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Healthy Valentine's Date Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Date Recipes

This week, get ready for a romantic date night in with delicious, showstopping, healthy Valentine’s date recipes.

You don’t have to have meat to indulge with this beautiful Ratatouille.

Ratatouille
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

These easy Braised Short Ribs will melt in your mouth.

Braised Short Ribs

 

Your loved one doesn’t need to worry about this Cheater’s Skillet Paella. It only helps you cheat at cooking paella.

Cheater’s Skillet Paella
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

Beautiful Chicken & Quinoa can help you lighten up date night eating.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinners For Two!

 

You don’t have to go out to get great ramen with this simple Rotisserie Chicken Ramen.

Rotisserie Chicken Ramen
Image and Recipe via Pure Wow

 

Skip the buttery dinner out with these Shrimp Scampi Zoodles for Two.

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles for Two

 

Make this Cornish Game Hen to blow your loved one away this Valentine’s Day.

Cornish Game Hen
Image and Recipe via Bakers Royale

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

This week was Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, so we brought you info each day.

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Be Mine with Valentine's Day Recipes

Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

This week, we’re featuring some healthy Valentine’s Day recipes that are perfect for your big date night.

First up is a surprisingly easy Surf and Turf for Two.

Surf and Turf for Two

Surf and Turf for Two

 

This Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels is perfect for date night.

Tagliatelle with Blue Mussels

 

Make comfort food at its finest with Homemade Salisbury Steak for Two.

Homemade Salisbury Steak for Two
Image and Recipe via Food Fanatic

 

These Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks are tasty and good for you.

grilled blackened tuna steaks.

 

These Raspberry Yogurt Tarts make a scrumptious dessert for your healthy Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry Yogurt Tarts

 

Make this super quick Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two.

Chicken Thighs Marsala for Two

 

Whip up these easy Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits for a healthy Valentine’s Day.

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits

cacao mousse and raspberry parfaits

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Healthy Dinner Dates

Healthy Dinner Dates

Valentine’s Day was fast approaching this week in food, so we helped you make healthy dinner dates for date night.

First up is a stunning (vegetarian) Ratatouille for two.

Ratatouille (Confit Byaldi)

 

Try this entire French-inspired menu, featuring Bistro Roast Chicken, for your Valentine’s Day.

Bistro Roast Chicken

 

This Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce is quick and much healthier than the steak house.

Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce

 

Try this memorable menu, featuring Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb, for this Valentine’s.

Fennel-Rosemary-Crusted Lamb

 

This fancy Pomegranate Duck is perfect for your romantic, homemade dinner date.

Pomegranate Duck

 

It’s not too late to plan a special date. Try this Lobster Menu for two that’s sure to impress.

Lobster Dinner

 

These Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels are impressively elegant, but still just 308 calories.

Coconut and Basil Steamed Mussels

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A Helping Heart

Vantage Point: Have a Helping Heart this Valentine’s Day

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  – John Holmes

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate loved ones. But what about seniors in our communities that don’t have a sweetheart? Winter can bring on depression and feelings of isolation, especially if one is living on a small fixed income that, if no other catastrophe happens, barely covers basic needs.

What if during this year’s season of love, we gave the gift of time and attention to someone who has nothing to give back but gratitude? If this call speaks to you, look to the Catholic Family and Child Volunteer Chore Service Programs, run by Amber Bryant in Wenatchee and Tammy Huber in Moses Lake.

The volunteer program, funded by federal grants, the United Way and Serving Wenatchee, is based on volunteer hours. It can be direct services, such as cleaning a senior’s home, shoveling snow, delivering a hot meal, or providing transportation, or indirect services such as clerical work or, like Health Alliance staff did this winter, donating winter coats, blankets, and hand sanitizer.

If you are interested in volunteering, a coordinator will ask the amount of time you can give and ask what kind of tasks you’re comfortable with. Both Amber and Tammy have many creative ways they can utilize volunteer hours.  One successful idea is enlisting groups, such as coworkers from an office or members of a club. Many hands make light work and volunteers are more comfortable entering someone’s home in a group setting. Plus, the project helps groups work as a team.

One misconception about the program is that you have to be Catholic to volunteer. This is not true and you don’t even have to share your religion. Beyond finding people to volunteer, coordinating the program presents many challenges including serving the mentally ill, those living in extreme poverty, and those with adult children who reside in the home. I am in awe of Amber and Tammy’s passion, as they both volunteer in addition to coordinating the program.

If you are someone who has time and a helping heart, please contact Amber at 509-662-6761, abryant@ccyakima.org  or Tammy at 509-765-1875, thuber@ccyakima.org . They will find a way to match you to a client or project that can create great joy for all involved.

Helping Heart Disease

Vantage Point: Walk to Mend Hearts

As a child, I folded and cut red, heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards. As a teenager, I experienced my first broken heart. And as adults, we learn the importance of taking care of our hearts by eating right, exercising, and avoiding damaging habits, like smoking, to avoid heart disease.

Heart disease, a disorder of the heart and blood vessels, affects people of all ages and is the number one killer of women. You should also know about atrial fibrillation (AFib) and stroke. AFib is where upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly, causing dizziness, fainting and a racing, pounding sensation. Stroke is a brain attack that occurs when blood clots block an artery or blood vessel, interrupting blood flow to the brain. People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke.

People diagnosed with heart problems may feel overwhelmed, anxious, and afraid, opening the door for depression. That’s where Greater Wenatchee Mended Hearts, a volunteer peer-to-peer support organization, comes in to inspire hope through people who are heart patients themselves. I recently had the privilege to attend one of Mended Hearts’ monthly meetings. The room was buzzing with encouragement. Mended Hearts also hosts educational speakers and sends monthly newsletters full of valuable information about heart disease.

One of the most valuable aspects of Mended Hearts is its Heart Patient Visiting Room program that lets heart patients meet other people who have gone through or are going through the same thing. Natalie Noyd, director of the cardiovascular service line at Confluence Health, says peer support coming from someone who has walked the walk helps heart disease patients feel they can get through the experience and aids the overall recovery process. Confluence Health and Mended Hearts work together, mutually spreading heart disease awareness and education, and helping patients, throughout North Central Washington.

Health Alliance provides therapy to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and also offers rehab and testing. Sometimes heart disease runs in the family, so creating habits to help prevent the disease becomes extra important for people with a family history of heart problems. Health Alliance encourages you to learn more by joining the Go Red for Women Heart & Sole Walk on February 6 in various locations throughout Wenatchee.

Walks will also take place at Confluence Health Clinics in Omak and Moses Lake. To learn more about Mended Hearts, call Ann at 509-679-8181 or email mendedhearts91@frontier.com.