Lately I am on a never-ending quest to find finger foods Jude can eat so that this kid gets a little variety along the way. He’d be happy with Cheerios and diced fruit, but I’d like to get his taste buds used to more. Generally speaking, we just chop up whatever is on our plates and share, but every now and then it’s nice for him to have his own thing. Portable foods are especially helpful in restaurants when you need some entertainment for the long wait before food gets to the table.
Enter ready-made wonton wraps.
These are available in any grocery store, usually near the tofu for some reason. An entire pack is only about $3, and it includes something like 50 shells. You purchase them refrigerated, but you can freeze any unused portion if you’d like. I threw together some banana wontons yesterday, and I’m already brainstorming on what other goodness I could stuff in there.
First melt some butter in a pan. Yes, butter for my 11 month old. He’s young, not without taste.
(If there is one lesson I learned from my Grandmother it’s that butter makes everything better. And a little won’t hurt anyone.)
Next chop up bananas and throw them in the pan. Stir them up till they are all mushy and use the back of a spoon to smoosh them if needed. Add a dash of cinnamon if you want.
Next lay the wonton shells on a parchment-lined sheet. Spoon a little banana goodness on each one.
Then you fold them over, seal with a fork. And if you’re like me, don’t stress over the mess or looks of it if some squirts out. (If you want it to look better, brush with some water to seal and shine it.) Throw them in a 350 oven and cook until they brown a tiny bit – maybe 25 minutes? I’m still experimenting on this.
When they are done, they look like this and taste delicious.
I might have stolen one. Or three.
For an older toddler, they can hold it and munch from there. For Jude, I am still in the pinching phase, but their portability is handy nonetheless. I’m already thinking of what else I can put in these – broccoli and cheese, turkey or chicken, sweet potatoes, crushed beans or peas……Endless possibilities!
Jude loved them and they are easy, cheap, nutritious, and handy. Win! What’s your favorite finger food for kids or for grown-ups?