Fun Beach Salad

Beach Salad

Well, it’s beautifully hot here. Definitely high summer so beach is on our minds.

Here’s our fun food, Beach Salad.

Sugar free party food Beach Salad

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Celery

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a sun from yellow capsicum.

Beach Salad - 1 sun (1 of 1)

2. Add chopped carrot for the sand.

Beach Salad - 2 sand (1 of 1)

3. Use celery and red cabbage for a giant beach umbrella.

Beach Salad - 3 umbrella (1 of 1)

4. Create a cucumber bucket and spade.

Beach Salad - 4 bucket & spade (1 of 1)

5. Finish with a carrot sandcastle.

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Fun Space Salad

Space Salad

Making a simple salad just that little bit more exciting is a breeze.

Here’s our fun food, Space Salad.

Fun food for kids Space Salad

Recipe

– Radish

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Oat bran (or coconut)

Method

1. Cut a moon from a slice of radish (later made it a crescent moon).

Space Salad - 1 moon (1 of 1)

Space Salad - 2 satellite (1 of 1)

2. Create a satellite from celery and cucumber.

 

3. Add some capsicum stars.

Space Salad - 3 stars (1 of 1)

4. Then change the moon to a crescent and add a carrot and radish planet.

Space Salad - 4 moon & planets (1 of 1)

5. Finish with an oat bran galaxy.

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Fun Capsicum Spider

Capsicum Spider

Loving the variety of veg at this time of year especially the “med veg” that are seasonal.

Here’s our fun food, Capsicum Spider.

Fun food art Capsicum Spider

Recipe

– Grilled zucchini

– Grilled red capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Use a circle of zucchini for the body.

Capsicum Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add capsicum legs.

Capsicum Spider - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Then a zucchini head.

Capsicum Spider - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Form eyes cut from the inside of the capsicum.

Capsicum Spider - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Bit of décor and ready to serve!

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Fun Pea Palm Tree

Pea Palm Tree

In keeping with the tropical weather we would like to be having!

Here’s our fun food, Pea Palm Tree.

Fun food art Pea Palm Tree

Recipe

– Fresh peas

– Carrot

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Hazelnuts

– Grated cheese

Method

1. Arrange the peas as leaves.

Pea Palm Tree - 1 peas-001

2. Add carrots for a trunk.

Pea Palm Tree - 2 trunk-003

3. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Pea Palm Tree - 3 moon-005

4. Hazelnuts make perfect coconuts.

Pea Palm Tree - 4 coconuts-006

5. Then finish with some grated cheese sand.

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Fun Monsters in Cave

Monsters in Cave

OK so this is a bit left of centre but Joe loved it doused in home-made mayo!

Here’s our fun food, Monsters in Cave.         Fun food for picky kids Monsters

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Cream cheese

– Olives

Method

1. Build the outline of a cave from cucumber.

Monsters in a Cave - 1 cucumber-001

2. Then drape some cabbage “vines”.

Monsters in a Cave - 2 vines-002

3. Give the cave some depth and ground beside.

Monsters in a Cave - 4 ground-004

4. Then add more vines.

Monsters in a Cave - 5 finish cave-006

5. And some monster faces from carrot.

Monsters in a Cave - 6 faces-007

6. Give them some googly, cream cheese eyes.

Monsters in a Cave - 7 eyes-008

7. Then some olive mouths and pupils.

Monsters in a Cave - 8 pupils-mouths-009

8. Before adding some fangs.

Monsters in a Cave - 9 teeth-010

9. And finish with some cute, grabby arms.

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Fun Egg Ghosts

Egg Ghosts

Ooh (or should it be wooo ooooo?) needed something quick and simple today so made some egg ghosts. Made by just whipping the egg whites with the stick blender until they form stiff peaks, cooking briefly in the oven and then pouring over the egg yolks and cooking for a few minutes. Delicious!

Here are our fun food, Egg Ghosts.

Fun food art Egg Ghosts

Recipe

– Eggs (separated)

– Olives

Method

1. Whip the egg whites in a bowl until stiff.

Egg Ghosts - 1 egg-0329

2. Form into the shape of ghosts.

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3. Cook in the oven 5-10 mins at 180 degrees.

Egg Ghosts - 3 cooked-0331

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

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5. Woooooooo woooooo!!

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Fun Cabbage Bat

Cabbage Bat

Was having avocado for lunch and decided to build it into a bat. Surprisingly easy and pretty cool (even if I do say so myself).

Fun food, Red Cabbage Bat.

Fun food art Cabbage Bat

Recipe

– Avocado

– Red cabbage

– Olive

– Carrot (optional)

Method

1. Slice an avocado in half, peel off the skin and cut into a circular shape.

Cabbage Bat - 1 body-0300

2. Cut red cabbage leaves to make wings (a sharp knife or scissors work).

Cabbage Bat - 2 wings-0301

3. Give her some wings.

Cabbage Bat - 3 ears-0304

4. Then slice an olive for the eyes.

Cabbage Bat - 4 eyes-0305

5. Add some feet.

Cabbage Bat - 5 feet-0306

6. And if you like an orange moon.

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Fun Spooky Eggs

Spooky Eggs

This was a bit of a fail … alas. Not an “epic fail” as my boys would have been delighted to crow but not quite as I would have liked. I was trying to make Spooky Eggs so boiled some and cracked them all over. The aim was to dye them red and as I knew beetroot juice would make them pinkish I decided to try raspberries.

After soaking for 24 hours I washed off the crushed raspberries and peeled them and found they were covered in red and blue “veins”. They looked amazing but I found it hard to capture on film. They also tasted a bit like raspberry. Not disgusting but not great either.
I would recommend going the beet and settling for pink!

Fun food art eggs for Halloween

Recipe

– Boiled eggs

– Cover with dye (beetroot/spinach juice)

Method
1. Boil eggs. Crack all over and then cover in coloured juice and allow to sit in fridge for 24 hours.

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2. Peel eggs.

Spooky Eggs for Halloween

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Fun Cucumber Pig

Cucumber Pig

Almost but not quite time for Halloween fare!

So, here’s my fun food, Cucumber Pig.

Fun food art Cucumber Pig

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Olives

Method

1. Slice cucumber for the head.

Cucumber Pig - 1 head-001

2. Add a cherry tomato nose.

Cucumber Pig - 2 nose-002

3. And some cucumber ears.

Cucumber Pig - 3 ears-003

4. Then some olive nostrils.

Cucumber Pig - 4 nostrils-005

5. Eyes from cucumber skin.

Cucumber Pig - 5 eyes-006

6. And a lovely, fat body.

Cucumber Pig - 6 body-007

7. Some legs.

Cucumber Pig - 7 legs-008

8. A flashy, celery tail.

Cucumber Pig - 8 tail-009

9. Finishing with olive and cucumber soil.

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Fun Celery Salad Pig

Celery Salad Pig

Celery is one of those foods that people either like or don’t. When I went to visit my parents one time my mother made an apple and celery salad. It instantly reverted me to childhood! Yummy mix of sweet and savoury with nuts and raisins to pique the taste buds. When I was young it was the way to eat celery.

Here’s my giant, fun food Celery Salad Pig. OK he’s a bit squashed but …

Cute food for picky kids Salad Pig

Recipe

– Coleslaw of your choice

– Red apple

– Celery

– Raisins

Method

1. Make a body from the coleslaw.

Celery Salad Pig - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add ears from apple.

Celery Salad Pig - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And a big nose.

Celery Salad Pig - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Give him raisin nostrils.

Celery Salad Pig - 4 nostrils (1 of 1)

5. And eyes.

Celery Salad Pig - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then add a curly, celery tail.

Celery Salad Pig - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And legs.

Celery Salad Pig - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Yummm!

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Fun Cheesy Sheep

Cheesy Sheep

My computer died on Friday so I have been in tech hell since then …

Fortunately starting to get back to normal so here’s my happy, fun food Cheesy Sheep.

Fun food art Cheese Sheep

Recipe

– Cottage or ricotta cheese

– Mushrooms

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Form a body from cheese.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 1 body-1

2. Add a mushroom head.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 2 head-1

3. And legs.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 3 legs-1

4. Cheese eyes.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 4 eyes-1

5. With a shiny tomato and capsicum sun.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 5 sun-1

6. Slice some cucumber and celery grass.

Cottage Cheese Sheep - 6 grass-1

7. Add a big of carrot then you can even dip!

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Fun Chilli Owl

Chilli Owl

I was making some chilli for dinner and decided to whip up a quick owl.

Here’s my fun food, Chilli Owl.

Creative kids food Chilli Owl

Recipe

– Chilli (or any bolognaise style sauce)

– Cheese

– Tomato

– Avocado

– Black beans (or olives)

Method

1. Fill a bowl with chilli.

Chilli Owl - 1 chilli-1

2. Add two, large circles of cheese for eyes.

Chilli Owl - 2 eyes-1

3. Then a beak from tomato.

Chilli Owl - 3 beak-1

4. And large irises from avocado.

Chilli Owl - 4 irises-1

5. Use black beans for pupils.

Chilli Owl - 5 pupils-1

6. Then finish with a triangle of cheese for the top of the head.

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Fun Salad Princess

Salad Princess

Every now and again it’s important to have the royal treatment.

Here’s my fun food, Salad Princess.

Fun food art Salad Princess

Recipe

– Cheese

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Tomato

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a circle for her face.

Salad Princess - 1 face-1

2. Then add a cucumber crown.

Salad Princess - 2 crown-1

3. Slotted onto the head snugly.

 

4. Add some carrot hair. But it looked a little “witchy” so I changed it!

Salad Princess - 4 hair-1

5. Give her a face from cucumber, and tomato.

Salad Princess - 5 face-1

6. Then change that hair …

Salad Princess - 6 hair-1

7. Add some cucumber jewels to the crown.

Salad Princess - 7 jewels-1

8. And a ruff made from spinach.

Salad Princess - 8 ruff-1

9. Finish with some stars.

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Often fruit and veg ‘speak’ to me. This time it was an avocado … !

Here’s my fun food Avocado Turtle.

Fun, healthy snacks for kdis Avocado Turtle

Recipe

– Avocado

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut an avocado in half and peel.

Avocado Turtle - 1 avocado-1

2. Thinly slice cucumber and arrange on top of the avocado.

Avocado Turtle - 2 cucumber-1

3. Add 4 feet. I changed to the dark side of the cucumber later!

Avocado Turtle - 3 feet-1

4. Then a cucumber head.

Avocado Turtle - 4 head-1

5. And some big eyes.

Avocado Turtle - 5 eyes-1

6. With darker pupils.

Avocado Turtle - 6 pupils-1

7. Then the foot swap to the darker colour.

Avocado Turtle - 7 feet-1

8. Sprinkle some herbs for background (and flavour!).

Avocado Turtle - 8 background-1

9. And finish with a tail.

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Fun Coleslaw Seahorse

Coleslaw Seahorse

Wow I made this two years ago and never got around to blogging it … until today! I rarely use molds but this is one of those times that I did.

