Thursday, July 30, 2009
I've found that my 5 year old daughter enjoys food even more when she's had a hand in preparing it. So, rather than replicate the flower as impeccably pictured in Parents, I prepared the ingredients (she picked her own basil stem from her garden) and she created her own version of a garden salad flower "Look! Mine has nectar!" she declared as she added a yellow tomato on top of the cheese center. My 17 month old also got in on the fun.
1) Slice tiny yellow tomatoes in half lengthwise and arrange them, cut side down, in the shape of a petal.
2) Put whole red grape tomatoes on top and fill center with mini mozzarella balls (we used mini babybel instead).
3) Break off a piece of a basil plant to resemble a stem and, voila, you've grown a healthy snack.