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Monday, 14 February 2011

Heart Healthy Valentine Menu -- Quick and Easy!

We don't eat red meat that often (once every 2 weeks), but tonight just seems to call for it! Here's a very quick and easy menu to put together. Try to get the freshest ingredients possible, but if you must use what's in your cupboard or from the shops -- so be it -- more time for other activities! ;) If you are vegetarians, for your main course, make an omelette with mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese. Omit the mozzarella cheese in the starter. If you are vegans, make your best lentil or nut roast!

Heart Healthy Valentine Menu -- Quick and Easy

Starter: Insalata Caprese -- creamy, but light fresh mozzarella -- sliced thinly and layered with ripe red tomatoes and fresh basil leaves with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top

Main Course: Succulent Sirloin Steaks -- take thin-cut fresh steaks, season them and grill, as you like. Serve with grilled mushrooms

Sides: Garden green beans (can serve with slivered almonds)
Crisp oven-baked new potatoes (boil potatoes first, drain and gently pat dry, drizzle with olive oil and rosemary and bake in hot oven for 20 minutes till golden -- add rock salt before serving)

Dessert: Wacky Cake* with Sliced Strawberries and Strawberry Drizzle and Lite whipped Cream

*Wacky Cake Recipe
From Granny Tam

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 Tb unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
6 Tb cooking oil
1 Tb vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup water

Oven Temp ~ 350° Baking Time ~ 35 Min.
Pan Type ~ 8X8 inch pan (DO NOT grease)

In a medium-mixing bowl, mix ALL ingredients together (by hand) until well blended.
Pour mixture into un-greased pan and bake in a PRE-HEATED oven,
until toothpick comes out clean from center

Let cool -- turn out onto plate or cutting board.

Arrange sliced strawberries around or on top and then puree a cup of atrawberries and drizzle on top or around.

Serve with whipped cream or a dollop of vanilla ice cream!


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