Valentines Day: Featuring Beets and Crafts

Super Bowl Sunday just passed, but you don’t get a breather because now it’s time for Valentines Day! Here are some crafty and delicious ideas to try out.

Food Ideas

Valentines Day falls on a Tuesday this year. We know week day nights can be extremely busy, so why not hold out until the weekend when you have your “My Heart Beets for You Fettuccini.” What better meal could you serve as the main Valentines Day course other than pink pasta? You can serve this pasta with many different types of sauces, but here are a few suggestions for you (they are all super quick and easy!):

Pesto Sauce

Simply order our Sweet Basil Pesto, and after cooking and draining the pasta, mix in the pesto with the pasta!

Garlic Brown Butter Sauce

Combine the butter and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter until it melts, the foam subsides and it begins to turn a golden brown color, about 3 minutes. (Note: The butter will begin to smell slightly nutty as it browns.)

Remove the garlic brown butter sauce from the heat and stir in the pepper. Pour the sauce over the pasta, lightly tossing so the noodles are thoroughly coated. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, chopped chives and a sprinkle of salt. Serve immediately.

http://blog.kitchenaid.com/homemade-pink-beet-pasta-recipe/

Want to add some protein to this dish? Grilled, baked, or pan seared chicken breasts go perfectly with both of these sauces.

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

If you are looking for something to do with your over-ripe bananas, banana bread is always a great go-to option. Here is a healthier chocolate banana bread option to top off your dinner (and eat the next morning), especially if you feel like you have eaten way too many sweets already on the 14th.

Arts and Crafts

Have you run out of your creative juices for valentines this year? Don’t lose hope! We have a great mix of ideas that will help you and your kids get some last minute inspiration.

Check out this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/27/easy-valentines-day-crafts-for-kids_n_6518196.html

(We think # 1 and #11 are particularly cute and easy!)