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4 healthy Valentine’s Day recipes

Save yourself from the crowds, upped prices, hoards of couples and general Valentine’s Day mania, and have an intimate utterly private dinner date at home instead.

There’s nothing more romantic than preparing a specially made meal for your significant other, in a tranquil and relaxed environment. There’s no better way to bond with your partner, or show your appreciation… And as they say, a way to a mans heart is through his stomach. Whether you want to go full-on gourmet meal, a morning retreat breakfast-in-bed or simply a healthy heart-shaped tray of Valentine’s Day treats, we’ve got the recipe for you!

Valentine’s Day Recipe Nº1

Heart Shaped Protein Cookies

*Makes 12 heart shaped cookies (if using a 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter)

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Valentine’s Day Recipe Nº2

Valentines Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Recipe by Heather | flourishingfoodie.com

*Makes 10 pancakes

Valentine's DayNotes from the author:

For the heart shaped molds, I used these Norpro Nonstick Heart Pancake Eggs Rings – available at Amazon, but any will do!

I’ve been making a real effort this month to try and “healthify” my meals. Cutting down on butter. Using more healthy oils. Adding extra servings of fruit and vegetables where I can. I’ve cut down on the amount of white crusty bread I’ve been eating, and have been incorporating more whole grains into my diet. This recipe for whole wheat banana pancakes is one that I’ve been changing up for a while. I’ve managed to cut down the amount of oil to 1 tsp, I use a whole banana, whole wheat flour, and 2/3 cup of almond milk. With the addition of fresh fruit on the side, this is high fibre, nutritious, healthy breakfast option. And there’s the added bonus that you get to shape these pancakes into adorable hearts, perfect for the person you love. – Heather

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Valentine’s Day Recipe Nº3

Parmesan Marinara Baked Mussels

Recipe by Barry | rockrecipes.com

*Makes 4 servings

Valentine's DayNotes from the author:

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, when I think of special dinners to cook for your sweetheart, I always seem to default to seafood recipes. That goes for the appetizer course too, like in this incredibly tasty baked mussels recipe. I often have leftover marinara sauce or other simple tomato sauce in my freezer to use in quick recipes like this but if you don’t, any good quality jarred simple tomato sauce will do. A garlic and herb sauce is probably a very good choice.

These delectable mussels would make an impressive starter course for your next dinner party too. Prepare them in advance, refrigerate and then pop them into the oven for 15 minutes before dinner is served. You can try this easy recipe with large clams or small oysters too.

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Valentine’s Day Recipe Nº4

*Serves 2

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