Thai Basil Tempeh Wraps

Why:

Wraps are a great option for date nights. You can take care of all the cooking and prep ahead of time, then enjoy plating and wrapping while you chat.

The Not-So-Secret Ingredient:

This one’s got ginger (see Bison Stew above) and basil, both said to promote circulation. Full of libido-boosting nutrients, basil’s also rumored to boost fertility and increase desire for more than just pesto with its fresh scent.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne
    February 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Do you provide any low calorie healthy meals suitable for dieting?

    • Reply
      Green Chef
      February 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Hi Anne. Thanks so much for reaching out to us. We currently don’t have a specific low calorie menu, but we try to keep all of our recipes between 450-750 calories. If you look at our online menu, it will list the calorie count so you can see if it fits what you are looking for. https://greenchef.com/on-the-menu Thanks!

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