Going out for a kid-free romantic Valentine’s Day dinner sounds heavenly, but if you can’t find a sitter or eating out isn’t in your budget, here’s a Valentine’s feast you can make at home. Prepare the dishes in advance, order the kids a pizza, and send them off to bed early.
Next dig out an elegant linen tablecloth and cloth napkins. Set the table with your best China and silverware, play some mellow jazz, uncork a bottle of wine, light a candle, and dish up these tasty recipes. Eat slowly, gaze into each other’s eyes, and remember why you fell in love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Avocado Strawberry Salad
Crunchy and soft, sweet and tart, every bite of this colorful fruit salad is delightfully surprising.
1/8 teaspoon Frontier cardamom seed powder
1/8 teaspoon Frontier ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Frontier dried mint leaves
1 avocado, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 large orange, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
• Combine avocado, orange, strawberries, and pecans in a serving bowl.
• In a small, separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and mix well.
Roasted Chicken with Dried Cherries, Capers & Chilies
A uniquely elegant and well-balanced combination of sweet, savory and spicy, this recipe makes a great entrée for a dinner party. Roasted chicken pairs beautifully with the sweetness of dried cherries, the spiciness of chilies, and bold flavor of capers.
1 teaspoon Frontier ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon Frontier sea salt
1/4 teaspoon Frontier black pepper
1 teaspoon Frontier ground cumin
1 3/4” Frontier cinnamon stick
4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
2 teaspoons extra-vigin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups organic chicken broth
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 teaspoons capers
2 teaspoons honey
1 to 2 hot chile peppers, seeded, diced
• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, and black pepper. Place the chicken in a large shallow roasting pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil and sprinkle with the paprika mix.
• Roast for 45 minutes, or until thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 180 degrees and the juices run clear.
• Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the broth, cherries, capers, honey, cumin, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the cherries are plump and the sauce has thickened. Stir in the chile peppers.
• When the chicken is cooked, for extra flavor, if desired, drain off the pan juices and stir them into the cherry sauce. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick before serving.
• Place the chicken on a serving platter and top with the sauce.
Frozen Raspberry Vanilla Yogurt Bites
Sweet, tart, and made with wholesome ingredients, these frozen raspberry yogurt bites come together quickly. Use frozen raspberries in the winter (makes a festively pink alternative to candy on Valentine’s Day) and fresh, in-season raspberries for a delightful chilled treat during warm summer months.
1 teaspoon Frontier Raspberry Flavor
1 teaspoon Frontier Organic Vanilla Extract
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup plain yogurt
Ice cube tray or silicone mold
• In a large bowl, mash the raspberries with a fork. Add the yogurt, raspberry flavor, vanilla extract and honey to the mashed raspberries. Whisk the ingredients together.
• Spoon the yogurt into an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Place tray in freezer for 2 to 3 hours, until the yogurt is completely frozen.
• Remove the bites and serve. Keep the bites in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.
Makes 12 bites, depending on size of mold or ice cube tray.
Reprinted with permission from Frontier Co-op, which sells many of the ingredients in these recipes. For more information, visit www.frontiercoop.com.