Isn’t it ironic that Dental Health Month falls on the same month as Valentine’s Day? This year, mix in some savory with your sweet treats. You’re sweet enough already! Here are some festive foods for your February 14 celebrations that won’t break your dentist’s heart.
Heart-Shaped Roasted Beets and Potatoes
3 large potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 large beets, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2-4 cloves of garlic, grated
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut potato and beet slices into hearts and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. If desired, toss in the scraps as well.
2. Toss until vegetables are well coated, then transfer them to a sheet pan and spread out into a single layer. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking for even browning.
3. Remove the mixture from the oven, toss with parsley, season to taste, and serve hot.
Heart-Shaped Fruit Salad
1. Peel lychees. You can substitute for melon balls if you can’t find fresh lychees.
2. Wash strawberries and raspberries and cur strawberries lengthwise.
3. Slice watermelons and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts.
4. Mix fruit in a bowl and enjoy!
Heart-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza
pizza dough, pre-made
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
pepperoni (as much as you like)
1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
1. Separate pizza dough it into 4 equal parts, and shape it into hearts. They don’t have to be perfect!
2. Use a small cookie cutter to make pepperoni-shaped hearts.
3. Top dough with sauce and cheese, and then the pepperoni hearts. If you put some cornmeal on your baking sheet your pizza won’t stick.
4. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 12 minutes until the crust is set and cheese is bubbling.