Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BAT LUNCH!
Are you already dreading the forthcoming sugar coma that is Halloween? Here is an easy, healthy, toddler-approved lunch that will fly into your little goblin’s mouth. I give you, purple corn cheese quesadilla with a pretend-pumpkin orange.
Have you seen these purple tortillas? I was in Sprouts late last night and they just appeared, beaconing to me. I’m not sure if other grocery stores have anything similar but it’s worth checking. I couldn’t tell much of a flavor difference but there seem to be some health benefits compared to your average corn tortilla. Ounce for ounce, purple corn has more antioxidants than blueberries, and it’s a natural source of polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins. If you’ve noticed an uptick in the availability of purple fruits and veggies at the store, it’s largely because health gurus have been raving about the benefits, everything from cancer prevention to heart health.
But beyond all of that, purple food is fun and so festive in October!
For the quesadilla, I simply loaded some Monterey Jack cheese into the tortilla, folded it over and warmed it in a pan over medium heat until the cheese got melty.
I then used a 1.5-inch cookie cutter to cut the bat’s head and ears, but honestly, I probably could have cut it free-hand with a knife.
I served it with avocado, mild salsa and sour cream. Our 2-year-old is on a major sour cream kick right now, I call it our magical vegetable delivery system because he’ll eat pretty much anything it touches. And then I added a sprinkle of cilantro (very, very optional).
Also on the plate is a little pretend-pumpkin, just a peeled mandarin orange with a little wedge of avocado tucked inside, oh so sweet.
Enjoy, and happy happy Halloween!