Here’s my fun food, Coleslaw Seahorse.

Fun food art Coleslaw Seahorse

Recipe

– Coleslaw (I used cabbage/carrot & home-made mayo)

– Celery

– Rice

– Carrot

– Corn

– Spinach

– Parsley

– Beetroot

– Daikon/chinese radish

Method

1. Squash some coleslaw into a mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 1 mould (1 of 1)

2. Carefully remove the mold.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 2 out of mould (1 of 1)

3. Add some rice for the seabed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 3 sea floor (1 of 1)

4. Then a celery stalk for seaweed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 4 plant (1 of 1)

5. Use baby spinach for the seaweed leaves.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Add some parsley and corn for shells and seaweed.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 6 rocks (1 of 1)

7. Chopped carrot makes more shells.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 7 shells (1 of 1)

8. And daikon perfect bubbles – do seahorses do bubbles?!!?

Coleslaw Seahorse - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. Beetroot gives detail to the seahorse.

Coleslaw Seahorse - 9 features (1 of 1)

10. Finished!

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Fun Clown Fish

Clown Fish

Nemo may be a little old these days but there’s still something very appealing about a stripy orange fish!

Here are my fun food, Clown Fish.

Healthy kids snacks Clown Fish

Recipe

– Carrot

– Olive

– Cheese

– Corn

– Cucumber

– Dill

Method

1. Cut a fish shape from a large carrot.

Clown Fish - 1 fish (1 of 1)

2. Give him some friends.

Clown Fish - 2 more fish (1 of 1)

3. Add some olive eyes.

Clown Fish - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And some cheesy stripes.

Clown Fish - 4 stripes (1 of 1)

5. Form the seabed from corn and edible herbs (dill in this case).

Clown Fish - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Add some cucumber bubbles.

Clown Fish - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with some cucumber rocks.

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Fun Avocado Owl

Avocado Owl

Ah, made this a little while ago and then forgot to post! It’s my cute, fun food, lunch – an Avocado Owl.

Healthy kids snacks Avocado Owl

Recipe

– Avocado

– Celery

– Carrot

– Radish

– Cucumber

– Coriander (cilantro) leaves – any edible leaves work!

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

Method

1. Cut an avocado in half and peel for the body.

Avocado Owl - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add some big eyes from the inside of a radish.

Avocado Owl - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Then a little, carrot beak.

Avocado Owl - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some carrot feet.

Avocado Owl - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Use sliced celery for feathers.

Avocado Owl - 5 feathers  (1 of 1)

6. More celery makes the top feathers (ears?).

Avocado Owl - 6 ears (1 of 1)

7. Rings of olive make perfect pupils.

Avocado Owl - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. With slices of cucumber for wings.

Avocado Owl - 8 wings (1 of 1)

9. Then branches made from celery stalks.

Avocado Owl - 9 branches (1 of 1)

10. Using coriander (cilantro) for the leaves.

Avocado Owl - 10 leaves (1 of 1)

11. And finishing with a yellow capsicum (bell pepper), crescent moon.

Cute food for kids Avocado Owl

12. Or should it be a full moon?

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Fun Lunchbox Faces

Lunchbox Faces

My boys rarely have sandwiches for lunch but if they do why not make them fun too!

Lunchbox Faces, fun food that’s quick and simple.

Cute food Lunchbox Faces

Recipe

– Sandwich

– Olives

– Cheese,

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

You can of course just use any ingredients you have on hand!

Method

1. Use cup case holders to keep everything together and bite-sized.

Lunchbox Faces - 1 cup cases  (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make them round.

Lunchbox Faces - 2 sandwiches (1 of 1)

3. Then added a face from cheese, olive and red capsicum.

Lunchbox Faces - 3 face 1 (1 of 1)

4. And gave the next sandwich a different expression.

Lunchbox Faces - 4 face 2 (1 of 1)

5. Finishing with a third face!

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Fun Carrot Cottage

Carrot Cottage

I love combining a whole host of salad veggies to make a picture. Even though we’re in mid-winter it was a glorious, blue sky day when I made this and so I was dreaming of summer …

Here’s a lovely, fun food Carrot Cottage.           Fun food art Carrot House

Recipe

– Carrot

– Radish

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cauliflower

– Egg yolk

– Red cabbge

Method

1. Build the cottage from carrot.

Carrot House - 1 building (1 of 1)

2. Then the outline of the roof.

Carrot House - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Use semi circles for the tiles.

Carrot House - 3 roof tiles (1 of 1)

4. Then the inside of a radish (or daikon) for the door and window.

Carrot House - 4 window (1 of 1)

5. Attach a chimney to the side of the roof.

Carrot House - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. Before planting celery and cucumber trees.

Carrot House - 6 trees (1 of 1)

7. Little slices of cucumber form the grass.

Carrot House - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. And cauliflower fluffy clouds.

Carrot House - 8 clouds (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from egg yolk to make a bright sun.

Carrot House - 9 sun (1 of 1)

10. Add details to the door and window from the radish outer.

Carrot House - 10 detail (1 of 1)

11. More egg yolk forms the sun’s rays.

Carrot House - 11 rays (1 of 1)

12. Finishing with red cabbage birds.

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Fun Dinosaur Egg

Dinosaur Egg

Not sure whether it was the semi-peeled avocado or the fact that we watched Jurassic World that got me thinking of hatching dinosaurs!

Here’s my fun food Dinosaur Egg.

Fun food art Dinosaur Egg

Recipe

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Avocado

– Celery

– Radish (or cucumber)

– Olive

Method

1. Arrange thin strips of cabbage to start the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 1 cabbage (1 of 1)

2. Add slices of carrot (I used a potato peeler).

Dinosaur Egg - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Half peel an avocado and place in the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 3 avocado (1 of 1)

4. Add some circles cut from radish for eyes.

Dinosaur Egg - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him some celery hands.

Dinosaur Egg - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a tail and spikes.

Dinosaur Egg - 6 tail & spikes (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with olives for pupils and nostrils.

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Fun Underwater Lunchbox

Underwater Lunchbox

A few more ideas for a fun food lunchbox. Add one or two to make the midday meal a little more creative.

Underwater Lunchbox:

Fun food art Underwater Lunchbox

Recipe

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Bread

– Cheese

– Kiwi fruit

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Raisins

Method

1. Cut a circle and some rays from a yellow capsicum.

Underwater Lunchbox - 1 sun (1 of 1)

2. Add some carrot fish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 2 fish (1 of 1)

3. Then build a boat from some bread.

Underwater Lunchbox - 3 boat (1 of 1)

4. Using cheese for the sails and portholes.

Underwater Lunchbox - 4 sails (1 of 1)

5. Kiwi fruit makes an awesome turtle.

Underwater Lunchbox - 5 turtle (1 of 1)

6. And red capsicum and red cabbage a great jellyfish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 6 jellyfish (1 of 1)

7. Then cut a funky seahorse from cucumber with a giant eye.

Underwater Lunchbox - 7 seahorse (1 of 1)

8. Finishing with some raisin eyes for the turtle and seahorse.

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Fun Space Lunchbox

Space Lunchbox

Lots of space ideas to choose from. Choose one or two and surprise your mini-chef!

Fun food Space Lunchbox concepts:

Fun food art Space Lunchbox

Recipe

– Sourdough roll

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Red and yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Cheese

– Raisin

– Red Apple

– Kiwi

– Banana

Method

1. Use a roll as a planet.

Space Lunchbox - 1 planet (1 of 1)

2. Add a celery “ring”.

Space Lunchbox - 2 ring (1 of 1)

3. Then start to build a rocket using carrot.

Space Lunchbox - 3 rocket (1 of 1)

4. Adding a cucumber nose-cone, boosters and red capsicum flames. I had wings but dumped them later!

Space Lunchbox - 4 rocket detail (1 of 1)

5. Cucumber makes perfect windows.

 

6. Then an avocado alien (I always think of them when skinning one!)

Space Lunchbox - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. A circle of cheese for the moon with raisin face.

Space Lunchbox - 7 moon (1 of 1)

8. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Space Lunchbox - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. To finish lots of fruit stars. Red apple, kiwi and banana.

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Fun Rainbow Skewers

Rainbow Skewers

Skewers are a fun food, simple way to increase the veggie count!

These are versatile as you can use any brightly coloured veggies. I have grilled mine then added to the skewer.

Fun lunches Rainbow Skewers

Recipe

Any veg you like. I used:

– Red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Zucchini

– Pumpkin

– Swiss mushrooms

– Red cabbage

– Kohl rabi

Method

1. Cook the veg.

Rainbow Skewers - 1 tray (1 of 1)

2. Place all the veg on a skewer.

Rainbow Skewers - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Pack the lunchbox.

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Fun Salad Ballerina

Salad Ballerina

I was making mini quiches in cup cases and suddenly thought the silver paper would be perfect as a tutu.
Here’s my Salad Ballerina.

Fun healthy party food Ballerina

Recipe

– Cup case holder

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Cabbage

– Radish

– Olive

Method

1. Cut the cup case in half and use for tutu.
Salad Ballerina - 1 patty case (1 of 1)
2. Add a bodice from cucumber.
Salad Ballerina - 2 top (1 of 1)
3. And some legs from celery.
Salad Ballerina - 3 legs (1 of 1)
4. Use the small end of the cucumber to create the head.
Salad Ballerina - 4 head (1 of 1)
5. Cabbage makes perfect arms.
Salad Ballerina - 5 arms (1 of 1)
6. Then cut cabbage for eyes, add olives for pupils and a radish mouth.
Salad Ballerina - 6 face (1 of 1)
7. Use olive to fashion a bun.
Salad Ballerina - 7 hair (1 of 1)
8. Then more radish for shoes.
Salad Ballerina - 8 shoes (1 of 1)
9. And for her stars!
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Fun Cucumber Giraffe

Cucumber Giraffe

Making simple, cartoon-style animals from salad veg really is very easy and makes mealtimes super fun.

Here’s my fun food, Cucumber Giraffe.

Fun food art Cucumber Giraffe

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olive

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the side of the cucumber.

Cucumber Giraffe - 1 body  (1 of 1)

2. Add some legs.

Cucumber Giraffe - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. And a long neck.

Cucumber Giraffe - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. A little tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then a head.

