A choo-choo train of veggie sticks, cherry tomatoes and all things healthy-yummy! It just might do the trick and get your junk-food-meat-and-potato-eaters eating veggies and its fun.
The Base for the Choo-Choo Train
I use cardboard covered with tinfoil (glue 2 or 3 pieces together, 2 feet by 2 feet). Thickness make a base sturdy for carrying. You can decorate the base with something more creative and artificial trees. Lay a plastic train track or draw one with a black marker (if you use a marker, wrap the base with clear seal…toxic marker protection, to be safe).
The Choo-Choo Train’s Box-Cars:
Cut capsicum, especially the sweet peppers, (red, orange and yellow) to be the box-cars. Box-cars can be cut by removing the top, or slicing off a side. I prefer to slice off the side so that the stem looks like the connector. It’s too cute and a lovely way to present veggie sticks. Wheels on your train will go around and around: cut an English cucumber into coin circles for wheels, 4 per box-car, and attach with toothpicks.
Cut the flowering stems of cauliflower or broccoli. Then, cut sticks of carrots, cucumbers, celery, mushrooms, and those left over bits of the peppers to fill the box-cars. Make sure cherry tomatoes grace a box-car and any other bite size tidbit like snow peas, etc. Stuff the pepper box-cars and put them on the track.
Oh, I almost forgot!
Three dips might be nice: simple mayonnaise, blue cheese, sour cream or whatever are your favorites!
Voila! You have your center piece, snack tray or veggie appetizer!
PS I saw a cute train of green paper cups with black paper wheels glued on, that’s a lots cheeper than capsicum. The cups were filled with veggies and finger foods. The engine and caboose were Fisher-Price, but Tomas and Friends would work, too. Cute! OH, there was no track; it sat on the table. It still worked!
PPS I saw a cute fruit engine made of watermelon for the main base (rectangular cube) and for a red engine. A cylinder of banana sat on on the front half of watermelon base for the engine of the engine. The smoke stack was made of a slice of pineapple with strawberry smoke. For the engineer cabbie, another block of watermelon with 4 toothpicks help up a banana white canopy roof-top. Sliced red grapes made the wheels. A half sliced strawberry was the cow-catcher. Some blueberries decorated the cab. Cute!