Valentine's Day is usually a time for treating that special someone. A rose, perfume or some chocolates perhaps. If you wish to show your love with fine food, but want to avoid all the excess calories, the following two recipes should help.
In fact, they are so tasty, and nutritious, they should appeal not only to the health conscious among us. Give your Valentine the personal touch with these easy to make recipes. They are sure to impress.
Hardcore Valentine Chicken
Valentine's Day is not an excuse to pig out says Alejandro.
You Will Need:
- A cookie heart-shape cutter
- 3/4 cup of polenta
- 3x 3/4 cup of water
- One chicken breast
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Frisee lettuce
Combine water and some salt in a saucepot. Over a high flame, bring water to the boil and slowly stir in polenta. Heat and stir for five minutes until mixture pulls away from sides of pot. Pour out onto a lightly moistened platter and flatten into the square. Let it cool off. Use the cookie cutter to cut polenta into the shape of a heart.
You can make three full hearts out of this square. Set the grill at 400 degrees. Put the chicken breast to marinate with two-tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, some salt and black pepper. Marinate for 10 minutes.
Now take the chicken breast out and cut it into the heart shape with the cookie cutter. Grill for four minutes. Serve polenta and chicken hearts on a plate. Decorate your plate with frisee lettuce. Enjoy this healthy Valentine dinner.
Protein Loaded Chocolate Truffles
- 0.75 lbs of dark sugar free chocolate
- One cup of Quaker Quick One-minute Oats
- One espresso shot
- Four Splenda packets
- One cup of chocolate protein powder
Chop a block of the chocolate with a knife and put in double boiler with the water at the bottom of pot. Once the chocolate has melted in upper Pyrex bowl, take the Pyrex bowl of water, add one cup of chocolate protein powder, one cup of oats, the espresso shot and Splenda. Mix together. Let this cool off for 20 minutes.
With the ice cream scoop, shape the truffles. Put them on the top of the baking paper and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Take one plate, add one cup of vanilla protein powder and roll the truffles on it. This gives you the option of white truffles. Use one cup of chocolate protein powder on another plate provides dark truffles.
Alejandro says there is no need to cheat with sugary foods, when those protein truffles taste better than anything you can buy at the store. Try them, you won't be disappointed.
Protein Loaded Truffles. PDF
Both recipes complements of Alejandro Quiroga and Joe DiAngelo.