Valentine's is the busiest night of the year for most restaurants, resulting in cramped tables and slow service -- generally causing feelings of exhaustion rather than romance. Skip the overpriced bubbly, and instead cook a romantic dinner together from the comfort of your own home! Here's our suggestion for a menu sure to result in some quality snuggle time.
Pomegranate seeds and a little bubbly make this the perfect option for a romantic dinner for two. To make an extra-special garnish, add a few pomegranate seeds to each well of an ice cube tray and top them up with water. Freeze and then serve alongside the sparklers.
Risotto is at its best when served straight from the stove, as it loses its silky texture while it sits. Roasted beets give this risotto its subtly sweet flavour. For the most beautifully hued dish, we've added the beets toward the end of cooking.
The strong flavour of molasses stands up to lamb shanks, while braising mellows out the complex flavours. Serve with a side of couscous and an extra sprinkling of fresh thyme.
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Chocked full of vitamins and nutrients, adding kale - both raw and cooked - to your snacks and meals can provide you with great health benefits! Find out which ones:
Although kale seems like just another trend that people are going crazy over, and looks like any other leafy green in the stores, you shouldn't pass it up! Kale contains multiple vitamins and all the good stuff to keep your body happy and healthy when incorporated into a well-balanced diet.
1. It's good for your bones.
One of the vitamins in kale is vitamin K. Deficiencies of this vitamin, or even just low intakes of it can be linked to a higher risk for bone fracture. According to Medical News Today, when you get enough vitamin K in your diet, it acts as a modifier of bone proteins and helps your bones absorb calcium. You get the most out of this vitamin if you pass on cooking up your kale and consuming it raw, like in a salad or smoothie!
2. It promotes heart health.
Kale contains fibre, potassium and vitamins C and B6 which all are good for your heart health. If you increase the potassium in your diet, while keeping up healthy eating and reducing sodium intake, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases according to Mark Houston, M.D., M.S. The intake of potassium is also super important for lowering blood pressure (almost just as important as reducing sodium consumption)!
3. It helps move you along.
Digestion health is a big benefit of kale. It is full of fibre and water content that both prevent constipation and keep you on track in terms of digestion. The B vitamins in kale also are essential for the release of energy from food, which also helps you keep good digestive health.
Note: Those who's kidneys are not fully functional and have a hard time removing extra potassium from the blood should enjoy high-potassium foods like kale in moderation. Always consult your doctor if you have concerns about adding foods to your diet.
Check out these recipes that feature the leafy green as it's main ingredient: