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My family loves Goldfish® crackers. My kids take some everyday in their lunch and my husband and I love to snack on them too. Sometimes kids lunch recipes can become so routine, I thought it would be fun to create a fun lunch with Goldfish crackers. What can I say, even as an adult, I love to play with my food. As far as kids lunch recipes go, this one is simple and nutritious. I was especially excited to incorporate Goldfish Colors crackers into the mermaid tail. They are so fun and colorful!
To get started on my recipe, I headed to Walmart and picked up a 30 oz box of Goldfish Colors and Goldfish Cheddar. I found them in the cookie aisle at my Walmart. You need less than a cup of crackers for this recipe, but trust me you’ll want to have lots on hand in the pantry.
The Goldfish crackers are really the only MUST have ingredient for this mermaid lunch. Everything else can be tailored to your tastes. No worries though, I’ll tell you exactly what I did and the ingredients I used.
- 2 Whole wheat tortillas, soft taco size
- Shredded Cheese
- Goldfish Crackers
- 1 String Cheese stick
- 1 Pepperoni
- ¼ tsp light mayonnaise or low fat sour cream
- 1 leaf of Lettuce, iceberg, romaine, or green leaf lettuce
- Blue or Black and Red Food Coloring Marker
- Kitchen Shears
- Mermaid Template
- Melt shredded cheese between the two whole wheat tortillas to make a quesadilla. You can add sandwich meat or other ingredients if you like. You just want to make sure the tortillas are going to stick together with melted cheese or another sticky ingredient like peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese.
- Cut out the Mermaid body template and trace on the backside of the quesadilla with a food coloring marker. Use kitchen shears or a knife to cut out the mermaid body.
- Pull the string cheese into thin strips for the hair. Cut a larger section of cheese into a strip and add small cuts for the mermaid's bangs.
- Use kitchen shears to cut a lip shape from the pepperoni.
- With food coloring markers add eyes and a nose to the mermaid's face.
- Take a toothpick and dab on small amounts of mayo or sour cream to add some dimension to the mermaid's eyes.
- Place two Goldfish crackers tip to tip for the mermaid top.
- Form a mermaid tail with the colorful Goldfish crackers. Start with 3 crackers at the waist and slowly taper down to the end of the mermaid tail. Turn two Goldfish crackers the opposite direction to act as fins on the mermaid's tail.
- Add a few strips of lettuce to each side of the plate for seaweed.
Here’s the template I put together for the body. Definitely don’t feel like you have to cut it exactly to the template, it’s just a guide I used. I would never just say, “cut a mermaid body out.” I need a template so I wanted to share one with you too!
I also put together a short little video about making this fun mermaid lunch.
I love this recipe because it can be challenging to create healthy kids lunch recipes that are fun and tasty. I’ve never seen my child so excited about a whole wheat tortilla in her life! Your kids will have fun building and rebuilding the mermaid tail while they enjoy their lunch.
I can see many more kids lunch recipes using Goldfish crackers in my future. They are so versatile and delicious. I also love that they are baked crackers. Goldfish crackers are a snack that I loved as a kid and I’m so happy to be able to create great memories with my kids too! Want more snack and meal ideas? Check out Goldfishmix.com for tons of great recipes ideas!