Colorful candy, fuzzy stuffed animals and cutesy cards are at the heart of Valentine’s Day for kids these days. But as with other material, gift-giving occasions throughout the year, it’s important to emphasize the value of enjoying family and friend moments too. We recently shared one idea for making it an extra special day for your little one, but there are many other ways that don’t involve presents. A Valentine’s Day dinner will ensure you all end the day on a sweet note together.
We created a family Valentine’s Day meal last year and it was so delicious that we’ve enjoyed each component (except the beat soup) on its own several times since then. I’ve listed recipes we used below, but a good rule of thumb is to simply work a little whimsy in with whatever foods your family loves.
Sweet potatoes: Peel and cut into strips, then punch out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Roll in olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.
Chicken Salad Wraps: Recipe adapted from food network.
Boil, cube and refrigerate:
3 russet potatoes peeled
3 skinless, boneless chicken breast
Cook 6 slices bacon (I use turkey bacon for a healthier option) until crispy and crumble.
In a large bowl, combine:
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 fresh sage leaves, chopped
Serve the chicken salad in Bibb lettuce and roll up to eat.
2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
Add onion if desired
Strawberries: (One of the easiest fruits to turn into a heart!) Just cut straight across (like shown in this picture) and then make a v-slice in the top.
Brownies: I got this recipe from Dine & Dish
Mix the following ingredients well:
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 T vanilla
2 large eggs
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
Grease a 9 by 9 inch pan with oil or butter. Pour in batter and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Use heart shaped cookie cutters to make the hearts.
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