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Make a five-star Valentine's Day dinner at home

Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, r...

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Staying in for Valentine's Day? Dinner can be just as special with simple filet mignon and garlicky green beans and potatoes.

I can't even remember the last time my husband and I went out to dinner on Valentine's Day. It might've been when I was still in college, and he came to visit, which is more than a decade ago (and now I feel legitimately old). Honestly though, who enjoys a limited menu, specific seating times and a restaurant full of people around you on what's supposed to be a romantic night for just the two of you? Not me. I'd much rather stay in, splurge on a nice juicy filet and enjoy our meal together without the pressure of feeling like I need to leave for the next reservation. So grab a bottle of wine, some porcini salt and a good dessert and enjoy your night!

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Porcini salt filet mignon recipe

Porcini salt filet mignon

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 filet mignon steaks (about 1 pound total)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons porcini salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Balsamic vinegar for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop until melted.
  3. Season one side of both filets with the salt and pepper. Place the seasoned side down in the skillet.
  4. While that side cooks, season the other side with the salt and pepper.
  5. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until nice and brown and crispy.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of your filet, until medium-rare.
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and let rest.
  8. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on the bottom of a plate, place the filet on top and serve.
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Garlicky potatoes and green beans recipe

Garlicky potatoes and green beans

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • Big pinch kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring pot to a boil, reduce to medium heat and cook until almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the green beans to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the olive oil, garlic, red pepper and salt and cook for about 1 minute. Turn off the heat and let sit.
  6. Drain the potatoes and green beans once done and transfer to a serving bowl.
  7. Drizzle the garlic mixture over the top of the green beans and potatoes and toss.
  8. Serve warm.

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