Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Heart-Shaped Vegetables

Who doesn't love a little extra love on Valentine's Day? The perfect way to spread a little love and joy is with vegetables cut into the shape of hearts of course! I find zucchini to be really good for this as it's easy to cut and therefore safer to work with. Today, however, I had carrots on hand, and they added a very fun, lovable touch to this hearty soup. Given the weather out there this weekend, this is the perfect way to introduce a nice hearty comfort food to your Valentine celebrations.

Start by washing, peeling and trimming your carrots. If you are using zucchini, I would leave the peel as the green edges offer a nice contrast to your final dish.

Carefully (carrots have a tendency to roll), cut a 45 degree edge into the carrot that goes all the way through the length of the vegetable.

Using a vegetable peeler or a smaller paring knife, cut off the angles to form the tip of the heart at the bottom. If you are just learning to do this and not so comfortable with a knife, I'd highly recommend using a vegetable peeler and peeling away until you get a straight edge.

Cut small bite sized pieces off of your vegetable and voila! Heart- shaped carrots!


I found I had to go back and fix a few that didn't have enough of  wedge cut out, but that was simple enough to do.

Hope this brings you a little warmth this soup season and results in some smiles on your loved ones' faces. Enjoy!

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