"Sweet" Produce for your Sweetheart {Indy Style} - The Produce Moms

Treat your sweetheart to a sweet meal.

Valentine’s Day is next week! Are you ready? Today on Indy Style, Lori Taylor shared delicious recipes featuring sweet produce items that you can serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Lime Cocktail with Braspberry Garnish

In many cultures, sweet limes are popular for their medicinal properties for fighting cold, flu, and fevers. The sweetness you taste isn’t from a higher sugar content—it’s from a lack of acidity. Sweet limes are low in acidity but still contain all of the nutritional benefits found in limes and lemons.

Sweet limes are great in cocktails and teas and are wonderful for baking. They provide a sweet citrus flavor without added sugars or simple syrups. When baking with sweet limes, you can reduce your added sugar by 1/3. That’s how sweet they are!

Sweet Lime Cocktail with Braspberry garnish

Ingredients

  • Ice Cubes
  • Juice of 1 Sweet Lime
  • Seltzer Water or Club Soda
  • Gin
  • Basil
  • Braspberry (blueberry inside of a raspberry)

Directions

  • Place ice cubes, sweet lime juice, seltzer water, and gin in a cocktail shaker and shake.
  • Slap basil against your hand 5-10 times to activate the herb and release the flavors.
  • Garnish the cocktail with slapped basil and Braspberry.

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Pink Lady® Apple Roses

Pink Lady® apples have a beautiful magenta color, making them the perfect apple for Valentine’s Day. Many of us in the produce industry refer to Pink Lady apples as “nature’s Sweet Tarts” because they are the perfect mix of sweet and tart. Make your Valentine a dozen apple roses to show them just how much you care.

Read the full recipe post for Pink Lady Apple Roses here.

Pink Lady Apple Roses

Funny Produce-Themed Valentine’s Day Cards  {FREE DOWNLOADABLE}

Show your love this Valentine’s Day with punny produce. Print these free Valentine’s cards and attach to treat bags filled with your favorite fruit or veggie.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Funny Produce Valentine’s Day Cards

Funny Produce Valentine's Day Cards - FREE DOWNLOAD

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet potatoes are all the rage right now and for good reason! Their sweet flavors are unmatched by any other veggie and they are nutrient-dense. (You can read more about the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes here.)

Start Valentine’s Day with a deliciously sweet breakfast. Sweet Potato Waffles are a great way to sneak in a veggie at breakfast. Kids won’t complain about eating waffles and moms everywhere will rejoice at how easy they are to make. Even the family dog will be happy about this recipe… most dogs love eating sweet potato peels so save them for your furry friend.

Sweet Potato Waffles

Ingredients

  • Pancake Mix
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Toppings of your Choice
    • Crunchy Peanut Butter
    • Honey
    • Maple Syrup
    • Cinnamon + Sugar
    • Balsamic Glaze

Directions

  • Bake and mash sweet potatoes.
  • Make the pancake mix according to instructions on the box. Add about 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes to the pancake mix.
  • Cook waffles in a waffle maker. Top with topping of your choice and serve warm.

*recipe adapted from Genius Kitchen. 

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

There’s no better meal on a cold February day than a steaming bowl of French Onion Soup. This beloved soup is even more delicious when you begin with caramelized sweet onions.

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Ingredients

  • Sweet Onions (carmelized)
  • Beef Stock
  • Bay Leaves
  • Ground Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

  • Carmelize onions in a slow cooker or instant pot with the lid off. Add beef stock and reduce.
  • Add bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper to slow cooker. Simmer on medium-low.
  • Serve hot with cheese and slices of baguette.


Thanks for watching! Which of these recipes do you plan to make on Valentine’s Day? Share photos of your produce Valentine’s Day cards by tagging @theproducemoms on Instagram or Facebook.

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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