Oh you know I am about to do it again…PLAY WITH MY FOOD.
I am getting “Corny with it.” That reminds me of Clinton Kelly on The Chew saying he is going to get “Crafty with it.”
Yep, it is happening probably as you are reading this and I am probably giggling with my excitement to serve my kids a special Christmas treat.
The great thing about everything I am sharing today?
IT IS SO EASY AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL TOOLS, INGREDIENTS, OR TIME!!
All it needs is a bit of love and imagination. And come on, who doesn’t love a festive treat now and then?! (Sure hope my family does because I CAN NOT STOP!!)
This little guy–so cute, right?!
Well, he could not be easier.
- I made my favorite whole wheat pancakes for my family.
- Sliced bananas to create Santa’s beard.
- Spooned all fruit strawberry jelly (feel free to use my homemade strawberry sauce as well) in a triangle above pancake and outlined Santa’s hat with some whipped cream (or you could use more bananas.)
- Gave Santa 2 chocolate chip eyes and strawberry jam nose.
- Deliver a smile for breakfast.
Christmas Fruit Tree
So much better than fruit cake, huh?!
This little tree is made with pear and apple slices and arranged in a tree pattern. I placed a star cookie cutter over a Bosch pear with a yellow glow and cut around it–not perfect, but it works. I sprinkled fresh pomegranate seeds over the “tree” to look like ornaments.
Easy, peasy. And healthy and NO out of season fruit that you have to pay an arm and a leg for!
Christmas Vegetable Tray
- Place broccoli florets in a large triangle in the middle of a serving tray.
- Add pepper slices as garland for the tree.
- Use cherry/grape tomatoes as the trunk.
- Using a star cookie cutter, cut out a star from the yellow pepper.
- Serve with your favorite dip on the side.
Mexican Roll-Up Christmas Tree
Okay, so yes, Spinach Tortillas would have been more appropriate to make this tree, but I keep things as real as possible and this the spinach tortillas in my neck of the woods were GARBAGE.
So for the sake of health, this tree is looking a bit out of sorts. If you can find good quality spinach tortillas, go for it. The peppers from the salsa inside these wraps would pop like little ornaments!
- Spread fat free refried beans on tortilla.
- Spread salsa over beans and top with a bit of shredded cheese, if desired.
- Roll up tightly and store in plastic wrap in fridge for at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.
- Slice the tortillas into little pinwheels and arrange in tree pattern.
- Again, I used my star cookie cutter to create a star.
- This makes a perfect snack to munch on Christmas Day.
Peanut Butter Reindeer Treats
This little Rudolph is my kids favorite after school snack (well, besides, Christmas cookies!!)
It takes about 2 minutes to prepare.
- Spread rice cake (or pancake or bread cut into a circle) with peanut butter.
- Add 2 pretzels for antlers.
- Add one cranberry or red chocolate candy as Rudolph’s nose.
- Give Rudolph eyes by dolloping a bit of yogurt and then topping with a chocolate chip (or just use chocolate chips.)
One of our favorite December Family Nights is to make Ginger bread houses.
We divide into teams of boys verses girls and set a timer at separate tables arranged in separate rooms.
Not only is it fun, but I do it on the cheap.
We use old boxes (like from pasta or cereal), white glue (wait to hear why), a bit of frosting (just powdered sugar mixed with water until just spreadable), generic graham crackers, and leftover Halloween candy I save for this purpose.
So, why do it this way?
- The glue works to hold the graham crackers perfectly to our boxes and gets the “house” built faster.
- The glue prevents us from the temptation to eat our creation.
- The frosting can be used to “glue” candies to the house structure or just as the snow.
- The candy that causes cavities and is filled with chemicals is what I save to use for the our Gingerbread houses.
So we are using what we have on hand, saving our bodies from a bit of junk, and having fun that is not frustrating!!! (Some of those gingerbread house kits are ridiculous!!)
And after the reveal to each other, we enjoy homemade cookies and milk–so we are NOT deprived of our sugar!
Have a little fun with your family and your food this year! The memories will last for years!