Make meal time more fun for your kids by using cookie cutters to
transform their food into creative shapes. Especially preschool
aged children will enjoy eating their food cut into different
shapes...you can even let them help prepare their meal! These
treats will please even some of the pickiest eaters.
Sandwiches and Toast - Use cookie cutters to turn your child's
peanut butter or toasted cheese sandwich into creative shapes.
This also works great for toast. When my preschool aged boys
don't want breakfast, I ask them if they want toast shaped like
dinosaurs, and they always say yes!
Quesadillas - For a lunch treat, try using cookie cutters to cut
tortillas into different shapes. Sprinkle with grated cheese,
top with another tortilla, and fry in a little butter. For a
special treat, you can also brush tortillas with a little butter,
sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, and fry until light brown.
Pancakes and French Toast - Use cookie cutters to cut your
child's french toast or pancakes into fun shapes. If you have
time for an extra special breakfast, try this homemade pancake
1 c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. milk
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk eggs and milk
together. Mix egg mixture with the flour mixture until lumps are gone.
Use 1/4 cup batter to make 1 pancake.
Finger Jello - Even finger jello can be cut into fun shapes.
Your kids will love helping with this one. Try this easy finger
Finger Jello Recipe
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 (3-oz.) pkg. flavored jello
4 c. boiling water
Add boiling water to gelatin, stir until dissolved. Pour into
13x9 inch pan. Chill until set. Cut into shapes with cookie
Don't forget, have fun!
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of
What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick
easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips,
home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative
Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.
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