Since a romantic candlelight dinner wasn't going to happen, I thought I'd make a special kid-friendly Valentine Meal. It really wasn't any more work than normal-just more fun.I feel I missed the opportunity to make the craisans into a heart before I tossed the salad-next year.
(My kid's don't love veggies, but will eat this stuff like it's Captain Crunch. We eat this salad a few nights a week)
Blend in blender:
3/4 cups olive oil
3/4 cups red wine vinegar
1 cup sugar (or splenda)
3/4 t dry mustard
1 1/2 ts salt
1/2 red onion
Mix w/ spinach, craisans, candy almonds, chopped red onion. (it gets soggy fast, so don't put the dressing on until right before you serve it)
*How to make candy almonds: Put a few Tb of white sugar in a pan on medium heat and throw in some sliced almonds. Stir until the sugar melts and coats the almonds. (It takes about 5 minutes and smells amazing).
(b/c what says I love you more than heart-shaped meat)
Growing up, I could never figure out why meatloaf has a reputation of being only slightly tastier than liver and onions. My Mom's was always awesome. As an adult, I've had the misfortune of eating dry spongy masses that other people call meatloaf. However, this one is like a big yummy gourmet burger and even my pickiest kid had thirds. Trust me.
Mix together (works best w/ your hands)
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cups milk
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 slices cubed bread
2 lb ground beef
Bake @350 for 1 hour.
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup brown sugar
Frost meatloaf w/ catsup mixture and return to over for 15-20 more minutes.
I always double the sauce so I have some to serve w/ the meatloaf.
Pink mash potatoes
(can you see the heart. My fruit-art skills could use a little work)
It was a fun, tasty meal.