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Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays to me. But then again, any chance I have to tell my kids that I love them with all my heart…is an amazing day…so that makes pretty much everyday a holiday for me! So on that note, I want to share a little tradition that we started, many years ago. It gets the kids in the kitchen with me and we make special Cupid’s Arrow snacks. They are really easy and even the littlest chef can help out. The featured picture shows a batch that my youngest son made. He did a pretty good job for a 6 year old! We usually serve these as an appetizer or they also works great a top a beautiful salad. Its the warm up to the grilled halibut and asparagus dinner that follows. Add this sweet little snack to your Valentine’s Day menu, your whole family with LOVE it!
Cupid’s Arrow (Cherry/Grape Tomato Hearts)
You will need:
40 cherry/grape tomatoes
20 arrow toothpicks (or regular works)
- Take two cherry or grape tomatoes and cut them diagonally to 45 degree angle. I think the more oval or long the little tomatoes are, the easier it is. You will do the same for all the other tomatoes.
- Now join the cut part top potion of the tomatoes as shown in the featured picture. You need 2 cherry/grape tomatoes to make a heart.
- You can seal the tomatoes together using a dab of cream cheese, or the easiest is to pair them together as a heart using an adorable cupids arrow tooth pick. In the case you can’t find the cupid’s arrow toothpicks, a regular toothpick works just fine.
Add these to a special salad or as a loving appetizer. They are fun and like I said, it get the kids of all ages into the kitchen with you. A special place where families bond.
Here is a quick recipe for some delicious and healthy, Brain Power Granola. This is a great snack for anyone needing a little brain boost. You can also add milk to the granola for a great breakfast or add it to yogurt! This is a really yummy homemade recipe that you will love!
Brain Power Granola
2 cups regular oats (gluten free)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds (I sometimes sub in some pistachios for walnuts or almonds)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cooking over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves, making sure you are stirring frequently. Remove mixture from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture we first created, stirring to coat. Spread this mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the granola is a golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl, then stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.
If the Brain Power Granola outlasts a hungry household and you have extra, you will want to store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Want some tasty and easy snack recipes? Well you’ve come to the right site! Todays recipes are fun and healthy snacks that include, Banana Sushi, and Cobb Salad Skewers! Are you hungry and ready to learn these recipes? Me too!
Cobb Salad Skewers:
You can eat this snack all year round, but it’s easiest to make after Easter since you will have the most leftover eggs probably. Thread all the fixings for a classic Cobb salad onto bamboo skewers: grape tomatoes, quartered boiled egg pieces, and rolled strips of romaine lettuce, plus cubes of avocado, rotisserie chicken, and ham. Serve with a side of blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Easy as that! Onto the next scrumptious snack!
Start with a peeled banana. Trim one end so that it’s flat, and set the banana upright on the cut. Use a butter knife to apply a coating of all-natural (sugar-free) nut butter, then roll the fruit in a healthy topping. Examples are: chia seeds; unsweetened, shredded coconut; crushed pretzels; and chopped walnuts. Cut into 3/4-inch slices and serve. If you can’t consume peanut butter you may also use sunflower-seed butter or soy butter.
That’s all there is to it!