heartFrom Pizza to Potions: A Valentine’s Day Dinner your Family will Love

By Beth Engelman

Treat your family to a Valentine’s Day meal that’s made with love (and extra cheese).

Pizza My Heart

Warm, gooey pizza is the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. I like to make mine with whole-wheat tortillas but pre-made pizza crust, such as those by Boboli or Rustic Crust work equally as well.

You Need:

Tortilla or Pre-Made Pizza Crust

  1. Pizza Sauce
  2. Low-Fat Shredded Cheese
  3. Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
  4. Optional: Additional Toppings (such as assorted vegetables, turkey pepperoni and / or sausage)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Use the cookie cutter to cut your pizza crust into mini hearts. Spread pizza sauce on top of each heart and liberally sprinkle with cheese. Add additional toppings as desired. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or as directed.

Fire and Ice Love Potion

According to legend, this punch is more powerful than Cupid’s arrow and definitely tastier!

You Need:

  1. Cranberry Juice
  2. Sparkling Water
  3. Orange Sherbet


Combine equal parts juice and sparkling water with 1/2 scoop of sherbet. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Sushi

Keep the good times rolling with this sweet dessert that comes courtesy of Megan at the aptly titled website takeamegabite.com

For the Sushi

You Need:

  1. Pound Cake
  2. Vanilla Frosting
  3. Strawberries (sliced)
  4. Coconut Flakes
  5. Biscuit Cutter


Cut pound cake into sushi-size pieces with biscuit cutter. Spread thin layer of vanilla frosting on each sushi piece. Add coconut flakes and top with 1-2 strawberries. Serve with chopsticks and a side dish of strawberry coulis for dipping.

For the Strawberry Coulis:

(Adapted from a recipe from smittenkitchen.com)

You Need:

  1. 2 Cups Strawberries (quartered and hulled)
  2. ¼ Cup Water
  3. 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice


Combine strawberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until very smooth. Use strainer to remove seeds. Cover and refrigerate until cool.