Express Your Love With A Healthy, Home-Cooked Meal (Like I Did At My Galentine’s Day Brunch)

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It’s that time of year again. The season of love. When the obligatory assorted chocolates, booze and other treats are presented as an expression of affection. Reservations are made at the fanciest of restaurants to indulge in the most savory (and expensive) meals. We eat all types of junk stuff that we don’t usually eat. All for the sake of Valentine’s Day. There’s an alternative option though. How about you cook up a healthy home-cooked meal instead of going out to dinner? I’ve been doing this for years. Whether I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with a bae, or with my son. I cook up a schmancy meal at home. It’s usually something I don’t cook very often. But always healthy, yet delicious and I know exactly what went into the meal.

How To Throw A Galentine's Day Brunch

This year I decided to add Galentine’s Day to my season of love celebrations. Galentine’s Day is a celebration of female friendship, and falls on February 13th. It started as a fictional holiday on the show Parks & Recreation back in 2010, and has since taken on a life of it’s own. The holiday is typically celebrated with a brunch or party. So that’s what I did. I hosted an early Galentine’s Day Brunch for my girls this past weekend. An intimate affair with drinks, treats and you guessed it… a healthy, home-cooked meal.

Galentine's Day Brunch Charcuterie Board

For the appetizers I laid out a charcuterie board with a fruit platter, and some wine of course to wash everything down. There was also some CoCoWhip to go with the fruit. Since myself and at least one other person are Pescatarians, I decided to do smoked salmon for the charcuterie board instead of meat. To go along with the fish I included brie and Boursin cheeses, apricot jam, assorted olives, capers, dried cranberries and rice as well as almond crackers. A sequin tablecloth gave the set up a posh look.

Galentine's Day Brunch Table Setting

I served Shrimp & Grits for brunch along with a few rounds of Mimosas.

Galentine's Day Brunch Shrimp and Grits

The dish was made from scratch so I know exactly what went into preparation, including all spices. I chose to serve mimosas as the orange juice adds a healthy touch to the prosecco.

Galentine's Day Brunch Devil's Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

We enjoyed some gluten free devil’s food cupcakes with homemade strawberry icing for dessert. It’s amazing how simple it is is to make icing from scratch with just powdered sugar, butter, your choice of milk and vanilla extract. I added fresh strawberries to the mixer at the end.

Gluten Free Devil's Food Cupcakes With Homemade Strawberry Frosting

After dessert we engaged in some girl talk & took lots of photos.

Galentine's Day Brunch Photo Booth

A healthy, home-cooked meal balanced out the treats so we didn’t feel bad one bit about indulging.

Galentine's Day Brunch

My Galentine’s Day Brunch was such a great time. I always appreciate spending time and catching up with my girls. I think I’m going to make this an annual gathering along with my regular girl’s night events like Friendsgiving and NYE.

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I’ll be whipping up another schmancy yet healthy, home-cooked meal and enjoying more treats as I celebrate Valentine’s Day with my son. Can’t wait!

Erica
Erica

When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

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