Romantic Turkey Scallopini, Freekeh, and Avocado Truffles.

Here’s a lovely Valentines Day post from our favourite Kitchenette, Lorene Stuart. She’s introducing us to her Valentine’s tradition – the romantic dinner at home, and she cooked up a storm this year for her darling. A freekeh storm. Don’t know what freekeh is? Read on. I loved that part — even better though, is her recipe for avocado truffles – that’s right, delicious, chocolatey goodness that is good for you! I can hear vegan hearts beating faster from here!

So from the Kitchen’s heart to yours, Kitchenette Lorene…

Ahh, it is that time of year again. The chocolates are tucked into their heart shaped boxes. The roses are awaiting delivery to a cherished loved one. Jewelry stores are crowded and restaurants pack people in like sardines in a can. That is the one that gets to me. How romantic is it, really, to be inches away from the next couple? To me (Kitchenette Lorene), it is not remotely romantic.

My favourite husband and I decided years ago that we would choose a random day to go out for our ‘romantic’ dinner. Meanwhile, our Valentine’s Day swooning would be done over a delicious home-cooked meal.

So without delay, here it is:

Romantic Table for Two on St. Valentine’s Day – No Reservation Required

Here is one of our favourite meals.

Turkey Scallopini in a Piccata Sauce served with Freekeh and Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of turkey cut into  8 – 1/8 inch thick scallops
  • 1-2 Tbsp. flour (for dredging – as much as needed)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. corn starch blended with 1 tbsp. broth

Directions

  1. If turkey is still a bit too thick, wrap in plastic wrap and pound with a meat tenderizer till preferred thickness.
  2. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Dredge turkey in flour, shaking off excess.
  4. Saute turkey in oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes each side. With tongs (or slotted spoon) transfer turkey to plate; cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  5. Add garlic to pan to cook, stirring, until tender; about one minute. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, wine, and chicken broth to pan and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute.
  6. Stir in cornstarch mixture and capers and cook until slightly thickened; about one minute.
  7. Serve turkey onto dinner plates; pour sauce over turkey.

Freekeh

What is it?

According to Wikipedia, it “(pronounced free-kah) is a cereal food made from green wheat that goes through a roasting process. It is an ancient Arabian dish that is especially popular in Levantine, Arabian Peninsula, Jordanian and Egyptian cuisine, but also in North African and other neighboring cuisines.”

Another ancient grain that actually has twice the fibre of quinoa and a significant calcium count – for a grain.

Instead of rice, this is a tasty choice. Look for it in your local health food/organic store.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. freekeh
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • Spices of your choice – I used 1/2 tsp. Garam Masala, 1/2 tsp. curry, 1/2 tsp. Turmeric, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash, 2 tsp. onion flakes.
  • 1/4 red pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 1/4 c. chopped broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c. broccoli florets, chopped into small florets

Directions

  1. Whisk together the broth and spices.
  2. Add broth and freekeh to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for a minute or two and reduce to simmer. Cover pot and cook for 15 -20 minutes. The liquid should be absorbed by the grain.
  4. Fluff with a fork. Done!

For this meal, we served edamame as a side – cook as per the directions on the bag.

This is a rich meal so dessert should be something small yet memorable.

turkey scallopini

Are you ready for Avocado Truffles?

Yes, you CAN eat a healthy dessert that tastes decadent.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 C. mashed avocado
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate (aim for 70%) It is heart healthy…perfect for your Valentine!
  • 1/2 Tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Cocoa powder – enough for rolling

Directions

  1. Combine chocolate, vanilla extract and salt over a double boiler and melt until completely smooth.
  2. Mash avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened.
  3. Place in the fridge to set  (for at least 20 minutes) or until firm to the touch.
  4. Use a tablespoon or larger melon baller to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls.Roll the balls in your hands until smooth. (This is messy!) You may want to do this together and have some silly fun!
  5. Place them on a pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Add cocoa powder to small bowl and roll each truffle in the cocoa to coat.
  7. Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge.

avocado truffles

My favourite husband and I can only eat one each, and that one is so yummy.

May your Valentine’s Day be filled with a LOT of romance that won’t break the bank.

Smoochies till next time!

Lorene StuartKitchenette Lorene

 

 

 

 

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