20 Valentine’s Day Foods That Aren’t Sweets/Candy

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Do you remember that feeling you’d get in your stomach late on Halloween after eating wayyyy more candy than your mom would advise? The same sick feeling you’d get from your Easter basket and Christmas stocking? Awful!

Now, you may not be a kid anymore, but all those Valentine’s Day treats may leave you with that same sick feeling. I’m here to keep you from making the mistake of overdosing on sugar. After all, there are Valentine’s Day candies and sweets GALORE.

Because of this, I thought it would be nice to have a bunch of alternative food options you can make to celebrate the holiday. Rather than making you sick to your stomach, these foods will help you enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

Plus if you’re wanting to impress someone a homemade dish can say a lot about how much you care!

Valentine’s Day Snacks

  1. Fruit Wands

If you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to overload on the treats, have a fruit wand! This is a light snack that will leave you feeling refreshed.

2. Heart Breadsticks

For those having a romantic night in, add these bread sticks to the menu. They are super simple to make and taste oh so good!

3. Chicken Handpies

Nothing says “I Love You” like a home cooked meal from the heart. These hand pies have a warm, cozy quality to them that anyone would love to share.

4. Pizza Roses

Who doesn’t love pizza? And roses? Together they make this impressive looking snack. And you want to know the best part? It tastes even better than it looks!

5. Egg Toast

Toast with a heart egg would be the perfect thing to bring to your significant other as breakfast in bed. It’s simple yet charming, just like you.

6. Heart Shaped Pancakes/waffles

Maybe your special someone isn’t into the whole eggs for breakfast thing. No worries! You can whip up some of these pancakes or waffles super easy. They are really customizable, so there’s toppings for anyone to enjoy.

7. Cheese and Crackers

This is THE snack for someone with little time on their hands. A little cookie cutter magic and 5 minutes takes this from an ordinary snack to a valentine’s themed one!

8. Heart Ravioli

Listen. Your Valentine loved you before, but if you make them some of this ravioli they are bound to fall even harder!

9. Lunch Meat Roses

Don’t those roses look incredible?! They look intricate, but trust me you can make them too!

10. Yogurt Parfait with Fruit

Not every Valentine’s Day food has to be heart shaped. Enjoy a little parfait with fresh fruit for a nice snack with a pop of color. Some of my favorite toppings are strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranate seeds!

11. XO Salad

If you don’t have letter-shaped cookie cutters don’t fret. You could totally just do little hearts or not shape your toppings at all. It’s just fun having the letters, because it’s different than the typical V-day food.

12. Heart Shaped Bruschetta

To me, bruschetta has always felt like a more fancy, elevated food. So…perfect for Valentine’s Day, right? It is just the thing to make your night feel extra special.

13. Caprese Skewers

For those of you who aren’t as naturally talented in the kitchen, this is an amazingly simple dish. It looks super elegant, but there’s no cooking required. Wow your special someone with these skewers!

14. Fruit Flower Bouquet

The internet has all kinds of edible “flower arrangements”. Since flowers are a common gift given on Valentine’s Day, you can use fruit or other foods to make edible flowers!

15. Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes are one of those foods that can be used in such a wide variety of ways. You could make these potatoes to go along with a breakfast or pair them with a seared steak and asparagus. No matter which route you take, they are a delicious!

16. Acai bowl

I am obsessed with that deep pink color! For someone who is a little more health conscious or just loves fruit, this açaí bowl will not disappoint!

17. Grilled Salmon

Ok so maybe once it’s cooked salmon doesn’t look AS pink, but I think it still gets a pass as a Valentine’s Day food. There are all different kinds of glazes you can make and flavor options, so make it all your own!

18. Shrimp

Shrimp is one of those classic “fancy” foods. Dress up the night with this fancy shrimp heart cocktail!

19. Heart Shaped Egg Muffins

A lot of us live busy lives. If you’re on the go, but still want to do something to show your loved one that you care, this is a great way to do it! You can prepare it ahead of time, and if needed, you can run out the door with one of these cute muffins in hand!

20. Mozzarella Cheese Hearts

These are like elevated mozzarella cheese sticks. They are warm and filling. Definitely the thing to melt your favorite person’s heart!

Food is one of those things that connects people. It is a way to share things that mean something to us, to build memories, and to express emotion.

If you use one of these recipes to share an experience with someone you care about, upload a picture of it or add a comment below! Also, don’t miss out on our other post about DIY decor for Valentine’s Day!

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