Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

Enjoy this special Asian salmon for two followed by decadent (healthy!) brownies, the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, thanks to Teresa and Believe in Nutrition!

salmon with sesame

Asian Salmon for Two

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon miso, preferably white
  • 1 tablespoon mirin, asian rice wine vinegar found in ethnic aisle
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 8 ounces center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (shrimp or scallops)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Position rack in upper third of oven. Preheat broiler. Line small baking pan with foil and coat lightly with cooking spray. Whisk miso, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, and hot sauce in a small bowl until smooth. Place salmon fillets, skinned-side down, in the prepared pan. Brush generously with the miso mixture. Broil the salmon until just cooked through in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Garnish the salmon with scallions, cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve with grilled vegetables and a salad and enjoy, but save some room for dessert!

 

browniesHealthy Brownies

Each of these brownies is only 100 calories and tastes divine! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup of agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A couple teaspoons chopped walnuts (optional for topping)

Mix all the ingredients for a couple minutes in a food processor or blender, except the walnuts. Pour the mix into an 8×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray, and sprinkle the walnuts on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Bake at 300 degrees for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool before cutting.

One Healthy Breakdown: made with LOVE!

Picture Perfect Picnic

MP900178348July is National Picnic Month, so pack a picnic today! Picnic’ing is one of my favorite things to do during the warm weather months. Taking a meal outdoors reconnects us with nature and reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us. It’s always fun to switch things up as dinnertime can become routine; picnics make a meal into a party! Pack a picnic for a family hike or bring a picnic to the beach for a great date night. Whether it’s just a couple of pre-made sandwiches or a whole gourmet meal, picnics add a fun adventure. Either way, wine is a must 😉

Here’s what you’ll need to pack the perfect picnic:

  • picnic basket, cooler, or bag to hold everything
  • large blanket to sit on
  • food! some simple/portable ideas include: sandwiches, wraps, a pizza, salad, cheese platter, fruit salad, bread, etc.
  • utensils (forks/knives/spoons/cups/plates/napkins)
  • drinks (be sure to bring water…and wine/beer if you wish!)
  • bottle opener
  • plastic containers
  • ice packs
  • a trash bag for your garbage
  • bug spray, incense, or a bug-repellent candle
  • bring a book or magazines if you’re solo
  • toys or bubbles if you’re with kids
  • a camera to capture the fun!

One Healthy Breakdown: a picnic can turn a regular meal into a family party or a romantic getaway, picnic it up today!