Sometimes a sandwich is just ho hum boring. Help your child make a fun lunch by threading her favorite ingredients on a skewer for a quick and easy sandwich kebab. Kebabs originated in the Middle East and Asian countries followed in adopting this quick and easy way to prepare a meaty meal. Meatballs are a fun ingredient when dressed up with small cherry or grape tomatoes and cheese cubes.
What You Need:
- Meatballs (or ground meat to make them with)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Grape tomatoes
- Spaghetti sauce (optional)
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cutting board
- Table knife
What You Do:
- Start by heating the meatballs according to package instructions. Or, if you're making your own start rolling up that meat!
- While the meatballs are heating, set your child to work with the cutting board to cube the mozzarella cheese. The cubes don’t have to be perfect but make sure your child practices safe knife use (fingers out of the way and attention fully focused on the project).
- Next, have your child cube the bread. She can leave the crusts on or remove them depending on what she prefers.
- Once the meatballs have been heated, set them aside until they cool enough to handle safely.
- Now it's time to skewer your ingredients. If you want everything in the same order as a sandwich, start with a bread cube, then add a meatball, cheese, a tomato and another bread cube.
- Place a small amount of spaghetti sauce in a bowl for dipping. You can also sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
- Everything doesn’t have to go on the skewer in the same order that it would appear on a sandwich. Put the bread in the middle and the tomatoes on the ends. You can also add extra ingredients including pieces of bell pepper or pickles, and substitute rolled slices of deli lunch meat or cubes of ham or hard-boiled egg for the meatballs.