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You Asked: Romantic Diet-Friendly Meal For Valentine's Day?

You Asked: Romantic Diet-Friendly Meal For Valentine's Day?

Hi Fit,
I'm cooking dinner for my boyfriend on Valentine's Day, but we've been doing so well dieting and working out together that I don't want to splurge too much. Every meal and dessert I can think of is way too fattening or not romantic enough. Do you have any suggestions on how to enjoy the holiday and stay on track?
Dieting and in Love

I think it's wonderful that you and your boyfriend are carving out a healthy lifestyle together. "Healthy" and "romantic" are not mutually exclusive terms when it comes to food. You definitely can make a special meal for Valentine's Day that won't break the caloric bank. I will share the menu I am planning on making with husband for this holiday; today through Friday I will post the recipes for you to peruse.

For a main dish, I will be making Spicy Sea Scallops With Balsamic Braised Cabbage. Scallops are high in protein and remarkably low in fat while still a good source for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The spice mix for seasoning the scallops includes nutmeg, which has long believed to be an aphrodisiac. How appropriate for Valentine's Day! The braised cabbage is red, which adds a nice splash of color to plate. Plus, this dish is tasty.

To see the recipe,


Spiced Scallops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage

Spiced Scallops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage


  1. 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  3. 1 bay leaf
  4. 1/2 cup water, divided
  5. 2 teaspoons white wine (optional)
  6. 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, divided
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  9. 3 pinches ground nutmeg
  10. 1 pinches ground cloves
  11. 6 large sea scallops, tough ligament removed from side of each if attached


  1. Heat tablespoon olive oil to 12-inch skillet over medium. Add cabbage, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup water and one tablespoon of vinegar. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter and cover to keep warm.
  3. While cabbage simmers, make the spice mix by combining spices in small bowl. Rinse scallops and pat dry. Season top and bottom with spice mixture.
  4. Deglaze cabbage skillet with a teaspoon of white wine and add one teaspoon of olive oil. Sauté scallops, turning once, until golden brown and just cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Place on plate.
  5. Add remaining 1/4 cup water, teaspoon of vinegar, and teaspoon white wine to skillet and boil, stirring, until slightly thickened about 1 to 2 minutes. Add accumulated scallop juices. Place scallops on bed of cabbage and pour sauce over scallops and cabbage.

This dish is as kind to your wallet as it is to your waistline. I spent just a little over $8 on my six nice-sized sea scallops. Cabbage is cheap. The only investment could be the spices if you don't have a well-stocked spice cabinet. I also appreciate that this dish took only 30 minutes to prepare.

Stay tuned for the rest of my Valentine's dinner menu and if scallops don't appeal to you check out Yum's menu for a Valentine's menu that won't break the scale.

Join The Conversation
AZDaisy AZDaisy 8 years
I just tried this tonight...I'm not sure I cooked the scallops right. I went over the 5 minutes, but I still don't think they got cooked all the way through. Any suggestions? (The cabbage is really good though!)
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I adore scallops but rarely buy them because I never know how to cook them - well now I have the PERFECT recipe for that!!! Thanks!
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i love scallops and i love spicy food! so this combination is perfect! it sounds like a romantic and "fine" too! thanks to Fit & Yum for sharing this i might not prepare this myself, but i am now looking for a restaurant which serves good seafood and scallops
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My husband doesn't like shellfish, but for a good romantic dinner, I'll sometimes make a nice pork tenderloin with asparagus on the side. It's not that high in calories and it's very romantic and yummy. Oh, and for cannot go wrong with chocolate-dipped fruit, especially strawberries!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
This sounds so yummy! I love scallops. Great nutrition bang for your caloric buck!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Ehh I don't eat shellfish...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's a good one. i also think of pink/red foods as being perfect for the holiday. start with a micro-green salad and maybe put sliced strawberries, or watermelon in it...with a little goat cheese and for your main dish - just go lady & the tramp and use whole wheat pasta...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea! If only I liked scallops. :(
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