Valentine’s Day Recipes That Your Family Will L.O.V.E.

Valentine’s Day is upon us and this year it happens to fall on Presidents’ Day weekend. Whether or not you have a 3-day weekend, you can still make the most of your time with the kids.

With all the fun-filled activities and craft-making you have put together for your family, you may not have any spare time to think of what to eat. This Valentine’s Day, it’s OK to spoil your family with some delicious meals and snacks that you can cook together–that’s why we recommend the following recipes.

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, start out with this delicious Heart-Shaped Egg in a Basket French Toast!

Ingredients

  • 6-8 Slices Bread
  • 2 T Butter
  • 4-6 Eggs
  • ½-1 c. Milk or Half & Half or Cream
  • 1 t. Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Salt
  • Maple Syrup
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 T Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

Cutting the Bread (do this first):

1. Use a heart-shaped metal cookie cutter and cleanly cut the shape out of the center of each slice of bread.

2. Set aside the cut piece of bread to cook and serve alongside the larger slice of bread.

Directions For the Egg Center

1. Spray the lidded skillet with cooking spray

2. Spray the cookie cutter inside and out with cooking spray.

3. Cut each tablespoon of butter into fourths.

4. Heat the skillet and place the cookie cutter on the skillet.

5. Place one of the small cubes of butter in the cookie cutter until melted and sizzling but not burning.

6. Carefully pour the egg into the cookie cutter.

7. Salt and pepper the egg.

8. Place the lid on the skillet and let the egg cook until it is set. (If the egg is cooking too quickly, turn down the heat.)

9. Use a table knife to loosen the egg from the cookie cutter, then use tongs to remove the cookie cutter from the egg.

10. Place the egg on a tray and keep warm in the oven until all the eggs are cooked and ready to use.

11. Repeat this process until the all eggs are cooked.

Directions For the French Toast

Heat the griddle on medium heat until hot.

1. Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt.

2. Melt 1 T butter on the griddle, then spread it out with a spatula.

3. Dip a slice of bread (with the center cut out) into the egg mixture.

4. Place the dipped bread onto the hot, buttered skillet.

5. Repeat the process until the griddle is full – usually 4 slices of bread will fit on a griddle.

6. Don’t move the bread until it is toasted to the desired color on the bottom side.

7. Once the bread is toasted on the bottom, flip each slice over to cook on the other side.

To Serve

1. Place the cookie-cutter toast (with the center cut out) on a plate.

2. Place a cut-out cooked egg in the empty hole of the French toast.

3. Place the cut-out piece of bread onto the plate next to the larger piece.

4. Serve with heated maple syrup or jam.

ValLunch

 

 

Treat your little ones to a fun lunch with the Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Bread
  • Mac & Cheese – either from a box or homemade
  • 5-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Butter

Instructions

1. Cook Mac & Cheese according to directions on the box.

2. Cook bacon, cool and crumble – we like cooking it in the oven.

3. Combine the Mac & Cheese with the bacon and set aside.

4. Butter bread like you normally do for a grilled cheese.

5. If you want, you can cut the bread with heart-shaped cookie cutters.

6. Add Mac & Cheese to the bread and top with another piece of bread.

7. Butter both sides and cook on a griddle or in a skillet until golden brown on both sides.

To add a healthy side, pair it with a heart-shaped fruit salad!

After a hearty and nutritious dinner, it’s time for the best part – dessert! Whip up some of these Caramel-Drizzled Browniecaramel-drizzled-brownie-hearts Hearts and we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 36 caramels, unwrapped (from 14 oz bag)
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).

2. Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with foil.

3. Grease bottom only of foil with shortening or cooking spray.

4. Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

5. Using foil to lift, remove brownie from pan. Remove foil.

6. With deep 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut 8 brownies.

7. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and whipping cream uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every minute, until caramels are melted.

7. Arrange brownies on serving plate.

8. Drizzle caramel mixture over brownies.

9. Sprinkle with pecans.

Bon Appetite! We hope you have a very happy (and yummy) Valentine’s Day!

(Thanks to http://www.bettycrocker.com/, http://pocketchangegourmet.com/ and http://www.thecookierookie.com/ for recipes and photos)

Originally from Massachusetts, Lora came out to coLORAdo for college and decided she had found her permanent home (who can blame her since her name is in the state name)! She loves the outdoors and exploring all it has to offer by way of her favorite activities which include snowboarding, ATVing, hiking, and camping. Recently married, Lora lives with her husband and 2 dogs and hopes to expand her happy little family in the near future.

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