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Walk Under the Stars on Valentines


Feeling romantic but still a little poor after Christmas why not give them the moon and the stars.

The night sky has an all-inclusive free pass to all who can go outside and with only a coat required, a walk under the stars is a cheap and healthy alternative to crowded restaurants.

Like this idea? Why not check out our low-cost healthy meal ideas below.    


Low-Cost Healthy Meal Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Is it worth cramming into an overcrowded restaurant this Valentine’s, trying to shout over the other couples who also chose to eat out, paying for expensive wine and eating until you feel bloated?

If you are looking to save a few pennies, impress with your cooking prowess, or simply do something different this Valentine’s, here are some relatively low-cost meal options that are healthy, won’t leave you feeling bloated and can help trim down the waist line: 


Sweet Potato Wedges: Easy to make and easy to customise

Recipe: 

•    1 large sweet potato, cut into wedges
•    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•    Customise ideas: rosemary and thyme, garlic, pine nuts and garlic


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Step 2: Cut your sweet potato in to wedge shapes 
Step 3: Toss with oil, salt and pepper, and add in any additional 
Step 4: Put on to an oven tray and into the oven until lightly browned

 

Chicken Hummus Bowl

Recipe: 

•    200g hummus
•    1 small lemon 
•    200g rice
•    150g baby spinach
•    1 small avocado cut in half
•    1 Chicken breast sliced 
•    ½ red onion, finely sliced
•    2 tbsp toasted almonds
•    Salt and Pepper 
•    A pinch of turmeric


Prepare – Slice the chicken in to small pieces, cut the avocado in half and remove the stone and skin, then slice the avocado, slice the onion into pieces. Mix 2 tbsp of the hummus with half the lemon juice to make a dressing.


Step 1:  Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, then add the rice, a pinch of salt, pepper and turmeric. Stir at regular intervals throughout to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan. The rice should take 15-20 minutes to cook. Add oil to a frying pan and begin to fry the chicken, season to taste. The chicken should take approximately 15 minutes to fry (cook right through, there should be no pink). 


Step 2: Drain the rice and mix the rice and the dressing together. Squeeze the remaining lemon over the avocado pieces. Add in to two bowls and divide the ingredients between. 


To make it easier, the chicken can be pre-cooked, and the rice can be a 2-minute rice pouch. 


Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory meaning it can reduce bloating, it also is an antioxidant and may help with the symptoms of depression and arthritis. Turmeric also contains curcumin which is scientifically proven to potentially prevent heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer.

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Recipe: 

•    1 tbsp olive oil 
•    200g mince 
•    1 onion, chopped
•    4 large mushrooms, sliced
•    1 carrot, grated
•    1 400g/14oz tin tomatoes, chopped
•    230ml/8fl oz vegetable stock
•    2 tbsp tomato purée
•    ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
•    1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
•    100g spaghetti
•    2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Step 1:  Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat then add the mince and the onion and fry for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mince is browned, and the onions softened.

Step 2: Add mushrooms and carrot, cook for around one minute, then add tinned tomatoes, vegetable stock, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

Step 3: Boil some water with salt and place the spaghetti in and cook according to packet instructions, then drain.

Step 4: Divide the cooked spaghetti between two dishes, spoon equal portions of Bolognese sauce over each and sprinkle with parsley.

Parsley contains a concentrated source of nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K. It is linked to improving bone health and protecting against chronic diseases. Parsley is also an antioxidant.   

 

Peanut Butter Bananas

Recipe: 

•    A jar of peanut butter 
•    Bananas or a preferred fruit

Step 1: Open the jar and spoon an amount onto your banana 

 

Dark Chocolate Fruit

Recipe: 

•    A fruit of your choice
•    Dark chocolate 

Step 1: Break chocolate and place into a heatproof bowl and place it over a pan of barely simmering water and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.

Once melted, dunk the fruit in
 

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