Valentine’s Day is a fun day to play in the kitchen. A few heart-shaped cookies and chocolate covered strawberries are great inexpensive ways to make the day special. With these Valentine meals, you can get into the holiday without getting too sweeted out.
Egg in a Basket & Cottage Cheese Toast
Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a hole in your bread. Butter a spot on your grill. Center your bread on the buttered spot. Crack an egg into the hole. Once the egg is cooked about halfway up, flip it over and toast the other side until the egg is done. Toast the heart centers. Top with cottage cheese and deli meat (not shown). Serve with orange juice.
“Heartbeet” Blender Pancakes
Use this recipe by melskitchencafe, but also add a small beet or portion of a beet to the blender to make it turn pink. Use a syringe (if you still have the one from your baby Tylenol) or just carefully spoon out a heart outline onto the grill, then fill in with more batter. That will give you a nice heart-shaped pancake.
This is a HUGE hit with my 3-year-old girl. You could also just use food coloring. You could also just make pancakes from a mix. Making the shape isn’t required either. Make it as simple or complex as you’d like.
Layer vanilla, plain, and/or pink colored yogurts with granola and red or pink fruit. Serve in a clear container so you can see the pretty layers. It is really easy to make your own yogurt, but you’ll need to make it at least a day early since it takes a long time to culture: Cheap and Easy Homemade Yogurt.
Cut in half. Free the segments by running a knife along both sides of the little pulpy dividers. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Eat by scooping out with a spoon.
Pink or Red Smoothies
Here is a list of Jamba Juice recipes. Maybe add some oats to make it more of a meal.
ANYTHING cut into a heart
Peanut butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Quesadillas, and watermelon are all easily cut with a cookie cutter
Peel part of an apple (brush with lemon or pineapple juice to prevent browning).
Here’s a tutorial for cutting heart-shaped carrots.
Strawberries are naturally heart-shaped and are so “Valentine’s Day”.
Pasta Con Broccoli
Pink sauces are SO GOOD! This one I learned from my college roommate. She isn’t one to measure anything or even use the same ingredients each time. She actually made a whole book called “Not A Recipe Book”. Here is a recipe that is fairly similar to one she would make. Most of the time I use cream cheese though.
Tomato Soup & Heart Grilled Cheese
Here is a fantastic creamy tomato soup recipe:
Boil 10 min:
- 3 cans petite diced tomatoes (14 oz each)
- 1 scant Tbsp crushed garlic
- 2 cups water
- 2 cubes chicken bullion
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ⅓ cup butter
- 3 Tbsp fresh basil (chopped) or 1 Tbsp dry
Combine separately, then wisk in slowly:
- 1 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
Serve with grilled cheese cut with cookie cutters. Even my soup-hating toddlers like it!
Something you can make together
Isn’t the point of Valentine’s Day to show love? It is cliché, but I’ve heard love is spelt T-I-M-E. My favorite Valentine’s dinner was when my boyfriend invited me to come over and make teriyaki chicken and veggies over rice. We then packed it out for a picnic to watch the sunset. 3 1/2 months later, we were married. It could work for you too!