If you have a family and you want to celebrate this Valentine's Day together, you may want to plan a very special menu for this day. Sure, Valentine's Day is for lovers, but you love your kids too and you want to make this day a special one for the entire family. Well, one way to make the day special for everyone is to make some great Valentine's Day dishes. No idea where to begin? Well, here are some great recipes for family dishes that you can serve on Valentine's Day this year.
Heart Shaped Pancakes
One great family dish (even dad can make) for breakfast on Valentine's Day is heart shaped pancakes. If your kids love having pancakes for breakfast, they are sure to love this great breakfast dish. You will need to have a heart shaped cookie cutter to make them, or if you are artistic you may be able to shape them yourself. Here's the recipe and instructions.
What You'll Need:
– 2.5 cups of flour
– A table spoon of baking powder
– 1 and ¾ cups of milk
– Half a teaspoon of salt
– 1/3 cups of brown sugar
– 1/3 cups of vegetable oil
– 2 eggs
– ¼ to ½ cup of powdered sugar
Combine together the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Then mix up the wet ingredients in another bowl, then add to the dry ingredients. Stir up the ingredients until everything is well moistened, but the batter may be a bit on the lumpy side, which is totally fine.
Heat up a griddle on medium and brush a bit of oil on it or use some cooking spray. You can use cookie cutters to shape your batter or you may want to just use ¼ cup of batter and then shape it into a heart yourself. Cook the pancakes until you start seeing bubbles on top and they start to break. Then turn them and cook for another minute or two on the other side. Take the pancakes out and sprinkle them with powdered sugar while they are warm. You may want to add some chocolate chips or some blueberries to the batter for a tasty twist on the heart shaped pancakes.
If you are looking for a great family dish to serve for dinner on Valentine's Day, pizza hearts are a tasty dish that you can easily serve up. They look great and they don't really take that long to make either. Your kids will be thrilled with this tasty dish on Valentine's Day.
What You'll Need:
– pizza dough that is pre made
– a couple jars of pizza sauce
– some type of pizza cheese (8 ounces)
– slices of pepperoni
– a large and small heart cookie cutter
The preparation of the pizzas should only take about 15-20 minutes. It sounds harder than it really is. If you want some help, get the kids working too. The pizza dough should be cut with the larger heart shaped cookie cutter. Place the cut out dough on a greased baking sheet. You'll need to use the smaller cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the pepperoni. This is a great job for the kids to do while you are dealing with the dough.
Then you are ready to take the sauce and spread it evenly on the heart dough pieces. Top the sauce with a sprinkle of pizza cheese. Then top them off with the pepperoni. Bake them on 400 until the cheese melts. Once the cheese has melted, then they are probably done.
Special Rice Crispy Treats for Valentine's Day
Most kids, and even most parents, really love rice crispy treats. Well, you can make them up special for Valentine's Day and they make a great dessert or snack on this special day. With a few decorations, they look festive for the day, and you can even have the kids help you make them for some great family fun as well.
What You'll Need
– 10 cups of rice crispies ( get 2 boxes just in case)
– Half a cup of real butter ( don't substitute)
– 9 cups of the mini marshmallows
– ¾ cups of mini chocolate chips
– A few drops of red food coloring
– Valentine's Day candy hearts (that have the messages on them)
– Red spice mini hearts
Start out by melting the marshmallows and the butter in a pan, but melt on low to medium so you don't burn it. Keep stirring until your mixture is totally smooth. In a big bowl, mix together the rice crispies, the mini red hearts, and the chocolate chips. Add about 2 drops of the red food coloring into your marshmallow mixture. You can add a bit more if you want a darker shade of red. Then mix the marshmallow mixture into the cereal. Quickly stir it all up to make sure you get it combined before it begins to harden up. Spread out the mixture in a pan that has been buttered. Butter your hands and press in the mixture. Then press the hearts with messages onto the top of the mixture while it is still warm.
Refrigerate the rice crispy treats for a couple hours. Then cut them up into squares. They will look great and taste great. They're definitely a nice twist on regular rice crispy treats.