3 Romantic, Healthy Dinners to Prepare at Home

Every now and then, it is absolutely lovely to have a home-cooked, romantic dinner event for two. This is especially true after a long, hard work week that has left the couple feeling mentally exhausted and worn out. The best romantic dinners are healthy and properly cooked, with an appropriate scene and matching music to boot. Healthy, romantic meals do not have to be bland, expensive, or far away!

Relaxing Pizza Night

For the couples who are looking for a laid back, no frills romantic dinner, pizza and Netflix will probably sound like a night in heaven! Everyone loves this dynamic duo; and it can most definitely have a romantic spin added to it. Instead of normal delivery pizza, a healthy homemade Spinach and Ricotta Pizza made with fresh ingredients will be the main course. Candlelight is a must have, and can easily be achieved with two to four candles. A couple of top name beers and one fluffy blanket help to seal the deal. This is probably the most affordable, wonderful “night in” a couple can have.

A Beach Themed Meal

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While it might be hard to compensate for the lack of a beach and waves, there are ways to make a delicious seafood dinner feel like a romantic escape in paradise. A delicious Seafood Risotto made with premium seafood would be the perfect meal, paired with a tropical fruit salad and a delicious fruity cocktail. Candle displays with shells, sand, and leis help to accentuate the dinner, while some beautiful beach sound effects play in the background. If there are two audio sources available, it would be a great idea to play beach noises on one with romantic music on the other!

Authentic Italian

What says “romance” any more than Italian food? Authentic, comforting Italian food is absolutely marvelous, especially a delicious plate of Chicken Parmesan. This simple classic is loved by all, and can most definitely be presented as a meal for two. Pairing it with a fine, imported Italian wine and classic Italian music will help to set the mood; a weaved bread basket with some fresh, decorative rolls and baguettes presented with a side of olive oil pleases the eye. The couple should dress nicely and share their plates.

Romantic does not always mean pricey or unhealthy. Dinners can be prepared at home with a mood setting scene as a nice surprise. The couple could even prepare dinner together, providing some wonderful time to bond affectionately.

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Our first meal in the trailer camp

It was the 18th of last month when my family went camping. We left around ten in the morning after the kids had breakfast. We already prepared all the stuff we need when go camping that night. Everything is ready except the food. It was a two hours drive from we live. I followed my husband.

our first meal in the trailer camp

our first meal in the trailer camp

It was lunch time when we arrived at the trailer camp that my in-laws own. It is in the Southern Tier in the town of Cuba. After we put all the stuff in the trailer camp, we then have lunch. I took this photo by setting the camera for ten seconds. it was our first meal in the trailer camp. I made potato salad before that night to bring with us to the trailer camp. We just had sandwiches and chips for lunch to go with the potato salad. It was simple meal but we enjoyed as a family.

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How to enjoy music with the group

Growing up we have music every time to eat if not you can hear music from the neighbors. Despite not having delicious foods at the table, we still enjoy our food. Listening to the music or my neighbors doing the karaoke or sometimes playing the band especially the weekend, makes eating so fun. I am not sure if my cousin who plays in the band with his group uses this fender princeton chorus. I am sure it will help their band to play song that people can enjoy.


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Cooking my own version of garlic shrimp pasta

My family loves to eat pasta. I do not like to eat the main spaghetti. My family also loves to eat shrimp except my summer babe who does not like any seafood. Cooking for a dairy food allergy kid is not easy. It is very difficult to cook food that she like.

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Anyway, I found this garlic shrimp pasta recipe in Panlasang Pinoy where I search for Filipino dishes recipe especially when I am craving very badly.


1 lb. shrimp (medium), shell and tail removed
3 teaspoons minced garlic
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¾ lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package instructions
5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan Cheese
A dash of ground black pepper


Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a pan and then add the olive oil.
Add the shrimp. Cook for 1 minute.
Put-in the garlic. Continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the garlic turns light brown.
Gradually add-in the cooked spaghetti noodles. Toss until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Add the oregano, parmesan cheese, and ground black pepper. Toss again until all are well distributed.
Transfer to individual pasta bowls.
Serve. Share and enjoy!

