9 Must-Make Valentine's Day Treats (PHOTOS)

9 Must-Make Valentine's Day Treats (PHOTOS)

Want to show your love through food? Find out how this Valentine’s Day.

By Judy Koutsky

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on Valentine’s Day to show your kids and hubby that you love them. Just use a little imagination. From heart-shaped sushi to creative breakfast dishes, these simple edibles are just the way to show you care.

1. Breakfast with love. Start the day right with a Valentine breakfast. Make waffles, toast, eggs, or pancakes in the shape of a heart. It’s easy – you can make them and then cut them after they’re cooked. Or use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make a hole in a slice of toast, and cook the egg right inside.

2. Give the gift of health. What’s naturally red, heart-shaped, and good for you (packed with vitamin C and full of antioxidants)? Strawberries! Put this love-ly superfood on cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt.

3. A bowl of goodness. For cold, wintry February days, a hearty soup is just the thing. Make a pot of pumpkin, split pea, barley, or lentil soup, and then serve with heart-shaped toast “croutons” or sour cream in the shape of a heart. They’ll eat every last drop.

4. Sugar and spice and all that’s nice. Take your buttercup’s favorite cookies -- double chocolate chip, sugar cookies, or snicker doodles -- and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the presentation symbolic of your feelings.

5. Fruit-tastic snacks. Want to get your little one to eat more fruit on this special day? Why not make fruit skewers? Simply cut a variety of his favorite options -- cantaloupe, kiwi, honeydew, watermelon -- into heart shapes and then put them on a stick. It’s a tasty snack that’s fun to eat.

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6. Pizza amore. Buy your favorite pre-made pizza dough and cut it into a heart shape. Add your love’s favorite ingredients and bake. Simple, delicious, and pleasing for just about every palate.

7. Say “I love you” Japanese style. I know lots of kids who name sushi as their favorite food. It’s easy to make, it’s fun to eat with chopsticks and, of course, it’s yummy in the tummy. Make the insides of your favorite rolls -- tuna, salmon, or vegetarian -- in the shape of heart, or ask your local sushi restaurant if they can do it that way.

8. Lunch made special. Whether it’s peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese, give your sweetheart’s sandwich a little love by cutting the bread in the shape of a heart.

9. Cup of joe. What better way to say “I love you” than to greet your hubby with a cup of coffee that has a dollop of love. If you have a cappuccino maker, use the froth to make a heart. Otherwise, whipped cream can work. Substitute hot chocolate if you’re making this for a child.

What special foods do you make for Valentine’s Day?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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