Do you go out for Valentine's day, or stay in? Who cooks? Do you make a special meal, or take it easy and order pizza?
In our house, we've traditionally stayed in. Making reservations is not a strength for either me or my husband, so going out generally isn't in our plans. Plus, I always feel like I could cook something delicious for a fraction of the cost of going out. Then I spend a fortune on special ingredients to make that gourmet dinner and it ends up costing the same as going to a restaurant.
And I'm tired and exhausted by the time dinner is done and I just want to go to bed.
That's why I'm finally learning to plan meals that I can make ahead, like this brie-stuffed chicken with pear-cider sauce. Sounds fancy, doesn't it? Worthy of of a Valentine's meal, right? How can you go wrong with a moist, flavorful chicken breast covered with a rich pear cider sauce and oozing with warm, melted Brie? Especially when you can make the pear-cider sauce and stuff the chicken ahead of time, so when it comes to the actual dinner, you only need to brown the chicken and bake it. No running around, frantically chopping things or dealing with 5 different prep bowls. I can use the baking time to whip up a side dish or just relax with some chocolate.
And relaxing with chocolate is really what Valentine's day is all about, isn't it?
Brie-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pear and Cider Sauce