3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Entrees to Enjoy on Valentine’s Day

By Adam P. Newton, February 12, 2014, Events & Fun

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Entrees to Enjoy on Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is just 2 days away, which means couples everywhere are preparing to celebrate the night of romance. For many, these plans will involve preparing a tasty, homemade dinner for two. For those who are trying to take care of their physical heart, it is just as important to eat heart healthy meals on Valentine’s Day as it is any other day of the year. Fortunately, eating heart-healthy entrees does not have to mean sacrificing taste. Here are 3 fantastic recipes perfect for this quintessential date night that are also kind to the heart.

1) Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce for Two

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Entrees to Enjoy on Valentine's DaySalmon is known to have plentiful health benefits. Between the great omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol lowering abilities, Vitamins A, B, and D, as well as calcium and other nutrients, salmon can be considered a “super food.”

This delicious salmon dish is perfectly portioned for two people and it’s seasoned with a touch of salt, canola oil, lemon juice, unsalted butter, and peppercorns. The salmon is seared in a pan before being topped with the light and savory sauce. Since it is so light yet so full of beneficial oils, many people find salmon helps them feel satisfied without overeating or feeling bloated. The meal offers only 193 calories per serving, 23 grams of protein, and 292 mg of sodium, and 439 mg of potassium. It is a light, delicious meal that will certainly get the evening off to a good start.

2) Tunisian Vegetable Tagine

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Entrees to Enjoy on Valentine's DayThose looking to go a bit more exotic with their entrees can give this vegetarian friendly recipe a try. Although this entree does not include meat, it does pack plenty of protein between eggs and various types of beans. It could also please even those who enjoy sinking their teeth into the occasional steak. Having occasional meat-free days can also be good for the heart, so this can be a good way to reap the benefits of going meat-free without losing the taste.

This recipe calls for two large eggs, mixed vegetables, onion, bell peppers, caraway seeds, coriander seed, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and black pepper. There is only 2 grams of saturated fat per serving, 259 calories, and 13 grams of protein, making it a fantastic choice for keeping an eye on health while also providing great opportunities for exploring new tastes.

3) Mediterranean Chicken with Vegetables

Chicken is a popular choice for nearly any night of the year, but this recipe is a perfect way to go the extra mile. The added vegetables – artichokes, sundried tomatoes, and portabella mushrooms – are a fantastic way to add some delicious flavoring and make the dish extra special.

The only other ingredients needed would be salt, garlic cloves, pepper, olive oil, and fresh chopped lemon. The chicken and toppings are sautéed separately and combined at the end. The final dish has 194 calories per serving, 3 g of fat, 1 g of saturated fat, and 386 mg of sodium, making it a delicious but healthy option for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday that creates the perfect setting for a dinner for two. Those who are interested in remaining healthy and taking care of their heart, even on a holiday, do not have to worry about sacrificing romance or good taste when they are planning their evening. Selecting one of the heart-healthy entree recipes above will be a great way to enjoy the perfect dinner.

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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