Valentine's Day Dinner for Two Spices Up Romance (and Diets)

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Couples can spice up their diets with this romantic menu for two from SheKnows Diet & Fitness February/March magazine — without compromising their weight-loss goals.

Valentine's Day means chocolate, candy and rich menus that are normally not low-calorie. To dieters, Valentine's Day can mark the beginning of the end of their New Year's weight loss resolution. But it doesn't have to be that way! Couples can spice up their diets with this romantic menu for two from February/March issue of SheKnows Diet & Fitness magazine — without compromising their weight loss goals.

The meal begins with a kick. The Hot Pepper Pecans appetizer — rich in antioxidants, fiber, essential nutrients and heart-healthy fats — will set sparks flying.

For the comforting, creamy soup course, they can prepare either the Cauliflower Soup with Seared Diver Scallops and Sauteed Apples or Roasted Carrot Soup (either way, both soups are filled with healthy vitamins and nutrients).

The main course features sauteed tilapia in a light caper and white wine sauce (a dish high in protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids).

Last, but not least, a romantic dessert: Sweethearts can drizzle this sexy Raspberry Coulis over the treat of their choice (anything from low-calorie frozen yogurt to cheesecake to, well, you know...).

SheKnows Diet & Fitness magazine is designed to help women look and feel their best — from nurturing healthy eating habits and diets to fitness, beauty, fashion and humor. It is created by the publisher of the popular Web site, http://www.SheKnows.com.

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Hot Pepper Pecans Appetizer

Recipe courtesy of Mary Lynn Vickers, aka The Phantom Chef

These tasty nuggets are excellent for holiday gifts, open houses, buffets and a very special start to dinner, accompanied by a glass of sherry. (Those concerned about cholesterol can substitute egg white for melted butter. Combine one whipped egg white with pecan halves, coating well. Bake as directed.)

Ingredients

2 cups large pecan halves — raw from your local natural food store

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 tablespoons soy sauce

Several dashes hot pepper seasoning (I prefer Cholula's hot sauce, imported from Mexico)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Melt butter in microwave.

3. Spread pecans in shallow pan or rimmed cookie sheet. Pour melted butter over pecans and stir to coat.

4. Bake for 15–20 minutes, stirring several times. Be sure not to overcook. Cooking is all about tastes and smells; use your senses to tell you when they are done!

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with soy sauce and hot pepper seasoning. Use broad spatula to turn and coat pecans. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

6. Finish cooling on double thickness of paper towels. Store in containers to give, or enjoy them yourself.

7. Serving size is 1/4 cup (makes 8 servings).

Per serving: 242 calories; 224 calories from fat; 25g fat; 5g saturated fat; 15mg cholesterol; 5g carbs; 3g fiber; 3g protein; 660mg sodium; 20mg calcium, 1mg iron

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