Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Chocolates (Under 100 Calories!), Lighter Ice Creams, and Dinner for Two

If you are sitting at home, or at work, loveless, hopeless, and just hating Valentine's Day, you're not alone.  In fact, even some a married women (myself included) really despise Valentine's Day. Yep, it's true, I really don't like it.  I never have. It all started in elementary school when I would get my hopes up that the boy I had a massive crush on would get me a special Valentine, and....he never did.  I still take a moment of silence each year to reflect on those sad days.  But now, as a married thirty year old, I figure why not try to be a little positive?  Today I will reflect on a couple reasons why I can look forward to this gag-worthy "Hallmark Holiday".  For starters, it's an excuse for Nick to cook.....

Yes, he will be preparing this.

We are sharing the love with a Valentine's "Dinner for Two" from a local supermarket.  It's two filets and and two lobster tails.  Although to be honest, I want his lobster tail too, I don't want to share the love. HA!  He could eat both filets and I could eat both lobster tails.  Although...I suppose that wouldn't be nice considering I care about his heart (and, I love filets too....darn it. Can I have both meals??).

Source: iStock Photo

Another reason I remind myself that this holiday isn't so bad after all, is because it's an excuse to eat chocolate and serve chocolate at work to unsuspecting customers.  It's so fun to do chocolate for a change!  The recipe below was found on a kefir website recently and I thought it sounded amazing.   Let me know if you try it, I haven't yet (and I have no clue how many calories are in it, or how many truffles it makes, but I wanted to share it!).  I'll probably never make these either, unless I can find an alternative to agave (it's certainly not low FODMAPs). 

SOURCE OF RECIPE: Natalie Slater

But I did make these chocolate truffles from and I highly recommend them (as do the more than 100 customers who tried them last week!).  They are only 64 calories and truly delicious.  Let's be honest, how can pretzel, peanut butter, and dark chocolate not be delicious?  And if you want more chocolate treat ideas for under 100 calories, check out the rest of Eating Well's recipes

Three ingredients....

Literally, a very simple pleasure that even the non-chocolate lovers where I work enjoyed!

So, for those of you loving Valentine's Day, and looking forward to a dip in your heart-shaped jacuzzi later with your love, please enjoy.  

For those of you sitting at home alone, please, have no fear, your day of snuggles, flowers, and heart-shaped jacuzzis will come one of these days.  Have no fear. Meanwhile, Nick and I will be enjoying some chocolate (and homemade ice cream, see below!), filets, and lobster tails, while watching our Thursday night shows on TV. Romantic, eh?  Maybe we'll light a candle, or two.  Hmmm..maybe not.

I made blueberry ice cream for Nick, check out the recipe here.

I also made peppermint cookies and cream ice cream, which is a modified version of this recipe. Just omit the cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts, and replace them with some crumbled Oreos and a dash of peppermint extract.

Instagram shot from last night, yes, we dug in one day early....I saved the blueberry surprise for today!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post.  I'll tell you why it's ok not to workout on the weekends (sort of).

Thanks for reading!

The Candid Rd

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  1. sounds like you'll have a great meal together!

  2. As a married lady, I too despise Valentine's Day. I think chocolate is its only saving grace.

  3. love the kefir chocolates. Sadly your comment didn't display for the fat on facebook. If I'm not too annoying can you repost? Happy Chocolate Day to you.

    1. Hey Lauren, what are you talking about? comment for the fat on facebook? I will do what you want, but I'm confused!

  4. I have made those Eating Well truffles before and they are great! Eating Well is by far one of my favorite cooking magazines and websites!

    I like Valentine's Day a lot, because it gives me a chance to be really cheesy to all of the people I love! I hope you have a good day and enjoy your fancy dinner!

  5. I like that it's an excuse to eat chocolate! That's about it. The expectations are generally always far too high.

  6. those chocolates look delicious!
    and you're totally reminding me i need to get out my ice cream maker. :)

  7. Wow-- that homemade ice cream seriously looks out of this world! Yum!

  8. Haha, I love Valentine's Day- all the pink and red, and telling people you love them, what's not to love? Then again, I never had any expectations that the guy I had a crush on was going to do anything for me haha, seriously- I did not have a boyfriend even a stupid middle school one til I was like 16. Surprisingly this never bothered me much as a kid, and I loved exchanging Valentine's with my kid.

    I did kind of HATE Valentines Day today when my students were crazy all day. But then I liked it more when Eric and I went for a run, and a regular dinner and relaxed in front of the TV :)

  9. I love that "dinner for two" Idea. How clever! Ive never been a Valetines' day fan either so, I feel you on that. When I get married I want to have low key celebrations like that at home, just enjoying each other's company and eating som good food.

    The truffles from eating well sound amazing! Have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing :)

  10. I am going to make both of these truffle recipes. They both look amazing! What a nice Valentine's day as well. My husband cooked for me too which is a treat.

  11. You are really into desserts! :) I just need a bit of chocholate asap! And the blueberry ice cream... I wish it was already summer!

  12. I think you could replace the agave with any other liquid sweetener (maple syrup, honey, etc), or even use regular sugar and just add a little extra kefir to make up for the missing liquid.