Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentines Day Recipe Ideas

Valentines Day is sneaking up on me, I had intended to do this post earlier but just didn't get to it until now.  Here are some fun ideas, some I've found on Pinterest, some are favorites or ours, and some just looked fun.  We will be making Chocolate Sun-Butter Cups in a heart shaped mold, along with some other truffle filled dark chocolate candies, we might also do some Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and for sure some Bacon Wrapped Dates, we all LOVE those.  Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some great breakfast ideas:

Fun Ideas:

I thought this was a fun alternative to candy, little boys can make and give these little cars, the top link has the free printable:
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Grain Free Garlic and Herb Snack Crackers

I though these would be a fun snack for the kids on Valentines Day.  I used my recipe for Almond Meal Crackers, but after I rolled them out I used heart cookie cutters and then lifted them with a thin spatula onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  The kids loved them, these take just a little more time to make than cutting them with a pizza cutter or pastry cutter, but it's well worth it.  

Paleo And GF Crackers #2 
( all almond flour)

2 slightly heaping cups of almond flour ( I make my own Unblanched Almond Flour)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 TBSP good quality olive oil ( or butter)
1/2 tsp sea salt (or more)
Garlic powder to taste ( about 1/4-1/2 tsp)
Dried Basil to taste ( about 1/2-1 tsp)
Oregano (about 1/4 tsp)
Rosemary ( optional)

Combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well until combined. Then knead the dough into a ball, place on a large sheet of parchment paper and flatten with your hands. Then cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin until its thin ( about 1/8"). Then remove the top layer of paper and using a pizza cutter, cut dough into crackers or using a cookie cutter cut into shapes. If you are using a cookie cutter you will need to use a thin spatulat to lift them off the paper and move them to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  You may then re-roll the scraps and repeat the process.  If you are not using the cookie cutter method then just slide the parchment paper onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven of 325 degrees for about 20-30 minutes removing the ones on the edges as the get done more quickly and allowing the middle to finish baking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, enjoy or store in an airtight container! 

Dough ready to be rolled out.
Flattening the dough with my hands.
 Cutting out the shapes.


Yummy Garlic and Herb Crackers ready to eat.

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