Spring has arrived, why not eat bugs?
I had a tiny friend sleepover on Friday, so I decided it would be a good night to practice some fun parenting. After all, we now have less than three months until this baby arrives. I did a bit of digging online and decided it would be a fun spring time activity to prepare bugs for dinner. I should have videotaped P’s reaction when I told her. It was priceless.
First up… Snails
- Mayonnaise (we used ranch dressing because P doesn’t like mayonnaise)
- Large tortilla
- Lettuce or baby spinach
- Sliced deli meat of your choice
- Sliced cheese of your choice
- Gherkin pickles (P doesn’t like pickles, so we used baby cucumbers)
- Carrot sticks
- Trim the rounded edges of the tortilla to make it square, then spread on mayo or dressing
- Layer on the lettuce or spinach, then the meat and cheese, and roll it up tightly.
- With the seam on the bottom, slice the tortilla into 2-inch-wide pinwheels. For the snail’s heads, cut a pickle (or cucumber) in half at an angle. Poke two small holes in the uncut ends and stick pieces of carrots for antennae.
- Slip each pickle (or cucumber) half under the edge of a pinwheel, securing them together with a toothpick, if necessary.
- Makes 4 to 6 pinwheel sandwiches.
Second course… Butterflies
- Nut butter
Simply make a nut-butter sandwich using apple slices, cut it into quarters, arrange the pieces as shown, and add a trimmed celery stick. I saw a lot of options for this online, so you can sub out any foods that your kid doesn’t like.
I lost P’s interest for awhile after making the peanut butter, so she played tag with my husband, Mark while I whipped us up some butterflies. Once they were done, she informed me that she doesn’t like apples. HA. So, I gave her some pears with peanut butter and she was happy.
And for dessert… Spiders
- Double Stuff Oreos
- Icing (homemade or pre-packaged)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Pretzel sticks
- Ziploc bag
Stick the pretzel sticks into the cookie. (They fit better in double stuff oreos than in the regular size). Put frosting in a small ziploc bag. Snip a small hole in the corner and squeeze out 2 dots on top of the oreo for the eyeballs. Press a mini chocolate chip in each circle. P insisted we give the spider a smile, so we did 🙂
Voila! Bugs for dinner. Now, I admit, it was a rookie mistake not consulting with her first about the foods that she likes, so we had to make some on-the-fly adaptations, but I think overall, it was a success!