FLF Valentine's Day Recipe Round-Up + One Thing You Should NEVER Do on V-Day!

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Or do you think it’s a made-up holiday that retailers invented to create revenue between New Year’s and whatever holiday comes next?

Let’s just call it what it is: Valentine’s Day is a good excuse for adults to eat chocolate!

Regardless of your relationship status, it can be a fun holiday - don’t take it too seriously! I hated Valentine’s Day when I was little because I remember more than a few years in school when I wrote my Valentine’s cards wrong:

We were only supposed to write who they are from (our names), that way when we handed them out, we could just give one to everyone. But no, this girl tried to personalize them all and wrote “TO” AND “FROM.” I think one year one of my teachers just said, “We don’t have time to find every one’s names - just hand them out.”

UGH!

Whether you’re personalizing a Valentine’s Day gift for your one true love or throwing L-O-V-E around like confetti, we think a little good chocolate is in order!!!

If you need cleaned-up homemade dessert ideas, you know we have you covered! Here are some of our favorites from the FLF blog!

FLF Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bread

Flourless Chocolove Brownies

Mocha Pudding Cake

If making something from scratch isn’t your thing, order a few French macarons (see below) from a local bakery. They are naturally gluten-free and the perfect sweet little bites to share!

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Another fun fact:

Valentine’s Day is one of the worst nights of the year to dine out.

Never do it! Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll believe:

Slate.com - “Welcome to the Worst Dining Evening of the Year.”

The Washington Post - “Why You Should Never Go Out to Dinner on Valentine’s Day”

Huffington Post - “Why You Shouldn’t Go Out to Eat on Valentine’s Day”

SeriousEats.com - “Why You Shouldn’t Dine Out on Valentine’s Day”

I can sum it up for you: over-crowded restaurants, over-priced prix fix menus, pre-made food sitting under heat lamps, overwhelmed wait staff - convinced yet?

All the FLF coaches are happily staying in this year and cooking a healthy dinner with our significant others! In case you need some menu inspiration, here’s what we’re planning on cooking up!


Jenn’s At-Home Valentine’s Day Menu

Bison Chili with Red wine

His & Hers Chocolate Cupcakes from Gigi’s: His - the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel. Hers - a special order gluten- and dairy-free version of the Chocolate Tarte.

Leslie Ann’s At-Home Valentine’s Day Menu

Steamed Mussels with Crispy Baked Matchstick Oven Fries and Mixed Green Salad

Minimalist Baker’s GF/DF Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Jess’ At-Home Valentine’s Day Menu:

FLF Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon with Mashed Cauliflower

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit: In a glass bowl, melt together dark chocolate with ~1 Tbs. coconut oil. (You can use the microwave or a double-boiler on the stove-top - whatever works!) Dip fresh strawberries, cherries, sliced bananas, chunks of pineapple, orange slices, apple slices, etc.

If you make a fun, healthy dinner with your friends, family, or furkids tomorrow - snap a pic and show us what’s cooking in your kitchen! Tag us @fatloss_foodies on Instagram!

Lots of Love,

Team FLF