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My groups of mom friends and I typically get together for a festive playdate before each holiday. It’s a chance for us to break up the craziness of our lives and really celebrate fun moments with our littles. We have our St. Patty’s playdate coming up and I’m tasked with bringing some healthy toddler-friendly snacks. As you guys know, I’m all about pulling together store-bought items and I have to say, both Piper and I are pretty jazzed about how everything turned out!
I’m grateful Piper likes veggies most days but I’ve found when I present them in fun ways, she’s more excited to try them. She loves to dip just about anything so I used that as my inspiration for our snack plates!
I headed to our neighborhood Kroger to pick up all the fresh produce and garnishes to pull everything together. We live down the street from Kroger so we shop there at least a couple of times a week and I’m always so impressed with the quality of the produce and great prices. I knew I wanted to make an all green veggie tray and I was pleasantly surprised with all the fresh options available in store!
For the raw veggie tray, I used sugar snap peas, green peas, green cauliflower (Piper’s favorite!), mini endive leaves with a veggie cream cheese spread, and sliced cucumbers. For the dip, I flipped over the bottom of the green pepper and sliced off the base. Then I cleaned out the seeds with a spoon and poured in homemade ranch dip.
You can never go wrong with noodles when it comes to kiddos so I used my air fryer to make crispy spinach tortellini. The spinach gives the pasta a green hue and the breadcrumbs give them a nice crunch.
1) Cook the tortellini in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and keep aside on a plate.
2) Mix together the Panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow bowl.
3) Dip each piece of the cooked tortellini into the beaten eggs, and then coat completely in the Panko mixture.
4) Generously grease the Air Fryer basket. Place a few crumb coated tortellini pieces in it.
5) Air fry at 350 F for 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
Cut off the bottom of the green bell pepper. I found the bottom has more of a clover shape than the top. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds out of the center. Trim the sides of the pepper as needed then pour in the sauce.
I find Piper will eat a variety of different foods when I present them in fun ways. I found this serving tray recently and I loved how much it looks like a rainbow! I layered a variety of fruits all cut in toddler-friendly sizes plus a few fun toppings to act as clouds and a granola pot of gold.
When you’re ready to serve, fill small bowls with a few scoops of yogurt then add all the toppings!