Heart-y meals to celebrate Valentine’s Day

You can never have too much love, especially on Valentine’s Day. With just a simple heart cookie cutter and stuff you have at home, you can literally incorporate hearts into every single meal to surprise your kiddos and share the love.

Breakfast:

Fruit plate: Make a fruit salad and present it layered in a heart shape on a plate. Go all red with fruits like strawberries, raspberries and watermelon. The watermelon slices could be cut into heart shapes with a small cookie cutter and whole strawberries with the stem removed are already in heart shapes.

Bacon love: Cut a piece of bacon in half then create two arches that connect in a heart shape.  Put on parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Pancake letters: Pour the pancake batter to spell “LOVE U” in pancake form. Top with strawberries and whipped cream for a sweet start to the day.

Heart eggs in a basket: Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of a piece of bread. Butter the underside of the bread and put into a medium heat pan to grill. Lower the heat and add enough egg white to fill the heart center, then carefully add the egg yolk in the center. Cover pan to cook for a few minutes, then serve!

Pink cereal: Use Wilton’s Color Mist, which is edible food color spray, to color your Cheerios or breakfast cereal of choice a lovely shade of pink. It dries immediately, so then toss into your cereal bowl with milk and enjoy.

Lunch:

Cheesy love: Grill up some cheese quesadillas, then use a medium or large heart cookie cutter to turn those traditional triangle slices into hearts.

Red and white salad: If your kiddos like tomatoes, make a caprese salad with bright red tomatoes, refreshing basil and heart-shaped mozzarella slices.

PBJ-amped up: That daily peanut butter and jelly sandwich can get a Valentine’s makeover by making a heart cut-out on the top slice of bread. Then add some sprinkles on the exposed peanut butter heart.

Melon love: Make all the fruit into heart shapes with cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.

Dinner:

Pizza pie: Homemade pizza night with the dough created into a heart shape is the best family dinner night ever. Take it up a notch by using a small heart cookie cutter on the pepperoni to top the cheese.

Burger and heart fries: Use a medium heart cookie cutter to make your burger bun into a heart, as well as your meat patty and cheese. If you are roasting potatoes, slice them into ½ inch rounds, then use a small heart cookie cutter to make heart potatoes.

Love salad: Make those cucumbers and carrot slices into small hearts with a cookie cutter to give some extra lovin’ and encourage your kiddos to eat their salads!

Treats:

Heart cupcakes: Either from scratch or a box, make some heart cupcakes. Put cupcake liners in a muffin tin. To create the top heart crease, push in the liner and put a few beans in to hold the liner crease in place while they bake. Top with red or pink frosting and obviously lots of sprinkles.

Rice Krispies treat me: Give some life to those beloved rice krispie treats by adding either red or pink dye when you have your melted butter and marshmallows. Once cooled, you can cut into individual heart shaped treats.

Cookie bars: Every child and adult loves blondie cookie bars. Instead of chocolate chips, add valentine’s colored M&Ms to the batter. Then sprinkle some more on top and bake.

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