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Diet Friendly Date Night Dining

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There are so many great restaurants here in Northeast Florida, but some are a little easier on the waistline than others. Here are three choices from different parts of our region….we know there are many more, but figured this would get you started.

The Present Moment Café: St. Augustine makes a great date night across the board, and this little gem of a raw food restaurant will both surprise and inspire with its unique menu. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy a long meal without the guilt.

*Taverna: * Located in San Marco, this restaurant is focused on rustic Italian cuisine that is best described as modern Mediterranean. Light and bright, there are both small and large portion options as well as a variety of gluten free menu items as well.

Café Karibo: This charming restaurant in Fernandina Beach has one of the best lentil salads around, as well as a variety of other wonderful flavorful healthy items on their eclectic menu. The ambience is very intimate, perfect for a romantic night out.

Green’s Persian Spinach Dip with Caramelized Sweet Onion

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2 pounds fresh spinach, washed (or 2 (12-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach)
2 Sweet Onions, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 pint plain yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted in a 300º oven

In a large pan, cook the spinach in the water that clings to the leaves until it wilts. Drain, rinse under cold water and gently squeeze out the excess liquid. Chop finely and reserve.

In a medium pan, cook the onions in the butter over medium heat until well caramelized and golden brown. Cool and then mix with the spinach, yogurt, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and serve as an appetizer or as a dip for pita bread and crudités (colored pepper wedges, Belgian endive and/or Treviso spears, celery lengths, cucumber boats, snow peas, sweet onions cut into single layer wedges, scooped out plum tomato wedges, and any colorful vegetable that is more or less boat shaped to hold a chunky dip).

If you’ve had one too many spinach salads try using this power-packed vegetable in a festive dip this weekend. Recipe taken from KYV.

3 Recipes for the Perfect Summer Fruit: Watermelon

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Watermelon Savory Stars
What you need:
1 Whole Watermelon
Star Cookie Cutters
Salt and Pepper
This may sound crazy, but all melons taste delicious with salt and pepper. This recipe is very simple, and delicious.
1. Slice your whole watermelon into large 1 to 2 inch slabs.
2. Using the star cookie cutter, cut watermelon stars out.
3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy.

Watermelon Salad
1 5-pound watermelon
¼ cup of red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of fresh mint
4 ounces of feta cheese
Cut the watermelon into bite size cubes, removing seeds.
In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. While whisking add the olive oil a few drops at a time. Add the mint, and salt and pepper to taste.
Combine the watermelon and melon in bowl, then toss with dressing and serve.

Grilled Watermelon
Juice of 2 limes
3 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons of water
Preheat grill to high. Cut watermelon into large 1 inch thick slices. Brush with honey lightly. Place on grill. Grill 2 minutes per side.
Mix water, honey and lime into a syrup.
Drizzle grilled melon with syrup. Salt to taste.

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