Create a Heart-Healthy Valentine Dinner

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Romantic Dinner for TwoValentine Dinner
Serves: 2 | Serving Size: 1 plate


  • ??1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 2.5 cups water
  • ?1 beet, peeled and finely diced
  • ?1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic parsley powder
  • ?2 3-ounce fillets of salmon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ?2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup shredded fresh arugula
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar glaze
  • ?2 cups tiny broccoli florets
  • White pepper


Place the rice, water, diced beet, 2 tsp garlic parsley powder, vinegar, and a dash of olive oil in a covered pan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cook at a simmer until the rice is done, about 40 minutes.

Preheat oven broiler. Sprinkle lemon juice, garlic powder, and ginger over the salmon, add tomatoes, then broil for 10-12 minutes until done. Serve on a bed of arugula with a sprinkle of balsamic glaze. Arrange 1/2 cup of the red rice on each plate next to the fish.

Toss broccoli, 1/2 tsp olive oil, garlic parsley powder, and white pepper in a covered container and microwave for 2 minutes. Shape half the broccoli into a heart on each plate.

Nutrition Information:

Serves 2. Each serving contains 553 calories, 20 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 140 mg cholesterol, 196 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugar, and 57 g protein.

Each serving also has 28% DV vitamin A, 156% DV vitamin C, 11% DV calcium, and 22% DV iron.

Chef’s Tip:

If the ginger gets too dark, reduce the heat to 375.

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