Valentine’s Day is one of those special days when we like to celebrate – maybe a romantic dinner with a loved one, a special treat for the family or a celebration with friends. But that doesn’t mean having to go out and, with a little bit of planning, you can enjoy your special night without going overboard. Here are some delicious Slimtone ideas for the perfect night in!

Cheese Filled Mushrooms
Serves 2 – approx. 130 cals per portion

2 large open cap mushrooms, peeled
112g/4oz Philadelphia Light Garlic & Herb
2 level tbsp fresh breadcrumbs

Fill the mushrooms with the cheese and sprinkle over the breadcrumbs. Place in an ovenproof dish and bake in a pre-heated oven 190C/375F/Gas 5 for approx. 15 minutes. Serve with a large side salad.

Steak in Pepper Sauce
Serves 2 – approx. 250 cals per serving

2 x 112g/4oz fillet steak                      2 level tbsp crushed mixed peppercorns
2 tbsp brandy                                      1 level tspn mild coarse grain French mustard
1 level tspn cornflour                          4 tbsp fresh beef stock
2 level tbsp reduced- fat crème fraiche

Firmly press peppercorns into both sides of the steaks and cook in a pre-heated, heavy, non-stick frying pan for about 8 minutes, turning once. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Stir the brandy into the pan. Mix the crème fraiche, mustard, cornflour and stock, and add to the brandy. Bring to the boil and pour over the steaks. Serve with roasted or stir-fried veg.

Tangerine Chiffon Mould
Serves 4 – approx. 100 cals per serving

1 can mandarin segments                  1 pkt orange sugar free jelly
300ml/½ pint boiling water                1 sachet sugar free dream topping
150ml/¼ pint skimmed milk              1 small low fat orange yogurt

Drain and reserve juice from mandarins. Dissolve jelly in boiling water, then make up as directed with the mandarin juice. Allow to cool until on the point of setting. Make up dream topping with milk as directed until thick and creamy. Gradually whisk in the cool jelly, orange yogurt and half mandarin segments. Spoon into 4 individual glasses and leave until set. Decorate with remaining mandarins.

Finally, just add lashings of TLC and whether it’s dinner for two or more, these delicious dishes are worth staying in for. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day,
Marie x

P.S. Talking about special treats, we’ve got limited spaces available on two of our exclusive Slimtone weekends in Champneys. These are all-inclusive pampering weekend packages. If you fancy coming along with us, there are a few spaces available for our first trip on 6 to 8 May and also the autumn break weekend on 18 to 20 November. (Please note: the 4 to 6 November weekend is fully booked and there are no vacancies.) Click here for more details or have a chat with Marie in class.