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I don’t like a lot of traditional appetizers for Thanksgiving that are typically full of sugar or empty fats. The one year we allowed Monkey free reign on what she ate on Thanksgiving, we woke to an unpleasant surprise on Thanksgiving night.
Since then, I have strictly monitored what my kids eat on Thanksgiving. We like to do this by making healthy foods look fun. One year, we created a 3D veggie turkey, which was quite impressive and a lot of fun to make and eat.
Last year, we kept things simpler.
Monkey wanted to put together a veggie turkey, but we only had cut up vegetables. So, she came up with this design for our veggie turkey. And surprisingly enough, no one complained that it wasn’t “fancy” enough. It definitely isn’t the most elaborate veggie turkey out there, but it was easy enough for Monkey to do on her own, which counts for a lot when you are busy doing other Thanksgiving prep!
Last Thanksgiving was our first-ever to host, and Josh and I were super-busy with all of the other preparations. We were quite happy to turn veggie turkey creation over to Monkey.
If you want to make your own cut up veggie turkey, this is what we used:
Kid-Made Veggie Turkey
Head: The head is the strangest item on our veggie turkey plate. At the time, we were subscribed to a CSA box which gave us a variety of interesting veggies. In this case, it was a yellow beet.
Wings: We made the veggie turkey wings from celery sticks.
Body: The body of the turkey was made from cherry tomatoes, Bo’s favorite!
Tail: The tail was made from strips of carrots, green peppers, and red peppers.
Feet: Monkey cut two strips of red pepper into feet shapes and added them to the bottom of the turkey below the tomatoes for feet. In the shot above, the feet have shifted a bit.
It takes a bit of imagination to see that this is a veggie turkey, but it goes to show you that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!
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