What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Every Valentine’s Day I ask myself, “How can I make it special for the ones I love?” This year, you can join me in making your significant other fall deeper in love with you by preparing my incredibly romantic and delicious meal—keto lobster and chocolate-avocado mousse—for him or her.

If you are a hopeless romantic like me and love Valentine’s Day, then you don’t mind putting in the extra effort. Romance and pleasure is always worth investing in for a sustained connection. I can’t think of anything more beautiful than a lifetime of true love. That got me wondering, Where did Valentine’s Day come from? Wikipedia states the following:

Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

There are numerous stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

“The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.”

In my marriage, how I like to celebrate romance and express my love is through cooking healthy and delicious food to support my family’s wellness. I believe true love promotes health by helping your lover make good and nourishing decisions. This Valentine’s, I am sharing two of my most elegant and romantic recipes: keto lobster and chocolate-avocado mousseperfect and easy recipes for a special and delicious night in for two that tastes like an expensive restaurant!

What does keto mean? Dictionary.com says, “Keto is short for ketogenic, referring to a diet that is low in carbohydrates but high in protein. While originating as a medical diet, it’s popularly associated with weight loss.” Medical News Today states the benefits of the ketogenic diet are that it supports weight loss, improves acne, may reduce risk of certain cancers, may improve heart health, may protect brain function and may reduce seizures.

This Valentine’s, you can skip the less healthy store-bought chocolate options (you know those heart-shaped boxes of chocolates) and create a special evening by having a nice romantic dinner at home. One of the biggest keys to my husband’s and my health is that I cook at home for about 95 percent of what we eat because I care about our wellness and longevity. What are some of the reasons why people are overweight? Harvard Health reports the following: “Experts say it’s a combination of increased availability, bigger portions and more high-calorie foods.” In today’s modern society, we are eating more bad calories because of the availability and convenience around every corner such as fast-food restaurants, gas stations and shopping centers.

“Americans are spending far more on foods eaten out of the home,” Harvard Health states. “In 1970, we spent 27 percent of our food budget on away-from-home food; by 2006, that percentage had risen to 46 percent.” Plus, portion sizes have tripled and added sugar content has contributed to the overconsumption of unhealthy foods, thus contributing to obesity and people being overweight.

One of the solutions to obesity and being overweight is to eat healthier choices and foods in the home so that you can control what is in your meals. This way you know that what you are eating is all organic, nutritious and fuels your optimal health on a daily basis. It’s time to get in the kitchen, cook up the love, and feel good together this month and beyond.

Make it elegant and romantic! 

10-Minute Garlic Butter Keto Lobster Tails

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter and two 1-tablespoon pats of butter
  • ¼ cup minced garlic
  • 4 lobster tails
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • diced parsley

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. In a large pan, add 4 tablespoons butter and garlic, cook on medium-low, stirring occasionally to prevent burning as you prepare lobster.

Set lobster tails on a baking sheet or on a broiler-safe pan. With sharp kitchen scissors or a knife, carefully cut top of lobster-tail shell down to the tip of tail, avoiding the meat. Devein and remove any grit, if needed. Carefully pull shell down so meat looks like it is sitting on top of shell. Mix spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle lobsters with spices. Add small pats of butter underneath lobster tail. Place in oven and cook until meat is opaque and white, about 8 to 10 minutes.

After 6 minutes of cooking, add ¾ of butter and garlic from pan to lobster, drizzling over lobster tails. Remove and serve lobster immediately with the rest of garlic butter along with your favorite salad dish.

 

Dark Chocolate-Avocado Mousse

Serves 2

A delightful and healthy superfood chocolate dessert, you won’t believe how good it tastes!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 6 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate at least 70% cacao
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon stevia

Directions

In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water (medium-low heat), heat milk, butter, vanilla powder, chocolate and salt, stirring gently until melted, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer to a blender, add avocado and puree until smooth. Using an electric mixer or blender on medium-high speed, beat egg yolks and stevia in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Next, beat egg whites for about 3 minutes. Using a large spatula, gently fold egg-yolk mixture into chocolate mixture until no streaks remain. Starting in the center of the mixture and working your way toward the edges of bowl, gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture (make sure to scrape up from the bottom), rotating bowl as you go, until no streaks remain. Divide mousse among small bowls or cups, and chill for at least 30 minutes. Mousse can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

Don’t forget to follow your romantic dinner with your favorite movie! I hope you and your Valentine love my recipes as much as my husband and I do! Have fun cooking! If you want even more healthy recipes, check out my cookbook “The Naked Confidence Cookbook” on Amazon.

Much love,
Cortney

Photo credit: Todd Cribari, inspirostudio.com