Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Eat your veggies: pt 2 (Dinosaur Finger Sandwiches)

Really, you can make what ever shapes you'd like, but my twins are boys and that's what I had on hand that wasn't Christmassy. This is a great way to sprinkle on a little nutrition while making it playful and colorful. Find a cookie cutter in a shape that your kid adores to make it more meaningful to them. It's best to find ones that are easier to recognize. Like bears. Mine were pretty much incognito by the time I was done decorating. If they like a particular veggie, make that the top layer. I used a food chopper to make my life more simple. The smaller the pieces, the better.

White or (preferably) whole wheat bread (1 slice renders about 3 small shapes). Save the remains for bread crumbs if you feel badly about wasting it.
Light cream cheese
2 broccoli florets
A few slices of your choice color of bell pepper
Several cucumber slices

Cut out your animal shapes. Spread the cream cheese all across the bread. Don't go too skimpy on the cheese...this is the glue that holds the veggies together on the bread, and what gets the kid(s) to love eating the sandwich in the first place. Finely chop the veggies as small as possible. Spread a layer of broccoli on top of the cream cheese, and then do a layer of bell pepper. You can place the veggies in a manner that makes sense color-wise with your shape, like frosting and sprinkles on a sugar cookie. Place your cucumbers last on the sandwich.

Did it pass the kid test?

YUP! That one little sandwich on the plate was all that survived! I'm telling you, kids LOVE cream cheese!

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