Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Party

Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Party
I love Valentine’s Day! It’s not only a day to celebrate my cherished relationship with my husband, but it’s also a ‘month’ whereby I celebrate my great friends. Here’s a super easy dinner to prepare for friends to say ‘thank you’, and best of all it’s nutritious and heart healthy!

Part of good heart health is not only a balanced diet and exercise, but living a stress-free life. This dinner is so easy and I promise completely stress-free. Not only can you crank it out (literally! with a zuchinni spiralizer) in seconds, but the prep is less than ten minutes. It’s also gorgeous!

When setting the table, put a little Valentine’s Day message on each plate! Rose’ is also the perfect light wine to pair with this dinner.

Spialized Zucchini Noodles with Heirloom Tomaotes & Capers

These Round White Dinner plates by YHY are great for serving pasta or other food that may slide around a bit! The edges are slightly curved up so it contains food perfectly! I love them!! This 4 piece set of 10.6 inch Porcelain Dinner Plates is available on Amazon Prime.

How to Make:

With a Zuchinni Spiralizer, quickly crank out noodles. One zucchini per person is plenty, in fact you’ll have leftovers. In a hot pan, heat high-quality olive oil and add noodles.

Stir on high heat until they start to go a little limp. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt (per zucchini), 4-5 heirloom cherry tomatoes (halved), 1/2 tablepoon capers and a little fresh flat leaf parsley in at the last minute, Cooking should be no more than 3-4 minutes total in a hot pan. Serve fresh and hot!

Freshly squeezed lemon is nice on this, or a little shaved Parmesan cheese.

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Carmelized Pecans & Blackberries in a Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Salad plates by YHY and best of all, they too are available on Amazon! I told you this was a stress-free dinner! This 4-Piece Porcelain Dessert/Salad Plates, 8-inch White Plate Set can come to your door by Prime as well.

In a bowl combine washed spinach leaves (1 bag) and (1/2 bag) of clean arugula and toss. Add in pecans (or candied pecans – storebought is fine), and 1 cup of fresh blackberries. I prefer to chill mine as it helps keep the salad cool as well. Toss in a vinegar & balsamic reduction sauce dressing (1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup balsamic reduction) and drizzle on the salad greens. Display on pretty salad plates.  As this dinner is completely vegetarian, it’s OK to serve the salad with the zucchini noodles. They pair well together.

Now here’s the decadent part of the dinner! Dinner was light in calories, but a treat after dinner is always welcome. This layered heart cake is light and fluffy and topped with fresh cream cheese frosting. The layered slices of red velvet and chocolate cake (box cake) are also so pretty to serve! Heart cake pans by Michaels. Plates by YHY Dishware – soft rounded edges on a square plate. Perfect for desserts – elegant and clean. Porcelin dessert/salad plates available on Amazon Prime here.

Thank you to YHY Dishware for providing the beautiful dinner plates to review.

Quick Cream Cheese Frosting (so much better than store frosting!)

  • 1 stick buter
  • 1 box cream cheese
  • cream in mixer
  • slowly add in 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • mix until creamy and smooth

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