Sacred and Immaculate Heart Fruit and Veggie Platters

 
+Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, followed by the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary+
 
I think these 2 Feast Days are my favorite during Ordinary Time.  Hence, the many ways I enjoy making them special.  Last year I made fruit pizzas for my family and friends but this year I came up with an even healthier alternative! 
 
It's always so much fun to contribute here at Catholic Cuisine. (Thank you, Jessica!)  I hope you will find these easy fruit and veggie platters a nice addition to your family or parish celebration.
 
Sacred Heart Veggie Platter
Ingredients:
Baby carrots
Cherry/grape tomatoes
Red bell pepper
Pretzel sticks
 
Simply line your platter with baby carrots to make the shape of a heart.  Next, I added the pretzel (thorns) and filled in with cherry and grape tomatoes.  The red bell peppers made a great flame for the top and more pretzel sticks for the cross.
 
Looking for platter ideas?  I purchased these two 18" clear Sturdiware platters from a local party store a few years ago.  They were only a few dollars a piece!  They are at the top of my list of favorite, frugal, kitchen purchases...I use them constantly for a variety of entertainment occasions.
 
Immaculate Heart Fruit Platter
Ingredients:
Watermelon
Mini Marshmallows
Red apple
There's a post on Pinterest from Women Living Well about how to cut a watermelon.  This is extremely helpful! 
Clump your watermelon together to make the shape of a heart.  Then, add marshmallows to make the string of white flowers and place the sliced red apple on top for the flame.
 Enjoy!
 
"Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice." ~St. Bernadette Soubirous
 
"If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart, it still would not equal the love of the heart of Mary for her children."~St. Louis de Montfort

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