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Paleo-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts
I am terrible at celebrating what I consider the minor holidays… stuff like St. Patrick’s Day and Groundhog Day and, yes – forgive me – Valentine’s Day. But in my quest to be the best version of myself, I’m making an effort this year to celebrate more – and that includes silly commercially-produced holidays. Why not?! There’s not a damn thing wrong with making an extra effort to smile more and maybe do a little something extra to let someone special know they are VERY special.
I don’t deny that the quickest way to win my heart is through my stomach. But I also don’t see any reason to tank my Whole30 eating efforts with candy or champagne or forbidden foods simply because the calendar reads February 14. So I’ve compiled a list of sweet kitchen gadgets that can show your beloved they are loved, without handing them a 2-pound box of sugary poison. Because I am a lazy shopper and buy almost everything online – and, who am I kidding, I buy mostly from Amazon – this list if comprised of stuff you can order from Amazon and know it will arrive on time.
Heart-Shaped Bamboo Spoon
Perfect for stir-frying a big pile of vegetables and protein into a plate o’ love for yourself or your sweetheart. I have several bamboo spoons and they are the awesomest for stove-top cooking.
Cast-Iron Heart Casserole
This is a little on the spendy side, but a dish like this is as long-lasting as true love – and it’s great for roasting/braising heart-y meats like Greek Beef stew, beef short ribs, pork shoulder, and lamb shanks.
Silicone Egg Rings
Breakfast for dinner? Breakfast in bed? How about breakfast for dinner in bed!… made all the more romantic with heart-shaped eggs.
Jane Eyre DVD
In case you’ve already read the book (or don’t want to read the book… for shame!), this is the film version that I love best. Nice for a girls’-night movie party, or a romantic snuggle.
Finally, here’s an adorable FREE gift for your favorite foodie valentine…
FREE Sweet DIY Fruit Stickers
From Thig & Thistle, a PDF you can download to create stickers that make fruit even sweeter.
And should you receive a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, indulge in one or two… but only if they’re Good ones. (I promise you this: if I wasn’t in the middle of a Whole70, I would be having a box of See’s sent to our house.) And after you savor one or two, remember that feeding yourself quality food is a loving act – and get the candy out of your house.