Monday, February 13, 2012

Food for your Sweetheart

Are you still searching for ideas for the perfect Valentine's meal or treat for that "special someone"?  If so, then look no further.  I have talked to a lot of people that are, for one reason or another, staying in tomorrow night.  Even though they are staying in they still want to prepare a special meal to celebrate Valentines.  Several people have picked my brain and asked me to recommend something for them to cook tomorrow night.  If you're one of those people who is staying in but still wants celebrate by preparing a special meal then I have some options for you that are sure to impress.            

I have a few recipes that we have had on various occasions that were delicious and impressive, but were quick to prepare as well.  Since Valentine's falls on a weeknight this year time will definitely be a factor when choosing what meal to prepare.  The recommendations I have for you are as equally delicious as they are impressive.    

Chicken with tomato herb pan sauce- I can't say enough good about this chicken.  Chicken breasts paired with a tomato herb pans sauce creates a dish that is not only bright in color but in taste as well.  This chicken is so lucious and flavorful you will not only be satisfied but longing for more. 

Pan fried tilapia over angel hair pasta with a garlic-jalapeno cream sauce-this copycat recipe from Carino's is nothing short of impressive.  The flakey, lightly fried fish over a bed of buttery pasta topped with a spicy cream sauce is out of this world.  The only thing this meal needs is a green or Ceasar salad.

Seared tuna with green beans, lemon, and wasabi -this dish is very similar to the seared ahi tuna appetizer from Outback.  This savory dish has a hint of spice from the wasabi that is cut by a fresh, tartness from the lemon.  Whether you decide to serve this as an appetizer, you can't go wrong.

Brazilian shrimp soup- this is still one of my favorites!  A tomato based soup thickened by onions, garlic and peppers, complimented by a creamy coconut milk that lends a muted tropical flavor, topped off with shrimp and then cilantro which adds a bright and earthy flavor to the dish.  Serve this over a bed of rice and you have a perfect meal that won't leave you feeling weighed down.  

Steak and balsamic glazed mushrooms- you simply can't go wrong with steak.  The steak recipe highlights the natural flavors of the meat, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and then seared to perfection.  The steak is complimented by the mushrooms with a balsamic glaze.  They glaze is sweet and sticky but delicious and full of flavor.  This meal will be ready for you and your sweetheart to enjoy in under thirty minutes.  Add a green salad and some garlic bread and you will have the perfect meal.

Steakhouse steak and sauteed wild mushrooms- The first time we had this was on Valentine's day and we loved it.  I know I've mentioned steak already but we've enjoyed this meal several times since and we honestly can't get enough of it.  It's hard to beat a good steak, but the addition of the roquefort chive sauce really takes this steak to a new level.  The juicy steak with the sharp creamy sauce just melts in your mouth.  Pair this with the garlic, onion and buttery flavord mushrooms and this is a meal that will impress.  

Cream cheese swirl brownies- fudgy ,chocolate brownies, chunks of white chocolate chips all topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese topping.  This is rich, chewy, fudgy and chocolaty dessert is the perfect way to end a special day.  Tint the cream cheese pink to make them more festive for the holiday.

Raspberry chocolate cake-rich layers of moist chocolate cake filled with a sweet and tart raspberry filling.  This cake is rich, sweet, and chocolatey.

Red velvet whoopie pies- this is a twist on a classic.  The traditional flavor of red velvet shaped into hearts and filled with a sweet a creamy filling.  These little treats are the perfect way to give your special someone your heart.

No matter what you decide to do tomorrow, I hope you and your special someone have a wonderful day!

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