Weddings / August 15, 2016

Cozy, Healthy Dinners for Two

Bring the two of you closer together – these three cozy meals are the perfect antidote to winter’s chill.

Breakfast for Dinner
There’s something so romantic about serving breakfast for dinner with your loved one. Breakfast is a meal we usually only share with our closest and I always feel like I’m getting away with something scandalous.

For this meal, serve fruit-filled crepes with turkey bacon and a vegetable frittata that will make your loved one swoon.

Crepes from SkinnyTaste
There’s no way around it, these Czech crepes from SkinnyTaste are elegant.  There’s something about crepes that whispers, “fancy.” Gina makes a crepe dish that makes you feel decadent without the fat.

Czech crepes from SkinnyTaste

Veggie Frittata
The Pioneer Woman’s Veggie Frittata is a healthy, budget-conscious protein, that works deliciously with turkey bacon. I like to leave the olives out of mine, but if you’re a fan, go for it! Ree’s frittata satisfies the hungriest partners.

Pioneer Woman's Veggie Frittata

 

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese + Chopped Salad + Chocolate Pudding

This meal is fancy enough for a Valentine’s Day dinner, but practical enough for a romantic January dinner for two. I like that we can eat it in front of the television, for those nights that the Orphan Black marathon goes 4 episodes deep. 

Macaroni and Cheese from Cooking Light
These macaroni and cheese recipe from Cooking Light are a lighter take, yet still substantial enough to please appetites of all kinds.

Cooking Light Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Farmers Market Chopped Salad
I love to serve macaroni and cheese with a chopped salad — this Farmers Market Chopped Salad from Food & Wine has all the elements of my favorites. It’s crunchy, filling and absolutely delicious.

Farmers Market Chopped Salad

Chocolate Pudding
This delicious chocolate pudding from Skinny MS has an additional coconut flavor from the coconut oil. It’s the perfect hit of sweetness that can be consumed from the couch.

MS Skinny Chocolate Pudding

 

Crab Rigatoni + Caesar Salad + Garlic Bread

This meal is made special by the addition of the crab — and is far easier to pull together than it looks. I’d serve this for a special Valentine’s day dinner. This meal would be delicious with promisQous white, a blend of tasty white grapes that are the perfect foil to the sweet crab and salty anchovy dressing.

Jamie Oliver’s Crab Rigatoni
Crab rigatoni is far easier than the name would let you believe. Just add seafood and vegetables to this homey dish for maximum flavor and great health. Or as Jamie Oliver would tell us about this recipe, “The combined sweetness of the crab and tomatoes is a great flavour match for the fresh, aniseedy kick of the fennel.”

Crab Rigatoni from Jamie Oliver

Caesar on the Light Side
Light Caesar salad from Jamie OliverI love to serve Jamie’s Crab Rigatoni with Jamie’s Caesar On the Light Side salad to reinforce the Mediterranean influence.

No matter the occasion, enjoy these cozy, healthy dinners for the two of you – happy nestling!

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