How about a finger foods party for two for any romantic date or for Valentine's Day?  With some champagne, a nice cozy nook, candlelight, finger foods and great conversation and the romance is on - having an elegant sufficiency but not overeating.

Here is some trivia about Valentine's Day:  "Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois."

Chicken Strips with Mexi-Cali Dip (recipe below)


Spicy chicken strips with a cool, creamy Mexican-style dip.  Very good. Valentine's Day appetizers with a dessert to follow - Raspberry Fudge Balls.  I have even at times made a no-bake cheesecake and made heart cut outs.  Valentine's Day can bring out the creator in you.    Usually, chocolate is a must with perhaps strawberries or strawberries dipped in chocolate - dark or white chocolate, or dark chocolate drizzled with white chocolate.  

Think of fun snack foods that can also double as appetizers.  Little bite-size snacks are fun. Pair the appetizers with your favorite beverage and you have a romantic date with your sweetie/honey.

If you would like to make a dip, I have a number of easy dips, including crackers that you can make - look under Appetizers and Baking and Bake Mixes, respectively.

Even if you are not a chocolate fan, you could make a fabulous strawberry dessert.  How about my Strawberry Cheesecake Bars.  They were such a hit when I made them!

Most men love pizza.  That is another idea for Valentine's Day.  If you have to remain low-carb, I have a number of lovely pizza recipes under Baking and Bake Mixes, even ones made with Miracle Dough (aka Fat Head Dough-style homemade dough).

Some other delicious recipes you could make for Valentine's Day:

Miracle Dough Cheesy Bell Peppers Tart

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

Mini Hot Chocolate Cakes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Chocolate Toasted Walnut Fudge

No-Bake Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bars


1 lb chicken breast halves, (0.454 kg)
  cut into thin strips
1 tbsp olive oil (15 mL)
1 tbsp hot pepper sauce (15 mL)
2 tsp butter (10 mL)
Mexi-Cali Dip:
3/cup sour cream (175 mL)
1/cup medium or mild Salsa (50 mL)
1/cup grated Cheddar cheese (50 mL)
1 green onion, chopped


In large skillet, fry chicken strips in olive oil, stirring frequently, until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes.  Add hot pepper sauce and butter right at the end and stir just until butter melts.  Remove skillet from heat.

Mexi-Cali Dip:  In medium bowl, combine sour cream, Salsa, cheese and green onion.  Serve hot chicken with dip.

Yield:  6 servings
1 serving
147.3 calories
19.1 g protein
6.6 g fat
0 g fiber
2.0 g carbs

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