I don’t know about you, but our holidays seem to revolve around food in some way. I swear by Christmas evening I have put on a good 10 pounds. But who can resist the adorable decorated cookies, brownies, fudge, candy.. I’m sure your with me. Well this year I have made it my goal to avoid as much of the sweet stuff as possible in hopes of watching my weight a bit. Not to mention my oldest is starting to have a little too much weight as well so we really need to step up our game as parents to help him out. But what kind of fun holiday food crafts can you do without the cookies? Well lets just say, now the nuggets get to have the fun!
We decided that decorating Tyson Chicken Nuggets for the holidays sounded like a blast! This is the prefect opportunity to steer clear of sugar filled, high fat foods and create a more healthy, lower fat treat that adults and children can both enjoy while having amazing #mealstogether.
We headed to our local Sam’s Club to get what we needed for our project. Of course a giant bag of Tyson Chicken Nuggets was in store since we can use these for many different meal options throughout the month. I also wanted to get a big bag of salad because it is the perfect side with chicken nuggets and it had some great decorating ingredients like carrots and radishes inside!
We decided to make our Christmas chicken nuggets as a great family dinner option. I cooked them in my Big Boss Oil-Less fryer to keep them healthy, yet still give the crispness we love of a fried nugget. While they were cooking I gathered our supplies including ketchup, ranch dressing, black olives,shredded cheese, and the salad mix.
I let the oldest do the decorating while the baby watched since the baby doesn’t have the patience for decorating yet. He is more on the throw things in the floor kick. As my oldest was decorating he kept thinking of so many ideas that he was worried we wouldn’t have enough nuggets cooked. He just kept saying “man, this is fun! I can’t wait to do this again!”
The baby didn’t get involved in the decorating, but he didn’t mind watching and trying to get his hands on a few ingredients as well. (he insisted on trying the olives, but once he tried it they ended up in the floor. He wasn’t a fan!)
I think we managed to create some great projects. Of course we had to start with Santa! It’s just not complete without him watching to see if you have been naughty or nice! This is made with ranch, diced tomatoes, black olives and a sliver of radish for the mouth.
We love trains for Christmas and even have a wooden train my son built one year at Lowe’s that goes under our tree. So, of course he made a Christmas train! I thought this was pretty darn cute and creative! He used ketchup, shredded cheese and black olives as wheels. The red and white nugget above is his candy cane made of ranch dressing and ketchup.
Of course I couldn’t let the kids have all the fun! Since the baby was unable to actually decorate, I made snowmen for him and me! These were the tastiest snowmen ever! Ranch covered nuggets, The first was made with black olives for the hat, buttons and eyes, radish slivers for the scarf and mouth, a carrot nose, and french fry arms. I even made a snowflake with radish slivers and ranch dressing! The second was my plate. I prefer a salad with my nuggets so I used the salad as the grass, covered in ranch dressing for snow. The buttons, scarf and eyes are radish slivers, carrot nose, and a piece of shredded cheese for the mouth. I guess I ate the hat before the photo was taken, but I LOVE black olives.
Needless to say, we had a blast decorating our Tyson Chicken Nuggets! I think this may be added to our list of holiday traditions when we need to get out of our sugar filled days and have a little healthier fun! You can check out my full Sam’s Club shopping experience along with decorating fun in my Google+ album! Also make sure to check out Tyson on Facebook and Twitter for more fun ideas on creating #mealstogether.