Ah yes, it’s that time of the year where we are forced to confess our love to one another by means of a heart-shaped box of chocolates and candy hearts that taste like flavored chalk. Don’t buy into these fake foods to tell someone you love them. This year, impress your ‘love’ with a little bacon and chocolate. I will share with you some of my favorite dishes to get you started right this Valentines’ Day.
I Heart Bacon
I am not alone when I say, bacon makes everything taste better. You can crumble it on salads, eat it alone, wrap it around any other food to make it ‘porkalicious’. Bacon has the salty and fatty taste that is completely satisfying.
Chicken Bacon Artichoke Salad
This salad can stand alone as its own meal or can be a great start to the main course. The ingredients are simple and it takes little effort to make in the kitchen. The salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated if you need to plan in advance.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Three ingredients – thats all! You don’t have to break your budget with this fun treat. Serve as an appetizer or as dessert after dinner.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Scallops are a very delicate seafood and when they are wrapped in bacon your taste buds will be taken to cloud nine. Serve these bacon wrapped scallops with a light salad for an instant romantic dinner.
Bacon and Collard Greens
This side dish is lip-smacking good and a true comfort food. If you are going simple this year, make this as nutritiously dense side dish to a roasted chicken.
Chocolate is easy to please. You can practically cover any fruit in chocolate and it will taste grand. I personally like chocolate covered strawberries, prunes, and mangos. But don’t stop with the fruit! You can cover your favorite nuts with chocolate and make it a grand slam. Recently, I’ve splurged on macadamia nuts covered in 72% dark chocolate and it was heavenly. Here are more chocolate recipes to inspire you.
Dark Fudge Almond Brownies
You will never go back to brownies from a box once you makes these. Serve right out of the oven and begin melt in each other’s arms.
Dark Chocolate Fruit Bark
This fun treat combines both nuts and fruit for a simple and tasty treat.
Peppermint is an excellent choice after a heavy dinner. Easy on the digestion tract this little treat will keep you feeling great for the rest of the night.
Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies (Nut-Free)
Who doesn’t like a cookie? Make these cookies together for some good bonding time.
Love You Long Time Chocolate Cupcakes
Surprise your love with a plate of the heart warming cupcakes. The individual cupcakes makes it easy to write fun messages on top.
Bacon + Chocolate = Love
To create the most memorable Valentines’, I plan on making chocolate covered bacon. I am taking the best of both worlds and hoping the outcome is fabulous. I can’t imagine it will be disappointing. How do you plan on incorporating bacon and chocolate into your Valentines’ Day this year?