Valentine’s Dinner

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You really can have fun with Valentine’s day without eating a bunch of junk. All you really need are some heart shaped cookie cutters. I cut my son’s toast into a large heart for breakfast, heart shaped bananas and strawberries with lunch, and heart shaped veggies on our salads with dinner. I had these amazing watermelon radishes in our veggie box that were perfect for a fun addition to our salads. I make whole wheat chocolate brownies for my husband to take to work topped with hearts of raspberry preserve and coconut.

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For dinner I made a slow-cooker brown rice and butternut squash risotto. This recipe was actually originally a weight watchers recipe.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil DSC_0670
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 1/2 cp vegetable broth
  • 1 cp brown rice
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • pepper
  • parmigiano-reggiano, grated

In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent and soft.

Add garlic, cook until fragrant, then add mushrooms. Add salt and continue cooking, stirring often until mushrooms release their liquid.

Put onion mixture into a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Stir in butternut squash, broth, rice, thyme, and pepper. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hrs.

Turn off slow cooker and let risotto sit undisturbed, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in cheese and serve.

DSC_0678My son had a party at his pre-school today and for that I made strawberry banana fruit leather…of course cut into heart shapes. This was just one thing of strawberries, one banana, and a tbsp of honey blended and dehydrated in the food dehydrator for 7 hrs.

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