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Valentine's Day Dinner - (Kid & Couple Friendly - Under $25)

Updated: Feb 24



It's almost Valentines!!! Being a parent can make a romantic, candlelit dinners for two pretty impossible. So, I like to make the best out it and create a fun and memorable dinner at home. I have created a budget-friendly three course meal that is both couple and kid friendly. And you can feed a family of four for under $25.


First Course: Classic Caesar Salad

Ingredients:

- Romaine Lettuce ($1.97 3 pk)

- Shredded Parmesan Cheese ($2.68)

- Croutons (Homemade)

- Caesar Dressing ($1.98)


Directions:

Chop, wash and dry the romaine. Toss with dressing and finish with croutons and shredded cheese.


Second Course: Yummy Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Buttery Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies.

I love making Cornish Game Hens for special occasions. It is both a romantic dish but also fun if you include the kids. It looks like a mini whole chicken on their plate. What kid wouldn't think it was cool to have a WHOLE chicken on their plate.

Ingredients:

- Cornish Game Hens ($2.68 each)

- Butter

- Garlic Powder

- Onion Powder

- Paprika

- Salt

- Pepper

- Cayenne

- Cinnamon

- Russet Potatoes ($1.97 5-lbs)

- Roasted Green Beans ($1.50 1-lb)


Directions:

In a small bowl cream the butter. Add one teaspoon of the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add a dash of cinnamon and mix well. Rub the seasoned butter all over the hen.


Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered in a shallow pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the inner temperature reaches 180 degrees.


While the hens are in the oven you can finish the potatoes and vegetables.


Peel and dice your potatoes. Boil until tender. Drain, mash and add butter, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper. These amounts are up to you depending on your flavor preference.


I decided to choose fresh green beans since they're the kids favorite this week. Place the green beans on a shallow backing sheet, drizzle with your choice of oil and season with salt and pepper. When the hens have about 15 minutes left toss the veggies into the oven.


Third Course: Super Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup veg. oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. white vinegar

1 cup water

Handful of your favorite chocolate chips


Directions:

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together (yes, it's that easy). Pour the batter into a greased bundt pan, back at 350 degrees for 45 mins.


Once cake is finished let cool for 15 minutes, flip over pan and let gravity do its thing. When the cake is fully cooled, flip it over again. Finish off with chocolate sauce, mini chocolate chips or fun sprinkles.

This three course meal cost me around $25 dollars to make. The price may vary depending on what you have in your kitchen.


BON APPETIT AND HAPPY VALENTINES ❤

- Vida



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