Heart-shaped pancakes are a sweet start to Valentine’s Day, but why not spread the love throughout the day? A creative love-themed lunch made with adorable details will have your little ones beaming when they sit down to eat, while even older children who scoff at sappiness will be secretly smiling at the extra time you put into making their meal.
Read on for some fun Valentine’s Day lunches that you can make for your kids. Best of all, these ideas are easy and quick to do, and use ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Heart-shaped sandwiches are one of the first Valentine’s Day lunches that come to mind, but what about hard-boiled eggs shaped like hearts? This fun idea comes from Parents.com. First, cut off a four-cup section of an egg carton and gather four pieces of cardboard – you can cut them from a cereal box – and fold them into V-shapes. Hard boil two eggs, then after they’re done cooking, quickly douse them in cold water and then peel. Next, put two of the V-shaped pieces of cardboard in two cups of the egg carton section that you cut off and place them so that the two cups are diagonally across from each other. Place the eggs on top of the cardboard in each cup. Then, place another V-shape on top of each egg, and lay a chopstick across the top, then wind a rubber band over each end of the chopstick and then underneath the carton, so the whole thing is secure. Let it rest for 20 minutes, and then remove the eggs, which have been craftily formed into a heart shape!
Captivating caprese salad
This colorful salad is another unexpected Valentine’s Day lunch. Parenting.com suggested assembling a bed of basil leaves in a heart shape, then filling in the heart with cherry tomatoes. Complete the shape with a mini-heart of small mozzarella balls in the center. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and you’ve created a healthy heart-shaped red-and-white lunch perfect for the holiday.
Sandwiches, fruit, veggies and eggs – almost anything can be made into a heart shape for a Valentine’s Day lunch!
Mini-kebabs made with love-inspired details make for a fun Valentine’s Day lunch. Cut small cubes of cheese into heart shapes, and alternate them with pieces of deli meat on the skewer. Or, you could make fruit kebabs by cutting strawberries, melon and pineapple into hearts and placing them on the skewer. For extra fun, serve the fruit kebabs with a side of yogurt to dip into. Use pink yogurt, like strawberry or raspberry, and top with heart-shaped sprinkles to make the meal extra festive!
“Mini-kebabs made with love-inspired details make for a fun Valentine’s Day lunch.”
“Heart on its sleeve” PBJ
These peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the blog Meaningful Mama don’t hide their hearts away – they show them proudly! To make them, first cut the crusts off two slices of bread to make them square. Then, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart from the center of one of the slices of bread. Spread peanut butter and then jelly on the other slice of bread, and then top it with the slice with the cut-out for a whimsical peek-a-boo sandwich.
Smitten soup n’ sandwich
A bowl of soup and toasty grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect lunch to warm your kids up on Valentine’s Day. Simply make a grilled cheese sandwich as you normally would, and once it’s done cooking, cut the sandwich into a heart shape. Serve with tomato soup – the perfect red for Valentine’s Day.
Make your kids’ Valentine’s Day extra special with these easy, festive and fun lunch ideas.