Something Savory, Something Sweet for Valentine’s Day

Salmon 1

It’s February!  If you’re thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day and a special dinner for your sweetie, I have a couple suggestions for you!  One is a main dish and side, and the other is a dessert.  Both would are special, but not complicated and taste like elegant restaurant food!  Dessert comes last in the meal, so we’ll look at the entree first.

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon is a recipe I found in my Southern Living Magazine and pinned onto my Pinterest board.  It’s cooked in about 10 minutes and the prep takes about 5!  

Here are the ingredients:

Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon and Veggies

4 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 pound fresh medium asparagus
8 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed – I used just the asparagus
1 small orange, cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices – (I just added orange peel instead of the oranges)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt – I found this way too salty! 1/4tsp. would work!
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (5- to 6-oz.) fresh salmon fillets
Garnish: toasted sesame seeds

Preparation

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Whisk together honey and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Place asparagus, green beans, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and toss to coat.

3. Place salmon in center of a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan. Brush salmon with about 2 Tbsp. honey mixture. Spread asparagus mixture around salmon.

4. Broil 4 minutes; remove from oven, and brush salmon with about 2 Tbsp. honey mixture. Return to oven, and broil 4 minutes more. Remove from oven, and brush salmon with remaining honey mixture. Return to oven, and broil 2 minutes more. Serve immediately.

salmon 2

You could make this on a busy weeknight and have dinner on the table faster than going out for dinner!  This is a healthy meal and absolutely delicious!  It won’t make you feel too guilty about eating this dessert.  It is from Cooking Light, so that’s another reason you can eat it and enjoy it!


I love, love, love chocolate and raspberries together.  When I saw this next recipe in my new cookbook, I couldn’t wait to try it!  I made it for our deacons group and it was a hit!  These were so yummy that it would have been dangerous to have a whole pan of these lying around.  Talk about temptation!  There was one left in the pan.  =)

Rasp. brownies

Cream Cheese-Raspberry Brownies

Ingredients

FILLING:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg white
BROWNIES:
Cooking spray
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, melted
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
3 tablespoons raspberry preserves

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the filling, beat the first 5 ingredients at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended, and set aside.

To prepare the brownies, coat the bottom of an 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray (do not coat the sides of the pan). Lightly spoon 3/4 cup flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine 1 cup sugar and the next 6 ingredients (1 cup sugar through the 2 egg whites), stirring well with a whisk. Add to the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spread two-thirds of batter in bottom of prepared pan. Pour filling over batter, spreading evenly. Carefully drop the remaining batter and preserves by spoonfuls over filling; swirl together using the tip of a knife to marble. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool on a wire rack.

These cut much better after being refrigerated, if a clean cut is important to you…and if you can wait that long before tearing into them having a square!

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You could win any heart with this meal!  Who else is planning a Valentine dinner?

With love from my country kitchen,

 

 

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