Valentine's

Best Toasted Garlic-Butter Ravioli with Spinach Recipe (Delish.com)

Ingredients:

kosher salt
16-18 oz. cheese ravioli
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
5 oz. baby spinach
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we chose Pecorino Romano)

Directions:

Bring 12″ sauté pan of water to a boil and generally season with salt.  Prepare a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Remove ravioli using a slotted spoon and place in a single layer on the sheet pan, then discard water. 

Place the pan over medium heat.  Add oil, butter, and garlic; stir with a rubber spatula.  Add half the ravioli and stir gently until well coated; immediately add the balance of ravioli and repeat.  Flip the ravioli gently as needed to prevent them from sticking.  Cook ravioli until golden brown, about 5 minutes. 

Gently toss in the spinach, then garnish with parsley and parmesan.  Serve immediately!

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Valentine’s Day is for lovers! What would be more comforting than a sumptuous bowl of cheese filled ravioli?!

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WINE-INFUSED BROWNIES:

Ingredients:

Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Blackberry Wine*

Directions: 

Follow baking directions on the box, replace the water with wine* for extra flavor.  To add festive flair to our brownies, we used Lauren’s heart aluminum cake pan

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What says love more than coffee and chocolate? Our delicious Spirited Cafe Mocha combines the sweetness of chocolate and the richness of coffee. Yum!

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SPIRITED CAFE MOCHA: (VICTORIA MAGAZINE)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup chopped milk chocolate
1 cup espresso
2 ounces amaretto
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
2 cups steamed milk
Garnish: cocoa powder

Directions: 

In a microwave-safe dish, heat heavy cream and chocolate on medium in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Whisk to combine. Add espresso, amaretto liqueur, and half of the steamed milk; stir just until combined. Pour into glasses, and top with remaining steamed milk and milk foam. Sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.

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We’ve got a scrumptious menu for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart! Cozy up by a warm fire and enjoy DATE NIGHT IN this Valentine’s Day!  XO ❤

Valentine’s/Date Night Simple & Delicious Dinner for Two HERE

Karen has recently started the Weight Watchers program.  Like any weight loss program, the key is to find delicious tasting recipes that are simple to make, which also help us forget that we are actually watching calories.  These three recipes do just that and Lauren loves them all too!

Cooking up 3 Delicious & Healthy Recipes/ The 2 Orchids

Pasta with Spring Vegetables with Feta

The perfect dish for lunch or dinner! Recipe courtesy of weightwatchers.

Pasta and Spring Vegetables with Feta (serves 6)

1/2 pound whole wheat penne or fusilli
1 1/2 cups shelled peeled fresh fava beans, thawed frozen peeled fava beans, or baby lima beans
1/2 pound asparagus, cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding fava beans and asparagus during last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain again.

Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, parsley, mint, oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add pasta mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Ingredients for Pasta and Spring Vegetables with Feta

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Dessert is served

Weight Watchers Lemon Cake Recipe with Strawberries and Whip Cream

Three ingredient lemon cake topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Ingredients for WW Lemon Cake

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Snack Time

Weight Watchers Yogurt Snack

Low-fat vanilla yogurt topped with fresh fruit and a spoonful of chopped peanuts.

Planters Coctail Peanuts, Dannon Light & Fit Greek Vanilla Yogurt and Blackberries

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Colorful ponchos and distressed denim are a few Spring essentials needed to update my wardrobe for Spring. I’m also sharing a few goodies I picked up from Ulta. On the menu for Sunday’s dinner is my version of homemade sauce and meatballs! Lauren’s Vlog!

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