Cucumber Giraffe - 5 head (1 of 1)

6. Give her some hooves.

Cucumber Giraffe - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. And a fluffy tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 7 fluffy end (1 of 1)

8. Before adding ears and ossicones.

Cucumber Giraffe - 8 ears & ossiccones (1 of 1)

9. Use the inside of the cucumber for the eyes and nostrils.

Cucumber Giraffe - 9 eyes & nostrils (1 of 1)

10. And then the capsicum for the markings.

Cucumber Giraffe - 10 spots (1 of 1)

11. Slices of carrot make perfect grass.

Cucumber Giraffe - 11 grass (1 of 1)

12. And olives shiny, black pupils.

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Fun Dancing Ducks

Dancing Ducks

Last of the cheap cucumbers before we go into winter pricing so thought I’d make the most of them. My boys loved them!

Here are my fun food Dancing Ducks.

Fun food art Dancing Ducks

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Olives

Method

1. Slice three rings of cucumber to make the heads.

Dancing Ducks - 1 bodies (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot beak.

Dancing Ducks - 2 beaks (1 of 1)

3. Then rings of olive for eyes.

Dancing Ducks - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Use more cucumber for the body (indent to fit).

Dancing Ducks - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some carrot legs/feet.

Dancing Ducks - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Do the same for the other ducks. Make them dance!

Dancing Ducks - 6 bodies (1 of 1)

7. Add some cucumber wings.

Dancing Ducks - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with notes made from cucumber.

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Fun Salad Skier

Salad Skier

We’re up in the mountains in the snow. Not skiing but no reason not to create one anyway!

Here’s my fun food, Salad Skier.

Creative winter food Salad Skier

Recipe

– Radish

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cottage cheese

– Dill

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the radish into a circle to form the head.

Salad Skier - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Create a body from carrot.

Salad Skier - 2 body  (1 of 1)

3. Then add an arm.

Salad Skier - 3 arm (1 of 1)

4. Give him a backside.

Salad Skier - 4 backside (1 of 1)

5. And some strong legs.

Salad Skier - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Use the outside of the radish for goggles and a smile.

Salad Skier - 6 goggles (1 of 1)

7. Then red capsicum for the hat and gloves.

Salad Skier - 7 hat & mittens (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery to make a ski.

Salad Skier - 8 ski (1 of 1)

9. And another one.

Salad Skier - 9 other ski (1 of 1)

10. Make him a ski pole.

Salad Skier - 10 ski pole (1 of 1)

11. Then add the cottage cheese snow.

Salad Skier - 11 snow (1 of 1)

12. Cucumber trees give him some obstacles!

Salad Skier - 12 trees  (1 of 1)

13. But they’re not complete without a bit of snow.

Salad Skier - 13 snow on trees (1 of 1)

14. Fresh dill makes the perfect bobble and scarf.

Salad Skier - 14 scarf & bobble (1 of 1)

15. All finished with a yellow capsicum sun.
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Fun Capsicum Flowers

Capsicum Flowers

Mother’s Day tomorrow so we’re thinking flowers but of course ones you can eat are doubly good!!

Here are our fun food Capsicum Flowers.

Creative food Capsicum Flowers Mother's Day edible Flowers

Recipe

– Capsicum/bell pepper

– Herbs stalks (or thinly sliced celery)

– Spinach leaves

– Radish (carrot)

Method

1. Cut the capsicum to form petal shapes.

Capsicum Flowers - 1 petal (1 of 1)

2. Add two more to form a flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 2 3 petals (1 of 1)

3. And do the same for the other flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 3 all petals (1 of 1)

4. Strip some herbs of their leaves (I used coriander) to form the stems.

Capsicum Flowers - 4 stalks (1 of 1)

5. Add some spinach leaves (you can always use scissors to shape them).

Capsicum Flowers - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Then if you like add some insects for “interest”!

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Fun Autumn Leaves

Autumn Tree

Autumn is definitely here for us. The weather is starting to get colder, the leaves are falling from the trees and the days are shorter.

The boys and I put together a salad using all the autumnal colours (and a random bird!). Here’s our fun food, Autumn Tree.

Fun salad for kids Autumn Leaves

Recipe

– Celery

– Capsicum (bell pepper) orange, yellow and red

– Cucumber

– Olive

Method

1. Place celery in the shape of a tree trunk and branches.

Autumn Leaves - 1 trunk (1 of 1)

2. Then add an orange capsicum leaf.

Autumn Leaves - 2 orange leaf (1 of 1)

3. And a few more.

Autumn Leaves - 3 more orange (1 of 1)

4. Do the same with the yellow.

Autumn Leaves - 4 yellow leaves (1 of 1)

5. Then finely chop cucumber to make the grass.

Autumn Leaves - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. Add some red leaves.

Autumn Leaves - 6 red leaves (1 of 1)

7. Then some fallen ones.

Autumn Leaves - 7 fallen leaves (1 of 1)

8. Finally the boys insisted I add an olive and capsicum bird (with cucumber eyes).

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Fun Princess Crown

Princess Crown

As I have two boys I am admittedly a bit shy on the pink plates. However, every now and again one has to be done and (shhhh) the boys eat it just as enthusiastically.

Here’s my Princess Crown made from mash coloured with roasted beetroot juice. Any pureed white veg would work well. Would be perfect to let the mini chefs decorate their own version too!

Fun food art Princess Crown

Recipe

– Mash (or any pureed white veg coloured with beetroot juice)

– Mash (or white veg)

– Beetroot

– Corn (or other contrasting coloured veg)

Method

1. Form the shape of a crown.

Princess Crown - 1 crown (1 of 1)

2. Add some beetroot hearts and a border.

Princess Crown - 2 hearts (1 of 1)

3. Then some mash “diamonds”.

Princess Crown - 3 diamonds (1 of 1)

4. And some corn detail.

Princess Crown - 4 corn (1 of 1)

5. Put some beetroot stars on the spikes.

Princess Crown - 5 stars (1 of 1)

6. Then some hearts.

Princess Crown - 6 hearts (1 of 1)

7. Final details.

Princess Crown - 7 circles (1 of 1)

8. And a few flowers (rosemary) to finish.

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Fun Salad Island

Salad Island

Whilst we’re still desperately holding onto our lovely Indian Summer we will celebrate with suitable food!

Here’s my fun food Salad Island, a lovely snack or addition to lunch.

Cute food for kids Salad Island

Recipe

– Corn

– Celery

– Avocado

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the corn off the cob to create the sand.

Salad Island - 1 sand (1 of 1)

2. Slice celery along the stem to make a trunk.

Salad Island - 2 trunk (1 of 1)

3. Carefully peel an avocado then cut for leaves.

Salad Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. Slice the leaves to form “fronds”.

Salad Island - 4 fronds (1 of 1)

5. Add cherry tomatoes for fruit.

Salad Island - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a burning midday sun.

Salad Island - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. But make the rays all the same length!

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Fun Salad Nest

Salad Nest

The boys and I were sharing lunch so we went for an Easter-ish theme!!

Here’s our Salad Nest, perfect with some coleslaw, fresh corn and home-made mayonnaise.

Real eggs for Easter Salad Nest

Recipe

– Lettuce (or any greens)

– Spinach

– Carrot

– Basil (or other herb)

– Boiled eggs

Method

1. Cut the lettuce and spinach into strips and form into a nest shape.

Salad Nest - 1 lettuce (1 of 1)

2. Use a grater or sharp knife to cut strips of carrot.

Salad Nest - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add additional lettuce/spinach.

Salad Nest - 3 spinach (1 of 1)

4. Then some peeled, boiled eggs.

Salad Nest - 4 Eggs (1 of 1)

5. Place some herbs around the side.

Salad Nest - 5 Basil (1 of 1)

6. And it’s ready to eat.

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Fun Avo-Copter

Avo-Copter

Avocados are still everywhere so we’re making the most of the bounty. It’s a great way to jazz up a salad and make it more creamy and filling.

Here’s my simple, fun food Avo-Copter.

Fun healthy kids snacks Helicopter

Recipe

– Avocado

– Carrot

– Celery

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Rice, cauliflower or couscous

Method

1. Peel the avocado and cut in half.

Avo-Opter - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Slice some carrot to make the housing for the blades.

Avo-Opter - 2 propellor attachment (1 of 1)

3. Then use more carrot for the blades themselves.

Avo-Opter - 3 blades (1 of 1)

4. Add a tail outline from celery.

Avo-Opter - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Using more celery for the detail.

Avo-Opter - 5 struts (1 of 1)

6. Some bigger chunks make the propellor.

Avo-Opter - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Then back to carrot for the skis.

Avo-Opter - 7 skis (1 of 1)

8. Use some capsicum for the windows.

Avo-Opter - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Before finishing with some fluffy, rice clouds.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 9 – Home-made Baked Beans

Vegecational Video Ventures 9 – Home-made Baked Beans

We have started making home-made baked beans. They are simple and economical to make, taste fantastic and contain none of the additives of many of the canned versions. I was shocked to pick up a can in the supermarket out of interest and find it contained 24% sugar. That’s a quarter of the can that’s sugar – WOW.

This time I used white beans (haricot/Cannelini/Berlotti) but I have since found that pinto work the best. They are smaller and so absorb more of the sauce. I buy the dry ones and soak overnight but if you’re short of time canned beans would work too.

Baked Beans home-made video

Check out the video of the boys tasting for the first time …
http://youtu.be/RRuqLurQlAs

Recipe

– Large red onion diced

– Approx. 600g beans (Pinto work best)

– 400g tinned tomatoes (or equivalent fresh)

– 1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce

– 250ml veggie stock (or chicken stock)

– 2 tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

– 1 tsp honey (I very rarely use sweetener but it does help balance the acidity)

– 2 tsp ground cumin

– 1tsp Dijon mustard (or similar mild mustard)

– 2 tsp smoked paprika

– 2 tsp garlic powder

Method

1. Sautee the onion until soft and a little brown.

2. Add all the other ingredients and stir well.

3.Bring to simmer and then cook for a few hours. It actually tastes better the following day as the flavours have infused!

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Fun Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

I love eggplant/aubergine. I didn’t always, in fact it’s only been the last 10 years I’ve been able to embrace it. The boys have slowly come round to eating it with pleasure and my lovely husband finally ate some and enjoyed it for the first time only 2 weeks ago – YES!!

Goes to prove that trying foods over and over again is important, even for us big folks and maybe using different methods of cooking something can be the key.

Here’s my much enjoyed fun food Emperor Penguin …

Fun food for picky eaters penguin

Recipe

– Eggplant/aubergine

– Mash (or pureed white veg)

– Pumpkin or sweet potato

– Cottage cheese/ricotta/feta

– Oat bran/cauliflower

Method

1. Form a body shape from the cooked eggplant (I roasted in large chunks).

Emperor Pengiun - 1 Body (1 of 1)

2. Make a beak.

Emperor Pengiun - 2 beak (1 of 1)

3. And a tail.

Emperor Pengiun - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Use the mash to make a belly.

