Valentine’s Day Menu on a Budget

Valentine’s Day Menu on a Budget

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to film a segment with Tammie Tubb’s Woman to Woman show (which will air this Sunday at 7am on MY MS channel, by the way). I made a healthy and delicious Valentine’s day meal for 2, perfect to share with the one you love. Basically, this whole meal was created with under $10! Make your own dessert and you can get it under $5!

Grilled Chicken Breasts ($2)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Savory, Salt, Pepper, etc – to your taste

Place two chicken breasts on the grill (I used my George Forman) or in a baking pan for the oven. Season generously with seasonings. Cook on medium heat (for the grill) or at 350 degrees (oven) until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 350 degrees – took about 20 minutes on my George Forman.

Baked Potatoes ($0.50)
2 medium-sized potatoes
Light Butter, Sour Cream, etc for toppings

Wrap potatoes in aluminum foil. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for one hour. Top with toppings of choice.

Vegetables ($1)
Vegetables of choice – broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, green beans, etc
Seasonings of choice – lemon pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder/crushed garlic, onion powder/onions, etc

Method 1: to cook vegetables in the skillet, choose vegetables and season generously (I like squash, zucchini and onions in the skillet seasoned with garlic powder, lemon pepper, and seasoning salt). Allow to cook in skillet over medium heat until tender-crisp.

Method 2: to cook vegetables in the microwave, choose vegetables and place in a microwaveable container. Add a small amount of water and season generously (I like broccoli seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic powder). Cover and microwave for 3-6 minutes, depending on vegetables, until tender-crisp.

Method 3: to steam vegetables in a pot on the stove, place vegetables of choice in a steamer basket in a pot of water (water should just come to bottom of steamer basket) on the stove (I like mixed vegetables seasoned with seasoning salt). Season generously, cover, and allow to steam until tender-crisp.

Bread ($0.50)
Making your own bread from scratch saves a ton of money. Here are some recipes:
– French Bread
– Yogurt Herb Bread

Angel Food Cake with Strawberries ($5 – depending on making/buying cake and price of strawberries)
Angel Food Cake
Strawberries
Lite Whipped Topping

Top cake with strawberries and whipped topping – enjoy!

You could definitely save some money by making your own Angel Food Cake. The $5 would provide for leftover dessert for your family to enjoy (AFTER you’ve had your romantic date – see below!).