Heart Beet Cookies Recipe – Vegan Sweets for Your Sweeties

Heart healthy and heart shaped. Win – win.

Heart Beet Cookies

Vegan Beet cookies for your Sweeties

Beets. In heart shapes. And in cookie form. Doesn’t everyone make cookies like these for their sweethearts?

The first time I made vegan cookies – no eggs, no butter – I was shocked at how good they were. These will shock you, too. More heart healthy than many cookies – and no Red Dye No. 2 – colored naturally with beets!

 These vegan delights were inspired by Sweet Beet Cookies from Weelicious, who finds ways to get veggies into her kids foods in such unique and creative ways. Lucky kids!

— posted by Donna

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Cherry Almond Semifreddo Tarts – A Valentine’s Day Shortcut Dessert Recipe


Cherry Almond Semifreddo Tarts - shown here inverted for serving

Your sweetie deserves a special treat on Valentine’s Day, right? Your sweetie deserves the best, right?

But if time constraints don’t allow you to spend hours in the kitchen creating an elegant French masterpiece worthy of your sweetheart, we have a solution for you: our shortcut semifreddo tarts.

Cherry and almond is a flavor match made in heaven. One of my mother’s signature dishes is a cherry pie she makes with added almond extract to the filling. It is a dessert that several generations have raved about for 50 years. So, I decided to whip up an easy dessert with that flavor profile, and started with cherry pie filling. The result is our entry for the Lucky Leaf pie filling recipe contest.

I love the texture of a semifreddo (semi-frozen) dessert, so this mousse-type mixture is placed in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to achieve that texture.

Whip these tarts up with minimal prep time and then chill for at least 30 minutes and –voila! – fabulous cherry almond flavor with that Italian semifreddo texture!

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Wake up Your Sweetheart with Some Breakfast Love: Heart Shaped Sunnyside Egg on Sauteed Spinach Recipe

Breakfast Love on a Plate

Breakfast Love on a Plate

Eggs that are easy, whimsical and delicious – what better way to show love at breakfast?

Eggs are delicious paired with sauteed spinach – I like this approach better than folding spinach into an omlet – you get more spinach and less egg with the same fantastic flavor combination! Yummmmm . . . low-carb festive goodness!

Eggs are a low-cost high-quality protein bonanza – 5 grams of protein for only about 60 calories that have been found to be healthy for your heart, brain and eyes! And fresh flavorful eggs are available to all of us 365 days a year in any grocery store. A high-protein breakfast has been associated with weight loss – So eggs are a fab frugal choice!

If you don’t have a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make this festive Valentine breakfast, no worries – just use folded aluminum foil like I did! I used the non-stick Reynolds foil for this.

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