06-29-2007, 02:25 PM
Okay, so I've been on WW for about a week and my 4 year old daughter will be staying the night at her grandma's....instead of going out to dinner, my DH suggested we stay home and have a romantic evening at home:hug: (how sweet, huh?) But now I'm like, OMG, what can I fix that is good and healthy and within my WW points!!!
06-29-2007, 05:39 PM
A romantic dinner sounds like fun! My suggestion may seem strange but stick with me.
How about fondue? You could do a cheese and a chocolate. Get all sorts of yummy healthy things to dip in them. A little bread, some apple slices, blanched asparagus, cauliflower, and carrots for the cheese. You could do fresh bananas and strawberries and maybe dried apricots for the chooclate. My sweetie and I do this often and usually get into the romance of it all, feeding each other, and really not eating all that much. Plus, you don't need to do anything but get a little dip of the cheese and chocolate on to get the great taste.
They sell little small crock-pots at places like Bed Bath and Beyond that are just perfect for a 2 person fondue.
It is fun!
06-29-2007, 06:16 PM
Second on the fondue! You can dip all kinds of low-cal things in just a little bit of chocolate and it is DECADENT...strawberries, angel food cake, pineapple, etc. MMMMM.
06-29-2007, 06:21 PM
That sounds yummy! Especially with fruit. Just a little chocolate would go a long way.
06-29-2007, 06:29 PM
Here are three of my favorite special occasion (but still low calorie) meals:
Coq Au Vin
It's French--you can't get more romantic than that! If you have leftovers, this is even better the next day.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups carrots, diced
10 oz mushrooms, sliced (sub 1 cup of diced celery if you don't like mushrooms)
8 oz turkey kielbasa
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup red wine
14 oz diced tomatoes
10 oz pearl onions, blanched and peeled
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
In a dutch oven or large saucepan, saute chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil until browned.
Add remaining tbsp olive oil, onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, and turkey kielbasa. Saute, stirring frequently, until onion is just tender.
Add remaining ingredients through pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.
Combine flour and water, then stir into the stew. Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Discard bay leaf and serve.
Note: To peal the pearl onions, place them in boiling water for 3 min, drain and then rinse with cold water. Then you can cut the end of each onion and easily pop it out of its skin.
Makes 6 servings, 350 calories per serving, 12g fat, 22g carbs (3g fiber), 39g protein.
Creamy Tarragon Chicken
24 oz chicken breast
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz (about 1/4 cup) minced shallots
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup fat free half and half
2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon (or a mixture of tarragon and rosemary)
3 tbsp nonfat yogurt
Pound chicken to 1/2 inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Saute with a small amount of cooking spray until done. Set aside.
Spray pan with a little more cooking spray if necessary and saute shallots over medium until tender.
Add wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, mustard, half and half, and taragon and mix well. Add the chicken and any juices. Cook until chicken is warm and sauce is thickened, maybe 5 minutes.
Remove the chicken to serving plates and stir the non-fat yogurt into the sauce. Spoon sauce over the chicken.
Makes 4 servings at 225 calories each, 4g fat, 6g carbs (0g fiber), 34g protein.
Broiled Salmon and Fresh Berry Sauce
1/2 cup shallots
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup orange juice
2 tbso white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
16 oz salmon
1 tbsp corn starch
2 cups fresh raspberries or strawberries
Combine all ingredients except salmon and berries. Mix well, add salmon and marinate for 20 minutes.
Remove salmon from marinade (reserve marinade); broil salmon until done.
Meanwhile, place reserved marinade in saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes over med-high heat. Stir in corn starch (dissolve it in a small amount of water first, so it doesn't clump) and berries and cook for a few minutes more until sauce is slightly thickened. Pour sauce over salmon.
This will be a little soupy, so you might want to it in bowls.
4 servings at 315 calories each, 11g fat, 67g carbs (4g fiber), 31g protein.
07-02-2007, 05:38 PM
I'm curious to know how your romantic dinner went, if it's happened yet. What did you decide to make? Did you have a fabulous evening?