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Cupid Shrimp Skewers

Posted by David 02/12/18 0 Comment(s) Toddler-Approved Recipes,Kids in the Kitchen,


Post by Lunches + Littles


Valentine's Day is just a couple days away, and so while there is still time I wanted to share this super cute appetizer/ dinner idea that is not only delicious, but also easy enough to do with your little ones (especially if they are helping you right up to the counter in their Learning Tower!). And, if your kids are a little older, they can probably even do most of the plating themselves. Either way - get in the kitchen with your kids and create this fun and healthy Valentine's Day dish!


+ 8 (or more) cherry tomatoes (I used the festive cherry no. 9 fall in love again tomatoes from Village Farms), Burrata cheese to taste
1/4 tsp basil, 8 medium fresh shrimp (peeled), 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 3 oz baby romaine/spring mix lettuce, 1/2 yellow pepper (cut into thin strips), 1/2 orange or red pepper (cut into thin strips*), fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

+ You will also need: 4 large skewers and toothpicks



+ Start off by carefully hollowing out each of your tomatoes and fill them with Burrata cheese.  Then, sprinkle stuffed tomatoes with salt, pepper and basil. Place in fridge to set.
+ Next, clean shrimp and season them with salt and pepper.
+ Sauté in pan with olive oil until opaque. Once cooked set aside to cool off.
+ Divide lettuce between two plates, then top lettuce with a mixture of yellow and orange pepper strips.
+ Once shrimps are slightly cooled, use toothpicks to attach two shrimps together at a time, to form a heart shape, as shown in photos. Use large skewers to go through both shrimp like an arrow through a heart. Repeat until you have 4 completed shrimp skewer hearts.
+ Remove stuffed tomatoes from refrigerator.
+ Next, place 2 shrimp skewers over salad on each plate, then place stuffed tomatoes in the middle of each heart. Serve additional stuffed tomatoes on the side.
+ Season with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
+ Optional: with the remaining half orange or red pepper, cut various sized hearts out using mini cookie cutters and incorporate into dish.

Encourage your little ones to help stuff tomatoes, plate salad and help with the assembly of the shrimp skewers. This is a great meal prep activity that even the littlest ones can get in on. Our 3 and 4 year olds not only loved the finished product, but also loved helping me making it in the kitchen! And, if you don't already have an Original Learning Tower or a Limited Edition Learing Tower, check out the sale currently active on Code: VDAY 10 is good sitewide! 


For more recipe ideas, fun food and more, be sure to follow @lunchesandlittles. Happy Valentine's Day! This year, I hope you get a chance to say "I love you" with shrimp skewers.




Lunches + Littles focuses on quick, healthy and fun meal options for little ones. One of the goals of Lunches + Littles is to share practical tips and tricks on how to make meals fun, all the while keeping things simple. A lover of colorful plates, and an advocate for getting kids in the kitchen, Lunches + Littles is also a great resource for parents of picky eaters, parents looking for healthy family and toddler recipes and those mamas (dads too!) who are short on time. A mantra of sorts: Making meals fun doesn’t have to be hard! With 3 little ones (4 years old and under) it can’t be! Follow @lunchesandlittles for more great recipes, meal ideas and fun food!


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