Valentine’s Day is headed our way! Have women’s magazines, Pinterest, and other social media convinced you that you have to do something over-the-top and uber-creative for your loved ones on this special day? Are you feeling the pull to get yourself to a craft store to whip up something heart-shaped and fancy and awesome before February 14th? As a wife and a mom, around holidays I often feel the forceful duress of some invisible Holiday Pressure Beast telling me such things. Magazines and social media are really good at showing us how to overdo it under the guise of being a creative wife or mother. But then I try to remind myself that nowhere is it written that good wives or moms can be identified by their holiday projects. Heck, it’s a struggle just to get my kids appropriately dressed for the weather and out the door to school on time every day. So I like to think that in the absence of a glittery pink-and-red 4-foot gift basket awaiting them on Valentine’s Day morning, my family will hopefully appreciate a cute little Valentine breakfast. “Small things with great love,” right?
Here are three fun, easy breakfast ideas to make using a heart-shaped cookie cutter for whoever you call your Valentine. Basically, if you have a 2-inch heart cookie cutter and some basic breakfast essentials, you can pull these off. Happy Valentine’s Day!
1. Heart-Shaped Granola Plate
Place heart cookie cutter on a plate. Fill the inside with granola, then surround the outside with berries:
Carefully remove cookie cutter. Place 1/4 c. yogurt in a squeeze bottle or Ziploc with a small hole cut in one end. Squeeze whatever pattern you like on top of the granola.
2. Heart Egg Toast
Traditionally, cooking an egg inside toast is apparently known as an “egg in a basket” or the repellant Britishism “toad in a hole.” (Ew, can we please not call it that?) I’m going to go with “heart egg toast,” because it describes this breakfast a whole lot better than conjuring up images of eating frogs, thankyouverymuch.
To make this heart-shaped egg toast, cut into the center of the toast with a heart cookie cutter. Melt about 1/2 Tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place toast on melted butter, then crack 1 egg directly into the hole. Cook about 2 minutes or until egg appears opaque enough to be turned without running. Flip and cook other side an additional 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and serve immediately. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Berry-Nutella Waffle Heart
Toast frozen waffle(s). Cut through center with heart-shaped cookie cutter, Fill hole(s) with berries and decorate with Nutella.
See? Nice and simple! So go enjoy a stress-free Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love and heart-shaped foods galore!