As a quintessential weirdo growing up, my favorite holiday by far was Valentine’s Day. I used to say such bizarre things as, “I wish my birthday was on V-Day!” And I used to make homemade Valentines Day cards for every member of my class. Growing older (and maybe a little more normal) I always look forward to Valentine’s Day. I mean, my favorite color is pink and I can never get enough chocolate. Or hugs. So whether I’ve been single or taken, I always find a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I am that irritating girl in the office who is wearing pink and fussing around with doilies and chocolate. Hire me?
This year, Valentines Day falls on a weekend which means that the Valentine’s Day breakfast is very important!! My mom always says that going out to dinner on Valentines Day is for “amateurs” (think sub-par prix-fixe menus and overdone decor). So what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, your family, or even just the Food Network, than by cooking up breakfast with lots of love? Nate doesn’t get home until the following weekend, so we will be celebrating belated-ly.
Anyways, in preparation for YOUR Valentines Day breakfast, I’ve compiled some of the most drool-worthy romantic recipes from the blogosphere in prep for the holiday to get your creative juices going. If you don’t already, follow me on Pinterest where you can see all of the delicious things I’ve pinned to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
- My Whole Wheat Poptarts. Yes yes yes. Make these ahead and snuggle up with some fruit and hot coffee.
- I would do some bad things for these paleo-friendly and gluten-free Chocolate Banana Waffles.
- These Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins. Because why not. I didn’t say this was going to be a “healthy options” list.
- I also love the idea of some freshly toasted Quinoa Oat Granola to fill your kitchen with good smells and your belly with whole grains.
- How about some Red Velvet Pancakes? With a cream cheese glaze? Are these for real?
- Vegans – check out this Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal. Uh huh honey.
- This Coconut Almond Chia Pudding would be a special breakfast that only looks decadent.
For those who are on a “back to basics” clean eating plan like myself, here are a few ideas for you!
- The only sugar these Pumpkin Waffles have is from…bananas!
- I know my manly sweetheart would love this Balsamic Steak and Eggs
- I may make this Sweet Potato Frittata ahead of time and then just heat it up in the AM!
Also. I want to let you in on the secret called “Marry Me Eggs”. They are the perfect, fluffy, creamy, cheesy scrambled eggs that I think are good enough to make a man drop on his knee and propose. Oh yes. Truly, I can’t say it’s worked for me just yet, but I’ll keep you posted. On an even more awkward note, I did make these eggs for my grandma a few weeks ago and she LOVED them.
- 4 pasture-raised whole eggs
- 1 tbsp grass fed butter
- ¼ cup shredded cheese (white cheddar, gouda - these work great)
- 2 tsp chopped chives
- Salt and pepper
- In a saucepan, turn the heat on LOW
- Melt the butter
- In a separate bowl, crack the eggs and whisk
- Pour the eggs into the saucepan
- These eggs should take 5-10 minutes or so to cook because you are cooking them low and slow. Using a wooden spatula, slowly "push" the eggs around the pan as they start to cook
- Don't break up the eggs, just push around and slowly flip over the pieces to make sure the white parts get fully cooked through.While you want your eggs to be creamy and fluffy, you definitely don't want any raw white parts
- When your eggs need about one more minute to cook, mix in the shredded cheese
- Serve topped with the chives, and salt and pepper to taste. And a kiss, of course!