Thursday, February 4, 2016

Romantic Healthy Valentines Recipes Raspberry Cucumber Soup + Butternut Cheesecake

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Love is in the air and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. So what could be more romantic than a delicious heart-healthy and low cal but elegant dinner for two prepared at home? I can't wait to make these appetizer and dessert recipes by Chef Anthony Stuart, Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa for my husband. These look really good, so you might want to consider making them both for your own sweetie. Add your loved one's choice of a main dish with your favorite sides for an amazing and memorable meal together.


Chilled Raspberry & Cucumber Soup

  • 3 cups fresh raspberries, washed
  • 1 cup seedless cucumber chopped
  • ¼ cup seedless cucumber finely diced for garnish
  • ¼ cup  apple juice concentrate
  • 3 cups water
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender (except finely diced cucumber) and blend
  • Chill and serve garnish with finely diced cucumber on top
Chef's note: Fresh basil or mint goes nicely with this dish

Crustless Butternut Squash Cheesecake


  • 1 Grainfield's corn flakes
  • ¼ cup apple juice concentrate
  • 1 bar cream cheese, fat-free
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 pkg Silken Tofu or ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup roasted butternut squash, pureed
  • ½ cup Splenda
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • Grind corn flakes in cuisenart until fine, mix with apple juice and layer in bottom of cake tin and bake for 3 minutes to set crust.
  • Mix cream cheese with tofu & cottage cheese in cuisenart until very smooth.  In large bowl mix egg whites, splenda, pureed butternut squash & vanilla with spoon (not whisk).  Add to cream cheese mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes in a hot water bath.

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  1. Oh my gosh! That raspberry cucumber soup looks AMAZING! I NEVER would have thought of that....but guess what I'm having this weekend, thanks to you! THANK YOU!

  2. This soup definitely looks interesting. I have never seen anything like it before!

  3. This looks so delicious! I know that I would love it so I need to get everything and make it.

  4. This sounds like an deliciously interesting combination! A very pretty soup, too!

  5. Wow what an amazing soup! I would never think to pair raspberry and cucumber!

  6. Mama to 6 BlessingsFebruary 8, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    I have never heard of Raspberry & Cucumber Soup before. I bet the combination goes nice together.

  7. The Soup - my husband wouldn't touch it, but oh my word it looks and sounds so good to me. The Cheesecake is intriguing and I'll have to try making it, just to see if he will eat it:-)

  8. You had me at raspberry! Thanks for sharing some unique recipe ideas for Valentine's Day!

  9. That soup must be really refreshing. I am also intrigued by that cheesecake!

  10. This sounds really interesting. I have never had a soup like this before. I'd love to give it a try though.

  11. This soup looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to pick up the ingredients I need to make some this weekend.

  12. You had me at raspberries! I have never heard of anything like either of these but they both look yummy.

  13. Now these could be a lot of fun to make. I'd be pretty excited to make a soup with cucumber and raspberry for the first time!

  14. I would have never have thought to try this flavor combination for soup but it does look good. I am going to have to give it a try.

  15. Yum! That sounds amazing. A perfect recipe for Valentine's Day. I will definitely try it.

  16. As a vegetarian I am always looking for recipes that are healthy and that raspberry cucumber soup is calling my name and oh so pretty too- definitely on my list of must make dishes!

  17. What an interesting couple of recipes! I have never had raspberries in my soup, nor have I had a vegetable in my cheesecake.