Last week was supposed to be Valentine's Day tips, but i'm running a week behind. I am not a huge fan of Valentine's Day to be quite honest. I think it tends to be kind of scam. I heard this morning that the average cost of a dozen red roses is $47! If you add in the cost of going to dinner, getting cards, and buying gifts, this holiday is starting to rival Christmas in cost! So, Hunter and I are planning on staying in this Valentine's and cooking dinner. Since we cook dinner almost every night, I want to make a meal that is a little more special than our average weekday meals. Here are two of my favorite meals which I hardly ever make, but which I think would make a perfect Valentine's Day Dinner.
Stuffed Alfredo Chicken (From Southern Living)
- 4 boneless Chicken Breasts
- 8 oz ground sausage
- 1 (1.25) oz envelope Alfredo Sauce
- 1 cup Mozarella Cheese
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 10 oz Frozen Spinach
- 1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese
1. Place chicken between two sheets of heavy plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4 inch thickness with meat mallet or rolling pin.
2. Cook sausage in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain.
3. Prepare Alfredo Sauce according to package directions. Set aside.
4. Combine Mozarella and Parmesan cheese
5. Stir together sausage, spinach, ricotta cheese, and 1/2 cup mozarella cheese mixture. Spoon mixture evenly down center of each chicken breast, and roll up, jellyroll fashion. Arrange chicken rolls, seam side down, in a lightly greased pan.
5. Pour alfredo sauce sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
This recipe is great with twice-baked potatoes or steamed veggies!
Prosciutto-Pesto Chicken (from allrecipes.com)
This is actually a really easy recipe, but the ingredients make it perfect for a special occasions.
1. Arrange chicken breasts in a greased pan.
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 6 pieces prosciutto
2. Spread 2 tablespoons of pesto over chicken.
3. Wrap each chicken breast in 2 pieces of prosciutto.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
This is also good with roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, or rice! Serve either recipe with a special dessert if you like sweets. My husband doesn't, but I might make him his favorite Velveeta Shells and Cheese as a special side.
Valentine's dinner at home works for me!