Sunday, January 30, 2011

Top 3 Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas When Your On a Budget


When you hear the words Valentine’s Day Dinner your mind automatically starts to do the math. Having a romantic dinner for two does not have to break the bank nor does it require that you go to a fancy restaurant. You can plan for and have the most romantic time of your life in your home and on a shoestring budget. If you are looking for great Valentine day dinner ideas and you are on a tight budget read on.

You can dress it up or dress it down but chicken can come to the rescue for a budget friendly Valentine’s Day dinner that will literally blow him away. The best part is that this one is heart healthy. All you need is

4 skinless Chicken breasts
2 oranges
2tablespoons flour
Salt & pepper
1cp chicken broth (reduced)
1tblsp Canola Oil
1cup white wine
½ cup golden raisins
2tblsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup almond slivers

You will need to zest and juice both oranges carefully removing the peel and pith before juicing. Halve and slice the oranges, set aside juice and zest.

Combine the dry ingredients in a dish dredge the chicken and shake off any excess flour mixture. The remaining flour will be used to make the glaze combine the broth and the flour and whisk until smooth.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and cook the chicken turn in to make sure each side gets golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Add the white wine to the and let the alcohol cook away now add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, the zest, juice, raisins, honey and cinnamon stick along with a pinch of salt

Reduce heat and chicken and let simmer at 165degrees for 10-15 minutes. Serve with light salad, dinner roll and your favorite wine.
This was just to whet your appetite to the possibilities:

Homemade Pasta. There is nothing quite like a fresh pasta. The beauty of this and all the other ideas is that you are to do it together. Just use any basic pasta recipe and share the duties with your loved one. You can top it any way you choose. Serve with chilled wine and garlic bread, yummy.


Make a aphrodisiac dinner for two. Get mussels, oysters, clams and any other seafood you love and have them for an appetizer. Or how about Buttery Steamed Mussels with a warm Sake and chili’s.

Cooking can be an aphrodisiac all its own it is a time to be ourselves and let the creative juices flow. You can also make it naughty or nice it depends on how long you want to take before you can actually sit and eat.

About The Author: Amy C. enjoys creating heart healthy homemade delicious meals. Amy regularly writes on the topics of health, spirituality and home décor on her Health and Spirituality Blog. In addition to a prolific writer, Amy also owns an indoor fountains web outlet where she creates and designs beautiful indoor water features.
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