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5 Easy, Affordable & Delicious Valentine’s Day Recipes To Cook For Bae This Year

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching next Tuesday, some may find it difficult to still have that romantic dinner with bae on a work/school night. Avoid reservations, crowded restaurants, rush-hour traffic and over-priced meals and whip up one of these 5 easy, affordable and delicious recipes for your loved one this Valentine’s day!

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chicken-alfredo-baked-ziti-recipe

You will need:

  • 12 ounces ziti
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken ( 2 small chicken breasts)
  • 1 standard-sized jar of alfredo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings: shredded Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook the pasta al dente in a pot of well-salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the pot and add chicken and alfredo sauce. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.
  3. Pour half of the pasta into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of cheese. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and serve immediately, sprinkled with additional toppings if desired.

 

Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies 

http://www.jennyshearawn.com/sheet-pan-salmon-and-veggies/

You will need:

  • ½ large head cabbage, sliced into quarters
  • 4 carrots, trimmed but kept whole
  • ½ lb halved potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb salmon filet
  • Garlic salt, pepper, lemon slices

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a baking sheet, place sliced cabbage, potatoes and carrots in a single layer.
  3. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes, flipping vegetables after 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, sprinkle garlic salt and pepper onto salmon filet.
  6. Cover with 4 lemon slices.
  7. Remove sheet pan from oven.
  8. Clear a bit of room on the sheet pan and place salmon filet onto pan.
  9. Place back into oven and roast another 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender and salmon is cooked through.
  10. Remove from oven and serve.

 

Easy Garlic Chicken

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-garlic-chicken-5478?photo=361078

You will need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • additional herbs and spices as desired

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.
  4. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken.

 

Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli

http://homemadehooplah.com/recipes/honey-garlic-shrimp-and-broccoli/

You will need:

  • 1 lb uncooked, medium size shrimp

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, honey, and soy sauce.
  2. Place raw shrimp in a large zip lock bag. Pour 1/3 of the honey soy sauce in the bag, then massage the bag to coat shrimp. Seal bag and let shrimp marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Keep the remaining honey soy sauce covered and at room temperature.
  3. Warm a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of reserved honey soy sauce to pan and let heat until steaming. Toss broccoli in skillet and cook until warm and tender, about 5-8 minutes. Remove broccoli from skillet and set aside.
  4. Remove shrimp from zip lock bag and discard the bag and marinade. Place 5-10 shrimp in the skillet at a time and cook for 1 minute on each side or until shrimp bodies are curled and browned. Before removing from pan, use tongs to rub shrimp into the caramelized sauce on the bottom of the skillet.
  5. When the shrimp are cooked, return all shrimp and broccoli to skillet. Heat for 2-3 minutes, tossing to catch any remaining caramelized sauce on the bottom of the skillet.
  6. Serve immediately with remaining honey soy sauce drizzled on top.

 

Pesto Parmesan Pork chops

http://reallifedinner.com/pesto-parmesan-pork-chops/

You will need:

  • 2 pork chops
  • 8 Tbsp. pesto sauce
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Shake salt and pepper on the bottom of a large cookie sheet.
  3. Place pork chops down an inch or two apart.
  4. Lightly salt and pepper each pork chop.
  5. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto sauce on each pork chop.
  6. Once Pesto is spread evenly on the top of each pork chop sprinkle them generously with the shredded Parmesan cheese.
  7. Place the seasoned pork chops in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Depending on how thick the pork chops are they may need the whole 60 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with pasta or potatoes.

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