Sunday, October 30, 2011

If You Take a Mouse to School

Maurene helped me make cute little turkey and brown rice mice for dinner. We got the recipe from a Weight Watchers book called Eat! Move! Play! about how to raise healthy children. Half of the book contains tips  about ways to stay healthy and active and the other half has wonderful yummy recipes. When I came across this recipe I knew it would be great for a night when we read If You Take a Mouse to School. The girls love this book because the little mouse builds a house for himself and then writes stories for his library. They often get out their blocks and tell me they are building a mouse house.

Turkey & Brown Rice Mice

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 1 lb ground skinless turkey breast
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 4 sliced pitted black olives
  • Carrot slices and strips
Process bread in food processor until crumbed. Mix with next six ingredients. Form into eight small oval shapes and put in a 9 x 13 dish. Add apple juice to dish and bake mice at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until they are cooked through. Remove mice from the pan and let cool slightly. Add carrot slices for ears, strips for tails, and black olives for eyes.

Making breadcrumbs.

Mixing the ingredients.

Adding mouse decorations.

Mice eat cheese.

This is a fun meal not only to make and eat but to tie into any number of books you might want to read about mice. The girls had a lot of fun talking about the mice while eating dinner.

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