My silly 3-year-old has quite a unique way of eating his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He pulls all of the pieces apart and spreads them around on his plate, face up. Then he devours the pieces with jelly and licks any remnants of jelly off the peanut butter pieces. Which is peculiar, because he loves peanut butter. He would rather eat that from a spoon, though (like mama, like son!).
I found a creative way to make him a (not-at-all-healthy) spin-off of a PB&J so that he eats it all! Every last crumb. No sticky, peanut buttery mess to clean up after this is done.
Place a piece of bread on a cutting board. (I always use whole wheat bread to add something of nutritional value.) With a rolling pin, roll the bread out as flat as possible.
Cut off the crust edges with a knife to create a nice square-shaped piece of smooshed bread.
Put a stripe of jelly down the center of the bread. I like to put the jelly in the center so it doesn't squish out the sides once the rolling happens.
Spread peanut butter on one side of the jelly and cream cheese on the other side. Or you could put peanut butter on both sides.
Starting at either the PB or CC side, gently roll the bread with your fingers until it becomes a roll.
Slice one-inch pieces off with a knife and serve to a hungry child!
I made this twice for this particular photo shoot since my first one did not turn out very pretty. While I was shooting round two, Elijah had his little self wedged in our open fridge as he gobbled down every single one of my un-pretty rolls. And then he ate the second batch. And yes, I fed him vegetables for dinner that night.