Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Just because we can’t eat out this Valentine’s Day, does not mean we can’t make it special at home! Our Croí Dietitian, Aisling, has gathered some quick, delicious and heart healthy recipes for you to try on Valentine’s Day, next Sunday, February 14th!

Starter:

Begin your meal with a simple bruschetta. Easy to prepare but packed with flavour. Tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onion and basil are staple foods in the heart healthy, Mediterranean diet. Onion and garlic are known as ‘prebiotics’ and they promote healthy gut bacteria. Try this simple Tomato Bruschetta Recipe.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not try this Lemony Prawn Bruschetta?

Main Course:

Oily fish, such as salmon, are a great source of the heart healthy, fatty acids, so, what could be better to have as a main course on Valentine’s Day! Give this Sautéed Salmon with Citrus Salsa a try!

If you’re looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day, why not try these Tomato and Chilli Mussels. Mussels are a good source of protein, fatty acids and contain a range of vitamins and minerals.

With the recent cold snap, if you’re looking for something more heart warming, try a Chicken Madras. The mix of herbs and spices, combined with a tomato base, makes this a very tasty and low saturated fat meal to warm you up!

If your idea of Valentine’s Day involves spending the minimal amount of time in the kitchen, then why not try this Spanish Style Chicken Stew. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to simmer. How you spend that time is up to you…

Dessert:

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, so why not go all out with these mouth-watering Chocolate Molten Cakes? Dark chocolate has been shown to have some health benefits and is lower in fat and sugar than milk chocolate.

For something a bit lighter, try these mini Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Pavlovas. Or, keep things simple with the classic, some Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Bring the restaurant experience to the comfort of your own home with these delicious dishes! Put on some nice clothes (or your pyjamas and slippers, if that’s what you prefer), light some candles, and tuck in and enjoy your lockdown Valentine’s dinner date!

Healthy Christmas Recipes

Tired of endless scrolling, looking for inspiration for the perfect recipe for finger food? Or, trying your hand at cocktail making, but can’t seem to find the right recipe? Don’t worry!

Croí have compiled all of our favourite recipes for you to try over the Christmas season. We are bound to have every recipe you need for any dish you desire! Oh, and did we mention? They’re also healthy and delicious!

Crudités and Dips

Why not change things up a bit this year and instead of the usual fat and salt laden finger foods, experiment with a selection of healthier crudités and dips. Here’s some links to some of our favourites from the internet:

To complete your healthy platter, why not add:

  • Chopped up carrots, peppers and celery to use for dipping.
  • Some unsalted crackers and breadsticks.
  • Finish off your platter with a selection of unsalted mixed nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and fruit such as grapes, mixed berries, figs and cherry tomatoes for a pop of colour.

Healthier Canape Selection

If you’re trying to be mindful of your salt and fat intake over the Christmas period, why not try some healthier finger food alternatives. We’ve linked some of our favourites below:

Mocktails

This year, lots of people are trying alcohol free alternatives to their favourite beers, wines and spirits and there are so many different options to choose from. Why not get creative and whip up an alcohol-free cocktail at home? From virgin mojitos to alcohol free passionfruit martinis, we’ve linked some our favourites below:

*Cocktails and mocktails are high in sugar, so avoid or use sugar free mixers if you have diabetes.

Christmas Dinner

Arguably, the best meal of the year. So, even if you are trying to keep it relatively healthy and keep the salt and fat content to a minimum, there is no reason to skimp on flavours. Luckily, turkey is a lean meat, low in saturated fat and the typical side dishes of potato and vegetables do not need to be cooked in butter, goose fat or covered in gravy to be tasty. Play around with flavours and take some inspiration from the recipes linked below, such as these paprika roast potatoes, chill charred brussels sprouts, lemon thyme carrots and mulled red cabbage with clementine’s.

Healthier Desserts

Why not mix up your Christmas dessert offerings and include some slightly healthier ones. Think delicious fruit based desserts, such as grilled pineapple, baked apples, lighter crumbles and fruity pavlovas.

Turkey Leftovers

Not sure what to make with your leftover turkey? Sick of turkey curry? This year why not get creative and whip up a Vietnamese Turkey Pho, Fruity Moroccan Turkey Tagine or even a Korean Turkey Rice Pot. Just because you can’t travel doesn’t mean your tastebuds can’t!

Happy Cooking!