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3 Healthy Valentine’s Day Meal Recipes

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-02-13 | no comments

You don’t have to disregard your health to enjoy a delicious meal on Valentine’s Day. We suggest trying these healthy meal recipes as you plan your Valentine’s Day dinner for two.

  1. Maple Salmon

Salmon proves that great flavour and healthy nutrition can come in the same package. This popular fish provides important omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and B vitamins within a delicious serving of protein. Because Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate sweethearts, this recipe sweetens the meal with a maple syrup marinade. Even lovers with busy schedules can indulge in this Maple Salmon recipe because it only requires 10 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of cooking time.

  1. Coconut Thai Borscht

The brilliant red colour of this beet soup makes it a natural choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The folate and vitamin C within the beets boost its nutritional profile while providing hearty flavour on a winter evening. This Coconut Thai Borscht recipe gives traditional borscht a spicy Asian makeover with Thai red curry paste, garlic and chopped ginger. When you choose the vegetable broth option for this recipe, it qualifies as a vegan dish.

  1. Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin

Sheet pan recipes are popular because they don’t leave you with a bunch of dirty pans to wash, and pork tenderloin is lean, relatively affordable and tasty. This Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin Recipe pairs the pork with roasted cauliflower and kale to create a super nutritious meal to share with a loved one. You’ll need to plan ahead a bit to serve this healthy meal on Valentine’s Day. The pork needs to soak in a honey mustard marinade for at least eight hours. After that, the meat should cook within about 20 minutes. While the meat rests wrapped in foil, you then roast the vegetables on the same pan for 15 minutes.

When healthy foods are a priority for you, shop at Famous Foods in Vancouver. We have fresh produce and ethically sourced meat and seafood so that you can make these healthy meal recipes with the finest ingredients.


5 Heart-Healthy Ingredients to Cook With on Valentine’s Day

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-02-12 | no comments

A healthy heart can promote a longer life so that you can spend many years with the ones you love. Why not take the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to cook with ingredients that promote cardiovascular health? These five ingredients are easy to incorporate into a Valentine’s Day meal, and into your daily diet after that.

  1. Leafy Green Vegetables

Kale, spinach, cabbage, and collard greens are nutrient powerhouses that appear on just about any list of healthy foods. On top of supplying you with many vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, leafy green vegetables contain vitamin K. Your body uses vitamin K to maintain healthy arteries. You can go beyond salad with these vegetables because they are a great addition to stir-fry and soup recipes.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Because it’s Valentine’s Day, chocolate definitely has a place on our list of heart-healthy ingredients. Choose dark chocolate to increase your intake of antioxidants. Multiple studies have concluded that people who eat chocolate enjoy a reduced risk of heart disease.

  1. Raspberries

These magenta berries match Valentine’s Day decor and possess a sweet and sour flavour worthy of your love. They are a good source of vitamin C and fiber, which both contribute to a heart-healthy diet. Raspberries make a wonderful addition to both salads and desserts.

  1. Olive Oil

For thousands of years, Mediterranean cultures have benefited from cooking with olive oil. Along with providing antioxidants, olive oil appears to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation helps your heart because chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease and cancer. For best results, choose extra virgin olive oil.

  1. Avocados

Mashed avocado can serve as a butter or egg substitute in some recipes. Although avocado is a fatty fruit, its fats are monounsaturated and considered a good ingredient if you are trying to lower your bad cholesterol. Look to avocados to combat chronic inflammation that can harden the walls of your arteries.

This Valentine’s Day, make a date with healthy food. In Vancouver, you’ll find bulk foods, health foods, specialty ingredients, and fresh produce under one roof at Famous Foods.