Whip Up a Valentine Breakfast

Valentine’s day is on Monday. Just what you need for romance. He’s tired, you’ve got to rush to work and the kids are off to school. However, when I stumbled on these ideas for Valentine breakfast on the Parenting website, I said to myself, there’s still hope for romance. Remember, a great night starts from the morning.

Well, the recipes are so cute and I think would work equally well for the child in him or her. For a quick breakfast served with cereal and yoghurt or whatever you fancy, I think this French Toast recipe will work well.

 

Ingredients:

Beat an egg, using a fork, in a medium, low bowl.  Add about ¾ cup milk per each egg used.  Add a teaspoon of maple syrup and stir well.

Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes from the center of bread slices.  Dip all bread pieces into egg mixture and set onto  pancake griddle or large skillet set on medium heat.  Brown lightly on both sides.

Garnish with cut strawberries and maple syrup.

If you’re not strapped for time then go on and make this protein packed meal. It will keep him full for long and happy.

Here’s the recipe for this protein packed starter below:

For the dough:

  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ¾ cup white flour
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour

For the filling:

Combine yeast, sugar and warm water and let set for 5 minutes.  Mix remaining ingredients and then add yeast mixture.  Let dough rise, in a warm place, for about 1-2 hours, until double in size.

Roll out a small portion of the dough at a time, cutting two equal sized hearts.  Fill middle with a thin layer of marinara sauce, turkey pepperoni, and cheese, and then layer the top with another heart and crimp the edges together with a fork.  Set on baking tray.  Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.  Test to make sure dough is done baking.  Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Follow up with this gorgeous banana boat fruit dessert to keep him on track with his 5 a day. Valentine’s day is no excuse. See the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Whipped Cream

Holding the banana curving upwards, remove the top ¼ layer, using a sharp knife.  With a small melon scooper, make a shallow, elongated groove to hold the other fruits.  Spritz the banana with orange juice or lemon juice to prevent discoloration.

Fill banana boat with assorted fruits as shown.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

This Berry Fruit Smoothie is what you need if you’re running out of time and is dead easy to make. Don’t forget to pick up some licorice from the pick n mix or Holland & Barrett for a healthier version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.  Pour into glasses and garnish smoothie with a red licorice swirl, strawberry or make a red licorice straw from a licorice stick.  Remove end of licorice so the ends are open.

Would love to know if you managed to get any of these done for breakfast.

 

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