Enchanted Forest Snacking Tray

Teaching your kids that food is fun and exciting is a sure fire way to prevent picky eaters. Raise a grazer by setting up  a snacking tray for an after school snack and watch the food disappear. Feel free to play around with the items on the tray so your kids taste as many new things as possible!

Prep time 15 mins | serves 4

Ingredients / Methods

For the toadstools:

2 mozzarella cheese sticks, each cut into 3 equal pieces

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tsp light mayonnaise

  • Slightly fray the bottoms of the cut cheese sticks so they stand up straight.
  • Arrange the sticks on a large serving tray, top each stick with half a tomato.
  • Using a toothpick, dip into the mayo and add dots all over the tomato halves to resemble toadstools.

For the butterflies:

2 celery stalks, each cut into three equal parts

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 apple of your choice (granny smith is my favourite)

12 pretzel sticks

6 chocolate covered raisins

  • Fill celery with peanut butter.
  • Core apple and halve apple. Slice into thin half moons
  • Position 4 half moons, cut side up into the peanut butter, two per side of the celery with just inside corners touching to resemble butterfly wings.
  • Stick in two pretzels per celery stick as antennas.
  • Add one chocolate covered raisin per celery stick as the head.
  • Position the butterflies on the prepared tray with the toadstools.

For the fairy trees:

2 cups broccoli florets with long stems left

1/4 cup light cheese whiz

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

  • Serve the broccoli raw or steamed, it’s up to you.
  • spread some cheese whiz over the tops of each floret and position on serving tray.
  • Dust the tops of the broccoli trees with parmesan cheese for a whimsical look.

For the graperpillars:

4 toothpicks

20  green grapes

1 tsp melted chocolate

  • Skewer the grapes onto the toothpicks, 5 per toothpick.
  • Melt the chocolate and dot eyes onto each graperpillar using a toothpick.
  • position on snacking tray.

To finish the platter:

Fill in the bare spaces with mixed greens and alfalfa sprouts. You can scatter fresh berries around for colour, serve it to your little ones and watch them devour the forest!

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