Lego Snack Time

For my son’s 5th birthday celebration at school he wanted to bring something “cool” for his friends and I wanted to get away from the usual cupcakes or cake that is brought in for birthdays. Let’s be clear- I LOVE cake, and I let my son have cake for special occasions- I am not anti-cake by any means. But with 30 kids in the classroom and 3 teachers over the course of a 9 month school year that’s roughly cake or cupcakes on average EVERY WEEK! Yikes. So here was our alternative idea (stolen from none other than Pinterest 😜)

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The red ninja from Ninjago made out Babybel cheese. Simply remove one side of the wax strip on the cheese and draw two eyes (I used black cake decorating gel)

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PB&J Lego brick sandwiches. Cut of the crust then cut in half. I made the circles using an open baby bottle to press into a slice of bread. Then dab some peanut butter on one side of the circle to stick it to the bread.

The kids (and teachers) loved it and my son was thrilled. I wish I had some better picks but I was juggling a one year old in a chaotic preschool while trying to arrange the snack. I would have loved to have a bit more time to arrange the snacks in a more “Lego-y” way but hey- that’s what having kids is like, right?

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Sunset Snails

This lunch was inspired by one of my 4 year old’s favorite movies, Turbo, about a racing snail (named Turbo). He also likes beautiful sunsets, so I paired the two together.

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Ingredients:

Shaved carrots (the orange sunset)

Radish slice (the setting sun)

Celery (sliced lengthwise) and Snap Peas (the grass)

Peanut Butter (the “mud”)

Pistachios (the rocks)

Tortilla/shredded cheese/ham (made into a quesadilla to make the snails)

 

Method:

Melt the cheese on the tortilla with the ham, fold in half to make a quesadilla. Let cook a little bit, then cut out the shape of a snail either by hand or with a cookie cutter (I had one from IKEA).

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Lay the shaved carrot across the top third of a plate to make the sunset sky, lay a slice of radish on top. Put a spoonful of peanut butter on the plate and assemble the “grass” around it. Lay the snails on the grass and sprinkle some “rocks” around.

Be sure to tall your youngster the “grass” can be dipped in the “mud”, they will love that!

 

Time Saving Tip:

Have a stash of washed and ready to eat veggies in the fridge. They don’t all have to be cut, but just having the visual reminder of all the beautiful veggies can encourage you to eat more and it makes it easier to make picture lunches!

Here is my stash I took out of the fridge today…

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Substitutions:

The “mud” can be any dip (any nut butter, hummus, yogurt, etc).

The snails could also be bread or naan or pita topped with hummus (or just plain).

The “grass” can really be any green veggie.

The “sun” could also be a tomato slice or carrot slice (the circular way) or even a round cooked slice of sweet potato or a round slice of banana if you don’t have any other veggies.

The “rocks” could be any nut.

 

Your imagination can take it from here 🙂

Friday Fun with Food

This will be a quickie 😉 So moms or dads with hardly anytime (uh yeah, that’s all of us, right?) I put this one together in about 3 minutes. Don’t believe me? Just ask my mom, she was standing right there bouncing a fussy baby!

It was meant to be a traveller coming home from Australia in honor of my parent’s return from Australia today. But then my plane started to look like a rocket ship so we have…

“Return From Outer Space Travels”

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Ingredients: rice cake with hummus and turkey, tomato nose, mozzarella ball eyes with seaweed eyeballs, celery arms, seaweed legs, grated cheese hair, turkey rocket with carrot fire, carrot moon, strawberry fields (lol), cracker suitcase with pea shell handle and pea wheels, pea shell mouth.

Springtime Butterfly

I was in a hurry to get lunch on the table after a chaotic morning (trying to accomplish WAY too much with a 3 year old and a 3 month old and with a huge case of sleep deprivation) when my preschooler said ‘Mommy, can I have a picture lunch?’ How can I say no to that?!? So I scrounged around in the fridge and found some leftover smoked beef, cheese and tortillas. I decided to make a beef quesadilla and was wondering what to do with it when I cut it in half and instantly knew it was going to be a butterfly. The rest was fun. The grass and flower stems are cucumbers, the flowers are cherry tomatoes and baby carrot slices (as are the spots on the butterfly) and the body and antennae of the butterfly is red bell pepper (organic of course!)

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Edible Heart Art

Today’s post is in celebration of Valentines Day with food ideas to get your little one to try something new (?) and eat fantastically fun (healthy) food. I could have made hundreds of more “heart art” but I forced myself to cap it…it was just so much fun! When I was trying to come up with a theme for this blog post I was at a loss for a while, but then I remembered one of my son’s favorite books when he was younger and this book was the seed of my inspiration. Every animal is constructed using only hearts! It is truly an amazing children’s book.

DSC_0466Here are some of the ingredients I used: cucumber, carrot, ham, cheese, soft shell sprouted wheat tortilla, strawberries, egg and raisins.

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To make the egg in a heart shaped I treated myself to this from Amazon:

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I also thinly sliced some sweet potatoes, cut out heart shapes and baked them (about 15-20 minutes at 425F).

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What better way to introduce your child to beautiful, healthy red beets than to present them as food art? I steamed these beets for about half an hour, thinly sliced then and cut out various heart shapes.

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The balloon stems are from a dried fruit “leather” snack that I thinly sliced. (the valentines are homemade by my 3 year old 😉

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or for a more adult presentation…

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I then got creative with the book and my cut out hearts and here is what I came up with. My 3 year old son helped.

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And OF COURSE, my sous chef got to sample and enjoy…

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Happy Valentines Day!