Healthy Valentine's Day Treats
By: Temple Display
Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Wands
-Small heart shaped cookie cutter
-Paper straws or skewers
It is a simple as getting a small heart shaped cookie cutter and cutting out some 1/2-inch-thick watermelon. Then use a sharp paring knife to remove the stems off of some fresh strawberries. Layer the strawberries and watermelon onto skewers or cute paper straws. I love using the straws because they are safe enough even for small snackers. Recipe by www.afewshortcuts.com
Strawberry and Yogurt Bites
These bite-sized strawberry & yogurt bites are a sweet and delicious treat for Valentine's Day (or any day!). Let kids help mix the ingredients and fill molds for a fun activity. This recipe calls for plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little honey, but any flavor or type of yogurt can be substituted.
-1/2 cup chopped strawberries
-1 cup plain Greek yogurt
-2 tablespoons honey
Tools: heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray
Directions:Mix strawberries, yogurt and honey in bowl. Add to heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray. Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set. Recipe by www.produceforkids.com
Valentine's Day Snack Mix
This Valentine Snack Mix is a sweet treat that is just healthy enough that you can feel good about giving it to your kids. A little chocolate never hurt anyone, right? This snack mix would be perfect for bringing to a class party!
-Kashi Heart to Heart cereal
-pretzel twists (they look like hearts!)
-cherry chocolate yogurt covered raisins
-vanilla yogurt covered raisins
All you have to do is throw it together in a bowl! Snack mixes are always better when they're dished up in a cute paper cup. Recipe by www.cuttingtinybites.com
Heart-Shaped Homemade Pepperoni Pizzas
Personal pan pizzas are so fun for kids to help prepare. Even more so when you form them into hearts for Valentine's Day. Heart-shaped pizza crusts, heart-healthy homemade pizza sauce, and heart-shaped pepperoni – awesome!
-For the Homemade Pizza sauce:
-6 oz. tomato paste
-1 cup crushed tomatoes
-1 tbsp. olive oil
-2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/8 tsp black pepper
-1/2 tsp granulated sugar
-For the Pizzas:
-1 lb. of your favorite pizza dough
-Fresh mozzarella cheese, grated – about 8 oz
-All-natural pepperoni slices
-Homemade Pizza Sauce
-1″ heart cookie cutter
-4 1/2″ – 6″ heart cookie cutter
-Pizza stone or cookie sheet
-Flour for dusting
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F (or 500 if that is the highest your oven goes). Place a pizza stone or large, rectangular cookie sheet on the top middle rack during the preheat.
Step 2: Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and sugar to a medium-sized sauce pan.
Tip: If you don't have crushed tomatoes, you can puree a can of diced tomatoes in a small food processor or blender.
Step 3: Whisk the ingredients to combine and cook over medium heat until it begins to sputter. Then turn to low and let simmer while you prepare the pizza crusts, pepperoni, and cheese.
Step 4: Use the small cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the pepperoni slices and set aside. I like to use the heart cutouts and the slices with heart "windows" in them so there is no waste. Set aside.
Step 5: Roll out a piece of parchment paper large enough to roll the pizza dough out on (plus a little extra). Lightly dust with flour. Add the pizza dough, dusting the top lightly with flour, and pat it into a flat round.
Step 6: Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ to 1/8″ thickness (depending on your crust preference). Using the large cookie cutter, cut out 4-6 individual-sized pizza crusts from the dough.
Step 7: Remove the scraps from around the pizzas and re-roll to form additional crusts. You can also form breadsticks for dipping in sauce with the scrap dough, or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
Step 8: Spread 1-2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each crust. Then sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni.
Step 9: Transfer the entire sheet of parchment with the crusts on it onto your pizza stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 550 degrees F for 5-10 minutes. Extra sauce will store well in an airtight container refrigerated for up to a week, or a month in the freezer. Recipe by www.makezine.com
Instead of prying your kids off the walls this Valentine's Day; you can spend your day making these healthy holiday treats. They will have so much fun in the kitchen with you they won't even miss all the candy and chocolate. You might even have time to get them to bed early and enjoy a little Valentine's Day for yourself! Happy Valentine's Day from Temple Display. www.templedisplay.com Your Source for commercial Christmas Decorations!