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Valentine's Day = Food? Food=Love???

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Why is it that I associate every 'holiday' or 'special event' with food?
Food = Love.
Somewhere I got that message.
So tonight I am making a nice dinner for my husband and myself to have at home.
I will be making "Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic" on Jasmine Rice.
I make it with mixed stir-fry vegetables. I have shared the recipe here before. It's very good and very low in calories and fat.

I also mixed up a quick salad recipe that I got years ago from my mother-in-law. She always called it the '4-H Salad' as she would make it for 4-H events.

It's very easy to make and can be made healthier by what you choose to put into it.

Here's the recipe:

Famous 4-H Salad
8 ounces of Cottage Cheese (pick the % of fat: fat free, 1%, 2% or 4% milk fat)
8 ounces of Cool Whip or Whipped Topping, thawed (again you pick fat free, low fat or regular)
1 small box of orange Jello or gelatin (or any other flavor - can use sugar-free version)
1 can of mandarin oranges, drained (or any other canned fruit, drained)
I am using drained, canned, pineapple tidbits.
Mix all of these ingredients together and chill for several hours before serving.

I also made a simple Chocolate Mousse for dessert. No recipe ~ just the mix made with low fat milk.

Food can still mean Love - I just need to make healthier choices and watch my portion size.

Happy Valetine's Day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRACEISENUF 2/20/2012 11:15AM

    Sounds like you had a super yummy "V" day meal and I do the same thing holiday = food.

Old traditions die hard.

We were a 4-H family too (of course with the dairy you probably already guessed that one). ;)

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/19/2012 2:16PM

    Food = Love
Hmm - pondering that!

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COOKWITHME65 2/17/2012 3:47AM

    I feel the same way Maria. Food = Love. Sounded like a wonderful meal. I have some shrimp in the freezer. Maybe I'll do a shrimp stir fry with it. Thanks for the 4 H recipe. Hope all is well with you. I have been a missing. Need to catch up with all my friends here.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/15/2012 7:51PM

    emoticon Who says you always need a cake for every event!? Glad you had a nice day! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 2/14/2012 6:01PM

    Sounds wonderful! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetheart! emoticon

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CARRENK 2/14/2012 4:41PM

    Maria, since you grew up in the same general time and area that I did - I'm guessing you also had a grandmother that fed you at every opportunity. How could we fail to equate food with love? emoticon Happy Valentime's Day!

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MEADSBAY 2/14/2012 3:02PM

    Have a wonderful romantic evening!
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THINRONNA 2/14/2012 2:25PM

    So true! We actually did not celebrate with food today. Everyone made Valentines cards for each other instead and we had a wild rice chicken stew for dinner.

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    Those all sound yummy! I hear you about food=love! For Valentine's Day, I have gotten truffles, peanut butter cups and the biggest of red velvet cake ever!

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