16 April 2008

No-cook "tortilla chips" are a great toddler snack

Rachel's come up with a way to turn those singleton tortillas into a relatively mess-free, portable toddler snack:

I'm always having trouble coming up with enticing snacks for my 16 mo. old that aren't sugary and/or a choking hazard. A good savory snack, fine alone or as a vehicle for hummus or ranch dressing--and which incidentally fit nicely into a Snack Trap --, is a whole wheat tortilla cut into bite sized pieces with a pizza cutter. I first cut 1/2" strips and then stack those strips, slicing them quickly every 1/2" to make little "chips" that are soft, not crunchy, so low risk for choking. They do get hard after being left out for a few hours, so keep them in a sealed storage container until ready to be eaten. She really enjoys them and I can make a batch in a few seconds. It's nice not to have to purchase a separate box of something to take up more room in my pantry, but can use the tortillas I'd be buying for us anyway.

Snack Trap for tidy munching
Homemade no-spill snack box

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We do this all the time! When we are in the mood for crunchy, just a few minutes at 300F in the toaster oven crisps them right up. You can salt them if you want, but they are yummy plain too.

If your not peanut averse, smear a thin layer between separate halves of the tortilla to inject a little more protein.

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