Real Food and Valentine’s Day


Candy at holidays could easily get me on a soap box. I am not anti-chocolate, but it is all just a little much these days. It seems like holiday after holiday includes bags full of candy. I have to admit that my deeply rooted dislike of candy at holidays started with jealousy. When my youngest children began getting their sweets as gifts from other people I missed being the one to give them something special. I felt like I couldn’t ever buy them a treat because everyone else was over feeding them sugar.

So how to be a “fun Mom” and still celebrate this holiday with the children? That has been my mission. I’m not sure I have succeeded fully, but my kids seem happy and we have fun. I hope we are making good food memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope to be the Grandma who makes really fun real food for the Grandkids someday. 🙂

None of these ideas are strictly from my imagination I assure you. However, I can’t give real credit because they are things I have collected over the years in my mind and actually tried. Enjoy!

PS If you need to special order basil or other herbs give us an e-mail a few days prior to your order. We can usually get quite a variety of herbs year round but only stock a couple each week due to their short shelf life.

make-caprese-salad-heart-shaped-mozzarella-slideIt’s Love Caprese Salad


  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Have your child cut the mozzarella into 1/4” thick slices. Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from each slice. Wrap and refrigerate the scraps of cheese for snacking on later.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4” thick slices. Try to use tomatoes that are about the same size around as the mozzarella for a more attractive presentation.
  3. Ask your child to layer the mozzarella, tomato, and basil on a platter.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

pizza is love.jpegI Heart Pizza

All ingredients can be found on our web site normally.

  • Basic Pizza Dough (recipe below) – I make a lot and freeze.
  • Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce
  • Favorite toppings (We like sliced olives, mushrooms, pepperoni, spinach, onion)
  • Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Directions: Roll pizza dough into large or small heart shapes. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting (I like white whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Whisk 1 1/3 cups warm water (105 degrees F) and the sugar in a bowl; sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the olive oil.

Whisk the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually stir with a wooden spoon to make a rough dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, dusting with more flour if necessary. Form into 2 balls. Brush 2 large bowls with olive oil, add a ball of dough to each and turn to coat with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Roll out and top as desired, or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze up to 1 month.

DSC1382-1024x683 Other Real Food Valentine’s Day Ideas

– Heart shaped pancakes served with red berry syrup.

  • – Cut a heart out of whole wheat bread. Cook an egg in the heart opening for heart shaped eggs in a basket. (see photo)
  • – Banana with red hearts drawn around and the message “I’m bananas for you!”
  • – Serve veggie tray type selection in cute Valentine’s Day or red paper cup cake wrappers.
  • – Make your favorite granola bar/snack bar/protein ball or bar recipe using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
  • – Cut slices of deli meats/cheeses into hear shapes.
  • – Slice apples cross ways and remove the core with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Serve plain or with nut butter.
  • – Raspberry Oat bars cut into heart shapes
  • – Berry smoothies with cute straws.
I’ll let you come up with desserts. That’s the easy part. 🙂 Have fun Valentine’s Day real food ideas to share? Please comment or email!

About Rachel

Owner @ Brown Box Organics.
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