Thursday, September 17, 2009

Great suggestions!

We have been getting quite a few wonderful suggestions from our providers about how they add variety to their meals and how they keep their menus exciting for their children. We included some of these suggestions in our latest monitoring unit but we wanted to post some more here because there were so many we didn't have room for. It has made me smile to read about all of the ways our providers are making their mealtimes fun!

Here are some more suggestions:

  • Call hamburgers and sloppy joes "crabby patties".
  • Squeeze happy faces with ketchup on the children's plates.
  • Use dinner roll dough to make "roll animals" such as turtles.
  • Make a "waffle pizza". Spread spaghetti sauce on the waffle and have children put ingredients in each waffle hole (chunks of ham, chicken, cheese, grape tomatoes, pepper, pineapple).
  • Put chopped grapes and finely diced celery into chicken salad for a crunchy texture.
  • Serve an all finger food meal-no forks or knives needed!
  • Stir cereal into yogurt for extra crunch.
  • Serve a variety of shapes on the plate- circle, triangle, rectangle.
  • Serve the "smiley face" potatoes that can be found in the store with the frozen french fries.
  • Color the food to match a holiday (Valentine's day, St. Patrick's day, etc.)

These helpful suggestions just keep coming in so I will post more as I get them. If you are a Wildwood provider who sent a suggestion in, thank you!

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