This recipe is very easy to cook and follow. I could eat the entire bowl for myself.

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Essentials for Restaurants that Deliver

If you have a restaurant that delivers foods, you already understand that you need the right products in order to have the food delivered to your customers in the same manner as it was when it came off the stove or out of the oven. One of these items is delivery bags.

photo grabbed from their Facebook page

photo grabbed from their Facebook page

You may have already purchased a variety of different types of boxes that will help keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold as well as the right sizes to ensure the food is appealing. If you use boxes that are too large the food can move around in the box and will certainly not make a good impression when they arrive to their destination. The same goes with that small table looking thing in pizza boxes that ensure the pizza box top does not touch the pizza so all the toppings stay in place. Of course, these boxes can only capture so much heat or cold and help keep the food at the optimal temperature.

Delivery bags are a great invention that can be used for all times of food delivery as well as carrying foods for your catering business. These bags come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate most foods that you will be preparing and transporting to venues, homes, and even other restaurants in some cases.

When you look for delivery bags you will want to ensure that you purchase ones that are properly insulated, offer moisture control, have large ticket windows, sturdy handles and double stitching. All of these are a sign of high quality that will ensure the foods arrive safely and stay the right temperature.

The most common delivery bags are pizza bags, catering bags, meals on wheels bags, cooktek pizza bags, and carry out bags for your customers. Today, many restaurants are offering delivery as most consumers love the extra touch where they can enjoy their favorite meals from their favorite restaurants without leaving home. This is where the meals on wheels bags have become the most popular. These bags offer an exterior created from heavy duty polyester or vinyl with an interior that is designed to be used on a daily basis. The liner seams are welded using high frequency welders that ensures the bags are completely water tight which prevents bacteria from growing on the seams of the bags.

The best thing about these new innovative meals on wheels bags is that they are created in a variety of different sizes to accommodate many different meals. The sizes include short, small, medium, large, extra large, catering, stadium, salad and rib bag, large tray, medium tray and small tray.

Learn more about the benefits of all kinds of delivery bags by visiting Covertex Corp.

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Gluten free doesn’t have to equal deprivation

If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, your first thoughts may have turned to a life without some of your favourite foods.  The truth is, however, that a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to leave you feel deprived at all.  Just by making some basic changes to how you prepare your favourite meals, you can still enjoy all of the indulgence with none of the discomfort that comes along with eating foods that contain gluten.

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These days, it’s easier than ever to find gluten free recipes for dinner, dessert, breakfast, lunch, or anytime.  A simple internet search will garner lots of results!  But how can you modify your own tried-and-true family recipes to meet your new dietary needs?  It’s simple.  By educating yourself on the kinds of ingredients you’ll need to swap out, their gluten-free alternatives and how you may need to alter your recipe to accommodate the gluten-free ingredients, you can continue to enjoy your family’s favourite recipes.

Let’s look at desserts, for example.  Are you famous for your chocolate chip cookies?  You can still make them while sticking to your gluten-free diet, as long as you make a couple of ingredient substitutions.  You’ll need to find gluten-free versions of the flour, baking powder, vanilla and chocolate chips you use in your recipe.  In some cases, the brand you already used might just happen to be gluten free already.  In others (such as the flour) you’ll probably have to make some adjustments.  Gluten-free flours are easier than ever to find – they are available right in the grocery store.

When it comes to dinner, many of your family’s favourites probably contain gluten.  Dinner table staples such as macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, spaghetti and tacos all contain gluten in some form.  The good news is this:  You can easily swap out the gluten-laden ingredients for gluten-free versions without compromising the taste of the overall dish.  For example, you can use gluten-free pasta in your macaroni and thicken your cheese sauce with a GF thickener such as cornstarch.  With tacos, the main gluten culprit is the pre-packaged taco seasoning mix.  So, the easiest way to fix that is to make your own seasoning mix that contains only the spices themselves, no thickeners.  When you make burgers or meatballs, bind your meat with a GF binder such as GF breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs.

As for breakfasts, you can still have toast as long as you use gluten-free bread, and you can buy all manner of gluten-free quick breads and muffins.  Be careful with things like sausages, which can have bread as a binder in them, but bacon is generally fine.  Eggs are a good option, too!

