No, I don’t like Valentine’s Day. Gasp.
At least not the traditional Valentine’s rituals. No offense to you ladies that wait patiently for your dozen of red roses to arrive and dress up for the date at the overcrowded restuarant with the mediocre prix fixe Valentine’s menu, some people love it and more power to you but…it’s just not my jam. For years we attempted to buy into the hype and did the traditional Valentine’s date but the reality is, our favorite Valentine’s happen at home. If you’re reading this and agreeing, go for it and skip your traditional plans. Date Night In is my outline I shared last winter for a night in that’s all about you and your significant other. Take a look and plan away!
WHAT’S FOR DINNER???
So now you’re on board for date night in but…WHAT are you cooking up together? Take a look at my chicken parm meatballs. They’re fairly simple to throw together so you can keep the focus on your time together and they’re great served over zoodles, spaghetti squash, or traditional linguine. Simple!
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
1lb ground chicken
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2-1/4 cups fresh spinach (1/4 cup for meatball mixture; 2 cups for sauce)
1tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
FOR MEATBALLS- mix ground chicken, egg, parm, 1/4 cup torn raw spinach, minced garlic, pepper and pepper flakes together throughly in a bowl. Use a heaping tablespoon of mix to form each meatball. Heat EVO over medium-high heat and pan fry meatballs. Set cooked meatballs aside.
FOR SAUCE- drizzle the same pan with more EVO, add onions and sauté until almost transparent. Add remaining 2 cups of spinach and cook for 30-45 seconds or until wilted. Reduce heat, add marinara, and mix. Add meatballs back to the pan and toss to coat. Top with mozzarella and simmer 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Regardless of how you celebrate this weekend I hope you all take the time to really enjoy your significant other, your relationship, and most importantly, know that good relationships aren’t built on the romance and the holiday hype of a day but instead the other 364 days in a year.