Have a healthy Valentine’s Day dinner for two

Monday, 11 February 2013

Have a healthy Valentine's Day dinner for twoWe’ve got your Valentine’s Day dinner for two sorted with these delicious and healthy dishes from our fitness expert, Lisa Raleigh.

Starter: Prawn and avo cocktail

1/2 avocado, coarsely chopped
1/4 cucumber, finely chopped
1/3 small red onion, finely chopped
60g (1/4 cup) fat-free plain yoghurt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tblsp fresh lemon juice
Few drops red Tabasco pepper sauce to taste
500g small cooked prawns, skin off
Handful coriander
Lemon slices, to serve

– In a small bowl, mix the yoghurt, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and Tabasco.
– Throw in the avo, cucumber, onion and cooked prawns and toss until lightly coated.
– Pop into two martini or wine glasses. Garnish with coriander and lemon slices, then serve.

Vegetarian idea: skip the prawns and replace with finely chopped red pepper or tomato. You’ll have an avant-garde guacamole and salsa in one, perfect served with malva toast strips on the side.

Main: Lemon chicken and pesto pasta

2-3 skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 handful pitted olives, sliced
1 handful sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1/2 tub basil pesto, bought or homemade
200g whole-wheat spaghetti
1 tblsp coconut oil
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper
Handful rocket

– Mix the chicken, lemon juice and garlic in a shallow bowl and set aside for an hour or more.
– Put the spaghetti on the stove to boil.
– When ready, heat a frying pan on high and coat with coconut oil. Add marinated chicken and fry quickly, adding salt and pepper to taste.
– Add in the olives and sun-dried tomatoes and mix together for a minute while the pan is still hot.
– When the pasta is boiled, drain and add in your chicken mixture.
– Finally, stir in the basil pesto and serve garnished with rocket.

Vegetarian idea: simply switch the chicken for mushrooms. Sliced Portobello mushrooms work best.

Dessert: Banana and peanut butter ice-cream with dark chocolate sauce

4 ripe bananas
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp Xylitol
1/2 a cup Orley whip (dairy-free cream)
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 slab organic dark chocolate

– Place bananas, lemon juice, Xylitol and Orley whip into a food processor and puree until completely smooth.
– Pour into a plastic container and freeze for roughly 2 hours.
– Return to the food processor, add in the peanut butter and blitz until stirred through.
– Keep in the freezer 15 minutes before serving.
– For the easiest chocolate sauce ever, simply break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and stir in a few teaspoons of boiling water until at desired consistency. When you’re ready, pour over the banana ice-cream and serve.

*If you want to skip the chocolate sauce, serve in sugar cones for that gourmet look!

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Written by

Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Tanya Lawrence

    Lovely stuff to try – now I’m really hungry…. maybe over the weekend – sounds good.

    2 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    this menu will truly make someone fall inlove with you all over again.

    5 years ago •

  1. Simone

    Yum! This is amazing for beyond just valentines day

    5 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Prawn and avo cocktail yum yum

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    The starter sounds really interesting.

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Sounds yummy, besides the prawns :)

    5 years ago •

  1. G

    Peanut butter and chocolate… my favourite! And a healthy version too :D

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    This actually sounds delicious, thanks for the ideas

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    lemon chicken and pesto pasta…..YUM

    5 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    this sounds like something my boyfiend would love especially the main course :Lemon chicken and pesto pasta ((mmmmmm yum))

    5 years ago •

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