I've been sending Valentine's Day treats to school for almost seven years. If I've learned anything in that time, it's that teachers have no interest in receiving a parade of sweets for their classroom party.
Can you blame them? Imagine witnessing five or six parents arriving with platters of sugar-laden goodies, only to take off and leave you alone with twenty kids ready to succumb to sweet-induced mania (shudder).
As someone who often sends edible Valentines in with the kids, I feel I should counteract the sweetness with non-sugary party foods. So we make these. Simple crackers made from whole grain pitas and wraps, cut into heart shapes, brushed with olive oil, topped with a spice blend, and baked until crispy. Served with a paprika-dressed tzatziki in a pretty red heart, the kids are almost always as excited about eating this as they are a plate of heart shaped cut-out cookies.