5 Easy Valentine’s Day Food Ideas for When You’re Home With a Baby

I love Valentine's Day because it's an excuse for me to eat chocolate and also maybe buy myself some flowers (hey, I keep my standards low and I'm okay with that). We always make an effort to celebrate Valentine's Day in our house, whether that be through aforementioned chocolate, small gifts, or did I mention chocolate?

The point is, commercialized or not, I'm all about a day that encourages us to celebrate love and chocolate. 

That being said, I do not love going out on Valentine's Day. Especially with little kids at home, it's just not fun or worth it to try to find a sitter, fight through the crowds, and enjoy overpriced food and babysitting payment. Instead, I love celebrating at home with a fancy meal. And by fancy, I mean looks fancy but is actually pretty simple and totally doable to whip up at home with a baby. 

Of course. Here are a few look-fancy-but-are-actually-easy Valentine's Day food ideas that you can tackle, even if you have one arm free and one arm holding a baby.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken and Asparagus

I have to say that I am not much of a cook, like at all, and even I was able to pull off this easy Valentine's Day food. It's simple enough to tackle if you're at home with a baby but fancy enough to feel like you're getting a real treat for dinner. Get the full recipe at The Organic Kitchen. 

Mozzarella Cheese Hearts

Image via I Love To Cook

Maybe these are kind of cheesy (haha, sorry, couldn't resist), but I still think they are super cute. You can use grocery store pie crust from a can to make these very easily at home. Get the full recipe at I Love To Cook. 

Heart Pizzas

Image via The Junior

These are so adorable, I can almost taste them now. I know pizza isn't technically fancy dinner. But when you shape it like a heart, I think you get a pass. You can use store-bought dough to make it a little easier. Learn the DIY at The Junior

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Heart Shaped Breadsticks

I know, I know, I'm going a little overboard on the heart theme here. I love how these take a simple store-bought dough and make them into a festive heart-shaped addition for an easy Valentine's Day food. You can take a roll-out breadstick dough, turn them into these hearts, and pair with an easy crockpot soup that can cook all day. Genius. Recipe at Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Valentine Truffles

No Valentine's Day is complete without dessert, of course. I promise that these Valentine's truffles are actually super easy (because I've made them). Bake a box of brownies, shape into balls, dip into melted chocolate or candy coating, and decorate to your heart's content. Learn more at Home Is Where The Boat Is

What is your favorite easy Valentine's Day food?

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5 Easy Valentine’s Day Food Ideas for When You’re Home With a Baby

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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