Health & Fitness

Dinner Date At Home: Healthy, Romantic Three-Course Meal (Recipes)

New York Smash Magazine  

As the famous saying goes, “The way to someone’s heart is through the stomach.”

Whether you just started dating or you’re in a long-term relationship, nothing says “I love you” quite like a home-cooked meal, made with love and health in mind.

So, for your next date night, skip dinner at a restaurant and, instead, plan an intimate meal.

Created by health expert Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and author of the book, “The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice,” these delicious recipes were originally designed as part of the ultimate health-conscious Valentine’s Day dinner. We think these three recipes will make sparks fly – for a romantic date night indoors, special occasion, or just because. 

Gourmet, indulgent and healthy, this three-course dinner, which includes a restaurant-style appetizer salad, mouthwatering steak filet and flourless brownies for dessert, will satiate every desire.

The recipes can be found below! 

Pecan Berry Arugula Salad
Serves 2
A delicious and nutritious pecan berry arugula salad that can be served as a healthy appetizer or light meal. Good source of calcium and fiber.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 c fresh arugula
  2. 5oz Raspberries
  3. 2 oz. (approx. 1/4 c) pecans
  4. 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. local honey
Instructions
  1. 1. Roast pecans in oven on 350 for 8-10 min. or until fragrant.
  2. 2. Add raspberries, olive oil, honey and balsamic vinegar in large bowl.
  3. 3. Toss in arugula and serve.
Notes
  1. Gluten free, high fiber, antioxidant rich, no sugar added.
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Steak Filets with Mushrooms and Shallots
Serves 2
A five-star restaurant quality meal at home. Treat your guests to a savory gluten-free gourmet steak filet and fresh vegetables. With lean protein and nutritious veggies, this meal is packed with taste and health benefits. A perfect main course for an intimate romantic dinner or anytime you want to impress.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 – 6-oz steaks filet
  2. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  3. 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  5. 1 shallot, peeled and sliced
  6. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  7. 1/2 lb mixed wild mushrooms (e.g., cremini, portobello, oyster and shiitake), cleaned and sliced
  8. 1/2 cup dry red wine- merlot or shiraz
  9. 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  10. 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. 1. Pat steaks dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then rub with half the olive oil.
  2. 2. Heat a heavy skillet and brush with remaining olive oil. Add steaks and cook to medium rare—5 to 6 minutes per side if steaks are 1½ inches thick. Remove steaks from pan. Return pan to heat.
  3. 3. There should be a little oil left in the pan; if not, add about 1 tsp. Add shallots and cook for about one minute. Add vinegar. Cook, stirring, until vinegar evaporates and shallots begin to brown. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add wine. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring, until about half the wine has evaporated. Add oyster sauce and cook the mixture for a few minutes, until mush-rooms are glazed and there are a few tablespoons of sauce in the pan.
  4. 4. To serve, top the steaks with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.
  5. 5. Serve alongside a baked potato, roasted vegetables, salad and/or a rice pilaf.
Notes
  1. Healthy, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added, high protein
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Better Brownies
Serves 4
A lighter brownie recipe. Flavorful and rich, Better Brownies are flour less and packed with protein and fiber.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 0.5 cup sliced almonds
  2. 0.5 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 0.25 cup agave nectar
  4. 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  5. 0.5 tsp. baking soda
  6. 0.25 tsp. salt
  7. 0.5 cup packed pitted dates
  8. 0.25 cup almond milk
  9. 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
  11. 2 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil and coat lightly with oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend almonds, cocoa, chocolate, baking soda and salt until ground. Pulse in dates, agave nectar, almond milk, oil and vanilla until a smooth paste forms.
  3. Beet egg whites until medium peaks form. Stir in 1/3 of almond mixture, then fold in remaining mixture. Spread in baking pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick comes out almost clean, about 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Dairy free, gluten free, healthy dessert
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Recipes above were created by Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and author of the book, “The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice.”