As you can see, a diagnosis of gluten intolerance is not a culinary death sentence.  You can still get all of the fun and enjoyment out of eating without the discomfort that comes along with having a reaction to gluten.  The most important thing is to educate you on what ingredients to look out for, and how to read nutrition labels.  Once you learn those things, you can transform any recipe into a gluten-free culinary masterpiece.  No gluten required.

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My own version of pork chopsuey

Being a Filipino is hard especially when you are craving for a Filipino dish. I am so glad that Panlasang Pinoy has all the Filipino dish that I wanted.

I want to try cooking the pork chopsuey that day. I print the recipe and list all the ingredients that I need.

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1 lb. pork shoulder, sliced into thin strips
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced crosswise
1 head small cabbage, chopped
¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon cornstarch diluted in ½ cup beef broth or water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 small bell pepper, sliced into strips (any color)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


Heat a cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
Saute the onion and garlic.
Add the pork and continue to sauté for 5 to7 minutes.
Add the parsley and soy sauce. Put-in the carrot and then cook for 3 to 5 minutes more.
Add the bell pepper and cabbage. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. Cover the cooking pot and continue to cook in medium heat for 8 minutes while stirring every 2 minutes.
Pour-in the diluted cornstarch. Stir and cook until the texture of the dish thickens.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
Share and enjoy!

My kids ate them except my summer babe who only eats the meat. We served it with rice. I am so glad that it tastes delicious. My craving is satisfied.


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How to keep your harmonica works properly

My Dad loves to play harmonica. He is really great with it. I loved how the way he plays his harmonica. He does not play it when we are eating. We need to be quite and enjoy our food. There is no music when we are all sitting on the table once dinner served.

How about you? Do you play harmonica? When is the last time you played it? Is it working? Do you need accessories to keep it work properly? Have you check this ecc81? I have heard it will keep your harmonica plays beautifully.

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I cook the lasagna for the first time last night

This week is a very exciting week for me. It is because I cook meals that are not common in our household. My boys are complaining that we eat the same food. This week is different.
I cooked the lasagna for the first time last night. I have the feeling that I know that I will screwed up. The lasagna did not turned out just like what I watch in the video. My lasagna is a little watery. I am glad that still my family ate the lasagna. My boys really liked it. Even my summer babe ate it. She even did not break out despite having a dairy product allergy. I also ate it though I am not full. I also served it with salad and garlic bread.

I am missing the mozerella cheese but I add it while cooking

I am missing the mozerella cheese but I add it while cooking

I found a recipe online. There is also a video. I watch the video while preparing for the lasagna. This the recipe and ingredients that you will need.


My first time to cook lasagna. I am so proud of myself.

My first time to cook lasagna. I am so proud of myself.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
32 ounces cottage cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried parsley
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
9 lasagna noodles
1/2 cup water

In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef. Drain the grease. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, salt and ground black pepper. To assemble, in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish evenly spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Cover with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles, 1 3/4 cup of the cheese mixture, and 1/4 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 cup water to the edges of the pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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My first time to plan a meal for the entire week

I am not a good cook but I am willing to learn. My husband is complaining that we are eating the same food. He wants to eat something else. It is not easy cooking when one of your family member has the food allergy.

I ask him what does he wants to eat. I also ask the kids what food they want to eat. These are the lists of the food that my family wants to eat. I make a list for the week. My first time. I hope that I can keep it every week so it is easy for me to prepare the entire meals for the week.

Here are the list of the food that my family wants to eat. On Monday we will have lasagna. We will have the tuna casserole on Tuesday. We will have scallop potatoes on Wednesday. We will have ham on Thursday. We will have the broccoli casserole on Friday. We will have hotdogs and hamburgers on Saturday. We will have the meatloaf on Friday.

I also search for the simple recipes on them on the internet before I will buy the ingredients. I am very excited for the change of our meals to eat. I have to prepare something else for my summer babe because most of the food she can eat. I am happy that our local grocery store has a big sale this week. It helps me to prepare the meals easily.

How about you? How do you prepare your meals. Do you make a list on what food to cook? Do you buy what is on sale in your local store?

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