Heart-Healthier Meals for Valentine's Day

February 8, 2014

Chef Thad's Recipes:

Spicy Cheddar Fondue

Makes 12 servings


12-ounces beer (preferably dark)
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans
1 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon yellow miso paste
1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper (finely diced)
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
An assortment of vegetables for dipping


In food processor combine 3 ounces of beer and rinsed and drained cannellini beans and puree.

Pour bean and beer mixture into a saucepan and bring to a strong simmer, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat to low simmer.

Slowly add cheese, stirring continuously until all the cheese is melted.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Pour into a fondue pot.

Serve with a variety of vegetables for dipping.

Chocolate Fondue

Makes 6-8 servings


1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup low-fat milk
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
Strawberries and other fruit


Mix together cocoa and sugar.

In a heavy-bottom pan heat the milk until just barely simmering.

Whisk in cocoa mixture until smooth.

Add chocolate and stir until melted and mixture is smooth and glossy.

Pour mixture into a fondue pot and serve immediately with fruit such as strawberries, pineapple and bananas for dipping.

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