Sometimes it’s All in the Presentation-Tike Face Plate, Melon and Chicken with Sweet Potato

It’s 4th of July weekend and my family and I decided to take a local camping trip to the Pomona Kampgrounds Of America.  The Pomona KOA is right across the street from the Pomona Fairplex where my family and I were entertained by “Kaboom!” a monster truck, dirt bike and firework show. We discovered the Kaboom show when we went tent camping at the KOA one year and watched the fireworks from our campsite.  So we decided to go to the show this year.  The presentation was spectacular!  My boys loved every minute of the daredevil stunts and extreme tricks and were amazed by the fireworks.  I’ll admit I was fully entertained too.  I recorded several stunts and all I can hear is my hoot and hollering over the monstrous engines.

Just look at that dirt track and red, white and blue set up!

This particular KOA in Pomona is no peach.  The RV spots are close together and there are no fire-pits or playgrounds, but they have a pool, game room and store.

Which all appeals to my family.

So when I’m cooking and eating which I love to do both, [pause to bite into my lettuce wrapped turkey burger and roasted poblano with panela cheese] I like to make the food present as good as it tastes.
Even when camping.  Because we all know a hot dog is just a hot dog and a burger is just a burger, until you add the grilled onions, muenster cheese and fat juicy tomato slices.
This was our delicious clean eating lunch today.  Grilled chicken breast halves marinated in Lawry’s Herb and Garlic 30 minute marinade, French cut greens beans tossed in olive oil and black pepper (love my electric skillet for camping), baked white sweet potatoes dashed with cinnamon-everything is better with cinnamon-and sliced cantaloupe.

Now there’s not too much I can do with this dish to entice my kids. Especially my pickiest shark Jesse, who was blessed with autism, which gives him the most distinct of senses.

So here comes the Tiki Face Plate!  The same healthy dish is carefully arranged to appeal to my kiddos.  I added a dollop of cinnamon maple butter for the sweet potato.

With just a bit of creativity and sugar and spice, any basic heathy meal can be made kid friendly.

And that’s the theme of my blog-Famished Fish, Finicky Shark.
Cinnamon Maple Butter
3 Tb Smart Balance Butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
Cream together and serve.  Serves 3-4
Great on sweet potatoes, toast, biscuits, pancakes, etc.

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