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Perfect Paleo Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s always fun to have an excuse to dress up and get a little fancy. Obviously, a nice meal out is the V-Day tradition, but there are a few issues typical of restaurant fare…

  • Restaurants don’t always have stellar ingredients. The food could be loaded with all sorts of crappy vegetable oils and preservatives. This is especially problematic if you’re trying to do a very specific diet, like keto or AIP.
  • It’s not always cost-effective. Eating out too often can definitely place a strain on the budget.
  • Some of us just don’t have time to “go out” go out. You might have kids you need to take care of, or mismatching schedules, or any of a million other stumbling blocks. Heck, maybe you just plain don’t want to When “fun” stops being fun and becomes a hassle, it’s time to reconsider!

As a resolution to all that, I’ve planned out a really nice, perfectly Paleo Valentine’s Day Dinner. It’s nutrient-dense, luxurious, super tasty, and super simple to make.

Perfect Paleo Valentine's Day Dinner

Starter: Brussels Sprouts Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 2-3 slices bacon chopped and cooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut Brussels in half, toss them in coconut oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  4. While Brussels are baking, cut grapes in half, add to a medium sized bowl, cook 2-3 slices of bacon, chop and add to the bowl.
  5. Let Brussels cool, add to the bowl with grapes and bacon, toss in fresh cilantro and a dash of salt and pepper.

Main Course: Surf’n’Turf

Steak

Ingredients

  • 1 large room temperature Ribeye Steak
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  2. Heat up a cast iron skillet on high heat on the stovetop
  3. Brush each side of your steak steak with olive oil, coat each side with salt and pepper.
  4. Place steak in cast iron skillet, sear each side for 30 seconds.
  5. Place in the oven, cook for 2 minutes on each side (this is for medium-rare)
  6. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes

Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 lb peeled shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or grassfed butter

Directions

  1. Heat up butter in a medium sized frying pan
  2. Add all the ingredients and sauté for 2-3 minutes per side or until the shrimp is pink

Side Dish: Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sweet potato cut into sticks
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into sticks
  3. Toss all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Spread the seasoning all around!
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place your sweet potato sticks on the paper, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip your fries halfway so they cook evenly!

Pesto

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ raw cashews
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients into a food processor until smooth/chunky or your desired consistency.
  2. Spread it on everything. Isn’t pesto magical?

Dessert: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Yep, it’s seriously that easy!

There you have it: a rich, delicious meal to share with your partner. And hey, who says this can only be used on Valentine’s Day? Use any or all of this menu any time you want to have a special night. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Lauren Maxwell

Lauren Maxwell

Lauren is passionate about helping busy professionals maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, while empowering their relationship with food, their body, and their health. Lauren understands first hand the challenges of juggling a successful career while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and she aims to show others that living a healthy life can be fun. Whether she […]

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