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Disney Pixar Turning Red Food Art Lunch Recipe

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If you have been paying attention to movie releases lately, then you’ve definitely heard of the new Disney Pixar film Turning Red. It’s streaming on Disney+ and as fans of Pixar, we had to watch it. It follows Meilin “Mei” Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian student who, due to a hereditary curse, transforms into a giant red panda when she feels a strong emotion. It also chronicles her journey into puberty and her relationship with her family, specifically her mom.
We have heard about the controversy surrounding it so we all watched it together as a family. It is rated PG but we wanted to be able to talk about any scenes that we felt were a little mature for our younger boys. However, in the end, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I thought the movie illustrated what most teenagers go through as they are learning about their emotions changing and how to deal with them. Of course, my teenage daughter loved the part about the boy band 4*Town. She now wants to be a 4*Townie.
Since we enjoyed the movie, I made a Turning Red food art lunch for my older kids to take to school. Most of the lunch is just red food, so you can use whatever red-colored food that your kids enjoy. I used raspberries, sweet peppers, and a mini apple for the side dishes. I also used Babybel Cheese to make the “Red” design for the side dish.
To make the red panda sandwich, I cut slices of bread in circles and put sliced turkey inside to make the sandwich. I placed a circle of white cheese on top. The ears are also bread and cheese. On top are sliced strawberries with cheese eyebrows, and a cheese and bread nose. Everything is held on with toothpicks. To make the eyes and mouth, I used a small amount of fondant. You could probably find something else, but I had it on hand and it made it easy to mold into the shapes I needed.
So check out the movie Turning Red and let me know what you think. Is it deserving of the controversy, or is it just a thoughtful animated feature that shows what it is like to mature and grow up?

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