He makes me smile, blush and LOL. I’m thinking that he might really be “the one.” I know exactly what I want to do for him…
Nothing says love like cooking a thoughtful meal for someone special. Back in the days, we’d cook the most buttery and fatty foods we could dream up. Love in the kitchen looked like a heart attack on a plate. If we want our beloveds to be around for a long time, however, we want to keep them healthy. So you may be wondering: if you put away the steak and potatoes, what can you cook to show someone you love them?
You’ve lit the candles, you’re looking amazing and now all you need is the perfect menu. How about Mango Glazed Salmon, Cranberry Salmon, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Spinach Salad? This is a delicious feast for the senses and the body. There should also be enough leftovers for you both to take to lunch the next day.
Passionista Approved Romantic Menu
Mango Glazed Salmon
This sweet glazed salmon dish can be made with either a homemade peach or mango salsa.
If time is an issue, you can use store bought peach preserves or mango marmalade. Salmon is pretty much a super food so you don’t have to feel guilty about the sugar.
You’ll need 2-4 thick salmon steaks, of course. Go easy on the salt, but do include black pepper, cumin, ginger and red wine vinegar. Brush with olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Make the mango salsa glaze separately with a fresh chopped mango, cilantro, lime juice, red onions and juicy tomatoes. You can also add a little brown sugar or honey to taste. Add the salsa to the salmon and relish it.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are also a super food– and they’re delicious to boot. Any meal that you’d enjoy with regular white potatoes, from french fries to mashed, can be made with sweet potatoes. Simply, cube your sweet potatoes and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Since the salmon on this menu is so sweet, you just want to roast chopped sweet potatoes and let the natural flavor shine. Add a dusting of cinnamon, oregano or rosemary for extra pizazz.
Blueberry Spinach Salad
Add baby spinach to anything and you have a power salad in front of you. Combined with juicy blueberries this side dish is good for you and good to eat. Bleu cheese and pecans or almonds complete this simple seasonal salad.
The cornbread is the most decadent part of this meal. Adding the cranberries pulls it into the rest of this spicy and fruity menu. It’s okay to just use a standard box of Jiffy Cornbread (we always had it in the kitchen cabinet when I was a kid) and bake with dried cranberries. Use soy or rice milk instead of whole milk to reduce calories.
Now, you’re cooking with passion. Let me know how it goes. Bon appetit, lovers.
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