Written by Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity.
There haven’t been many years that my hubby and I have actually been able to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be because of a new baby, lack of babysitters, sick kids or just wanting to avoid the crowds, there are many reasons to stay in and enjoy a romantic evening together at home. It may seem impossible with kids, but it’s much easier to accomplish then one might think.
It all starts with a simple meal that can be brought together quickly once the kids are tucked in their beds and quiet has settled over the home. I can’t guarantee that the kids will stay quiet or that things will go smoothly but these recipes are so quick and so simple you should be able to enjoy a romantic three-course meal in the candlelight before the craziness begins again.
Dessert – Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Shell
|Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Shell||
This dessert takes no effort and is much healthier then the ones you’ll get from the store. All you do is whiz it up, scoop it into serving bowls and place it in the freezer. When it’s time to serve, melt the chocolate shell and pour it over the frozen yogurt – dessert is served. Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
This can also be made in a blender but you will need to put the yogurt in the bottom first and you’ll have to stop the blender occasionally to dislodge any pieces of fruit that get caught up in the blades.
The recipe for Chocolate shell was adapted from the New York Times
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- Sugar or honey, to taste
- 7 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Place two small bowls in the freezer.
- Process strawberries and yogurt in food processor until fully blended.
- Add sugar or honey to taste, if desired.
- Spoon mixture into frozen bowls and place in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the meal.
- Melt together chocolate and oil over a double boiler.
- Drizzle on ice cream while warm.
Appetizer – Cheese Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers
|Cheese Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers||
- 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red bell peppers
- sliced pepper jack cheese
- 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, optional garnish
- Put a small bit of olive oil in a frying pan just to coat the bottom.
- Cut peppers into smaller pieces and fold each over a slice of cheese.
- Place in prepared pan preheated over medium heat.
- Allow to cook until cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with parsley to serve.
Main – Garlic Ham Fettuccine
Since this is a three-course meal and the pasta is quite rich, this recipe makes two small portions. Serve with garlic bread and a simple salad to round out the meal or double the recipe for bigger portions.
|Garlic Ham Fettuccine||
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme, optional
- 6 oz. fettuccine
- 1/4 cup chopped ham
- Melt butter in small saucepan. Add garlic and cook just enough to get rid of the raw edge. Do not brown. Add cream and spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes to reduce.
- Meanwhile cook spaghetti in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
- Add diced ham to cream just to warm through. Pour over spaghetti and stir to combine.
Will you be going out or staying in for Valentine’s Day?
All photos by Cheri Neufeld