Silly Faces for Lunch

I think all of us are could benefit from getting more veggies in our diets. Yes, even you, T-Rexes. Lots of people have to find ways to “trick” their kids into eating vegetables, which I’m totally on board with. Trick your kids as long as you can get away with it! Personally, I end up having to trick myself into eating more veggies, not because I don’t like them, but because I just kind of forget there are foods other than coffee and cheese.

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The other day, we were all hungry, I had too much produce in the house, and the 3 year old needed an activity. I stood him on a chair in the kitchen to help me make silly faces for lunch. I saw this in one of his Elmo books, so it’s clearly a good idea.

I cut up cheese for teeth, cucumbers and tomatoes for eyes, and used cucumber and carrot peels for hair. You can use whatever you have in the house. And let the kid be creative! Don’t get hung up on it being a face, necessarily. I’m here to tell you, LOTS of those pictures on pinterest are plain old lies. No, random blogger, I don’t believe your 18 month old perfectly decorated that Christmas tree craft you’re guilting me into doing. So here’s what my 3 year old made:

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See? Perfect three year old artwork. And he ate ALL OF IT, which was the important part. I made this one for myself, and it’s far more terrifying:

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I’m not sure why it came out like a nightmare clown, but whatever, it still tasted good.

Some ingredient ideas:
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Snap peas
Rinsed, canned beans
Carrots
Cherry tomatoes
Cheese cubes
Radishes
Cucumbers
Olives
Hard-boiled eggs
Peas
Avocado
Spinach or salad for hair
Cottage cheese
Whatever needs to get used up in the fridge

This was a fun way to “cook” with my kiddo, let him do something creative, and get all of us fed at the same time. So clean out the produce drawer and have at it!

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January 11, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Cooking, Kid Stuff, Thriftiness is Cool.

One Comment

  1. Harold Ploegstra replied:

    These are great. I remember making a penguin with an egg,black olive for head, thin strips of something (can’t remember) stuck on with toothpicks and surrounded by a sea of lettuce, chopped to make long rows of wavey water. I may have used a marshmallow to set the egg in so it stood straight.Fun times.

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