Emperor Pengiun - 4 potato (1 of 1)

5. Then more eggplant for the wing and foot.

Emperor Pengiun - 5 foot (1 of 1)

6. The pumpkin makes great colour highlights.

Emperor Pengiun - 6 orange (1 of 1)

7. And mash and a tiny bit of eggplant form the eye.

Emperor Pengiun - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Cottage cheese made perfect snow.

Emperor Pengiun - 8 snow (1 of 1)

9. And the egg. Daddy penguins rock at babysitting!!

Emperor Pengiun - 9 egg (1 of 1)

10. Bit of oat bran or grated cauliflower makes magic, falling snow.

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Fun Sushi Hearts

Sushi Hearts

Am I a proficient sushi maker – no! It’s not something I do regularly and so I apologise in advance to all those who can make perfect little rice packages. I also used brown rice as that’s what I had available. However, I was able to make simple, fun food, Sushi Hearts using a tea towel to roll them and they tasted great!

Fun food art Sushi Hearts

Recipe

– Sushi (home or pre-made)

– Daikon also called Chinese/Japanese radish (or radish or capsicum)

– Cucumber (or carrot or capsicum)

Method

1. Make the sushi heart by gently squeezing the bottom to form more of a point and pushing into the centre at the top to create the classic, heart shape.

Sushi Hearts - 1 sushi (1 of 1)

2. Add two more sushi.

Sushi Hearts - 2 3 sushi (1 of 1)

3. Then cut daikon and cucumber into heart shapes to complement the sushi.

Sushi Hearts - 3 hearts  (1 of 1)

4. A few grains of rice around the edge and it’s a pretty Valentines plate.

Healthy Valentines Sushi Hearts

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Fun Veggie Heart

Veggie Heart

In the lead up to Valentines I can’t stop thinking about hearts – although I have to admit this fun food, Veggie Heart reminds me of a map of Africa!

This was a great plate to make and share as part of lunch.

Fun food art Veggie Heart

Recipe

Use any colourful veggies you have. I used:

– Radish

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Celery

– Beetroot

Method

1. I drew a faint outline of a heart to follow then placed the veggies overlapping around the edge – starting with slices of radish.

Veggie Heart - 1 radish (1 of 1)

2. Then yellow capsicum.

Veggie Heart - 2 yellow capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Slices of cucumber.

Veggie Heart - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Cherry tomatoes cut in half. I made a point for the bottom that I later removed.

Veggie Heart - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. Then moved up the other side with carrot.

Veggie Heart - 5 carrot (1 of 1)

6. And slices from a baton of celery.

Veggie Heart - 6 celery (1 of 1)

7. And some steamed beetroot.

Veggie Heart - 7 beetroot (1 of 1)

8. Time to remove the point of tomato from the bottom.

Veggie Heart - 8 remove tomato (1 of 1)

 

9. A few fresh herbs to decorate and it’s all finished.

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Fun Veggie Robot

Veggie Robot

As it’s summer salads feature highly on our menu. And salad is perfect for pictures. I use lots of different veg as they will all be part of our meal – you can of course substitute in any veg you have on hand

Here’s my fun food Veggie Robot…

Fun food art Veggie Robot

Recipe

– Daikon/Chinese/Japanese radish)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Green capsicum/bell pepper

– Radish

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a square of daikon for the body (if you haven’t tried this before it’s sold in Asian grocers or often at the markets. It has a very mild flavour, is crunchy and perfect in stir fries).

Veggie Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use cucumber for the head.

Veggie Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And celery batons for the arms.

Veggie Robot - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Green capsicum makes perfectly matching legs.

Veggie Robot - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. Then radish for feet.

Veggie Robot - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And more radish for hands.

Veggie Robot - 6 hands (1 of 1)

7. Carrot cut into circles makes the eyes and a rectangular piece of radish for the mouth.

Veggie Robot - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then I angled his arms in a bit.

Veggie Robot - 8 adjust arms (1 of 1)

9. And gave him celery and daikon antennae.

Veggie Robot - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Joining everything together with radish “hinges”.

Veggie Robot - 10 joins (1 of 1)

11. Finished and ready to eat!

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

I was preparing an Asian dish and the bean sprouts/mung beans just looked just like tentacles. I had the mushrooms, brown rice and veg ready so this fun food Mushroom Jellyfish was born!

Cute food for kids Mushroom Jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the dark caps)

– Bean sprouts/mung beans

– Brown rice (or cous cous or chopped veggies)

– Carrot

– Red Capsicum/Bell Pepper

– I used spinach & celery for the sea bed

Method

1. Cut the sautéed mushrooms in half (or you can eat raw if you prefer).

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Add the bean sprouts/mung beans as tentacles.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 beansprouts (1 of 1)

3. Add the rice for the sea-bed.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 rice (1 of 1)

4. Then add other veg to give the seabed colour.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 veggies (1 of 1)

5. Cut a few fish from carrot and capsicum …

Fun food art Mushroom Jellyfish

Simple, quick, crunchy and delicious.

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Fun Coleslaw Fox

Coleslaw Fox

This fun food Coleslaw Fox is lots simpler than it looks. I made a light mayonnaise and mixed it with some grated carrot then added the cabbage. It’s a perfect centrepiece for a party or a picnic and who could resist having a little …

Fun food art Coleslaw Fox

Recipe

– Grated carrot

– Cabbage

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Mayo (or other dressing)

Method

1. Mix the carrot with the dressing and form a basic head shape.

Coleslaw Fox - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Make holes for the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Add more carrot to build up the nose section to give it a 3-D effect.

Coleslaw Fox - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Use cabbage to make the fur around the side of the face and ears.

Coleslaw Fox - 4 cabbage (1 of 1)

5. Slice cucumber to make the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then more cucumber for the nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 6 nose (1 of 1)

7. Use olives for the pupils and black nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 7 pupils-nostrils (1 of 1)

8. And more for the mouth.

Coleslaw Fox - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Then use red cabbage for the whiskers and detail.

Healthy fun food for kids Coleslaw Fox

It’s as simple as that!

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Fun Salad Cabin

Salad Cabin

This is something I made for the boys and I to share for lunch during the Sept school holidays. I’ve since seen some amazing creations on Pinterest but this fun food cabin is simple, quick and easy to make. It’s perfect if you have a few people over, just serve with dip.

Healthy fun food Salad Cabin

Recipe

– Carrots

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cheese

– Sprouts

Method

1. Chop some peeled carrots into roughly equal lengths and arrange in an open rectangle.

Salad Cabin - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add two more stumps for the door.

Salad Cabin - 2 door (1 of 1)

3. Then slice some celery and start adding for the roof.

Salad Cabin - 3 celery (1 of 1)

4. Finish off above the door.

Salad Cabin - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a cucumber chimney.

Salad Cabin - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. And a cheese door.

Salad Cabin - 6 door (1 of 1)

7. Which needed a carrot handle.

Salad Cabin - 7 handle (1 of 1)

8. Then I used sprouts for grass.

Salad Cabin - 8 sprouts (1 of 1)

9. And finished off with some carrot stepping stones.

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Salad Manger

Salad Manger

Merry Christmas!!

One of my favourite memories of Christmas as a child was seeing the nativity scene all lit up outside the local church. I have done a salad version to fit in with our Southern Hemisphere weather.

Christmas food salad manger

Recipe

– Carrot

– Celery

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Grated cheese

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut the walls of the stable from carrot.

Salad Manger - 1 walls (1 of 1)

2. Then make a celery roof.

Salad Manger - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. And top with a yellow capsicum star.

Salad Manger - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Before making the manger from carrot and filling with grated cheese straw.

Salad Manger - 4 manger (1 of 1)

5. Then I used bits of salad to make a cartoon style shepherd and king.

Salad Manger - 5 figures (1 of 1)

6. And yellow capsicum for the baby.

Salad Manger - 6 baby (1 of 1)

7. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Fun Brekkie Christmas Tree

Brekkie Christmas Tree

Bubble and squeak is a firm favourite in our house and it’s so versatile as you can chuck whatever left-over veggies you have into the mix.

This is our fun food breakfast version in the shape of a tree (Christmas of course).

Healthy Christmas breakfast tree

Recipe

– Bubble & squeak

– Egg (separated and cooked)

– Mushroom

– Baby spinach

Method

1. I cooked the bubble and squeak then cut it into the shape of a tree.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 1 tree (1 of 1)

2. Then added a mushroom pot.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 2 pot (1 of 1)

3. And an egg yolk star.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. Then used the egg white to make baubles.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 4 ornaments (1 of 1)

5. With more egg yolk as heart shaped ornaments.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 5 hearts (1 of 1)

6. Baby spinach cut with scissors made perfect tinsel.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 6 tinsel (1 of 1)

7. Then I added presents using some of the left-overs.

Brekkie Xmas Tree - 7 presents (1 of 1)

8. Ready to eat.

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Fun Pizza Snowman

Pizza Snowman

Making the Tomato Santa gave me an idea so I tried a Pizza Snowman. Big hit with the mini-chefs! I used a wholemeal flatbread as the base – my quick cheat when I want to make pizza in minutes. You could of course use a regular base (and cut the shape with a knife).

Here’s my fun food, Pizza Snowman.

Cute Christmas food Pizza Snowman

Recipe

– Pizza Base (I used wholemeal flat bread)

– Tomato paste

– Oregano

– Mozzarella cheese

– Carrot

– Olives

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut the shape of the snowman out of the base (I used scissors).

Pizza Snowman - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Spread tomato paste and sprinkle oregano.

Pizza Snowman - 2 tomato  (1 of 1)

3. Cover body and face with cheese.

Pizza Snowman - 3 cheese (1 of 1)

4. Add olive eyes and mouth.

Pizza Snowman - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. And a carrot nose.

Pizza Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give him some olive buttons.

Pizza Snowman - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. And a jaunty capsicum hat.

Pizza Snowman - 7 hat (1 of 1)

8. Cut a scarf from spinach.

Pizza Snowman - 8 scarf (1 of 1)

9. Then bake him in the oven until the cheese melts and the base goes crispy.

Pizza Snowman - 9 cooked (1 of 1)

10. Serve nice and hot!

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Fun Cherry Tomato Santa

Cherry Tomato Santa

Nothing says Christmas like a big, red Santa. I was going to make a basic pizza but he just developed into a snack that the boys devoured with glee.

