As Valentine’s Day is upon us, shops have taken on a theme of red and pink as they offer an enticing array of gifts, chocolates, flowers and cards, while restaurants compete with their most romantic menus.
Before you know it, making your loved one feel special on Valentine’s Day has become a stressful event and added an unwelcome burden to your credit card.
Why not get more for your money and delight the one you love by giving them your time and treating them to a hearty home-cooked meal:
1. Splash out on some fresh tuna steak, rich in heart-friendly omega-3 fats, pan fried in a little olive oil and dressed with lemon juice and fresh dill or tarragon.
2. While some shellfish contain cholesterol, they can be eaten occasionally as part of a healthy, balanced diet, just don’t drown them in mayonnaise. Try prawns with melon or clams gently fried in olive oil, lemon juice and garlic on a bed of rocket and avocado slices.
3. As a side dish, serve some wholegrain rice mixed with onions, garlic and more unusual beans like aduki beans or black-eyed peas; sautée slices of potato and sweet potato in a splash of rapeseed oil or dish up ‘jewelled’ couscous mixed with cranberries, chopped dried apricots and pine nuts.
4. Finish off with a tropical fruit salad of lychees, mango slices and pineapple chunks; remember that tinned fruit in natural juice also counts towards your five-a-day. Turn frozen berries into a tangy velvety sauce to drizzle over lemon sorbet.
Don’t let your Valentine’s Day cause you a headache or heartache, use your pennies wisely and discover the joys of an ‘in house’ Valentine’s evening to keep your loved one’s heart in shape.