For each grasshopper you need:
- 1 approximately 5-inch piece of celery
- 4 chow mein noodles
- 1 green grape
- 2 1-inch pieces of fresh chive
- 1 dried cranberry
- Honey Mustard Cream Cheese Spread (see recipe below)
- Wash and dry celery, grape, and chives.
- Cut one end of the celery piece so it forms a point. See photo. Fill celery with cream cheese spread and place curved side down on a plate.
- Choose 2 straight pieces and 2 curved pieces of the chow mein noodles. With cream cheese spread, attach the straight pieces to the front for front legs, and the two curved pieces to the back for back legs.
- Cut the cranberry in half. You might need to halve these pieces again for the right proportion.
- Using a toothpick, create two small holes in the top of the grape for the chive antennas, and two larger holes for the cranberry eyes. Insert chive pieces and cranberry pieces. If needed add cream cheese spread to help eyes stick.
- Place head in front of body.
Honey Mustard Cream Cheese Spread
- 4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey mustard
- 1 tablespoon skim milk
- In a small microwavable bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave, about 20 seconds.
- Add honey mustard and milk, and stir to combine.
The left-over spread is a delicious on a sandwich or used as a dip for vegetables
For the insect salad, dress your favorite greens (we used spinach) with your favorite salad dressing. Top with cranberry “bugs” and chow mein noodle “worms.”
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