Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lunch in the Forest


Our children eat healthier and new options if I make it fun for them. Here is a lunch I came up with this fall.

TREE: My kids don't eat the hotdog in a bun, but they love it wrapped with croissants. That's the trunk of the pine tree! The evergreen is pickle spears cut in half. The ground is ketchup for dipping.
BUNNY: For fruit, I have bunny made of a canned pear half with a marshmallow tail, banana chip ears, and a mini carrot to eat.
LOGS: The logs are cut up carrots. The organic carrots are so flavorful, they don't need ranch dip.

For Dessert:
Dark Forest Brownies with bat sprinkles and candy eyes!

As a fun activity, we also made finger paints using a recipe of corn starch, confectioners sugar, water, food coloring, and fall seasonings. While it's safe to eat - don't, it's gross! If you want edible, just add to vanilla pudding. But it smelled so good. We used
ORANGE=Pumpkin Spice
GREEN=Apple Pie (frosting flavor)
PURPLE=??(can't recall)
BROWN=Hot Cocoa (cocoa)

Fingerpainting Fingerpainting
Fingerpainting Fingerpainting

Of course this is around All Hallows Eve, so you need to bake up the pumpkin seeds for a snack!

Check out all my autumn & kid themed food fun:
AUTUMN @ The Michalek Kitchen
KID FOOD @ The Michalek Kitchen

Cucumber Canoes

Cucumber Canoes
I came across this idea in a magazine about playing with your food. Of course my kids had so much fun playing and eating this lunch. Like everything, I take it up a notch and share my ideas with you!

Use a spoon to carve out a cucumber half. Fill with Tuna Salad. Add radishes and carrots on top as people with paddles.
Tuna Salad for us is:
Tuna, Mayonnaise, Chopped Onions and Celery, Seasoned Salt and Pepper

Cucumber Canoes
Cucumber Canoes

Adults will enjoy this too! It can also be made Mayonnaise free using the scraped out cucumber seeds and looks more like this:

Ricecake Snowmen

Our children had so much fun with this, they didn't realize it's a "healthy snack!"
Ricecake Snowmen
Rice Cakes
Cream Cheese
Shredded Carrots, and carrot tips
Mini Crackers
Radishes, circle slices and root ends
Optional: Shredded Cheese, Olive slices, Cereal squares, Broccoli, etc.

Spread Cream Cheese (snow) onto rice cake circle. Let the kids decorate with dried fruits and fresh veggies.
Ricecake SnowmenRicecake Snowmen

Ricecake SnowmenRicecake Snowmen

Ricecake SnowmenRicecake Snowmen

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rainbow Ribbon Gelatin Salad

Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Salad

Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad

6 Flavors of gelatin 3oz (Red Cherry, Orange, Yellow Lemon, Green Lime, Blue Berry, Purple Grape)
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
- Add to 6 pint jars (or bowls), along with 1 Tbsp Unflavored Gelatin (Knox 1/2 packet) in each.
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
-Add 1 Cup boiling water to each and stir for 2 min.
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad

1 - 14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Add 1 Cup Boiling Water and whisk
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
1 pkt Knox Unflavored Gelatin (2 Tbsp)
- Add to 1/2 Cup Cold Water, let sit 1 min.
- Add 1/2 Cup Boiling Water, whisk.

Mix milk and gelatin water together, then divide into 6 bowls (Aprx 2/3 C each).
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
Add 1/3 Cup of mixed flavored gelatin from each color into milk bowls. Whisk together well.
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
Allow gelatin and milk to cool to room temperature.

Next grease 9x13 pan or bundt cake pan with a paper towel and mayonnaise.
Then add first color of jarred gelatin (I chose Purple first) into pan. Freeze level for 15 minutes.
Add a layer of milk gelatin, and freeze for 10 minutes.
Rainbow Ribbon Jello Salad
Alternate jar/transparent gelatin and bowl/milk gelatin, freezing now for 5 minutes each. Be sure to whisk each before adding, as they begin to gel up while you wait.

Finally, let the Jell-O firm up completely in the fridge for an hour or more. To release from pan, soak in warm water, plate it, then slice and serve!
Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O SaladRainbow Ribbon Jell-O Salad

Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O SaladRainbow Ribbon Jell-O Salad

Change the shape to an egg mold, pan, glass bowls/cups, etc for any occasion!
or Make it spiked!


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