Valentine's Day on A Budget!

Valentine’s Day not exactly in your budget? We’ve got you covered! Here are some ideas that can make your Valentine’s at home just as romantic and special without breaking the bank!!!

Flowers: That’s a standard on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a service that connects you to local florists that can deliver beautiful arrangments while not hurting your wallet.

    Chocolate: What woman DOESN”T like chocolates? Cocopotamus provides a fun, way to give them that’s better tha anything you can get in a heart shaped box!

    Aromatherapy: Treat your Valentine to a romantic spa-like experience at home. Candlelight and bubbles to set the mood.

    Dinner Ideas: Some healthy, unique and tasty recipes that will impress your significant other.

      RECIPE #1: Citrus Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

      Six 6-ounce Salmon fillets
      ½ cup Citrus Pomegranate Glaze
      2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced

      Citrus Pomegranate Glaze (Yield ½ cup)
      2 tablespoons Pompeian OlivExtra Plus or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      1 clove garlic, finely chopped
      2 tablespoons Pompeian Pomegranate Red Wine Vinegar
      ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
      1 tablespoon lemon juice
      1 tablespoon lime juice
      1 tablespoon sugar
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

      Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

      Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add garlic and cook until golden. Stir in the vinegar, orange juice concentrate, lemon juice, lime juice and sugar. Simmer briskly until syrupy. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

      Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on a lightly oiled baking pan. Brush the top and sides of each fillet with Citrus Pomegranate Glaze. Roast the salmon in the preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve each salmon fillet arranged on top of three overlapping orange slices.

      RECIPE #2: Chili-Lime Chicken Breasts with Tumeric Rice
      Serves 4 (3 ounces cooked chicken, 1 Tbsp. sauce, plus about 3/4 cup cooked rice per serving)

      1/4 cup Pompeian OlivExtra Plus
      4 – 6-ounce boneless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
      1 tsp. chili powder
      2 Tbsp. Pompeian Roasted Garlic Red Wine Vinegar
      1 Tbsp. grated lime zest
      2 Tbsp. lime juice
      1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
      1 cup quick-cooking brown rice, uncooked
      1/4 tsp. ground turmeric, optional

      Heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with chili powder, cook 6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center.

      Meanwhile, cook the rice with water, turmeric, and 1 Tbsp. of oil, according to package directions.

      Combine 2 Tbsp. of the oil, vinegar, lime zest and juice, and 2 Tbsp. of the cilantro in a small bowl. Remove chicken from heat, add the vinegar mixture and turn chicken pieces several times to coat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to absorb flavors, turning occasionally.

      Toss rice with remaining 2 Tbsp. of cilantro and the remaining 1 Tbsp. of oil, top with chicken and pan drippings. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Jewelry: And who can forget jewelry? Here’s a budet friendly solution that’s sure to get more hugs and kisses!

      HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from all of us at The Balancing Act!

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