Stop! In the name of love…before you eat all your veggies….This stoplight is up there in the ‘easy’ category, and a fun way to teach/reinforce colors and traffic signals!
Tonight’s ingredients. And where do I get my ideas, you may ask? Well, tonight’s theme came from the package of peppers, no joke. It was a shrink wrapped package with a red, yellow, and green pepper, and it said ‘Stoplight’ on the label. Sometimes the ideas just fall in my lap.
It’s a bad night to be a pepper. A good night to be a momma who needs to relieve some stress.
That had to hurt. I used the really small glasses left over from an old set, and I would have liked for them to be even smaller but this was all I had. I suppose you could use a compass and pencil and trace your circle, but I kinda prefer food-safe methods for my Salad Arts.
So basically, after smashing the pepper with the glass and cutting around it, this is what it will look like. Your light will need some additional trimming, unless you are some Ginsu expert.
So, here’s what it looks like after smashing both red and yellow peppers. Salad Arts like these would be easier on bigger plates, but we really need to stick to plastic around this house. At least until they stop getting thrown/dropped from the table. (I won’t miss that phase at all!)
It’s starting to look like a traffic light, after smashing a third pepper. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy smashing things? I also love our meat tenderizer, but that’s a story for another day.
I used carrots for the frame of the stoplight.
And after building the frame with carrots, I started filling it in with blueberries. Yum!
And there you have it, a stoplight.
The Verdict: Well, as you could suspect, the girls gorged themselves on blueberries. Then ate the carrots. Then our three year old picked up a pepper and asked “what is this, mommy?” It’s so funny how a vegetable she sees all the time can become unrecognizable when it’s cut in a different shape. She didn’t eat all of the peppers, but did give an obligatory nibble. And we talked about what the colors mean–she’s to the age where she really notices every little detail when we’re driving around. So this Salad Art helped reinforce the ‘what stoplights mean’ lesson. Happy Salads!