Easy Anniversary Meals

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Treat every wedding anniversary like a holiday by celebrating all day long. Even if the anniversary falls on a weekday, make it special by preparing romantic dishes for each meal. Get your kids involved in the meal planning and preparation. Prepare as many elements as possible ahead of time so you can put each meal together in minutes and have more time to savor it with your spouse.


A sweet breakfast sets the tone for a day of romance. Cookie cutters can make your traditional breakfast foods seem special, so pick up some cutters in the shape of hearts or the number of the anniversary you’re celebrating. Cut whole-wheat pancakes or fruit scones into these shapes, or use a cookie cutter to cut out the centers of pieces of whole-wheat bread. Put the bread in a skillet and crack eggs into the holes. Cook each piece of bread on both sides until the egg is cooked through. Dress up glasses of orange juice by pressing whole strawberries onto the rim of the glass.


Even if you eat it on your own living room floor, enjoying a picnic lunch together will make you feel like you’re a million miles away from the stress of life. Cut a baguette into slices and set it out along with a few types of cheeses, grapes and sliced vegetables. For a more filling lunch, make sandwiches filled with vegetables and smoked turkey or chicken. Toast to your anniversary with iced tea or lemonade. If you can’t spend lunch together, pack a picnic lunch for your sweetheart and add a love note to the bag.


To leave room for dessert and drinks, opt for a light yet decadent dinner. Marinate and grill a steak or chicken breast and slice it up. Top a salad made of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes and a creamy dressing with the slices of meat. If you prefer seafood, grill two pieces of salmon sprinkled with lemon juice and salt. Prepare a side dish of roasted asparagus, which is rumored to have aphrodisiac powers. Drink glasses of the same wine you drank at your wedding.


For a romantic end to your day, make a sweet dessert that you can feed to one another. Dip strawberries in dark chocolate and roll them in chopped nuts or coconut. Refrigerate them to harden the chocolate. For an even easier dessert, melt chocolate and dip in pieces of fresh fruit or chunks of store-bought pound cake. If you’re still full from dinner, make a light dessert by pouring some sparkling wine into a bowl and topping it with a few scoops of fruit sorbet.