Valentine’s Day Recipes for Children!

Valentine’s Day Recipes for Children

My son Raffy is still young enough where I can get away with serving up ideas like these…soon enough he’ll be rolling his eyes at my every move so I’m going to revel in this moment as long as I can!

My foodie mate @laura_matthews_nutrition has written these fab recipes for you to make and enjoy with your children this Valentine’s Day.

These ideas are a great way to get children involved in the kitchen with little jobs like washing fruit for the kebabs or decorating pizzas with different toppings!

Pink Porridge

Ingredients

  • 30g porridge oats
  • 150ml milk (of your choice)
  • Half a small raw grated beetroot
  • Grated apple (optional)

To Serve

  • Plain yoghurt (of your choice)
  • Fresh chopped strawberries
  • Crushed freeze dried strawberries (optional)

Method

  1. Add the porridge oats, milk & the raw grated beetroot to a saucepan.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes over a low heat or until thick (add more milk if it gets too thick).
  3. Add the grated apple to sweeten if you wish.
  4. Serve with plain yoghurt & fresh chopped strawberries (I also used crushed freeze dried strawberries here for extra pinkness but this is optional!)

Heart shaped pitta pizzas

Makes 4 pizzas

Ingredients

  • 4 wholemeal pitta breads
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp of water
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Toppings of your choice, e.g. tinned tuna, cooked salmon, shredded cooked chicken, mushrooms, sweetcorn, basil, etc.

Method

  1. Preheat your grill to high.
  2. Trim and cut your wholemeal pitta bread into heart shapes with a knife (save any leftover trimmings to make breadcrumbs for fish cakes or fish fingers!).
  3. Dilute the tomato puree with the water and stir well.
  4. Spread the tomato puree sauce over the pitta breads.
  5. Add toppings of your choice, e.g. tinned tuna, cooked salmon, shredded cooked chicken, mushrooms, sweetcorn, basil, etc.
  6. Grate a little Cheddar cheese over the top of each pitta.
  7. Grill for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown!

Cupid’s Arrow Pancake & Fruit Kebabs

 Ingredients

  • Homemade plain pancakes or plain pre-made supermarket Scotch pancakes
  • Tinned mandarin or peach (in juice)
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh blueberries

 Method

  1. Cut out heart shapes of pancake with a small biscuit cutter or use a knife (job for the adults dependent on the age of children!).
  2. Thread a slice of tinned mandarin or peach onto a wooden skewer followed by raspberries, blueberries & your pancake.

You could also use whatever fruit you have available, the idea is a novelty for young children! Chop any larger pieces of fruit for younger children before serving & watch out for the sharp skewer!

Yoghurt Love Bar

Ingredients

  • 200g thick plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp nut butter
  • Chopped blueberries & strawberries
  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Dusting of cocoa (optional)

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper approximately 20cm x 30cm.
  2. Spread 200g thick plain yoghurt all over the baking paper.
  3. Swirl in a teaspoon of nut butter & top with chopped blueberries, strawberries, freeze dried strawberries & a dusting of cocoa (if using).
  4. Freeze overnight & cut into shards. Makes a super snack!

Let me know if you try out any of these ideas! X

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