Sunday, March 29, 2009

Octopus and Seaweed

If you're looking for a fun meal for your kids, this is the right place for you! Aren't these adorable? I originally found this recipe in an old Quick Cooking (now Simple & Delicious) magazine and knew my kids would love it. Sophie and Chase picked ramen noodles and chicken nuggets for their lunch one day last week. Sophie kept complaining because she wanted the ramen noodles with the green stuff on them. I couldn't figure out what she was talking about. Then I remembered this recipe. The last time I made it Chase was still eating baby food (yes, it's been a while), so he didn't remember them and thought they were the coolest. He had fun biting the head off the octopus. We had a meal full of grins and giggles!

OCTOPUS AND SEAWEED
1 package (3 ounces) beef or chicken ramen noodles
4 hot dogs
5 drops liquid green food coloring
Prepared mustard and ketchup

Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, add 4 in. of water to another large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cut each hot dog lengthwise into eight strips to within 2 in of one end. Drop into boiling water; cook until heated through. Add food coloring to noodles if desired. Drain if necessary. Place noodles on serving plates; top with a hot dog. Add eyes and mouth with dabs of mustard.

14 comments:

teresa said...

So cute, my kids would love this, great idea!

Rachel said...

How cute is that?!? I think my little guy would get such a kick out of it, if I made this for him! Thanks for the idea!

Crystal Lampe said...

So cute! We might do this for lunch today.

Sandy said...

That is too cute! I will have to make this for my nephew and neice when they come over.

Donna-FFW said...

This looks so freaking adorable. LOVE it. Great idea, Heidi! It is so cute!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I saw the title of the post (before I saw the photo) and thought...uh oh, not going to be trying this one...then I scrolled down to the photo and got a good laugh. GREAT photo.

Netts Nook said...

Can't wait to try on the Grandson they will love it thanks for sharing.

Delectable Dining said...

So stinkin' cute! I bet even my picky little one would have fun with this one! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Brenda Campbell said...

That is such a cute meal. Maybe my picky eater would go for that! Very cute idea!

GypsyMommy said...

How fun! I'll have to make this, I'm sure the kids will get a kick out of it!

Marye said...

That is adorable! Thanks for posting!

Ali said...

hah - how fun! I love it.

Kelly Polizzi said...

This is so cute! I am currently experimenting with different kid-friendly foods on my blog and will have to give this one a try when i get to lunches. Thanks!

Kelly

Kelly Polizzi said...

well, i gave it a try and it was a big hit with my little one. Here's a link to the pics: http://kpolizzi.blogspot.com/2010/04/octopus-and-seaweed.html thanks again!