You know the old adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” Well men, I’ll let you in on a little secret – there’s nothing sexier than a man going to the trouble of cooking a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for us gals too. Here are just four simple yet elegant recipes, and I’m offering you the tools to do it (FREE) just to prove you can – even if you’ve never even boiled water before!
You won’t have to do any planning – just print, shop, cook (follow instructions on the recipes). Simply spend minimal time preparing in advance, and concentrate on enjoying the evening together, because that’s what the Personal Chef Approach is all about. Note: It’s a good idea to decide on table settings, vase, candle holders, and music in advance, so you know of anything you might need to pick up for the ambience of the evening. The idea is to make just one quick but organized trip to the store. Don’t forget to add your beverage choices to the list!
The Day Before:
1). Shop, and store your food (print the grocery list from the bottom of this post).
2). Make the curried vegetable couscous, cool completely, cover and store in fridge.
3). Make the dressing for the salad, store in an airtight container in the fridge.
4). Make the curry rub and rub into lamb chops on all sides; cover and store in fridge.
On The Day:
1). An hour before, set table including flowers and candles. Get your music ready, and dim the lights to set the mood. Chill the wine or Champagne.
2). Remove lamb from fridge (you want it to come to room temperature before grilling) 45 minutes before you start dinner.
3). Half an hour before, prepare the salads and set out on the table. Prepare a hot grill.
4). Mix balsamic and brown sugar together in a small saucepan ready to heat when you need it. Clean and slice all the strawberries, and store in a dish in the fridge.
Valentines Day Dinner:
1). Seat your Valentine, pour the wine or bubbly, and enjoy your salads together.
2). Excuse yourself for 10 minutes (she or he can relax, savor their wine, and listen to the music), while you clear the salad plates, throw the chops on the grill, and heat to eat the curried vegetable couscous according to instructions on recipe. Remove bowl of strawberries from fridge; set aside. Turn chops after 3-4 minutes, and finish cooking as desired on the other side. Then plate the dinner and serve.
3). Excuse yourself to remove the dinner dishes, and turn balsamic sauce onto medium-high. You want to bring it to a boil for 1-2 minutes, remove from heat, and drop the berries in to macerate in the hot sauce while you scoop the ice cream into bowls. Top with balsamic sauce and serve. Now was that so hard?
Gorgonzola, Pear & Candied Pecan Salad
Curry Rubbed & Grilled Lamb Chops
Curried Vegetable Couscous
Balsamic Strawberry Sundae
Note: No one will fault you if you prefer to buy a ready made dessert (you’ve already impressed her with your effort over a delicious dinner), but this one is so fast, easy, and sophisticated it’s worth making the tiny bit of effort.
These are all the ingredients you will need to make all of the recipes. Go through your pantry and fridge to see if you already have some of the ingredients and cross those off the list. Don’t forget to add flowers, candles, and wine or other beverages to your list if you do not already have them, and anything else you need to stock your fridge and home, so you make one organized trip to the store.
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper
Cayenne pepper, optional
Dark brown sugar
Candied pecans (use store bought or see note on recipe)
1 can chicken broth
1 8 ounce can Mexican-style corn
10 ounce package plain couscous
1 red onion
Fresh cilantro or mint
Fresh Rosemary, optional
Salad greens of choice
2 Bosc pears
1 large carrot
1 pint fresh strawberries
4 large sirloin lamb chops
4 ounces Gorgonzola crumbled cheese
Vanilla bean ice cream
Watch this video to learn more about how the Personal Chef Approach works, please do join for several other Valentines Day Menus to choices as well as weekly menu plans that will get you on track to waiting healthier while saving time and money. Cook once, enjoy homemade meals in minutes all week long. What are your Valentine‘s Day plans?
PS. For all those someone specials who are not lucky enough to experience your Prince Charming culinary charms, try something new and unique – my friend Shana just launched her Top This chocolate company, and she is extending her generous 15% off offer to Personal Chef Approach followers! Choose the toppings and packaging to create your own custom chocolates, then enter TopThis15 when you check out. Offer expires June 30, 2015.