Grab a couple of heart shaped cookie cutters and you can create heart shaped foods to serve on Valentine’s Day or any day!
YOGURT, FRUIT, HONEY AND GRANOLA
I served this Yogurt Fruit, Honey and Granola to my 13 year daughter over the weekend with one of our very own Lunchbox Love for Kids notes. I wish I had a picture of her face when she saw it. She was delighted and touched. In life it’s the little things that matter. The small acts of kindness or thoughtfulness. So for this little treat, scoop some Greek yogurt into a bowl and smooth out the yogurt as best as you can. Then place a heart shaped cookie cutter right on the yogurt and sprinkled a thin coating of granola into the center. Carefully remove the cookie cutter (you may need to clean up the heart a little if the granola shifts, but this is easy). Add a circle of blueberries and a side of honey.
HEART SHAPED CAPRESE SALAD
This Heart Shaped Caprese Salad was not only easy and quick to make, but I included my daughter so it doubled as a fun bonding activity. Both my son and husband were out one night this week so it was just us girls. I treasure one on one time with Daisy. And although she might not admit it, she does also. We get to cook a special meal without having to think about what the boys want. Dinner was this Heart Shaped Caprese Salad, veggie burgers and roasted veggies.
With a heart shaped cookie cutter, a hunk of mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, slicing tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste you’re all set to make this beautiful salad. Slice your mozzarella cheese and cut into hearts (save the scraps to eat at a later time). Slice tomatoes and then assemble as pictured above adding the basil in between the cheese and the tomato. Then drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste all over the salad and enjoy! It was great night!
HEART SHAPED GRILLED CHEESE
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup makes it into our dinner rotation at least once a week because it’s yummy comfort food and because it’s a cheap, quick dinner on a busy night. Make your grilled cheese using any cheese or a combination of cheeses (my kids like when I add turkey bacon) and cut out a heart shape using your cookie cutter. Serve with Trader Joe’s Creamy Tomato Soup and a side salad. You can also sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the soup for added flavor. Both kids got a kick out of the heart shaped love sandwich. I got the smile and nod from my 17 year old son. That translates to “Thanks mom, I appreciate the effort you put into making this sandwich a little extra-special.”
HEART SHAPED CHEESE PIES
There’s nothing that screams love like a special lunch from mom. My kids love this Valentine’s day lunch. It’s a nice break from the typical sandwich and it’s delicious! I got the recipe from my sister in-law who sent this to school packed in an Easy Lunchbox and added some Lunchbox Love of course 🙂 Using store bought frozen pie crust, roll out your dough and cut into hearts. Add Mozzarella cheese to one of the hearts and then cover with another heart. Pinch the ends closed with your fingers. Get fancy and press a fork into the edge of the dough all around the heart. Coat with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Lay the hearts on parchment paper and bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce or your favorite dressing. Make a whole batch and freeze for lunch later in the week or month. What a neat way to make over an ordinary cheese sandwich!
HEART SHAPED MULTI-GRAIN PANCAKES
These pancakes are so easy and I’ve made them 2 different ways. One way is to cut out heart shapes once you pull the pancakes off the griddle and the other is is to place the heart shaped cookie cutter right in the frying pan and pour the batter into the mold. Once it starts to bubble you can remove the cookie cutter and flip it. Lately we’ve been using the Trader Joe’s Mulit-grain pancake mix. Feel free to add blueberries, bananas. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and you’re all done. These make a really fun lunch but I also like serving these on a lazy Sunday morning with some Lunchbox Love for Kids Jokes or Riddles. It gives the kids something to laugh about and is there a better way to start the day 🙂
All these recipes are great for Valentine’s Day, but really sweet as a way of showing a little extra love on any given day!
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