If you are staying in this Valentine’s Day here are some ideas for a great Valentine’s dinner. Our cookbook Nutritious Meets Delicious: Texas Farm to Table has the recipes.
For simple side dishes try cauliflower mash, Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted winter vegetables or any of our winter vegetable dishes available in our cookbook.
Whatever you do don’t forget the fluffy cheesy rolls. Make sure you make extra. You will want them later!
For dessert, definitely go with the almond flour chocolate chip walnut cookies or the fudgy brownies. Both decadent, both gluten free. If you are going to top it with some ice cream, try cashew milk ice cream, frozen yogurt or just make sure your good quality ice cream has no corn syrup.
If sparkling wine is your elixir, go with an Italian Prosecco or French champagne. Remember, champagne only comes from Champagne, France and can usually be expensive. Most sparkling wines are full of sugar and are very poorly made.
For wine, as much as we love to promote Texas, European and South American wines are just far superior without pesticides. Look for a Malbec from Argentina or a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from France. These are lighter red wines that are a little bit lower in alcohol but definitely lower in residual sugar.
Also, try our homemade cocktail recipes with Texas spirits!
This is not as challenging if you are mentally prepared to refuse the included “offerings.” If you are being really good tell the server not to bring bread just so you won’t be tempted. Avoid complimentary sugary “free champagne” which is probably cheap sparkling wine.
The reason why “skinny chicks don’t eat salad” is because dressings are usually full of sugar. Avoid any sweet based dressings such as raspberry vinaigrette or honey mustard. Ranch and Thousand Island should also be avoided unless it’s homemade, which I don’t know of anybody that makes their own “either of those.”
You have made it this far, so don’t sabotage yourself by splurging on dessert and sugary coffee drinks.
Try to avoid restaurant desserts as they are usually not made in house and they can be full of corn syrup or they’re full of gluten and sugar. A great dessert alternative is fresh fruit and cheese.]]>