Thursday, July 5, 2012

Date Night

“Oh hey babe”
“Oh hey”
“Let’s have date night in tomorrow night”
“Okay sounds great”
“I’ll make supper and then we can watch a movie”


“Hey there hottie, would you like to go out sometime?”
“Sure here is my number.”
“Or would you like to come over and I’ll make us dinner?”
“Even better.  See you tomorrow.”

And there you go, you have a date – so, what are you going to cook?

Appetizer – Tomato Bocconcini skewers
Salad – Beet and Goat cheese salad
Main Course – Mango salsa salmon 
Dessert – Grilled Pineapple
Alcohol – Red wine or gluten free beer

Tomato Bocconcini Skewers

-Grape tomatoes
-Fresh basil
-Olive Oil
-Balsamic Vinegar

1. Put a tomato, a bocconcini ball, and a leaf of basil on a small skewer (see picture)
2. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

-4 Beets
-Goat Cheese
-Balsamic Vinegar
-Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Cut up beets into bite sized pieces and drizzle with Olive Oil.  Put on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.
2. Mix beets, spinach, goat cheese, and pecans together into a salad.  Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and pepper.

Mango Salsa Salmon

-Salt and Pepper
-Lime juice
-1 mango
-1/2 red onion
-1 jalapeno
-1 small cucumber

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Sprinkle salmon with lemon, salt, and pepper.  When oven is hot, bake in oven for about 20 minutes or when you think it's done.
2. Cut the mango and cucumber into cubes.  Dice the red onion and jalapeno.  Mix all ingredients together including lime juice and salt/pepper.
3. Once the salmon is done, serve with mango salsa.

Grilled Pineapple 

-1 Pineapple
-1 tbsp Rum
-1 tsp Cinnamon 
-2 tbsp Honey

1. Cut pineapple into rings.
2. Glaze with rum, cinnamon, and honey mixture.
3. Grill on BBQ for about 3-4 minutes each side

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol is a touchy subject when it comes to gluten free.  There are some drinks to avoid, and some that are okay.  The trick is to be careful and read labels.  Red wines, tequila, and gin are generally gluten free.  Some vodkas and rums are free of gluten, but most contain it because of the ingredients added for flavour.  Definitely stay away from liquors, coolers, and anything else that isn't pure.  Also, be careful you don't overdo it with the alcohol because it can cause inflammation.  

I ran to the liquor store last week and found that they had 3 types of gluten free beer.  Below is a picture of the one I tried.  It's an Italian gluten-free beer that has won many awards.  I would recommend checking it out!

And there you go - date night prepared like a boss!

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