Thursday, April 23, 2009

Toddler Meal Idea: Creepy Crawly Tuna Sandwiches or Butterflies

If you are making lunches for your child, you could show them how to make this sandwich into a creepy crawly on a day when they are home. Then, when you pack the lunch include all the ingredients and a picture (if they are young) reminding them how to put it together. Cut and paste this picture if you need to. Your child might have fun showing his or her friends how to make a creepy crawly sandwich.

2 cans of tuna (you can see that I am not loyal to any particular brand.) ;)
green olives, black olives, or you could even cut grapes in half.
hot dog buns
pretzel sticks
a few round tortilla chips (if doing the butterfly)

1. Drain tuna and add about 1/8 cup mayo for every can of tuna used. (1/4 cup mayo if you are using two cans like I ended up doing. 2 cans made 5 sandwiches nicely)
2. Lay hot dog buns flat side up and spread tuna mixture over bottom halves of hot dog buns.
3. Shred cheddar cheese over the tuna.4. Cook in a 350 degree oven for approx. 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and buns slightly toasted.
5. Put buns tops on and decorate, turning into a butterfly or a spider, depending on what kind of child God has blessed you with. ;) Preston gets a spider and watches me eat my butterfly.

Download and print a copy of this recipe here.

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