A special meal with your loved one is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A meal lovingly planned and prepared will go a long way to showing your loved one just how much you care about them. After all, isn’t the most important ingredient love?

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We know that chocolate and strawberries are traditionally thought of as the foods of lovers, but we are fans of trying new things. Be creative and think outside the chocolate box: prepare foods that show love through clever food design using heart shapes to prepare and present your food.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for heart-shaped meals, desserts and food styling:

1) Cookies:

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart-shaped cookies

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2) Cake:

Use a heart-shaped pan to cook your loved ones favorite cake in the shape of a heart

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3) Fruits and Vegetables:

Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut fruits and vegetables for a beautiful garnish or food tray

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4) Quiche or Omelette:

Use a heart-shaped pie plate or cake pan to cook a pie, omelette or quiche in the shape of a heart.

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5) Pie:

Use a small heart shaped pastry or cookie cutter to cut out hearts from pie pastry

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6) Pizza:

Prepare a heart-shaped deep dish pizza using a pie plate or cast iron pan.

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7) Eggs:

Serve heart-shaped fried eggs by cooking them in heart-shaped cookie cutters placed on your frying pan.

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There are lots of other ways to prepare food in heart shapes so get creative and have fun. Food is a love language meant to be explored!