Enjoy a Braces-Friendly Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s “Show the Love” Salad

Ingredients
1 pkg Earthbound Farms Spring Mix
1 large cucumber, sliced
2 red peppers, seeded (tops and bottoms removed)
1 bunch radishes, sliced
1 small brick of partly skim mozzarella cheese
10 – 15 small plum tomatoes, halved
1/4 to 1/2 pkg Grab & Go Simply Sesame Trail Mix
1 bottle Kraft Roasted Red Pepper with Parmesan salad dressing

Instructions
Place the Spring Mix in a large bowl. (If you can’t find the Earthbound Farms Spring Mix just use a similar mixed greens blend, about 6 cups or more.)
Using a small, heart shaped cookie cutter (about 1 inch) cut out heart shapes from the cucumber, red peppers, and mozza cheese. 
Sprinkle the veggies and cheese over the salad.
Sprinkle with a generous amount of the Simply Sesame Trail Mix. (If you can’t find this you can leave it off or substitute with another crunchy salad topper.)
Just before serving, drizzle with your desired amount of Roasted Red Pepper Dressing and toss until equally distributed.

Visit the link here! http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2014/02/valentines-show-love-salad.html

Heart Shape Calzones

Calzone Dough
*freezer friendly

Ingredients
•1 1/2 cups warm (115 degrees) water
•2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
•1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl
•2 tablespoons sugar
•2 teaspoons coarse salt
•2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for kneading
•2 cups whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)

Directions
1.Place water in a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Brush another large bowl with oil.
2.In bowl with yeast, whisk sugar, oil, and salt. Stir in flours with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to oiled bowl; brush top of dough with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let stand in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3.Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface. With floured hands, knead until smooth, about 15 seconds; divide into two balls.
4.Set balls on a plate (they should not touch); freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Then freeze in a freezer bag up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.
*If you aren’t freezing, then skip #4 and just use the dough!

Calzone Filling
-whatever your heart desires
-I used marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and ground beef flavored with hamburger seasoning.

Directions
-use a heart shape cookie cutter (or just free hand it)
-spread your marinara, cheese and toppings on one piece of the heart (leave a little room around the edges to seal the calzone)
-place the other heart dough on top and seal the edges with a fork
-brush the top with some melted butter and sprinkle a little salt or garlic salt
-place in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees) for 12-15 minutes

Visit the link here! http://messyaprons.blogspot.com/2012/01/heart-shape-calzones.html

Pink Hot Chocolate with Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Ingredients

Whipped Cream
• Pint-sized mason jar with lid
• 1/4 cup cold heavy cream
• 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 
• Dash of vanilla optional
Pink Hot Chocolate
• 2 cups milk
• 4 oz good-quality white chocolate chopped
• 2-4 drops red food coloring
• Sprinkles optional

Instructions

Whipped Cream
1 Put your mason jar in the freezer for 15 minutes, so it is very cold.
2 Pour in cream, sugar, and vanilla.
3 Screw on lid and wrap the jar in a towel if it is too cold to hold. Shake vigorously until you no longer hear liquid sloshing inside, about 5-7 minutes. Check the consistency of your whipped cream before setting in the refrigerator while you make your hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate
1 In a small saucepan, heat milk. Add chocolate and stir until completely dissolved and milk reaches desired temperature. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.
Assemble
1 Pour into cups, spoon on whipped cream, and top with sprinkles.
2 Enjoy!

Visit the link here!  https://bakingmischief.com/2016/02/10/pink-hot-chocolate-mason-jar-whipped-cream/

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