Meal Plans

Valentine's Day Partner Workout: The Meal Plan

Use this healthier menu to cook up some Valentine’s Day magic.


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Side Dish: Roasted Garlic Barley Risotto

Most of us know how to nuke a few potatoes in the microwave. But if you really want to show your sweetheart that you’re committed to some culinary romance, this is the perfect side dish—no microwaves required. This risotto complements the steak with a nice balance of starch and vegetables. Also, it’s not too heavy, but very satisfying, which will leave room for dessert!


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter                       
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely diced)                         
  • ¼ cup carrots (peeled and finely diced)             
  • ½ cup pearl of pot barley               
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water    
  •  ½ cup water                                    
  • ¼ tsp thyme (dried)                       
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper                    
  • ½ cup roasted garlic (finely diced)         
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese 


  • Preheat a medium-size pot to a medium-high heat and add the oil, onions, and carrots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add the barley. Sauté for 2 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  • Add the vegetable broth, water, thyme, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to low. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until most of the water is absorbed.
  • Add the roasted garlic and cheese, and stir until cheese is melted.

Nutrition data

Calories: 281
Protein: 9.5g
Carbs: 36g
Fat: 10.9g

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