Cook with LOVE – Vegetable Brochettes
2 cups tortellini (cheese or vegetable – your choice!), cooked, drained and cooled
1/2 pound mozzarella cheese (bocconcini or cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup black olives, pitted
1/2 cup cucumber peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pepperoni slices
1/4 cup Italian dressing
Place each type of ingredient in a separate small bowl and line up bowls on a table or countertop that’s within reach for all the kids.
Using age-appropriate skewers (kebab skewers, disposable wooden skewers, coffee stir-sticks or straws), have each kid personalize their own totem pole by adding ingredients of their choice onto the skewer. Make colorful patterns; see who can fit the most ingredients onto their totem pole; count pieces as each is added. Dip totem poles in Italian dressing and eat!