Healthy Dinner Ideas

For Valentine's Day


It’s been said that, when it comes to unhealthy holidays, Valentine’s Day is right up there after Christmas. Valentine’s Day dinner is usually associated with splurging and indulgence: rounds of appetisers, lots and lots of chocolate, and wine. This year, whether you are celebrating with your other half, friends, or family, treat your loved ones to something delicious that won’t lead to feelings of guilt. Nutritionists Hala Serageldin and Dr. Sherine El Shimi share with eniGma’s Engy Aly their favorite healthy dinner recipes for Valentine’s Day.

Quinoa and Brocolli Casserole by Dr. Sherine El Shimi


One cup of quinoa
Two cups of water
One teaspoon of olive oil
Two cups of shredded broccoli
½ cup of shredded onions
one tablespoon of lemon pepper


Place quinoa in a bowl and pour enough water to cover. Soak for 30 minutes and bring to a boil then add the olive oil and add one teaspoon of salt. Reduce heat until the water is absorbed.

Steam the broccoli and then add onion and lemon pepper. Add the quinoa to it. Place in the oven for 10 minutes until the onions turn brown.

Chicken with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers by Dr. Sherine El Shimi


½ cup of chicken broth with chicken breast(s)
Salt and pepper
one garlic clove
½ cup of chopped tomatoes
½ cup shredded mozzarella
Jar of roasted red peppers


Heat the chicken broth with the chicken in a large pan. Cook with salt and pepper for 15 minutes until the chicken is done. Remove chicken. Place asparagus, garlic, and roasted peppers in pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chicken then top all with mozzarella cheese and serve.

Chocolate Fondue by Hala Serageldin


One large ripe avocado
Four teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
Two tablespoons of honey


Remove the skin and pit of the avocado. Add all ingredients, except the fruits, in a food processor and mix well. If the texture is too thick, add two teaspoons of skimmed milk. Serve in a bowl next to fruits to dip.


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