This month at the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club we are playing with our food & taking our regular old veggies and turning them into creatively yummy veggie snacks. I’m a firm believer that kids should play with their food; the more they play, the more they are willing to taste test & try.
These Veggie Snail Snacks are easy, fun to make & provide an opportunity to combine crafting with food that will make snack time memorable and a better bite.
Veggie Snacks & Snails by Jodie Fitz
¼ cup whipped cream cheese
½ teaspoon dried ranch seasoning
Wash and cut the celery into lengths that will hold a grape tomato & cucumber slice (lengths will vary depending on the size of your cucumber slice & grape tomatoes).
Wash the grape tomatoes.
Stir the cream cheese and dried ranch dressing together.
Fill the celery with the cream cheese mixture. Add a cucumber slice to serve as the snail shell. Add a grape tomato as the head.
Cut thin slices of celery to serve as antennae. Poke the top of each grape tomato with a toothpick where you want to add the antennas to make it easier for them to insert.
Add eyes using whatever vegetables you have handy: peas, tiny peas in the center of a snow pea, cut pieces of olives, etc. Attach them by using some of the cream cheese mixture.
Note: This cream cheese mixture will make approximately 5 – 8 snail snacks.
Wobbly Snails? Depending on you celery, you may want to shave the bottom of the cut celery stalk with a knife to create a flat edge before the kids fill & build their snails to create a stable base.
Create a tasty story time by reading a book & making a snack together. Here are some picture book options:
How Many Snails?: A Counting Book (Counting Books (Greenwillow Books))“>How Many Snails?
Snail Trail“>Snail Trail
Tools To Make This Recipe Easy & Fun:
Curious Chef 6-Piece Measuring Cup SetCurious Chef Measuring Spoon Set
Joie Piggy Wiggy Mini Silicone Spatula Set, 2-Piece“>Piggy Wiggy Mini Spatula Set
Flexible Cutting Board, Colorful Kitchen Cutting Mat Set, Easy Clean Modern Mats“>Colorful work station/cutting boards