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How to Make a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner With No Cooking

February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

Valentine's Day is probably one of the most difficult days to make dinner reservations at a restaurant. You'll be lucky to find a spot at your local fast food joint. Don't let that stop you from giving your special someone a scrumptious Valentine's dinner. The trick is to make it yourself. No cooking skills? No problem. If you can shop and chop you can put this dinner together. If you want to stick with a healthy dinner recipe, omit the cream in the avocado soup and use olive oil instead of butter with the vegetables.

Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

Fat, sweet, juicy shrimp served in a martini glass and dolloped with a savory spicy sauce starts off your dinner with class. Purchase eight, big, peeled, deveined and cooked shrimp with their tails intact. Fill the bottom of the martini glass with chopped lettuce. You'll find lettuce ready to serve in the produce section. Chop the lettuce into fine shreds. Mix purchased seafood cocktail sauce with a squeeze of lemon juice and a few drops of hot sauce. Place two tablespoons of the sauce right on top of the lettuce. Hook the tops of the shrimp around the rim of the glass so their tails are inside the glass.

Smooth and Creamy Cold Avocado Soup

The light green color of this sauce complements the pink of the shrimp. Purchase a package of guacamole. Put it in a blender with one cup of cream, once cup of cold canned chicken broth and the juice of half a lime. Blend till smooth. Keep icy cold until served. Second soup course of your Valentine's dinner is complete so on to the entree.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Don't panic. You won't be actually cooking the chicken. The deli section has roasted chicken breasts -- as well as other parts but you won't be needing them. Purchase three breasts, that gives you an extra. While you're at the deli counter purchase 1/4 pound of prosciutto and 1/4 pound of Parmesan cheese, both sliced thinly. If you can't find prosciutto which is a highly flavored air-dried Italian ham, substitute another good quality ham. Make a slit in the chicken breast to form a pocket. Stuff in two slices of prosciutto and two slices of parmesan cheese. Wrap each breast in aluminum foil so it doesn't dry out. Reheat in a 350 F. degree oven for about 20 minutes until the chicken is heated through and the cheese has melted. Unwrap before serving.

Side Dishes

You don't need much for side dishes, a vegetable and potato or two vegetables. Go to the produce section and find the bags of baby vegetables that are pre-cleaned and ready to cook in the bag. Sometimes they're called steamers. Steam in the microwave per package directions. Melt a tablespoon of butter -- yes real butter -- and drizzle over the veggies right before serving.


No Valentine's Day dinner would be complete without chocolate and strawberries. Chocolate covered strawberries are available this time of year all ready for you. But it's more fun to dip your own. Clean large berries under running water. Pat dry. Arrange the berries on a plate with a mound of whipped cream, a small bowl of brown sugar, small bowl of powdered sugar and small bowl of chocolate syrup, the kind you use to make chocolate milk. Dip to your and your sweetheart's content.

Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. Her hobbies include gardening and cooking healthy dinner recipes, and sharing her grilling tips. She lives with an Irish Setter and an English Springer Spaniel.

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