These cheeky faces are bound to be a hit with toddlers!
- 2 large slices wholemeal bread
- 2 tablespoons avocado, mashed
- ¼ Lebanese cucumber, sliced and then halved
- ¼ carrot, peeled and cut into triangle pieces
- ¼ red capsicum, deseeded and cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons salad sprouts
- 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 square slice (20 g) cheese (25% reduced-fat), cut in half
- Using a large cookie cutter (or the edges of a small bowl or large glass) cut a large circle out of the bread creating a shape for the face. Line a microwave-safe plate with baking paper and cook the bread on high for 90 seconds so the bread dries out and becomes like a crouton (or you can keep the bread untoasted if you prefer).
- Spread the bread pieces with avocado. Add the vegetable shapes to the bread using the cucumber halves for ears, tomatoes for eyes, capsicum strips for the mouth and carrot pieces for a nose. Use the cheese slice and a tiny piece of capsicum to create a bow tie. Keep the remaining vegetable shapes out so kids can create different combinations for themselves.
Health tip: It’s great to have fun with healthy food alternatives. This activity allows kids to learn the textures and flavours of different vegetables, and to talk about their colours and flavours as they eat the different ones. The bread and the avocado alone is a great snack for younger children aged 10 to 12 months old.
Cook’s tip: Spread the bread with avocado mixed with ricotta cheese or cream cheese as an alternative. Replace cheese with a boiled egg slice. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from slices of bread or use one large cookie cutter to cut out a shape in each slice of bread. Cut vegetables into strips and keep in a container for a quick snack when out and about.
Per serve: energy 1094 kJ, protein 11.4 g, fat 15.2 g, saturated fat 5.3 g, cholesterol 15.1 mg, carbohydrate 17.2 g, fibre 5.1 g, sodium 34.5 mg, GI medium