Best Recipes for Valentine's Day. How to Impress Beloved One with Limited Budget

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Valentines-DayThe Valentine's Day can become a real headache if you've got a limited budget. But several tricks will make your loved one happy and satisfied, and your wallet won't be empty though. That doesn't mean that you're saving on your partner. Everyone knows that attention, time and love mean much more than money. So, organize your Valentine's Day with savvy and wisdom.


Step 1. Think out an interesting present that will cost little but mean much. It ca be something connected to your relationships with the loved one. For example, the best photo of your couple in a beautiful frame, a small but very cute jewelry (without diamonds and gold), a medallion with your photos inside (not golden or silver one, but very cute), tickets for the match of his/her favorite team, a week-end trip for two somewhere not far from home. There are plenty of different ideas, just find time to search and think about it.

Step 2. Buy flowers. If you're a man you ought to give flowers to your girl-friend or wife. It can be hard to find nice and cheap flowers on this day, so try to think about it in advance. Order a small nice bouquet or just several roses. But if you have such possibility, go to the field and pick some flowers by your own hands. She will estimate that much more. But remember that flowers have to look beautiful and fresh.

If you're a woman, you also may give flowers to your partner. It will surprise him and make him feel important to you. But! That can't be a bouquet as for females. Man's bouquets are different. Very often it is only one flower without any wrapping. If to talk about kinds of flowers, choose gladiolus, dahlias, tulips, cloves, irises. The color should be bright: blue, purple, red, and violet. Some flower stores offer special ready-to-preset male bouquets of flowers.

Step 3. Decorate your place. That works mostly with people who like all the symbols of Valentine's Day. If your partner does, cook a dinner for him/her and decorate the table and the whole room. Use harts, candles, flowers etc. Turn on your imagination.

Step 4. Think out one or several interesting traditions for your couple only. That doesn't cost anything but is very important for the relationships. For example, every Valentine's Day you both write poems for each other (actually, a poem is a great present on this day – the cheapest for you and the most expansive for your loved one), or you cook your favorite dessert together, or you watch favorite movie about love, or you make handmade presents for each other.

Step 5. Cook marvelous dinner. You will save much if cook dinner at home instead of going out. There are lots of very easy and tasty recipes. You don't even need to be a good cook to prepare everything. Here are some examples of such dishes.


Salads

Florida turkey salad

Ingredients:

* 454 g/1 lb cooked turkey breast, boned and skinned (36 Sins on Green)
* 2 large oranges
* 1 bunch watercress, washed and trimmed
* 4 spring onions, chopped
* 4 tablespoons fat free vinaigrette dressing
* juice of 1/2 orange (1/2 Sin)
* salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
* 2 grilled rashers lean back bacon, crumbled (4 Sins on Green)


Avocado pasta salad

Ingredients:

* 250 g (8 oz/4 cups) pasta bows
* 1 large avocado
* grated peel and juice of 1/2 an orange
* salt and pepper
* orange twists and peel, smoked salmon
* cornets and sprigs of dill, to garnish


Jamaican fruit salad

Ingredients:

* 1 banana, peeled and sliced
* 1 orange, peeled and segmented
* 1 x 227g (8 oz) can of pineapple cubes in natural juice
* 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
* 1 small can lychees, in natural juice
* 100g (4 oz) black grapes, halved and deseeded
* Rind and juice of 1 lemon
* 100ml (4 fl oz) ginger ale


Pear salad

Ingredients:

* 1 pear
* 1 big or 2 small cucumbers
* 1 big or 3 small tomatoes
* 3 tbsp canned corn
* salt and pepper


Appetizers

Grilled vegetables on rosemary skewers

Ingredients:

* 1 red pepper
* 1 yellow pepper
* 4 slim courgettes, sliced
* 1 red onion, cut into chunks
* 1 fennel bulb, sliced (optional)
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed
* 1 sprig fresh rosemary
* 2 sprigs fresh thyme
* salt and ground black pepper
* 2 teaspoons olive oil (4 Sins)


Italian tricolore kebabs

Ingredients:

* 20 cherry tomatoes
* 20 fresh basil leaves
* 113 g/4 oz reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, drained (14 Sins)
* salt and freshly ground black pepper


Cream Cheese-stuffed Potatoes

Ingredients:

* 4 large potatoes
* 125 g (4 oz) full-fat soft cheese
* 1 small onion, finely chopped
* 1 tablespoon snipped chives
* salt and pepper


Hot Grapefruit

Ingredients:

* 2 grapefruit
* 1 small jar preserved ginger in syrup
* 4 teaspoons light muscovado sugar


Chestnuts alla Lucifero Recipe

Ingredients:

* 40 chestnuts
* 1/2 glass rum
* 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar


Smoky Chillied Prawns

Ingredients:

* 10 small green chillies
* 20 cooked jumbo prawns, peeled
* 5 tablespoons olive oil
* coarsely ground sea salt
* lemon wedges, to serve


Desserts

Satsumas with Rum and Raisins

Ingredients:

* 6 large satsumas
* 50 g (2 oz) raisins
* 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
* 3 tablespoons rum


Baked Bananas

Ingredients:

* 6 large ripe bananas, unpeeled
Chantilly cream:
* 175 ml (6 fl oz) whipping cream
* 2 tablespoons strong coffee
* 50 g (2 oz) icing sugar
* 2 tablespoons dark rum


Golden Baked Apples

Ingredients:

* 4 cooking apples
* 50 g (2 oz) butter
Filling:
* 50 g (2 oz) soft brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 25 g (1 oz) walnuts, chopped
* 25 g (1 oz) raisins


Summer fruit milkshake

Ingredients:

* 350 g (12 oz) defrosted mixed frozen summer fruits, e.g. strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, morello cherries and redcurrants (or use fresh berries)
* 50 g (2 oz) sieved icing sugar
* 100 ml (3 fl oz) single cream
* 200 ml (7 fl oz) full-fat milk
* ice cubes


Easy dark and white chocolate refrigerator cake

Ingredients:

* 200 g (7 oz) plain chocolate, broken into chunks
* 100 g (4oz) butter, roughly cut into pieces
* 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
* 150 g (5 oz) digestive (oatmeal) biscuits
* 50 g (2 oz) raisins
* 75 g (3 oz) semi-dried apricots, chopped
* 60 g (2 1/2 oz) white chocolate, roughly chopped

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