3 Romantic and Heart-Healthy Recipes for Valentine's Day

Heart in HandsValentine’s Day is the perfect time for enjoying a relaxing, romantic dinner for two with that special someone. Planning the perfect menu involves finding a delicious recipe that both parties will love. An increasing number of people want to treat their heart well in terms of romance and lifestyle. Fortunately, there are some delicious and heart-healthy recipes available to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

1) Seafood Risotto

3 Romantic and Heart-Healthy Recipes for Valentine's DayThis savory meal makes just enough for two servings, so it makes an excellent choice for your Valentine’s Day meal. Keep in mind that risotto should be served as soon as it’s ready to capture the full effect of its creaminess and texture.

The recipe calls for fat free and low sodium chicken broth, clam juice, butter, shallots, rice, saffron threads, lemon juice, grape tomatoes, shrimp, scallops, and whipping cream. Preparing the dish is relatively straight forward, as the cook needs simply to add the ingredients slowly to a pan, finishing with the shrimp and scallops. The finished dish will be deliciously savory and approximately 400 calories per serving. There are also about 10 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of fiber, 520 mg of sodium, and 30.2 grams of protein. This recipe will pair excellently with a delicious white wine or other drink of choice, while a salad will bring additional vegetables to the table.

2) Pomegranate Duck

3 Romantic and Heart-Healthy Recipes for Valentine's DayMany people are reluctant to buy duck on a regular basis because of the cost, but Valentine’s Day just may be the perfect occasion to prepare something special. This recipe will definitely impress your dinner companion and looks fantastic set out on the table.

Cooks will need boneless duck, kosher salt, olive oil, one shallot, pomegranate juice, reduced sodium chicken broth, cornstarch, and parsley. The duck is lightly browned in a pan then roasted in the oven while the juice and other ingredients are combined on the stove to make a delectable sauce. This recipe is as healthy as it is delicious, as each serving comes in with about 272 calories, 10 grams of fat, 23 g of protein, and 368 mg of sodium while also serving as a great source of iron, vitamin C, and potassium.

3) Pacific Sole with Oranges and Pecans

3 Romantic and Heart-Healthy Recipes for Valentine's DayThis is another dish that is both light and savory while appearing fantastic, making it a great addition to the Valentine’s Day dinner. While this original recipe calls for Pacific sole, cooks have substituted tilapia or a similar light tasting fish and been quite pleased with the results. You will also need one orange, salt, pepper, butter, one shallot, white wine vinegar, chopped pecans, and fresh dill.

The fish will first be cooked in a skillet, and then set aside as you combine the other ingredients to make a sauce. The fish will then be sprinkled with the sauce, pecans, and dill to make a delicious dinner. The finished dish will be very healthy, with an estimated 234 calories per serving, 28 grams of protein, and 4001 mg of sodium while also providing a great source of Vitamin C and calcium.

Selecting a heart-healthy meal does not have to mean compromising on options or flavor. These three delicious and heart-healthy recipes should help any cook plan the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day meal.