What better way for a kid to see they are loved, than by finding their lunch full of hearts!
Step 1: Protein - heart shaped boiled egg
Using the cardboard from a rinsed milk carton, create a "canoe" shaped form/mold.
- Cut the milk carton in half lengthwise, so that a folded corner remains intact along with ~1.5" of the two adjacent sides.
- Using the creased corner, fold and loosely wrap a rubber band around each end of the waxed cardboard.
- Gently push each end of the waxed cardboard toward the center so it resembles a "canoe".
Set aside this "canoe" along with a bamboo skewer/chopstick, so that they are easily accessible
Peel the hard boiled egg and while it is still warm, place the egg in the seating section of the cardboard "canoe".
Starting from the outside of the "canoe", slip the bamboo skewer/chopstick under one rubber band, over the egg, then under the other rubber band. The bamboo skewer/chopstick should apply only slight pressure on to the warm hard boiled egg. (If pressure is too firm loosen the rubber bands, otherwise the cooked egg white may break apart.)
After about 10 minutes the pressure from the bamboo skewer/chopstick will form a slight but permanent indentation on the cooked egg. Remove egg from the "canoe" and cut the egg in half through the indentation (not along it), resulting in two heart shaped halves.
- If desired, place eggs on top of ranch dressing and/or spinach leaves to hold in place and provide more flavor.