Occasionally I’ll let the kids pull up the step stool to the cart/island in the middle of our kitchen and we will eat a meal there. That meal is sometimes breakfast: homemade donuts where they get to dip or roll the donuts in their choice of toppings. When it’s lunch or dinner I put out a variety of meats, cheeses, fruit and crackers for them to munch on and in my head I call it antipasto. (I know, I know, antipasto is really an appetizer but sometimes you just have to eat only appetizers and desert.) Eli and Liza love to eat off of the cutting board and assemble their own food. We have a lot of fun and the kids talk and we all laugh. Since my kids rarely eat the same things, it’s a chance for us to gather and truly share a meal. Here’s a list of the items I pull from but it can be changed around to suit your kids.
Antipasto for Kids
cut up chicken nuggets (we always have leftover nuggets in our fridge)
blueberries (we always have dried but fresh would certainly work)
cut up grape tomatoes
Triscuits (Quattro Formaggio are my favorite)
french bread (when we have it)
ketchup (it is Eli we’re talking about here, so of course, there’s ketchup)
Everybody gets their own dip bowl(s) so I get to use my tiny dishes!