|This Valentine's, skip the overpriced, overcrowded restaurants (any foodie will tell you it's the worst night of the year to eat out) and whip up this romantic dinner for two right in your own kitchen. Set the mood with a heart-shaped swirl of sour cream in a smooth red pepper soup. A make-ahead strata and quick, crisp-tender broccoli raab let you spend more time over candlelight and less over a hot stove. Cap off the evening with creamy individual cheesecakes (and why not a glass or tow of bubbly?), and you've got a five-star dining experienceminus the wait for a table.
MINI CHEESECAKES WITH MANGO-RASPBERRY SAUCE
These individual cheesecakes wowed us with their simplicity and their flavor. Have both the egg and cream cheese at room temperature before you use them to ensure a smooth texture.
PER SERVING: 338 CAL; 19G PROT; 6G TOTAL FAT (2G SAT. FAT); 53G CARB; 122MG CHOL; 560MG SOD; 4G FIBER; 42G SUGARS
ROASTED RED PEPPER AND TOMATO SOUP
Your sweetie will never guess this soup was made with ingredients you already had in your pantry.
PER SERVING: 101 CAL; 2G PROT; 3.5G TOTAL FAT (1G SAT. FAT); 17G CARB; 5MG CHOL; 530MG SOD; 2G FIBER; 11G SUGARS
This entrée can be put together a day ahead and refrigeratedjust let it stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.
PER SERVING: 321 CAL; 18G PROT; 14.5G TOTAL FAT (5G SAT. FAT); 31G CARB; 126MG CHOL; 700MG SOD; 4G FIBER; 3G SUGARS
BROCCOLI RAAB WITH PINE NUTS AND GOLDEN RAISINS
The bitter taste and crunchy texture of broccoli raaba leafy green thats a favorite in southern Italyare the perfect complement to rich, cheesy entrées like Spinach-Mushroom Strata.
PER SERVING: 140 CAL; 5G PROT; 10G TOTAL FAT (1G SAT. FAT); 10G CARB; 0MG CHOL; 326MG SOD; 1G FIBER; 5G SUGARS