This lunch and dinner recipe includes whole grains, dairy, and veggies (that’s right—you can sneak in some veggies!) in fun, kid-friendly shapes. It takes 5 minutes to make and is always a hit! For most toddlers, half a sandwich is a meal. So, by making a full sandwich, you can feed both of your twins. There are two variations, depending on which type of cheese you use. When using white cheeses, use cauliflower puree*. When using yellow or orange cheeses, use butternut squash puree*.
2 slices of bread
Pat of butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cauliflower puree* and 2-3 slices of white American cheese
2 tablespoons butternut squash puree* and 2-3 slices of American cheese
*Refer to Puree 101.
Spread butter on bread and place one piece, buttered side down, in a nonstick skillet on medium or medium-high heat. Place one slice of cheese on the bread, top with the puree (lightly salted for flavor), and then top with another piece or two of cheese. Place the remaining piece of bread on top, buttered side up. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Once the cheese is melted and the bread is lightly browned, remove from the skillet.
- Microwave frozen cauliflower puree or butternut squash puree before adding to the sandwich, as it will help warm the sandwich from the inside out.
- I use star- and heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut shapes into the sandwich before serving. I can usually make about four or five shapes from one sandwich if using small cookie cutters. Let your twins pick two shapes each to make eating fun and interactive.