Here’s a fun food Tomato Santa, sweet, delicious and simple.             Fun Christmas food art Santa

Recipe

– Flat bread base (optional)

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cream cheese

– Olives

– Yellow capsicum/bell pepper

– Oat bran or grated cauliflower/cheese

Method

1. Use scissors to cut a “Santa” shape.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Cover with tomatoes sliced in half.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 tomatoes (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese bobble.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 2 bobble (1 of 1)

4. Then some trim for his top.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 5 trim (1 of 1)

5. And a beard and moustache.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 4 trim (1 of 1)

6. With some trim for his hat.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 6 hat trim (1 of 1)

7. Use slices of olive for his belt.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. And his eyes.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

9. Then give him a flashy, capsicum buckle.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 9 buckle (1 of 1)

10. Before adding his arms.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 10 arms (1 of 1)

11. And some little hands.

Cherry Tomato Santa - 11 hands (1 of 1)

12. I used oat bran for snow.

Healthy Christmas food Santa

13. Santa is ready. Ho Ho Ho!

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Fun Veggie Turkey

Veggie Turkey

A special plate to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US. I have very fond memories of my time living in N.C. and thought a fun food pumpkin dish was in order!

Fun food for thanksgiving turkey

Recipe

– Roast pumpkin

– Roast parsnips

– Roast zucchini (courgette)

– Roast carrots

– Roast cauliflower

– Roast red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Steamed broccoli

– Steamed green beans

Method

1. Make a neck from pumpkin.

Veggie Turkey - 1 neck-001

2. Add a head (I made this larger later).

Veggie Turkey - 2 head-002

3. Give her some zucchini wings.

Veggie Turkey - 3 wing-003

4. Then a luxurious tail of carrot and parsnip.

Veggie Turkey - 4 tail feathers-004

5. Add a green bean beak.

Veggie Turkey - 5 beak-006

6. Then some cauliflower “ruffles”.

Veggie Turkey - 6 ruffles-008

7. Her wings needed to be a little more prominent so add the darker zucchini too.

Veggie Turkey - 7 extra wings-009

8. And then give her a larger head.

Veggie Turkey - 8 head-010

9. With some pumpkin legs.

Veggie Turkey - 9 legs-011

10. Add a bright red capsicum wattle.

Veggie Turkey - 10 wattle-012

11. And some eyes made from the inside of a slice of parsnip with darker roasted bits for pupils.

Veggie Turkey - 11 eyes-013

12. Use the broccoli and green beans as grass.

Veggie Turkey - 12 grass-014

And make her strut.

13. Ready to serve …

Thanksgiving Veggie Turkey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Fun Asparagus Ballerina

Asparagus Ballerina

I can’t look at asparagus without thinking about long limbs, and what better to showcase that than a ballerina.
Not sure I’ve done her justice but here’s my fun food, ballet take on asparagus anyway!

Fun food for picky kids Ballerina

Recipe

– Steamed potato (or bread)

– Asparagus

– Radish (or red capsicum/bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the potato into an oval for her body.

Asparagus Ballerina - 1 body-001

2. Add her head (I made it a little larger at the end).

Asparagus Ballerina - 2 head-002

3. Use the tip of the asparagus for her hair.

Asparagus Ballerina - 3 head piece-003

4. Give her some beautiful arms.

Asparagus Ballerina - 4 arms-004

5. And some supple legs.

Asparagus Ballerina - 5 legs-005

6. Use a little of the asparagus tip for the eyes and some radish for the lips.

Asparagus Ballerina - 6 face-006

7. Then add a tutu from radish.

Asparagus Ballerina - 7 skirt-007

8. Before moving her into a more graceful position (well I thought so!).

Asparagus Ballerina - 8 new pose-008

9. I thought I was finished but then realised her head looked a smidge small.

Asparagus Ballerina - 9 detail-011

10. That’s better!

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Tomato Poppy

Tomato Poppy

This is the one day of the year I am not preparing a fun food plate. Today I am creating a tribute to all those who sacrificed. This is in honour and thanks.

LEST WE FORGET

Poppy food art Lest We Forget

Recipe

– Large tomato

– Black Olives

– Baby Spinach

Method

1. Slice the side of the tomato to form a petal.

Tomato Poppy - 1 tomato-001

2. Then add 3 more.

Tomato Poppy - 2 petals-002

3. Use olives to make the dark seeds in the centre.

Tomato Poppy - 3 centre-003

4. I cut the edges of the “petals” to make them a little squarer.

Tomato Poppy - 4 squared edges-004

5. Add a spinach leaf cut into the shape of a poppy leaf (scissors work!).

Tomato Poppy - 5 leaf-005

6. I used some letter cookie cutters to carefully make the letters.

Tomato Poppy - 6 letters-006

7. Then some larger ones for the number.

Tomato Poppy - 7 no's-007

8. I added some detail.

Tomato Poppy Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET.

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Fun Elephant Toast

Elephant Toast

I was cutting some bread that had a little indent and it just looked like the back of an elephant. From that this cute, fun food elephant emerged!

Healthy fun breakfast elephant

Recipe

– Bread/toast

– Large mushrooms

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the toast.

Elephant Toast - 1 toast (1 of 1)

2. Slice a section out to make the legs.

Elephant Toast - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Elephant Toast - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. And some flappy ears.

Elephant Toast - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Give her a long trunk.

Elephant Toast - 5 trunk (1 of 1)

6. And a little crust tail.

Elephant Toast - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Some large mushrooms make great ears.

Elephant Toast - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

8. Then some spinach for the ground cover.

Elephant Toast - 8 spinach (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to eat.

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Fun Avocado Skulls

Avocado Skulls

I found some lovely, ripe avocadoes and as we were having a Mexican inspired dinner I thought what better but some salsa-stuffed skins.

Some fun food, avocado salsa skulls. Perfect for dinner or a party, simple to make and delicious to eat.

Avocado Skulls

Recipe

– Avocado

– Salsa (I made with avocado/tomato/coriander(cilantro)/chilli/lemon)

– Cheese

Method

1. Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed.

Avocado Skulls - 1 avocado

2. Scoop out the flesh then use the back part of the half that has been scooped out and the edge of the other side to make the salsa “receptacles”.

Avocado Skulls - 2 scooped out

3. Put the avocado flesh back in, mixed with your additions of choice.

Avocado Skulls - 3 stuffed

4. Add some cheese eye sockets.

Avocado Skulls - 4 eyes

5. And some noses.

Avocado Skulls - 5 noses

6. Then score some cheese rectangles to make the teeth.

Avocado Skulls - 6 teeth

7. Bit of decoration and they’re ready to eat.

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Fun Frankenstein Tortilla

Frankenstein Tortilla

I made a simple, spinach flat bread for a novel take on breakfast fare then added mushrooms and cheese to make a fun food Frankenstein.

Healthy Halloween ideas Frankenstein

Recipe

– Spinach flat bread (wholemeal flour, water and drained/chopped spinach)

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Mushrooms (I used the large flat ones)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. I lightly fried the bread then cut into a “face” shape.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then added some ears.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And some cheese for eyes.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Using baby spinach for eyebrows.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 4 eyebrows (1 of 1)

5. Then more for his mouth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Cheese makes great teeth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 6 teeth (1 of 1)

7. And sautéed mushrooms fabulous hair.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 7 hair (1 of 1)

8. What self-respecting Frankenstein would go out without his bolts?

Frankenstein Tortilla - 8 bolts (1 of 1)

9. Using more mushroom for the pupils gives him a good stare.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 9 pupils (1 of 1)

10. And he’s ready to eat.

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Fun Witches Cauldron

Witches Cauldron

Had to do a cauldron as part of my Halloween series and this one made a great addition to a fun food lunch for the boys and myself.

Fun food for Halloween Witches cauldron

Recipe

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Olive

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Substitute in other veggies you have on hand!

Method

1. Slice the capsicum in half.

Witches Cauldron - 1 capsicum (1 of 1)

2. Cut into a “cauldron” shape.

Witches Cauldron - 2 cauldron (1 of 1)

3. Add capsicum legs.

Witches Cauldron - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. And some avocado “bubbles”.

Witches Cauldron - 4 bubbles (1 of 1)

5. Then an olive spider.

Witches Cauldron - 3 Spider (1 of 1)

6. Before using other veggies to make up the nefarious witches brew ingredients (carrots and cucumber).

Witches Cauldron - 4 ingredients (1 of 1)

7. Add a bat cut from cucumber.

Witches Cauldron - 5 bat (1 of 1)

8. The boys complained about the spider so I tweaked him a little ….

Healthy party food for Halloween Witches Cauldron

Hubble bubble toil and trouble ….

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Fun Mother & Baby Bird

Mother & Baby Bird

Spring is here and the birds are going mad in the trees all around as they build nests and start hatching chicks.

Here’s a fun food tribute to all the feathery ones waking me up EVERY morning!!

Cute food ideas for kids birds

Recipe

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a simple trunk and branch from celery and add a thinly sliced carrot nest.

Mother & Baby Bird - 1 branch & nest (1 of 1)

2. Use tomatoes to make a body and head for the chick.

Mother & Baby Bird - 2 baby (1 of 1)

3. Then cucumber for the beak, wings and eye.

Mother & Baby Bird - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Use more tomatoes for the head and body of the mother bird.

Mother & Baby Bird - 4 mother (1 of 1)

5. Giving her cucumber tail and wings.

Mother & Baby Bird - 5 wings (1 of 1)

6. Then a beak and eye.

Mother & Baby Bird - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. I decided the trunk was a little “fat” so slimmed it down.

Mother & Baby Bird - 7 thinner tree (1 of 1)

8. And gave the mother a delicious carrot worm to feed the baby.

Mother & Baby Bird - 8 worm (1 of 1)

9. All ready to eat.

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Fun Mash Castle

Mash Castle

It’s that change of seasons time when there is hot and cold weather. It’s great for variety in meals as there is a call for the hearty and the light.

Here is my fun food, mash and lentil castle. It could be made with any mash or veggie puree and any bolognaise style sauce and is really very simple.

Healthy food for kids castle

Recipe

– Mash (or other veggie puree)

– Carrots

– Lentils (or any bolognaise style sauce)

– Corn (or peas)

– Broccoli (or beans/spinach)

Method

1. Make the outline of a simple castle.

Mash Castle - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Cut windows and door from steamed carrot.

Mash Castle - 2 windows & door (1 of 1)

3. Carefully add the lentil mix.

Mash Castle - 3 lentils (1 of 1)

4. Use corn to make the ground.

Mash Castle - 4 corn (1 of 1)

5. Add some broccoli trees.

Mash Castle - 5 broccoli (1 of 1)

6. And detail for the door and flag (made from broccoli stalks/carrot and corn).

Fun food art castle

All finished, lower the drawbridge!

