Does the upcoming Memorial Day holiday have you rummaging around for several themed snacks to serve your preschool and kindergarten age kids? If so, I have a handful of suggestions that you may find favorable. Each one is a dish that I have served to others on prior occasions. Here they are:
Patriotic Tortellini Salad
In order to make the salad, you’ll need to purchase and divide a bag of tortellini into three equal parts. Then dye one portion red and the other blue. Leave the remaining portion in its natural state. If you are concerned about feeding your family dishes made with commercial dyes, consider using natural ones instead. The Better Homes and Gardens website contains instructions for making natural blue dye. As far as the red dye goes, I typically utilize beet juice. Just boil the pasta in a 50-50 beet juice and water blend and it should come out just fine.
Once the pasta has been dyed and cooked, use it to create a salad. If you have never made a basic tortellini salad before, you can find instructions for doing so posted on the Food Network’s website. The salad is traditionally served cold.
Patriotic Crudités Platter
Another snack that I like to serve from time to time is a patriotic crudités platter made with blue cheese yogurt dip, red, white and purple vegetables. Vegetables to consider using for such purposes are red peppers, white radishes, white cauliflower, purple cauliflower and purple carrots. Just cut the veggies up like you normally would and place them onto a platter. Then place a bowl full of the blue cheese yogurt dip into the center of the mix. Afterward, let the kids help themselves to as much veggies and dip as they’d like.
Patriotic Baked Fruit Plate
Want to serve something other than a fruit parfait? Try making a patriotic, baked fruit plate instead. I make my dish using a compilation of three separate items. They are blueberry almond French toast bake, baked Fuji apples and a dollop of vanilla crème fraiche. You may want to consider doing the same.
You can find a recipe for the French toast bake on the Food Network’s website and the Seriously Eats website has a recipe for homemade crème fraiche. Oftentimes, I’ll just buy readymade crème fraiche to save time. Once you have all of your dishes made, put a little of each one onto a small plate and serve it to your child.
Source: Personal Experience
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