*This post is sponsored by Disney Book Group. All words, images, and opinions are my own.
Children’s books have always been a source of inspiration for me. When I was in the second grade, I used to write my own, and a few times I even got the chance to read them to the younger kids at my school. Although I don’t have kids (aside from my fur baby, Marshmallow), I still enjoy the lighthearted and uplifting stories, and I get so many food ideas from the cute illustrations. Just in time for back to school, I’ve partnered with Disney Book Group to share a rawrsome lunch inspired by the adorable We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins!
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates tells the story of Penelope Rex as she navigates the beginning of the school year and classmates that are not exactly what she expected. It’s an adorable and hilarious tale about making friends (instead of eating them hehe)! Since Penelope has quite the appetite, especially when it comes to sandwiches (she can easily eat three hundred in a meal), I thought it would be fun to turn her into a pita sandwich served with a side of salad trees :). Marshmallow was definitely a fan of the trees!
Penelope may look tricky to form out of food, but I’ve broken the process down into a series of steps, and shapes, to make it quick and fun. Little ones will love joining in to make the trees or decorate the dinosaur! You can easily prepare this meal the night before, and pack it into a lunchbox, or serve for a weekend meal.
Learn more about We Don’t Eat Our Classmates at the Disney Books Official Site
1 pita or flatbread
2 slices orange cheddar cheese
1 slice of your favorite white cheese (I used provolone)
1 large black olive
1 pink apple* (optional, I used Pink Lady)
Sharp kitchen knife
Small round circle cookie cutter or piping tip
Rainbow chard or celery for the tree stalks
Curly lettuce such as kale for the leaves
Your favorite salad dressing
**All cutting should be done by an adult.
The trees can also be made out of broccoli and cucumber if your little one prefers different veggies, or grapes for a sweeter treat. If packing in a lunchbox, you can create the sandwich on top of a bed of lettuce to keep the bread from getting dry. There are so many ways to customize this meal, so have fun substituting all of your favorite sandwich toppings and sides! Please let me know if you try this tutorial, I would love to see your creations :).
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