No reservations are required for these tasty meals. Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day meal or a casual dinner at home for two, these recipes are fit for the occasion. Decadent yet still healthy, these dinners bring fancy flavors into the kitchen without all the fuss.
1. CHICKEN WITH CHERRY-WINE PAN SAUCE | IOWA GIRL EATS
Prepare an elegant meal in less than 20 minutes. Seasoned chicken breasts are coated in a luscious cherry-red wine sauce. Best of all, the whole dish is made in one skillet. Pair with a side of roasted broccoli for a complete and irresistible dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 365; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 114mg; Sodium: 163mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 41g
2. CRISPY BEET AND MOZZARELLA SALAD | GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Your heart will skip a “beet” with this colorful salad. These vibrant roots are a good source of folate and dietary fiber, and this salad is filled with roasted beets, crisp cucumbers and radishes. This is a perfectly refreshing side salad for any dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 205mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 5g
3. BEEF FILETS WITH POMEGRANATE-PINOT SAUCE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
This five-star recipe from Cooking Light gives you rich and elegant flavors in just 20 minutes and is suitable for any special occasion. Serve alongside roasted potatoes and a glass of wine for a complete, fancy feast. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 steak + 2 teaspoons sauce each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 333mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g
4. LINGUINE WITH WHITE CLAM SAUCE | WOMANISTA
Make a restaurant-quality dish right in your own kitchen. A lemony, white wine clam sauce brightens up whole-wheat linguine. This healthy pasta dish is also ready in less than 30 minutes. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 322; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 234mg; Carbohydrate: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 32g
5. CAPRESE STEAK | DELISH
Go capr-a-zay for Caprese salad-topped steak. Marinated steaks are lightened up with fresh mozzarella and juicy tomatoes. Make this entree for a scrumptious and simple dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 420; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 99mg; Sodium: 200mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 39g
6. PANCETTA AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS LINGUINI | COUNTRY LIVING
Elevate your pasta game with sauteéd brussels sprouts and crispy pancetta. Caramelized onions and Parmesan cheese finish this harmonious dish of sweet and salty flavors. For even more protein, top it with an egg. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 367; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 23mg; Sodium: 368mg; Carbohydrate: 47g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 17g
7. TUSCAN STEAK SALAD | COOKING LIGHT
Salad skeptics will change their minds after trying this steak salad. Greens dressed in a light vinaigrette are topped with grilled steak. This low-carb dish is both healthy and worthy of date night. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 331; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 13g; Cholesterol: 73mg; Sodium: 434mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 27g
8. SMOKED SALMON ALFREDO | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Our light and creamy smoked salmon Alfredo is a cozy Italian-inspired comfort meal. Crisp snow peas gives this dish a pop of color and a bit of crunch. If there are leftovers, stir in broth or water, and reheat gently in microwave or stovetop; the sauce will thicken as it cools.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 422; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 36mg; Sodium: 540mg; Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 24g