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Fun Veggie Rocket

Veggie Rocket

I love roasting veggies. They are lovely and naturally sweet and the boys are always excited to eat. Here I have combined a tray full of roast veggies with some mash and some steamed veggies too.

A fun food veggie rocket that you can make from whatever veg you have on hand.

Cute food ideas for kids rocket

Recipe

– Mash

– Peas

– Pumpkin

– Carrot

– Parsnip

Method

1. Form the shape of the rocket from the mash.

Veggie Rocket - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Add the peas for the windows.

Veggie Rocket - 2 peas (1 of 1)

3. Use pumpkin to make the cone and the fins.

Veggie Rocket - 3 tip & wings (1 of 1)

4. Use more pumpkin for the exhausts.

Veggie Rocket - 4 thrusters (1 of 1)

5. And carrot for the exhaust flames.

Veggie Rocket - 5 jet fuel (1 of 1)

6. I cut some stars from the inside of the parsnip.

Veggie Rocket - 6 stars (1 of 1)

7. Then added a pumpkin planet with a parsnip ring.

Veggie Rocket - 7 planet (1 of 1)

8. BLAST OFF!!

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Fun Salad Jellyfish

Salad Jellyfish

I was looking at a capsicum/bell pepper and it spoke of jellyfish and an alter ego ….

Here’s my fun food, Salad Jellyfish.

Fun food art jellyfish

Recipe

– Red capsicum/bell pepper

– Cabbage (initially I used red but then changed to regular!)

– Carrot (use any veg for seabed)

– Corn (substitute for other chopped veg)

– Celery (carrot/cucumber)

– Cheese (or veg)

Method

1. Slice the capsicum to form the top of the jellyfish.

Salad Jellyfish - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut strips of cabbage for the tentacles.

Salad Jellyfish - 2 tentacles (1 of 1)

3. Add some finely diced carrot for the seabed.

Salad Jellyfish - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

4. Then cut some fish. I used celery and cheese.

Salad Jellyfish - 4 fish (1 of 1)

5. And added some corn for the seabed.

Salad Jellyfish - 5 corn (1 of 1)

6. But it looked a little dull so I changed the tentacles to regular cabbage and wow, how much better does it look?!?!

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Jacket Potato Elephant

Jacket Potato Elephant

Well we’re still battling through winter so lots of lovely warming dinners are on the menu.

My boys would never say no to a jacket potato and they just seem to lend themselves to fun food. So, here’s my jacket potato elephant.

Food art Elephant for kids

Recipe

– Jacket Potato

– Roasted Parsnip (or sweet potato)

– Roasted sweet potato/kumara (or pumpkin)

– Green beans

Method

1. Slice the potato in half lengthways.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut out a semi-circle to fit the ear into.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

3. Add the roasted sweet potato/kumara.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 3 ear (1 of 1)

4. Use some of the left-over potato to make the face.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 4 face (1 of 1)

5. Put on some parsnip legs.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Give him a little tail.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Use another piece of parsnip for the trunk.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 7 trunk (1 of 1)

8. And some of the inside of the parsnip for the tusk, eye and toes.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 10 eye (1 of 1)

9. Add some green bean grass.

Jacket Potato Elephant - 11 grass (1 of 1)

10. Finished!!

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Fun Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I was asked to put together a creative plate using bread … and thought of an ice cream sandwich but not the sweet kind!

I’ve used some bread, cheese and veggies to make a fun food cone. My boys thought it looked really appetising and couldn’t wait to share.

Sandwich food art for kids

Recipe

– Wholegrain bread

– Grated cheese

– Roasted beetroot

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomato

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the bread into a cone shape. I went for a double cone!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 1 cone (1 of 1)

2. I used a small dish to slice around to make the bread “scoops”.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 2 bread scoops (1 of 1)

3. And added a smear of butter and some cheese detail.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 3 butter (1 of 1)

4. Then cut the beetroot scoop using the same dish for size.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 4 beetroot (1 of 1)

5. But realised that the cucumber wasn’t as large so cut the beetroot smaller.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. I added grated cheese to the top.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And what ice cream would be complete without a cherry … tomato!

Ice Cream Sandwich - 7 tomato (1 of 1)

8. I used a carrot stick for a flake.

Ice Cream Sandwich - 8 carrot (1 of 1)

9. But then thought that it would look better with smaller bread circles so changed those!!

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Fun Veggie Boat

Veggie Boat

After figuring out how to mix red cabbage and a little bicarb soda to make a natural greenish/blue “dye” it’s fun to use for designs. To make a perfect sea I mixed the red cabbage with mash.

Here’s my fun food veggie boat floating on the ocean …

Feeding picky kids veggie boat

Recipe

– Mash (coloured blue is more fun!)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/potato)

– Parsnip (or carrot/potato/green bean)

– Peas (or any diced veggie)

– Corn (or any diced veggie)

– Pumpkin (or sweet potato/carrot)

Method

1. Make the mash into the ocean!

Veggie Boat - 1 sea (1 of 1)

2. Cut a carrot hull for the boat.

Veggie Boat - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add a parsnip mast.

Veggie Boat - 3 parsnip (1 of 1)

4. Then a pea sail.

Veggie Boat - 4 peas (1 of 1)

5. With a corn sail for the other side.

Veggie Boat - 5 corn (1 of 1)

6. And a little carrot flag.

Veggie Boat - 6 flag (1 of 1)

7. Set under a deep orange, pumpkin sun.

Veggie Boat - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. A few parsnip birds and we’re ready for plain sailing through dinner …

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

Breakfast just got even more fun ..

Simple, fun food jellyfish, serve with some toast or your favourite sauce and it’s a delicious way to start the day!

Food Art breakfast jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the larger brown caps)

– Egg (mixed then lightly fried)

– I used spinach and cheese for the fish

Method

1. Cut the stems from the mushroom caps and slice in half (after sautéing lightly).

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Slice the egg into thin strips and use for tentacles.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 tentacles (1 of 1)

3. Add more egg for the second jellyfish.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 egg (1 of 1)

4. Not forgetting the last one.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 all tentacles (1 of 1)

5. I cut and added some little spinach and cheese fish.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 5 fish (1 of 1)

6. And that was it, simple but fun.

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Fun Salad Robot

Salad Robot

Making salad robots is a great activity to do with the kids. Just chop up a whole range of shapes from whatever you have on hand and let them create their own fun food versions.
So versatile as you can use any veggies and any shapes.

Salad Robot Food Art

Recipe

– Red and green capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Celery

– Daikon (Chinese radish)

Method

1. Cut a square from the red capsisum.

Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot head.

Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Use the green capsicum for the nozzle on top of the head and the arm attachments.

Robot - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Then do the same for the legs.

Robot - 4 top of legs (1 of 1)

5. Add some arms and legs from batons of celery.

Robot - 5 legs & arms (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for the feet and green capsicum for the wrist attachments.

Robot - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Make some hands from carrot.

Robot - 7 hands (1 of 1)

8. Then use the daikon for the face.

Robot - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. And the control panel.

Robot - 9 panel (1 of 1)

10. I used a couple of triangles of red capsicum to give him some pupils.

Robot - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Finished!!

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Fun Stegosaurus Potato

Stegosaurus Potato

My boys love jacket potatoes, and like me crispy skin is the go. Looking at one it does seem quite leathery a lot like I imagine a dinosaur would look and that of course lead me into the kitchen …

Here’s my fun food, jacket potato stegosaurus. The boys were really, really excited about the result!

Jacket  potato Stegosaurus fun food

Cute food for kids dinosaur

Recipe

– Jacket potato (I used one and a bit ….)

– Raw sweet potato (kumara). It tastes great, if you haven’t tried you must! Can always be substituted for carrot

– Carrot

– Vegetables for the ground. I used broccoli, peas, corn

Method

1. Bake potato. A long-ish, thin-ish one works for shape!

Jacket Stegosaurus - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut spikes from sweet potato and insert into slots sliced into the top of the potato. A double row creates a great visual.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 2 spines (1 of 1)

3. And then ensure they go all down the back.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 3 more spines (1 of 1)

4. I used the ends of a second potato to make a head and tail.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 4 head & tail (1 of 1)

5. Before putting some longer sweet potato spikes into the tail.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 5 tail spikes (1 of 1)

6. Next I added some legs from more potato.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And gave her a carrot face.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. To simulate the lush undergrowth I used broccoli, peas and corn.

Jacket potato dinosaur

9. Easy as that!

Cute food for fussy kids dinosaur

10. Or that …..

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Fun Salad Bicycle

Salad Bicycle

OK so Tour De France time so bicycles in the news. I could never draw bicycles so am amazed I am able to reproduce them in food. Weirdly it seems way easier in veg than in pencil!

Here’s part of a fun food, light lunch I whipped up for the boys.

Salad Bicycle fun food

Recipe

– Radish/avocado (or cucumber/tomato/daikon)

– Celery (or cucumber/carrot)

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper) or other veg

– Carrot

– I used red cabbage and baby spinach for the background

Method

1. Cut the wheels from radish.

Salad Bicycle - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add a front strut from celery.

Salad Bicycle - 2 front strut (1 of 1)

3. Then add more supports.

Salad Bicycle - 3 supports (1 of 1)

4. And cross bar and back wheel bars.

Salad Bicycle - 4 back wheel bars (1 of 1)

5. I used capsicum for a flashy, red seat.

Salad Bicycle - 5 seat (1 of 1)

6. Then some handles.

Salad Bicycle - 6 handles (1 of 1)

7. Before adding some carrot wheel hubs (I had to shorten the celery “bars” a little).

Salad Bicycle - 7 hubs (1 of 1)

8. More capsicum for the pedal over a carrot cog.

Salad Bicycle - 8 gears- pedal (1 of 1)

9. I added some red cabbage ground.

Salad Bicycle - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. And then some baby spinach bushes and a carrot bird!

Salad Bicycle - 10 trees & bird (1 of 1)

11. Finished!!

Cute food ideas salad bicycle

12. But then is it better with avocado wheels?

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Fun July 4th Veg

July 4th Veggies

Independence Day coming up in the US so thought I’d experiment with natural colours and see if I could create a blue. It was more green than I’d have liked 🙁 but was super simple to do. I just chopped a handful of red cabbage, placed in boiling water and added a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. I left the lid on the pot for a few minutes and then drained the cabbage. I mixed this with mash for a natural blue.

