Are you cooking for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? Recipe links to the rescue!

Ben and I are not into the whole gift exchange for Valentines Day, I guess we enjoy the love language, “Acts of Service” on this specific holiday. I like to make him a homemade meal with a little thought put into it, or we cook together.  Ben is NOT a sweet tooth kind of guy he would prefer a pile of wings next to a bucket of nachos, haha, but I will do better then that!

Here are some great recipes I found among all of my favorite blogs/sites.  They still keep it clean but have a nice little sexy flair to them.

What man does not love bacon?  This is just cute one for any day (breakfast in bed?)…

heart bacon

Chocolate covered bacon - a savory and sweet combo that will make you ask for more!

Broiled Oysters with Lime Butter - we all know what oysters are supposed to do ;-)

Simply grill a steak! - it’s like the bacon, you cannot go wrong with a grilled steak

Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes - a great side

Carrot Cut french fries - another great side

Spinach Cake - a green side

Take your pick of desserts! - I love those desserts!

More desserts! 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE! Even though it is a “Hallmark Holiday” it is still a great excuse to love your friends and family just a little more, love is what life is about! Be cupid for a day :-)

In Health,

Dana

Peanut/ Almond Butter Truffles (no refined sugar, flour or gluten)… Delicious!

Do you ever get a craving and try to mask it by eating something else and it just does not satisfy your craving? I hate that!  My mission with this treat recipe was to satisfy my craving for peanut butter cups, they are my treat of choice.  Unfortunately the ingredients in most peanut butter cups are full of processed sugars, chemicals and high fructose corn syrup.  So I figure, why not make your own version of the treat with the healthiest ingredients possible?  Sure, the overall product may not be match up to the nutrition content of a super food salad, but it will satisfy your craving without ingesting all of the processed ingredients in mainstream candy.

cookie dough bite 2

I saw this recipe first on www.unrefinedkitchen.com titled Chocolate covered cookie dough bites (grain free).  There were a few modifications I had to make for my family to enjoy them, my version is below.  In my opinion they tasted more like truffles then cookie dough bites, either way they were delicious!

Ingredients:

1 c Peanut or almond butter (I used a 1/2 c of each because it was all we had left in the house)

1/4 c raw local honey

1/2 c plain rolled gluten free oats (the original recipe called for shredded coconut but the family is not a big fan of the coconut)

1/2 tsp. sea, Himalayan or Celtic salt

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/3 c. mini dark chocolate chips

1 c dark chocolate chips (set aside for melting)

1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil (set aside for melting)

Directions:

1. Combine nut butter, honey, oats, salt, vanilla and 1/3 cup chocolate chips in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are blended.

2. Put bowl in fridge until dough is easier to roll into balls (approx. 1 hour)

3. Roll dough into 1″  balls. Place on wax paper lined plate,  place balls in freezer.

4. Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double-boiler over low heat (or microwave if you do not have a double boiler, do it in 45 sec. increments so chocolate will melt evenly and not burn).

5. Dip frozen (or partially frozen) balls into chocolate and place again on wax paper lined plate. Return plate to fridge or freezer for chocolate to harden.

I dare you to just eat one :-)

Dana