(featured image via the urban list)
I know there are many people who find meal postings on social media to be tiresome (even unhealthy!) I actually find it fascinating to see what people are eating – maybe its the foodie voyeur in me? I was very inspired lately by a friend of mine who posted her dinner photo – a delicious looking spread of baguette, tuna, egg and cheese. Seems so simple and yet for someone who is constantly running out of ideas for what to make for dinner – this was a huge forehead slapping moment for me!
Because I love charcuterie boards (and because my kids are slowly becoming pickier and pickier!) I figured it would be fun to share some tips on assembling a kid-friendly version of this gourmet treat. Its such a great way for kids to dine because of the variety and finger friendly little pieces.
Meat – anything cured or smoked is usually a go! But if your kids don’t really love prosciutto, pancetta or chorizo why not roll up some chicken breast, ham or bacon and see if that flies.
Cheese – my husband and I love our cheeses – the stinkier the better! For little ones, make sure to have some that are a little milder on the palate like cheddar, mozzarella or Baby Bel.
Pickles – pickled onions, beets and dills are a great addition for some tart flavour. You can substitute regular baby cucumbers if your LO isn’t a fan.
Preserves – our preschooler is into mango chutney in kind of a major way. Anything fruity and jammy works here in a cute little pot with a teeny spoon to go with it.
Fruits – some sliced apple, pear or melon will go wonderfully with the salty flavours you have on the board already.
Bread – have some sliced baguette, crostini and crackers and rice crackers handy. The more the merrier.
Its all about having lots of little choices for little (and big) hands to grab and munch! And with a nice variety of food groups you can be sure the kids will be healthy and satisfied.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on these beautiful charcuterie boards below!