Monday, March 07, 2011

Make It Monday: Butterfly Snacks

It's a rainy, muddy day here in CT, bringing flooded basements and washed out roads, but it's also washing away the mountains of dirty, sand-covered snow that we've been staring at for months so many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. Spring is on its way, finally!

To celebrate this, we're making butterfly snacks today.  These are a variation of "ants on a log" - that traditional kid snack of celery stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins. This is an easy way to get kids, as young as pre-school age in the kitchen "cooking".

Butterfly Snacks
✿ 3 to 4 inch long pieces of celery
   (how to select, clean & destring your celery)
✿ hummus
   (Sarah's Cucina Bella shared one of her hummus recipes with us)
✿ mini pretzels
✿ slivered almonds
  (toast them on a cookie sheet for added flavor & crunch)

Stuff the celery with the hummus.
Arrange the pretzels as wings
Use the slivered almonds as antennae

  • The original version of this used a plastic bag to pipe the hummus onto the celery. If you have a reusable piping bag, that might be fun, but it seemed easy enough to simply stuff them using a spoon and butter knife. 
  • Mini loop pretzels would be a great idea for wings, but we only had snaps in the house so we improvised. 
  • The other change I made to the original version was eliminating the raisin eyes. I don't know about you, but raisins & hummus just don't taste good together to me. Do you have an idea for butterfly eyes that compliments the celery and hummus?
Packing this snack for school, we popped a handful of pretzels and slivered almonds into a snackTAXI and put our prefilled celery stalks into a LunchBot.

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