Our tasty Snack Attack series continues with celebrity chefs sharing their favorite after-school snacks that won't spoil kids' dinner appetites. Today's recipes come from actress and mom of four Tori Spelling.
Creativity abounds in the Spelling-McDermott household, so it's no surprise that mama Tori Spelling puts her talents to work when it comes to giving her kids a tasty after-school snack. With two children in elementary school this year — Liam will be in first grade and Stella's entering kindergarten — not to mention Hattie and Finn, who are still in diapers, Tori's sharing two snacks that are sure to satisfy everyone. Using plenty of fruit, the healthy snacks will satiate kids' hunger without spoiling dinner!
Keep reading for Tori's Strawberry Cream Cheese Tower and Secret Message Banana recipes.
1 seedless watermelon
1 quart basket of strawberries
1 small container cream cheese
Pinch of salt
Wood or plastic skewers. I like to use the ones that Starbucks "gives" me.
1 small bag of shredded coconut (optional)
Green food coloring (optional)
If you're using the coconut to create the look of "grass," you'll need to dry it out first. Coconut tends to be quite moist in the bag. To dry it out, spread your coconut on a cookie sheet. When your coconut is dry, toss it in a bowl and add the green food coloring a little bit at a time until you get the grassy color you're after. Spread out the green coconut on your serving platter, and allow it to dry even further. It looks great, and the kids love eating it.
Quarter your watermelon and cut it into 2 inch by 2 inch cubes. Sprinkle the cubes with a touch of salt. Don't worry, salt will bring out the flavor of the watermelon. There's a misconception out there that you use salt to give your food a "salty taste." Not true. Salt is used to enhance flavors of the products you're working with. It will bring out the natural flavors in your favorite steak, or chicken or vegetable too. Don't get me wrong, if you use too much, you will get that "salty taste." To avoid that, season in baby steps. You can't take away too much seasoning, but you can always add a little more as you go. With practice you'll become a master of seasoning.
Place your watermelon cubes on your serving platter. Then, wash your strawberries well and de-stem them. With each strawberry, use your pinky finger to create an indentation where the stem used to be. What you want to do here is create a little space in the berry.
Put a little cream cheese in the indentation in each strawberry, then lay them on their sides on top of the watermelon cube and skewer.
You're done, and the kids will feel like grown-ups having a starter of their own that matches Mom and Dad's.
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Using the toothpick, gently scratch a message into the banana peel. When the little ones see them in the morning, the line will be so faint that they won’t even notice. But by noontime, your secret message will have appeared like magic.
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