Monday, February 13, 2012

mmmmm, mondays: valentine's day meal ideas for kids

valentine's day is so much fun for kids. i see so many amazing ideas of things to make meals on valentine's day special for them but, let's face it: i am not a gourmet chef. more than that, i really don't have the time to devote to making extravagant meal that my kids won't appreciate anyhow. if you feel the same, here are some fairly simple ways to make meals special for your little loves on valentine's day tomorrow that won't involve too much brain damage for mama.


pink milk: take a few drops of red food coloring and add it to that glass of milk or bowl of cereal. easy peasy. 



heart sandwiches: grab a heart shaped cookie cutter and use it to make a fun sandwich!





heart shaped grilled cheese--yum!

heart pasta: throw a little marinara sauce on there and you have the perfect v-day meal!


hot dog fun: for each one, cut the ends from a hot dog at a diagonal and place the cut edges together as shown. spear the heart with a length of uncooked linguine. add pieces of cheese trimmed to resemble the ends of an arrow. (idea from family fun magazine)



heart muffins: make heart muffins using a regular muffin tin and some marbles! simply line a tin with paper liners, then drop a marble in between the tin and liner. (balls of aluminum foil will also work.)

heart bacon: preheat oven to 400. cut your bacon slices in half. use 2 pieces of the cut in half bacon and shape them into a heart on a sheet pan (make sure this pan has sides so the grease doesn’t get all over your oven!). bake for 18 – 25 minutes (or until done). 


heart shaped dinner rolls: 

heart cinnamon rolls:

pizza fun!
use a mini heart cookie cutter to cut the pepperoni before cooking.

arrange pepperoni in a heart shape. from cute food for kids

eggs in the basket--valentine's day style.