After all the mayhem of 2020, we have successfully made it to the next year. Don’t want to jinx it, but we can hope that 2021 will be different from the previous year with the news of vaccines. Let’s count it as another reason to celebrate and start preparing for the first-ever holiday of this year, Valentine’s Day.
Every year, thousands of people celebrate this day with their loved ones. Gifts, chocolates, and flowers are the traditional ones that got their charm, but why not give something creative on this Valentine’s Day? Your creative gift doesn’t have to be something super-complicated. You can simply cook something nice and enjoy a romantic dinner at home. So, this Valentine’s Day, put on your chef hat because we have brought five healthy recipe ideas to indulge on.
Cooking with Soybean Milk
Many people consume soy milk as an alternative as it contains as much protein as cow’s milk yet low in calorific value. Soy milk is incredibly healthy for us, as many scientists state that it boosts metabolism and brings many benefits to the table. That is why the United States Soybean Export Council advocates for human consumption. Soy milk contains vitamin B, which prevents you from feeling weary or tired. Also, soymilk is an adequate supply of omega-3-fatty acid, which reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Soymilk itself does not have any peculiar taste. So, when you use it along with some intense flavors like blueberries or chocolates, it naturally blends with it and enhances your dish’s taste. You can take any traditional dish, replace dairy with soy milk, and make your new dish with a healthy twist.
- Soy Milk blueberry pancakes
- Soy Milk smoothies
- Soy Milk rice pudding
Grilling the Salmon
The name of this ocean fish appears on the top when someone starts counting the healthiest foods in our world. Salmon is packed, nay loaded with abundant omega 3, which not only lowers the blood pressure, but it improves your heart health. Besides, many dieticians recommend eating salmon when trying to lose weight as it is a fantastic source of lean proteins.
Salmon is a rich source of selenium and vitamins A and D. All these elements are crucial for proper development. By supplying those salmon promotes healthy growth and improves immunity. The recipes of salmon are the perfect amalgamation of rich nutrients and refreshing taste. If the fishy smell is unbearable for you, yet you want to eat for the sake of health, salmon is the fish for you.
You can fillet, poach, or simply grill the salmon with ingredients readily available in your home. This fish takes less than 15 minutes to cook so that you can make something delicious in a short time. Salmon has its flavor, so you can combine it with herbs like dill, parsley, rosemary, fennel, or even sage to tickle your taste buds. Lastly, do not forget to include lemon in your cooking as it brings out salmon’s exquisite flavors. Here are some salmon-based recipes,
- Lemon Garlic Salmon
- Baked Salmon
- Lemon grilled Salmon with herbs
Using the Goodness of Edamame
When you like eating green colored things, then edamame is the perfect option for you. These baby soybeans are lovely to cook. Their beany flavor goes along with pasta, noodles, and even salads. You can cook a delicious entrée loaded with edamame and enjoy a guilt-free dinner meal with your loved ones.
Just like soy, these immature beans are versatile when it comes to providing health benefits. They are a good source of vegan proteins that help you to go easy on the calories. Besides, they are low-carb, so they allow you to keep a check on blood sugar. Their buttery taste with a hint of sweetness makes edamame an excellent ingredient of healthy dishes like,
- Spaghetti with edamame and pesto sauce
- Simple chili-garlic edamame
- Edamame seafood paella
Combining the Wholesomeness of Vegetables and Fruits in Salads
Valentine’s Day gets more impressive when you take your playfulness and blend it with your culinary skills. Cooking a meal is one of the best gifts you can give to your loved ones. When you cook, you do not just make a meal but put your creativity and love into that. All these feelings and emotions are what this day of love is all about.
So, if you are not very good in the kitchen or have a busy schedule, making a salad is all you need to make this day special. The beauty of salad is that you can take anything you like and make a beautiful dish out of it. You have a wide range of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that you can combine in your favorite salad dressing. With a bowl of salad, you give a gift of wholesome food and its health benefits to your partner. Here are some great options to include in your salads:
- Citrus fruits like mandarin, blood oranges, etc
- Nuts like walnuts, pistachios, cashew nuts, and almonds
- Different types of cheeses
Ending the Meal on a Sweet Note of Desserts
Whether you are a sweet-tooth or not, you cannot deny the fact that desserts make your date perfect. Many people skip this sweet treat while worrying about the calories. However, you can cook sweets without actually using sugar.
There are many ingredients rich in natural sugar that can help you to avoid artificial sweeteners. The delicacies made from them are incredibly healthy and delicious at the same time. From brownies to sorbet, you can make any dessert of your choice by using such things. Here are some options you can use as a substitute for sugar:
- Berries like blueberry, strawberry, blackberry
- Dark chocolate
- Cashew nuts
- Fruits like apples, pineapple, melons
No gift is better than the gift of health. When you combine this gift with your culinary skills, the result will be an utterly romantic Valentine’s day meal. Use these ideas and get creative in your kitchen. Bon appetit!