1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #80
LUNCH – Kid Friendly Chili & Toast Squares
The two most common reasons, I find, that kids don’t like chili, are the spice and the kidney beans. This Kid Friendly Chili is mild enough for kids and I always tell the them, if they try the beans and don’t like them, than they can just pick them out – kidney beans are big, they are easy to pick out. As of this batch, my daughter officially likes chili!! It’s been a long time coming, but it happened. Apparently it’s easier to just eat the beans.
SNACK – Snack Play
We’re at it again…playing with our food. The kids enjoyed our last snack play so much, that I just had to do it again. This time it was building towers, block style. I cut up some cheddar cheese into cubes, sliced some carrots into discs and cut the grapes in half to create domes. Then I set the cheese blocks on their placemats and gave them a cup of “building supplies” and let them work away – nibbling and chatting and figuring things out.
SNACK – Sweet Potato and Kale Chips & Dip
This was my first time serving kale chips, to the daycare kids for snack, so I decided to pair them up with sweet potato chips & dip, because I already know how much they like them. When I brought out the kale chips a few of them shouted “I love those!” and they ate every last one – including the crumbs.
To make the kale chips: I washed and spun 1 bunch of kale, then tore off bite size pieces from the thick stem and placed the pieces in a bowl. I tossed the kale with 2 tbsp of olive oil and then arranged the pieces of kale on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, so that they were not touching. I bake them in a 350°F oven for 7 minutes, but set the timer for 5 minutes and then watched them like a hawk, so they didn’t burn. They should be crispy but not blackened, because that can happen if you don’t set the timer – just saying.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)