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CENTSABLE HEALTH: Simple Eats For Valentine’s Day

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Fareway Dietitian Whitney Packebush shared some easy and healthy options for Valentine's Day dinners.  Packebush said an easy and tasty appetizer is a simple shrimp cocktail.  The shrimp are quick and easy and can be easily dolled up on a martini glass with the cocktail sauce inside.

Packebush said a healthy and easy dish to make is pork tenderloin.  The meat is very lean and very easy to cook and can be breaded with breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.  Add bread and salad, and dinner is done.

Check out Whitney's recipes here:

Valentine’s Day

  • will feature multi-course meal as a way to impress your Valentine (also a heart health menu)
  • Appetizer: shrimp cocktail
  • Entrée: Parmesan Pork Tenderloin à pork tenderloin has received American Heart Association Heart check for meeting this criteria:

Each serving must contain less than:

  • 6.5 grams of total fat
  • 1 gram of saturated fat
  • 0.5 grams trans fat
  • 20 mg cholesterol
  • 480 mg sodium
  • And 10% or more of the Daily Value of one of six key nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber).

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Total time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 servings


1 pound pork tenderloin

3 Tbsp. bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. oil

Cooking Directions

CUT tenderloin crosswise into 12 slices, approximately 3/4-inch thick. PLACE each slice on its cut surface and FLATTEN with heel of hand to 1/2-inch thickness. COMBINE crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; DREDGE pork slices to coat. HEAT oil over medium-high heat in nonstick pan. SAUTE pork for 2 to 3 minutes per side; REMOVE and KEEP warm.

Nutrition information per serving: 168 calories; 9 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 51 mg cholesterol; 279 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 17 g protein