Here’s a fun food, veggie celebration plate using “blue” food.

blue food 4th July healthy

Recipe

– Mashed potato mixed with naturally dyed cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Mushrooms (peeled)

Method

1. Mould a “4” from the mash mixture.

4th July Veg - 1 4 (1 of 1)

2. Then add the “th”.

4th July Veg - 2 th (1 of 1)

3. I used a cookie cutter to make some capsicum stars.

4th July Veg - 3 stars (1 of 1)

4. And another one to cut out some smaller, mushroom ones.

4th July Veg - 4 white stars (1 of 1)

5. One smaller red star and some capsicum streamers and that’s it!

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Fun Soccer Pitch

Soccer Pitch

Back to World Cup fever! My boys were totally mesmerised by this dish.

A fun food soccer pitch that is healthy, delicious and simple to create.

Soccer Pitch from veggies

Recipe

– Pea & broccoli puree (steam veggies, add a splash of stock and herbs – blend!)

– Mashed potato

Method

1. I used the only rectangular platter I have which is a little too thin to give the shape of a proper soccer pitch but best I could do!
I spread the pea & broccoli puree as smoothly as possible to make the grass.

Soccer Pitch - 1 pitch (1 of 1)

2. I added quite a bit of milk to the cooked mash then piped it out of a plastic bag using a small knife to guide into position. Starting by making lines around the sides and across the centre.

Soccer Pitch - 2 outline (1 of 1)

3. I used mash again to create the goal and penalty area.

Soccer Pitch - 3 goals (1 of 1)

4. And finished by adding the circles and penalty spots.

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Fun World Cup Logo

World Cup Logo

This was pure indulgence. I saw the logo, loved the vibrant colours but knew it would be impossible to reproduce in food. Still there is nothing like a challenge to spur one on …

Here’s my fun food version of the World Cup Logo.

World Cup Logo in food

Recipe

– Grated carrot and sweetcorn (I mixed with a little home-made mayo to help it stay together and taste amazing).

– Baby Spinach

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. I made the hand shape from the carrot/corn mix.

World Cup - 1 carrot hand (1 of 1)

2. Then used scissors to cut the baby spinach and make the detail down the bottom.

World Cup - 2 bottom leaves (1 of 1)

3. More baby spinach made the fingers arching over the top left.

World Cup - 3 Left leaves (1 of 1)

4. I added the numbers from red capsicum.

World Cup - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. Then the curving spinach fingers on the right.

World Cup - 5 right leaves (1 of 1)

6. And the printed words as that was just a step too far in food …

World Cup logo cute food ideas

OK so it’s not perfect but it was delicious!!

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Fun Salad Bulldozer

Salad Bulldozer

A bright yellow capsicum (bell pepper) just screamed construction vehicle to me.

So here is my fun food bulldozer.

Salad Bulldozer fun food for kids

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a cab shape from the cheek of the capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then carve out a window.

Salad Bulldozer - 2 window (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the body at an angle to make the caterpillar tracks look lopsided!

Salad Bulldozer - 3 cut (1 of 1)

4. Before adding another slice of capsicum (inner side out) for the tracks. Tomatoes cut in half made the wheels.

Salad Bulldozer - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Then I added celery cut into “curls” for the tracks and added a scoop to the front from more capsicum.

Salad Bulldozer - 5 scoop-tracks (1 of 1)

6. I used chunks of cucumber for the load and the road.

Salad Bulldozer - 6 road & load (1 of 1)

7. A few celery details and we’re ready to work!

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Fun Toast Ute

Toast Ute

I admit that I find it very difficult to look at round veggies and not think of wheels! This time I gave in to the obsession and created a simple toast truck. It’d be just as good untoasted too!!

Toast truck breakfast food

Recipe

– Mushrooms (lightly cooked whole – or can leave raw!!)

– Wholegrain bread

– Cheese for the windows (I used Edam)

– Tomato for brakelight (optional)

– I separated an egg and used for headlight and load

– Spinach for the road

Method

1. I lined up the mushrooms for wheels.

Toast Ute - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then put the toast over the top so I could figure out where to cut the wheel arches.

Toast Ute - 2 toast (1 of 1)

3. And then cut the semi-circles out.

Toast Ute - 3 wheel arches (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a rough body shape for the truck.

Toast Ute - 4 body shape (1 of 1)

5. Then used cheese to make some windows.

Toast Ute - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. I sliced a little from a tomato to make the brake light.

Toast Ute - 6 brake light (1 of 1)

7. And utilised the cooked egg yolk for the headlight and added a cheese door handle.

Toast Ute - 7 headlight (1 of 1)

8. The white of the egg was used for the load.

Toast Ute - 8 load (1 of 1)

9. Before adding a bumpy, spinach road.

Fun food ideas truck for breakfast

10. And then I thought the windows would look better less solid so cut out the centres.

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Fun Corn Bee

Corn Bee

With the last of this season’s corn I decided to make a special plate for Joe who loves corn and loves olives. He was so pleased with his fun food plate!

Corn Bee healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Fresh cooked corn

– Olives

– Celery

Method

1. Cut the corn into slices for the body.

Corn Bee - 1 corn (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a slice into a head shape.

Corn Bee - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Before adding the black olive stripes and stinger.

Corn Bee - 3 stripes (1 of 1)

4. I cut discs from celery for the eyes.

Corn Bee - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. And used more celery for the antennae (which I balanced against the body so they stand upright).

Corn Bee - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. Then I used olives to make pupils for the eyes and a nice smile.

Corn Bee - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. I pulled corn off the cob to use as the outline for the wings.

Corn Bee - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Before filling them with very thin slices of celery.

Corn Bee cute food ideas

9. And he was finished but I thought he’d look better on white.

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Or not?

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Fun Brekkie Rainbow

Brekkie Rainbow

It’s great to have a big share breakfast at the weekend. My boys see a cooked breakfast as a big treat and every now and again I deliver!!

Here’s a fun food rainbow, healthy and delicious. You can of course substitute in your favourite breakfast ingredients.

Breakfast Rainbow fun food

Recipe

– Scrambled egg (just the whites)

– Fried egg (just the yolks)

– Sauteed mushrooms

– Potatoes cubed and cooked (I lightly roasted)

– Tomatoes

– Baby Spinach

– Cheese – I used Edam

Method

1. Use the scrambled whites as clouds.

Brekkie Rainbow - 1 clouds (1 of 1)

2. Place a row of mushrooms (I drew some faint lines in to make it easier to figure out where to put things!) first.

Brekkie Rainbow - 2 mushrooms (1 of 1)

3. Then a layer of egg yolk cut into strips.

Brekkie Rainbow - 3 yolk (1 of 1)

4. And a row of cubed potatoes.

Brekkie Rainbow - 4 potatoes (1 of 1)

5. I then used baby spinach for the next arch.

Brekkie Rainbow - 5 spinach (1 of 1)

6. Before adding some cheese.

Brekkie Rainbow - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And to add some bright colour some tomatoes.

Healthy rainbow for breakfast

8. Not sure whether it needs some rain. But just in case I added some dried thyme.

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Fun Salad Tank

Salad Tank

OK so tanks are probably not very P.C. these days but my boys are fascinated by them.

Here’s a fun food, super simple one to whip up as part of a meal or for a snack.

Salad Tank fun ideas for kids

Recipe

– Radish for the wheels (or carrot, cucumber, tomatoes)

– Carrot for the tracks (or cucumber skin, celery cut super thinly)

– Red capsicum (bell pepper) for the body

– Celery for the gun (or carrot, cucumber)

Method

1. Cut radish into circles for the wheels. I used the smaller part of the radish to slice circles for the back ones.

Salad Tank - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. I used a potato peeler to take off thick strips of carrot to use as the tracks. I bent them into shape carefully.

Salad Tank - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Then cut a body from red capsicum. This helps to hold the carrot tracks in place.

Salad Tank - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Celery seemed like the perfect gun. I sliced the back off so it sat nicely on the plate and used extra bits to make detail.

Salad Tank - 4 gun (1 of 1)

5. Before cutting a little star for detail.

Fun food ideas tank

6. Simple, quick and a great way to serve salad veg.!!

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Love U Mum

Love U Mum

Happy Mother’s Day to all …

Healthy food for Mother's Day

Recipe

I used:

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

Method

1. I cut a heart from the cheek of a red capsicum.

Love u Mum - 1 heart (1 of 1)

2. Then a “U” from a yellow capsicum.

Love u Mum - 2 u (1 of 1)

3. Before making two “M”s from a piece of cucumber and a “U” from carrot.

Love u Mum - 3 mum (1 of 1)

4. A bit of decorating with the leftovers and it’s done.

Love You Mum food

5. Or is it too jazzy?

Love u Mum Mother's Day food

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Fun Flying Pigs

Flying Pigs

I was having a conversation about something being impossible and the “flying pigs” concept got stuck in my head!!

I made these cute, fun food pigs using a cookie cutter. The dye is roasted beetroot juice which gives a great colour without imparting any real flavour.

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Flying pigs kids food

Recipe

– Mashed potato (any mashed veg would do). I dyed part of it pink with beetroot juice.

– I used sliced beetroot for the eyes and noses

– I used wholemeal spaghetti for the tails

– I made the stars from cheese

Method

1. I mixed some mash with beetroot juice to make it pink then pushed it into a cookie cutter.

Flying Pigs - 1 mold (1 of 1)

2. Then I made two more.

Flying Pigs - 2 three pigs (1 of 1)

3. I fashioned some wings from regular mash.

Flying Pigs - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. Before giving them some back wings too.

Flying Pigs - 4 more wings (1 of 1)

5. I used some spaghetti to give them little tails.

Flying Pigs - 5 tails (1 of 1)

6. Then cut some eyes from beetroot.

Flying Pigs - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And used more to make noses (snouts?).

Flying Pigs - 7 noses (1 of 1)

8. As they are flying high they needed some cheese stars!

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9. It’s true, pigs can fly …..

Food art Flying Pigs

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Fun Egg Box Eggs

Egg Box Eggs

OK so this week is turning into egg week – without any actual eggs!!

I have wanted to use an egg box to serve egg shaped veggies for a while and Easter was a good excuse for this fun food experiment. Joe was absolutely delighted with the presentation and both boys couldn’t wait to test the “eggs”.

Fun healthy Easter eggs

Use any veg you like.

