Okay, so I’m on a mission to live life creatively, and not all that creativity is going to manifest itself in masterpieces.
A little background…I am a long time vegetarian, my daughter is vegetarian, and she is raising her daughters as vegetarians, as well. We have a higher than average appreciation for eating healthy food. Yet it still can be hard at times to get the little ones (ages 6 and 3) to eat healthy food with the same sense of gusto that they do the not-so-good stuff. I mean, even when you’re baking from scratch and using only organic ingredients, carbs are carbs, and living on them (or for them!) is not a good habit to get into. Somewhere in between the yummy low sugar muffins and fresh fruit, you still need some protein and veggies!
So what’s a Gaga to do?
I saw a recipe in a kids magazine for these cute cookie snacks. Yeah, cookies. They were made by taking a vanilla wafer, slathering on frosting, topping it with a chunk of a twix bar, adding a squished marshmallow on each side of the bar for wings, and striping it with thinned frosting to make it look like a bee. It was darling! But feed it to my girls? Not a chance!
So Gaga gets to thinking…creatively, of course. How do I turn this fun idea into something I would feel good about feeding my girls?
So, I started by getting out the whole grain crackers. Hmmmmm, what can I use for frosting? The oldest doesn’t much like hummus, so I got out a can of white beans, mashed them up, added just a bit of virgin olive oil, a little garlic powder and some spike (a multi-spice/herb seasoning) and made a pate. I used that to “frost” the crackers. The youngest is nic named Bea, so I made bees for her crackers, cutting the bodies and wings out of yellow soy cheese slices, and used sliced olives to “stripe” the bees. The oldest likes to be called “lady bug” but I couldn’t find anything red to make the body out of, so opted to make her dragonflies, instead. I used a sliver of raw zucchini for the body, and more of the cheese for wings, and Gaga’s “critter bites” were born! They devoured them!
Then they took the leftovers, plus some slivered carrots and began creating their own little structures to eat.
Next time I’ll get some red bell peppers and design lady bugs, but this worked. Little did they know they were eating protein and veggies, and I didn’t have to beg them to eat.
Yeah, this creativity thing is pretty cool.