They did it!

Well, they did it!  They got enough traction on social media and website, so we are going to put them on the back of our next vehicle!  They wanted to send a big THANKS to all of you who commented, shared, and liked the #lilcoasters posts!  

Our next vehicle will be a Ford Transit Van, so stay tuned for updates on their picture being posted on the back!

Here is the Lil' Coasters reaction to the news:

Easter Egg Watermelon Cake

Yes, you read that right!  We are making an Easter Egg Watermelon Cake. The cake part is just a cut watermelon!  #mindblown 

I did the watermelon cutting since I used a "real" knife.  Just slice in half, cut off the rind, pat dry and refrigerate until you are ready for the kiddos to decorate!

Next, cover with whipped cream.  Now, we didn't have time to make homemade whipped cream, so we used, canned, but if we weren't fast, it would've melted off. In hind sight, taking the extra time to make it from scratch would've been well worth it.

After that, get your favorite fruit, we used California Giant Berries, since they are so beautiful and tasty, and DECORATE!  It's that easy! Then SLICE!  So fun! Watermelon CAKE!

Veggie Flowers with Yogurt Dip

You can't have Easter without flowers.  What's even better, is these flowers are edible and healthy!  These Lil' Coaster girls loved cutting their cucumbers and carrots and dipping them in yogurt ranch dressing.

What you'll need:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 carrots (the bigger ones)
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing powder
  • 8 ounces of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of reduced fat milk
  • Long toothpicks

First, we cut the cucumbers and carrots into coins (we did it for the girls, since we used a sharp knife).  We then cut the cucumbers in half.  Our bunny helpers were eager to cut the center out of the cucumber and cut the carrots into tulips.

Once everything is cut, you assemble the flower by simply putting the toothpick through the skin of the cucumber and then through the center of the carrot and viola!  You've got a flower!

While Olivia finished assembling our tulips, Gabby and Nevaeh helped make the yogurt ranch dressing.  Add the yogurt, milk and ranch in a bowl and stir.  

Then dip your edible bouquet!  DELISH!

A Carrot Hummus Pot for Easter

The Lil' Coasters are back and hungry as ever!  Based on your feedback, we made sure to get these bunnies together for another holiday.  You loved what they made for Valentine's Day, so we know you'll love what they have in store for you.

The first recipe is a carrot hummus pot.  What you'll need:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Curly Parsley
  • Your favorite hummus
  • Tooth picks
  • Small terra cotta pots - washed clean

We prepped the curly parsley first, by trimming it to little pieces with just a little stem left.  

We then poked a hole in the top of the carrots, so we can poke the parsley stem inside.  

Then fill up your cleaned terra cotta pot with hummus.  

Simple as that and you've got a crowd pleaser! 

Last but not least...sweet and savory

It makes us a little sad to say that this is the Lil' Coasters last Valentine's Day post of this year.  Not to worry, it's a good one!  

We wanted to take a quick moment to thank these girls: Gabby, Nevaeh, and Oliva! They worked their tails off in the kitchen, in hopes that you'll think outside the box this Valentine's Day...well and to maybe get their picture on the back of one of our trucks.  HA!  Keep liking, sharing and tagging and make it a reality! #lilcoasters #kidsinthekitchen

Cupid's Arrow Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Pepper Jack cheese cubes
  • Toothpicks

PREPARATION:

For the first recipe, we are keeping it really simple...our favorite!  We cut grape tomatoes at an angle, put them together and made a heart.  To finish it off, we put a cube of pepper jack cheese (courtesy of Monterey Bay Caterers) on the end and there you have it!

Chocolate dipped mandarin oranges

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • Mandarin oranges (a.k.a. Cuties)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets

 

REPARATION:

This was a fun one because you get a little chocolaty and get to lick your fingers at the end.  

First, peel the mandarin oranges and separate them into individual wedges.  Then place the parchment paper on your cookie sheets.  Now you're ready to melt the chocolate.  We did it at 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until smooth.  

Now it's time to dip the orange wedges in the chocolate and decorate with sprinkles!  You can get as creative as you want here.  Once all the wedges get dipped and decorated, place the cookie sheets in the refrigerator, about 30-45 minutes until the chocolate is hard.  They're ready to serve at this point.  If you're not serving them until later, keep them in the refrigerator.  

If you want them to be served as individual slices, try putting them in mini muffin liners.  We transferred them onto a plate and served them to the employees and they LOVED them!

Chocolate and Raspberry delight!

The Lil' Coasters have been busy little bees getting ready for Valentine's Day and trying to creatively get people to eat more fruits and veggies during the candy driven holiday.  This was a favorite because let's be honest, who doesn't love raspberries and chocolate?!  

INGREDIENTS:

  • raspberries
  • chocolate chips
  • mini muffin tin
  • mini muffin tin liners

PREPARATION:

Olivia lined the mini muffin tins with the liner, while Nevaeh rinsed and dried the raspberries.  Gabby was busy by the microwave melting the chocolate at 30 second intervals and stirring, to make sure not to over cook.

Once everything was ready, Gabby got a spoon and a small spatula to place a small dollop of melted chocolate in the bottom of each liner.  While she was doing that, Olivia placed 2-3 raspberries in each cup.  Gabby went back over each cup and topped with another dollop of chocolate.

Nevaeh then headed to the freezer with the completed chocolate and raspberries for an hour.  Once hardened, we had to try them.  MMMM MMM GOOD!

Don't forget to share, like and tag #lilcoasters #kidsinthekitchen to make their dream of being put on the back of one of our trucks a reality!  They're doing great so far!  

The Lil' Coasters Make Their Debut

What better time to introduce you to the Lil' Coasters than right before Valentine's Day!?  

Meet: Gabby, Nevaeh, and Olivia.  They're in the Watsonville Coast Produce family and are die hard produce advocates.  Their goal is to get on the back of one of our trucks while sharing fun ways to eat produce, so we thought we'd start on the website and see how we did.  

If you like what you see, share, like, and follow, tag #lilcoasters #kidsinthekitchen to make their dream of getting their picture on the back of one of our trucks a reality! 

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For our first post, we are going to show you a creative way to make apples more festive for your sweeties.

Let us know if you try the recipe and if you think of more fun toppings for your apples! #lilcoasters #kidsinthekitchen