This healthy vegetarian meal is a really fun way for your kids to learn about healthy foods. It is bright, fun and gives them the ability to choose what goodies go into their treasure chest. Eating foods of all colours of the rainbow keeps kids healthy in all aspects, every part of their body. Making it fun to choose different colours is a very healthy way of teaching our kids about wellbeing. Read more about this at LunchboxDoctor
After a vote, my readers on Facebook chose the theme of this treat to be Pirates, thus the Pirate Treasure Chest. The other option was Mermaids and this can easily be adapted to become a Mermaid’s Jewellery box for a mermaid loving child by giving Jewel options like Pomegranate and or Capsicum – I’ve included a picture.
Once you have the “sprinkles” of fruits, nuts and seeds prepared, you can also offer your children to sprinkle the treasures on their crackers for afternoon tea too again using Labna to stick them on. Or use any left overs in a stir fry perhaps.
I used what I had on hand and what I know my son will eat like pine nuts, corn, peas but I also added a few things he tends not to go for to try them out in a new way like finely sliced beans or spring onions.
The choices are endless, the pirate’s treasure chest is a visually appealing feast for the eyes and the mouth! Enjoy
This is a really fun way for your kids to learn about healthy foods. It is bright, fun and gives them the ability to choose what goodies go into their treasure chest.
- Eggplant - 2 whole eggplants (1/2 per serve)
- Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
- Labna - This is a strained yoghurt / soft cheese - Recipe on my site OR use Greek Style yoghurt
- Sweet Potato - 1 thin small orange Sweet Potato
- Optional - for decorating only - choose what your child will enjoy
- Corn - 1 Cob, boiled then kernals sliced off
- Sesame seeds - 2 teaspoons of toasted seeds
- Frozen Peas - 2 Tablespoons
- Pomegranate - 2 Tablespoons of fresh seeds
- Pine Nuts - 2 Tablespoons of toasted Pine nuts
- Spring Onion - 1 sliced thin, including the green
- Pistacio - 2 Tablespoons of chopped Pistacio nuts
- Capsicum - 1 baby capsicium thinly sliced
- Green Beans - 4 beans sliced thin
- Preheat oven to 200C
- Cut Eggplant in half lengthways
- Now score a criss-cross pattern across the flesh, don't cut through the skin
- Brush Olive oil onto the flesh very liberally, it should soak through
- Sprinkle with salt
- Roast in the oven (skin side down) for about 40 minutes until the flesh is very soft and the top is golden brown
- The Eggplant halves become your Pirate Treasure chests
- While cooking, peel and thinly slice (2mm) your thin sweet potato, this will be the gold coins in the treasure chest
- Toss through olive oil and lay on baking tray, put in the same oven as eggplant, the sweet potato will only need about 1/2 hour until they start to crisp up
- While the eggplants and sweet potato are cooking, prepare your treasures, depending on what you have on hand or what you choose to make you might boil your corn, toast your seeds and nuts, pick the seeds from the pomegranate, thinly slice your beans etc
- Once the Eggplant (treasure chest) and sweet potato (gold coins) are ready, you can spread some Labna or Greek yoghurt on the eggplant and offer your child the choice of treasures to fill their treasure chest, maybe make one for yourself too as an example of eating a large variety of colours of the rainbow
- Left over "treasures" can be sprinkled on crackers at another meal or even thrown into a quick stir fry if you have lots of extras
- Enjoy xoxSha