10 Adorable Recipes That Will Make Your Heart "Beet"
I love a good pun, especially when it involves food. So two years ago, when I attended a good friend’s Valentine’s Day dinner and was presented with the “heart beet salad,” a green salad with chioggia beets (the ones with white rings) delicately cookie-cut into adorable heart shapes, I nearly died of cute overload.
The fact that beets are often called “nature’s Viagra” makes them an especially good choice for a sexy Valentine’s Day dinner. So I did a little digging to unearth the best “heart beet” pun-intended recipes around. From kid-friendly heart-shaped, beet-colored tortilla chips to sophisticated beet and chèvre ravioli hearts, this fare is... Just. Too. Good.
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Use a piping bag to style sour cream into a controlled heart shape to give this soup—made with beetroot, potatoes, onion, and celery—an appropriately pun-ny Valentine’s Day twist.
Beets are used not only to naturally dye the buttercream frosting on this pretty cake, but they’re also baked into the cake itself. Chocolate and beetroot are a perfect match: You can hardly taste the beetroot, but it gives the cake an extra, triumphant boost.
Raw foodies will love this pun-tastic version of “pasta” and “cheese,” which is made with those pretty aforementioned pink-and-white-striped chioggia beets, a creamy pine-nut spread, a drizzle of pesto oil, and a finishing touch of sea salt.
If you’re a smoothie fanatic, beets are a great ingredient to consider, as they’re energizing, revitalizing, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Garnished with little heart-shaped beet slices, this smoothie is as pretty as can be.
Now here’s a ravioli for real pasta and cheese eaters. Dyed by squeezing beet juice directly into the dough, these raviolis take on a gorgeous deep pink hue. Plus, everyone knows goat cheese and beets go together like peanut butter and jelly.
I usually prefer my donuts to be not healthy in any way whatsoever, but these little vegan baked beetroot donuts are too cute not to love. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar to make them a little more irresistible.
Beets. In heart shapes. In cookie form. That are also heart healthy.? What is not to love? Package these up in cellophane and gift them to your Valentine.
These might be my favorite of the bunch. Not only are they crazy-easy to make (literally, just dye tortilla chips with beet juice and bake for 12 minutes), but they’re also such a fun project for kids. Makes me want to fly home to visit my mom and have a “crafternoon.”
I’ve had a few great loves in my life, but pizza has never let me down, so I find it quite a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner choice. This crispy thin-crust, gluten-free pizza is topped with a creamy beet green pesto, heart-shaped beets, mozzarella, and smoked blue cheese. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
These little bite-sized appetizers are not only pleasing to the eye, but, made with white cheddar, apples, and beets—plus, they also melt in your mouth.
What’s your favorite thing to serve on Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below.