I had zero time and less inspiration for what to make for a "healthy snack" to take to my 2 1/2 year old son Dash's Valentine's Day party at preschool.
"Can't I just stop at Sprinkles and buy cupcakes?" I asked Hugh.
The look of horror crossed his face. "No nononononoooo...you have to MAKE something."
"Well then can I just make cupcakes?"
"No, it has to be healthy. Do you want the other mothers to talk bad about what you made?" He asked this as though of course I would be mortified. I, on the other hand, thought I was already aces for having even heard about the Valentine's Day party at all from Baby Daddy, who always picks up Dash and drops him off. "What about hummus, kids love hummus," Hugh smiled.
"Hummus? Hummus looks UGLY! My top priority is that it looks festive! I work at Conde Nast!" I said this jokingly, but it's mostly true. If I'm going to make something, it had better wind up pretty.
So then, Hugh suggested zucchini mini-muffins. I made them that night, with a cream cheese-apple glaze I got from Baking for All Occasions. (The Gummy Bear on top was an impulse buy at the checkout stand, so sue me.)
When I presented an example of the result of my labors to Hugh, he sniffed at the gummy bear, suggested I say it was a vitamin, picked it off, and seemed to enjoy the muffin. Thanks, Gastrokid, for the confidence to mix healthy vegetables with fruit syrup and raise my head high at a Silverlake pre-school.
Signed, Originally from Florida