Economically Friendly Valentine’s Dinner

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Love is in the air…and so is the smell of a budget friendly recipe! Valentine’s Day is here! Instead of spending money on taking your loved ones out for dinner, why not have an intimate budget friendly homemade dinner? Spend time with your loved ones, save money and prepare a simple one pan meal with little clean up. Home is where the heart is, but also where you’ll save the most money!

Of course, a Valentine’s dinner is not complete without desert. Complete your meal with Sweet Potato Brownies, a healthy spin on traditional brownies. All ingredients listed in both recipes are SNAP eligible.

One-Pan Chicken and Potato Bake


  • 4 bone-in chicken pieces (1-1/2 lb.)
  • 1-1/2 lb. baking potatoes (about 3), cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian Dressing
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes                    Cook Time: 1 hour


  1. Heat oven to 400°F
  2. Place chicken and potatoes in 13×9-inch baking dish
  3. Top with dressing; sprinkle with cheese and seasoning. Cover.
  4. Bake 1 hour or until chicken is done (165°), uncovering after 30 minutes).

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional value chart showing 370 calories per serving.

Recipe and Nutrition Facts

Sweet Potato Brownies


  • ¾ cup sweet potato puree (from fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp flour (flour of your choice)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper or grease well.
  2. Gently heat peanut butter until easily stir-able.
  3. Whisk peanut butter, sweet potato, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir together the remaining ingredients, make sure the baking soda is evenly incorporated.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet, and smooth into the prepared pan, scooping out all traces of batter and using a second sheet of parchment to really smooth it down evenly.
  5. Bake on the center oven rack for 20 minutes. The brownie will look a little undone, but it firms up as it cools. (Place in the refrigerator to achieve more firmness)
Nutrition Facts showing 148 calories per serving.

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