Dine in Health This Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, we normally think about how we can show someone that we care, usually via a cute card or love poem, a box of chocolates or decadent dessert, or some other small gift. These acts of kindness can be meaningful and well received. However, everyone enjoys a quality, homemade meal. On Valentine’s Day, you gift not just those for whom you care, but your own self some love when you make that meal a healthy one. The cold and dreary month of February presents the perfect opportunity to cook up something warm and delicious. Give the edible gift of health to those around you with the recipes that follow.

Trish Ryan, founder of Time for Dinner, has created an accessible meal that anyone can make. With her Salmon with White Beans and Kale and Cinnamon Baked Apples, your body and taste buds will feel the love, and so will your dinner mate!

salmon and kale and beans

Salmon with White Beans and Kale

Active time:  15 minutes        Total time:  30 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated (from 1 lemon), plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (4-6 ounces each)
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add beans, zest, and rosemary and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, kale and salmon to skillet and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook until the kale is wilted and salmon is opaque, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Baked Apples

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Active time:  15 minutes        Total time:  30 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, like Jonagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided in four
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F with a rack in the lower-middle position.
  2. Remove the core of the apples, cutting to within a half inch of the bottom of the apple and creating a well, about 3/4-inch wide.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Divide this mixture between the apples, packing the wells firmly.
  4. Arrange the apples in an 8 x 8 baking dish, and top each one with a pat of butter. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and remove foil. Continue baking, uncovered, until the apples are soft and the brown sugar has melted into a syrup, an additional    20-30 minutes. The skin on the apples will also become wrinkled and soft by the end of cooking.

Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enable you to enjoy healthy meals with your family.

Time for Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation. Time for Dinner is a great tool to help you avoid pitfalls and stay on track with healthy eating.

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