Valentine’s Day Menu with Real California Dairy!

5 AMAZING recipes to get you through the day!

I have a special treat for y’all today. This post has not one but five NEW recipes! This is the perfect menu to get you through Valentine’s Day & beyond.

There is something unique about this menu…something that ties it all together. All the recipes feature one or more ingredients made with Real California Milk to razzle dazzle your tastebuds.

I came up with recipes that would be great for the entire family ~ so you can all be satisfied on this fun day!

Gluten Free Waffles with Berry Yogurt Topping |

First up lets talk breakfast. My favorite meal of the day! I created these Gluten Free Waffles with Berry Yogurt Topping. You can use my waffle recipe or for a super quick deal you can purchase some GF frozen waffles at the market.

This delicious stack of waffles is topped with strawberry yogurt, maple syrup & toasted walnuts. A nice pat of butter is hiding between each waffle as well!

Gluten Free Waffles with Berry Yogurt Topping |


Next up we have lunch. How about Brown Butter Pepperoni Mac & Cheese?

That’s right friends. Instead of pepperoni pizza I made a mac & cheese version. You will love this combo of Real California Cheese, California sour cream, macaroni pasta all topped with organic pepperoni slices.

Brown Butter Pepperoni Mac & Cheese |

It wasn’t until after we were done chowing down on this yummy dish…

Brown Butter Pepperoni Mac & Cheese |

That my daughter said I should have made hearts out of the pepperoni. So I did it to show you.

Go for it I say.

Brown Butter Pepperoni Mac & Cheese |


After busy days at school & work we all need a snack right?

Healthy smoothies made with Real California Milk are a great way to keep that energy going until dinner! This Simple Strawberry Smoothie is protein packed & great tasting to keep you going.

 Simple Strawberry Smoothie |

Here are a few fun facts about Real California Milk:

  • California is the number one dairy state in the US, producing more milk, butter and ice cream than any other state and is the 2nd largest producer of cheese and yogurt.
  • Many California dairy products are sold nationally. 99% of California dairies are family-owned.  When you look for and buy products with the Real California Milk and cheese seals you know that your dairy products are made from 100 percent California milk from California’s over 1500 dairy families.
  • California Milk and California Cheese products can be identified with the Real California Milk seal and or Real California Cheese seal on packing.

Milk also looks really pretty in pink smoothies. Don’t you think?!

A little bit of real Homemade Whipped Cream helps a whole lot too…

Simple Strawberry Smoothie |


Now let’s talk about dinner. These Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Herb Butter Hearts not only taste great but everyone loves food on sticks.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Herb Butter Hearts |

This is great as an appetizer or main dish.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Herb Butter Hearts |

Aren’t the herb compound butter hearts so cute?!

I have a silicone heart mold that is perfect to make these.

Herb Compound Butter Hearts |


Finally we have the perfect dessert for your Valentine…Homemade Chocolate Pudding!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding |

Hope you enjoyed this special menu, but don’t forget you can make any of these dishes any time of the year.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding |


Enjoy & Happy Valentine’s Day…XO

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Disclosure: I am working to help promote Real California Milk. All thoughts & opinions, photos & recipes are my own!

~ Marla Meridith

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30 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Menu with Real California Dairy!

  1. It’s fun that you included a menu for the entire day, but I’m going to pay special attention to the shrimp recipe. Love, love, love seafood and this looks simple and delicious! Not having a ton of ingredients makes it so much easier to pull together. Thanks for sharing! Deb