Bell Pepper Faces
Here’s a fun way to encourage your toddler to eat vegetables. Go for contrasting colors; reds, greens, and oranges will stand out nicely against a white or yellow tortilla. It doesn’t matter if your tot’s meal looks like a Rembrandt painting, but he’ll be more excited about it if it’s colorful.
INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 1 SERVING
1 flour or corn tortilla
1 cherry tomato
¼ green pepper
1 slice cheese
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Red, green, or yellow bell peppers are sweet and crunchy. Their hotter cousins, such as the jalapeño or the cayenne, will bring tears to your eyes and do much worse for a toddler. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, an alkaloid that forms the basis of pepper sprays. Good for people who thrive on spicy food, but keep it out of your toddler’s meal.
1. Place the tortilla on a flat plate. Slice the cherry tomato in half. Place on the tortilla for eyes.
2. Slice the bell pepper in half and remove all seeds. Cut 5–10 thin strips; place at the top of the tortilla for hair.
3. Cut the cheese into 2 half-circles. Place at the sides of the tortilla for ears.
4. Wash and peel the carrot. Grate several pieces and place on the tortilla for the mouth and eyebrows.
5. When the vegetables are all positioned the way you like them, affix each to the tortilla with a dab of peanut butter.