Dinosaur Veggies for Kids

Snack and Lunch Ideas for Dino Loving Kids! Lots of veggies in these super easy recipes!The coolest dinosaurs were herbivores. This coincidence makes it convenient to call any veggie by a dinosaur name. Asparagus can quickly become Stegosaurus Spikes. Broccoli is suitable for  Brachiosaurus Bites. And any leafy green can be proclaimed, “Dinosaur Leaves!”

If you’re willing to put aside your pride and play in the kitchen you might have results like this: My 3yo roams around the kitchen on all fours requesting more leaves. She literally stuffs handfuls of spinach into her mouth. Imagination goes a long way in the kitchen.

My 3yo and 5yo just finished two weeks of perfectly ferocious dinosaur-themed preschool activities. To celebrate the #LoveHealthy Veggie Campaign I wanted to make some easy, veggie-packed snack and lunch ideas based on our favorite prehistoric reptiles.

Let’s start with our Prehistoric Veggie Rollups.

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Take a whole grain tortilla and give it a schmear of hummus or soft cheese, like Laughing Cow.

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Place thinly sliced veggies in the middle. I used whatever vegetation was living in my fridge. I had cabbage, red bell peppers, spinach, and carrots. If you’re using carrots, try using a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips.

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Roll them up, cut into pieces, and serve with some dinosaur claws.

Rolled-up

To make the dinosaur claws you need oval-ish shaped veggies. I used cucumbers and wide sides of an orange bell pepper. Leave the skin on your cucumber and diagonally slice it for a nice long oval. Cut out the claws with a sharp knife.

Claws

Serve together for a veggie powerhouse snack. You can nestle the roll ups on top of shredded greens. Your kidlet may eat the garnish. Bonus.

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Next up is Parasaurolophus Peanut Pasta. If your kids prefer, try an alternate dino like Protoceratops. (Note: Those are the only two dinos I can think of that alliterate with pasta. Tough luck if your kids don’t like either of them.) But really, this is just a great way to use leftover pasta. I love to put this Asian-inspired cold noodle dish in school lunches. If you’re not into dinosaurs, just call it Veggie Ribbon Peanut Pasta.

Ribbon Veggie Peanut Pasta

Veggie Ribbon Peanut Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 3 Cups

Serving Size: 1 Cup

Veggie Ribbon Peanut Pasta

This cold pasta dish is perfect for lunches. Your crew will love the tangy sauce and colorful ribbons in the pasta.

Ingredients

  • About 2 cups cooked pasta, like fettuccine, spaghetti, wide rice, or soba
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Veggie Ribbons
  • 2 Whole Carrots, washed and peeled into long strips
  • 1 Handful of Spinach or small wedge of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, water, honey, soy sauce, and garlic powder until smooth and creamy. Next prep your vegetables. Wash your produce and make ribbons out of your carrots. Using a sharp knife thinly slice strips of other veggies that can't be "peeled."
  • Place the peanut sauce over the pasta and toss gently. Finally, add in the vegetables and gently swirl to combine. Serve.

 

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