Beautiful flowers, a romantic dinner at a pricey, dimly lit restaurant, walking arm and arm through the city.
Sound like your plans for Valentine’s Day?
Uh, yeah, unfortunately not mine either. Like millions of moms all over the world, I will be celebrating this romantic holiday with my husband in a somewhat unromantic way…at home, with my children. But things don’t have to be totally same ol’, same ol’. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so here is a Valentine’s Day dinner idea that will make him fall in love with you all over again.
Oh, and did I mention this is sooo easy to prepare?! This means that, yes, you can still pull off a fantastic, praiseworthy dinner all while taking your little one to the bathroom, finding and replacing the head of your older child’s favorite action figure, and fending off the ravenous children trying to break into the pantry for a pre-dinner gorging. You know how it goes.
Here is how to pull it off:
Pick up Lloyd’s Babyback Pork Ribs in the meats section of your grocery store. I got the 2.5 lb. rack of ribs for under $12 at the Commissary. I think elsewhere they are about $14.99. Aside from wrapping the ribs in foil and putting them in the oven, there is no prep involved…yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!
Decide on the veggie sides you’ll prepare:
I did mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. I was going to do asparagus instead of the corn because The Husband loves it, but in the end I went with corn on the cob because I knew the kids would eat it.
Corn on the Cob–ya shuck it then you boil it for about 5 minutes.
Mashed Potatoes–I like mine to taste super yummy by themselves so here is what I put in:
5 pealed, boiled, mashed russet potatoes
1/2 cup reduced fat milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 oz. cream cheese
2 cloves minced garlic
Salt to taste
In the end you’ll have a hearty, yet detectible dinner that is sure to please your man…and the kids. 😉 I’ve never had my husband tell me so many times what a great dinner that was as I did when I made this last night.
After the kids were in bed we topped it all off with a simple dessert of strawberries with powdered sugar (a family fave).
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I just thought it would be fun to share. In posting this, however, I will gain entry into a contest that I certainly don’t expect to win. 🙂