1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #58
LUNCH – Pulled Pork Tacos for Valentine’s Day
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but we love pulled pork, for so many reasons. First up, it’s easy and nutritious. Plus, everyone likes it, family and daycare included, and that’s pretty rare. I can throw it in the crock pot in the morning, eat it for dinner that night, and serve it/pack it for lunch the next day. I tried a new recipe this time around, Clean Crock Pot Pulled Pork from iFoodReal.com and it was really good. I didn’t have the liquid smoke, so I left it out, but I imagine it would be even better with it. Next time.
So, with leftovers in the fridge, I decided to put a fun Valentine’s twist on a favorite. Simple as ever really, I just used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the whole wheat tortillas. Hearts go around in a circle very nicely, so there was very little waste too. Then I placed the reheated pulled pork down the centre, topped it with some Creamy Coleslaw and served it with some carrots and cucumbers to spell out a Valentine’s message. The message was for the kids not the pulled pork. Really!
SNACK – Granola Cereal & Frozen Smoothie Hearts
I have been looking for heart shaped ice molds wherever I go, so I could make a Valentine’s version of the frozen smoothie skulls I made here, but no luck. I thought they would be super easy to find, but no luck. So, I moved on to plan two and picked up what I could find, which were some heart shaped candy molds for making chocolates. In the end I think they are better. Not as big, not as cold, and oh so many candy mold shapes to choose from!
To make the frozen smoothie hearts, I blended 1 cup of frozen cherries (set out to thaw slightly for 10-15 minutes) with 1 cup of plain yogurt. I used a spoon to transfer the cherry yogurt mixture to the candy mold and then placed the mold in the freezer (and the remaining cherry yogurt mixture in the fridge). Because the mold is fairly small (compared to an ice mold), the hearts froze quite quickly (in about an hour). Once frozen I popped the hearts into an airtight container and refilled the heart mold with more of the cherry yogurt mixture. I continued to do this until all the mixture was frozen into cute little delicious hearts.
For this snack I poured the granola cereal in a bowl, added some milk and banana slices and topped it off with one of the frozen smoothie hearts. These hearts are also a great topper for apple sauce, yogurt and are a fun treat on their own, straight from the freezer.
SNACK – Veggie’s & Pretty Pink Dip
This pretty pink dip is a beet and white bean hummus from Weelicious. It really is very pretty and tasty too! The reaction from the kids was awe and then plenty of “more please”. It is a simple, healthy and fun way to serve veggies and dip for Valentine’s Day, but I know I will be serving it many times throughout the year.
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