There’s Lots to Love About Dairy

Southeast Dairy Association - french toast

Are you wondering how to plan a pandemic-proof Valentine’s Day for your loved ones? Your plans may look different this year, but the good news is you can still make the day special!

Recreate the romance of your favorite restaurant by making a gourmet meal at home. You don’t have to be an award-winning chef to make Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup or Mediterranean Shrimp! These recipes are impressive when plated, but very easy to pull off and perfect for prepping ahead of time. With a little candlelight, soft music, and Berry-Brownie Trifle for dessert, your Valentine will certainly feel the love.

If you don’t love the idea of getting all gussied up just to stay home, then seize the opportunity to celebrate your special someone with Sunday morning brunch. Satisfy sweet tooths with this Cinnamon Swirl Yogurt French Toast paired with a glass of real dairy milk. If the kids are home, get them involved, too! They will love to help dip the bread for French toast.

For a savory option, serve your sweetheart a Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese. This celebration-worthy sandwich features the ultimate superfood power couple–plants and dairy. When combined, dairy and plant foods provide the four nutrients missing in most American diets–calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and fiber. Milk, cheese, and yogurt also provide high-quality protein and other essential vitamins and minerals that are associated with a variety of positive health benefits for people during all stages of life.

Whether you decide to dress up or dress down this Valentine’s Day, these dairy recipes and more are a nutritious, easy, and affordable way to celebrate the ones you love!