Recipe

– Egg box (I lined with cling film/Glad wrap)

I used:

– Mashed potato

– Mashed pumpkin

– Bubble and squeak (potato mixed with spinach and cheese and lightly fried)

– Mashed peas (mixed with a little potato to help hold shape)

– Roasted beetroot (mixed with potato to hold shape)

– Fresh corn (mixed with potato)

Method

1. Line an egg box with foil or cling film for hygiene.

Egg Box Eggs - 1 box (1 of 1)

2. Form some mash into an egg shape and place in the box.

Egg Box Eggs - 2 mash (1 of 1)

3. Then do the same with some pumpkin.

Egg Box Eggs - 3 pumpkin (1 of 1)

4. I used some leftover bubble and squeak.

Egg Box Eggs - 4 bubble & squeak (1 of 1)

5. Before mixing some peas with mash for the 4th egg.

Egg Box Eggs - 5 peas (1 of 1)

6. Then I did the same with some beetroot.

Egg Box Eggs - 6 beetroot (1 of 1)

7. Finishing with some corn.

Egg Box Eggs - 7 corn (1 of 1)

8. So simple and a great fun way to present veggies.

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Fun Veggie Bunnies

Veggie Bunnies

The Easter themes continue with my fun food veggie bunnies. I actually made these from a lentil/carrot mix I made but you could use potato/pumpkin/sweet potato or a veggie or bean mash.

Fun food for Easter for kids

Recipe

– A mash or thick puree (I used lentil)

– Mashed potato/cream cheese for the teeth and tails

– I used pumpkin for ears (or carrot/sweet potato)

– I used corn for eyes (or peas/carrots/olives)

– Carrots made from carrot and parsley

– Veggies to decorate – I used broccoli and peas

Method

1. Fashion the body and head of the bunny.

Veggie Bunnies - 1 lentils

2. Then add some pumpkin ears.

Veggie Bunnies - 2 ears

3. And mash teeth and tail.

Veggie Bunnies - 3 nose-tail

4. Before giving her some eyes.

Veggie Bunnies - 4 eyes

5. Oh my goodness they are multiplying!!

Veggie Bunnies - 5 3 bunnies

6. Better give them something to eat.

Veggie Bunnies - 6 veggies

7. Or would they prefer carrots?

Veggie Bunnies - 7 carrots

8. OK. Everyone ready to eat?

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Fun Potato Chicks

Potato Chicks

Here’s a lovely, simple fun food lunch or dinner that the mini-chefs can help you put together.

Potato Chicks Easter plate

Recipe

– Steamed potato (or other large veg). I cut prior to steaming.

– Corn

– Carrots (or other contrasting coloured veg)

– I used peas and beans for the grass

– Olives for eyes (could use peas)

Method

1. Use the large slices of potato for the bodies.

Potato Chicks - 1 potatoes (1 of 1)

2. Then cut some head shapes.

Potato Chicks - 2 heads (1 of 1)

3. Before adding some corn “feathers”.

Potato Chicks - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Slice some carrot beaks.

Potato Chicks - 4 beaks (1 of 1)

5. Then cut some carrot feet.

Potato Chicks - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. I gave them some carrot crowns.

Potato Chicks - 6 crowns (1 of 1)

7. And then some olive eyes.

Potato Chicks - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. Before adding some peas and beans for grass.

Potato Chicks - 8 grass (1 of 1)

9. And it’s as simple as that …

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Fun Mr Tomato

Mr Tomato

I reckon he should probably be Monsieur Tomato as he looks as though he’s wearing a beret!

I had some leftover mashed potato and some lovely, ripe tomatoes so my fun food Mr Tomato was born. He’s so simple to do and it’d be a great one to get the kids involved in.

Cute food ideas for kids

Recipe

– Large tomato (I used a vine ripened one and utilised the stalk)

– Mashed potato (or any other sort of mash or thick puree)

– Use anything on hand for detail. I used peas, corn, red capsicum (bell pepper), carrots and olives.

Method

1. Slice the top off the tomato for the hat. I left the stalk on.

Mr Tomato - 1 tomato (1 of 1)

2. Then I formed a head shape from the mash and fashioned a nose.

Mr Tomato - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And added some olives sliced into a circle for eyes.

Mr Tomato - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting a mouth from red capsicum (bell pepper).

Mr Tomato - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Then I made a moustache, cutting the olives lengthways.

Mr Tomato - 5 moustache (1 of 1)

6. I filled the olive eyes with pea pupils.

Mr Tomato - 6 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

Then used blobs of mash with corn for buttons.

7. And there is Mr Tomato.

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8. Or does he need some carrot ears?

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The mini-chefs preferred him with …..

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day Plate

St. Patrick’s Day Plate

With less than a week to go to St. Patrick’s Day it was time to evoke every stereotype aside from the Leprechaun and put together an “Irish” salad.

Max was rapt as he found a four leaf clover recently and felt this was in honour of him!

Fun food for St. Patrick's Day

Recipe

– Multi coloured capsicums (bell peppers)

Method

1. Cut a leaf shape from green capsicum (it’s pretty much heart shaped).

St Pat's Day Salad - 1 green capsicum (1 of 1)

2. Then add three more as it has to be a four leaf clover!

St Pat's Day Salad - 2 4 leaf clover (1 of 1)

3. Before giving it a stalk.

St Pat's Day Salad - 3 stalk (1 of 1)

4. Then I carved a pot from red capsicum ready for the “gold”.

St Pat's Day Salad - 4 pot (1 of 1)

5. Which was cut from a yellow capsicum.

St Pat's Day Salad - 5 coins (1 of 1)

6. Then I decided to move everything round a bit to make room for the “17th”.

St. Patrick's day healthy food

Cut from orange capsicum.

7. And we’re ready to celebrate …

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Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

This was so much fun to make. It was really easy, just a question of chopping the ingredients (which you have to do anyway) and then placing them inside the balloon shape.

Lots of fresh salad veggies married with a little cheese, what could be better in a fun food share plate?
Creative Salad for kids

Recipe

– I used cottage cheese (cream cheese/ricotta or a mash would also work)

– Carrots, red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), celery, radish, cucumber, red cabbage for the balloon. Use anything you have available!

– Mushroom for the basket

– Cottage cheese for the clouds

Method

1. I smeared cottage cheese in the shape of the balloon. This makes the veggies stay in place and gives you a shape to work to.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 1 cheese-carrot-001

I made an outline from carrot cut into circles.

2. Then added layers of red capsicum, celery and began one of yellow capsicum.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 2 capsicum cucumber-002

3. I finished the yellow …

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 3 yellow capsicum-003

4. Before adding some radish.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 4 radish-004

5. Then some cucumber sliced into semi-circles.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 5 cucumber-005

6. And filled the centre with red cabbage.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 6 red cabbage-007

7. I used strips of the red cabbage to make the wires attaching the balloon to the mushroom basket.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 7 basket-008

8. Before adding some cottage cheese fluffy clouds for it to float through.

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Perfect rainbow food for any occasion …..

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Fun Capsicum Parrot

Capsicum Parrot

Or should he be a Pepper Parrot?

I have been wanting to make a parrot for ages and had hummus and had tri colour capsicums (bell peppers) so it was time!

Aside from the beak which I just couldn’t get right this was really quite simple and quick to put together (and of course disappeared twice as fast).

Healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– I used home-made hummus as the body but mashed potato or any other thick dip would work

– Capsicums (bell peppers)

– Celery for the branch

– Olives for feet and beak

– I used a dash of yoghurt (cream cheese/sour cream) for the eye

Method

1. I made a rough body shape from hummus.

Capsicum Parrot - 1 body-001

2. Then added the first part of the wing. I cut a piece from the capsicum (which is nicely rounded naturally) and sliced feathery bits on the tip.

Capsicum Parrot - 2 wing-002

3. I elongated it with some red capsicum.

Capsicum Parrot - 3 red wing-004

4. Then added yet more.

Capsicum Parrot - 4 extended wings-005

5. Before cutting a flamboyant tail from the green capsicum.

Capsicum Parrot - 5 tail-006

6. To give him balance I gave him green crown feathers.

Capsicum Parrot - 6 crown-007

7. And a celery branch to stand on.

Capsicum Parrot - 7 branch-010

8. Then I cut an olive into feet to grip the branch.

Capsicum Parrot - 8 feet-011

9. And used more olive to curve him a big beak (which I kept fiddling with).

Capsicum Parrot - 9 beak-013

10. Then used some yellow capsicum and a bit of olive for his eye. But he looked a bit unbalanced so I added extra feathers to his crown.

Capsicum Parrot - 11 pupil-crown-016

11. As he lives in the trees we needed some more leaves (celery).

Healthy food for kids parrot

12. And I thought I was finished but then realised I needed a bit more definition to his eye so put a blob of yoghurt underneath. I also revisited the crown again and made it bigger.

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Fun Salad Garden

Salad Garden

I really wanted to use my little, metal cookie cutters so decided to make a salad garden.

This fun food tray was so simple to make and you could use any veg you have on hand. My boys love picking their favourite bits off the platter and dipping in home-made mayo. And of course it’s great “rainbow” food. The more natural colours the more nutrients!

Creative salads for kids

Recipe

I used:

– Cucumber

– Lettuce

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Baby spinach leaves

– Coriander (cilantro) stems

– Celery

– Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Hummus

But as you can see you could chop and change most of the ingredients!

Method

1. Make some cucumber flowers. I cut with a cookie cutter then made stems from celery.

Salad Garden - 1 cucumber-001

2. Then I added celery leaves.

Salad Garden - 2 leaves-003

3. Next I cut star shaped flowers from carrots and balanced them on coriander (cilantro) stalks.

Salad Garden - 3 carrots-004

4. And added celery “grass”

Salad Garden - 4 celery-005

5. Giving the carrot flowers baby spinach leaves.

Salad Garden - 5 spinach-006

6. To add colour and sweetness I used cherry tomatoes balanced on cucumber stems for the final bunch of flowers.

Salad Garden - 6 tomato-007

7. Then added detail. Corn centres for the tomatoes, hummus for the carrots and red cabbage for the cucumber.

Salad Garden - 7 detail-009

8. The garden seemed to be missing something so I added a butterfly. I used scissors to cut the wings and then used the inside of the tomatoes and some capsicum to make the detail.

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For the body I used carrot and the antennae were cut from red cabbage.

9. The perfect summery garden.

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Fun Veggie Scooter

Veggie Scooter

Every now and again I need something very easy and it doesn’t get a lot simpler than this.

Here is my fun food veggie scooter which is a slam dunk crowd pleaser!

Feed fussy kids scooter

Recipe

– Carrots

– Green beans

– Corn

– I used brown rice for the ground

Method

1. Cut steamed carrots into circles for wheels.

Veggie Scooter - 1 wheels-011

2. Make the long front bar from a green bean.

Veggie Scooter - 2 front bar-010

3. Then make the footplate and support bar from more beans.

Veggie Scooter - 3 base-009

4. And I added some extra bulk to the footplate with another chopped bean.

Veggie Scooter - 4 footplate-008

5. Then fashioned handles from corn.

Veggie Scooter - 5 handles-007

6. And used the rice I was cooking for the ground.

Healthy snacks scooter

7. Ready to roll ….

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Fun Egg Volcano

Egg Volcano

The boys were soooo excited when I was making this. They could not wait to eat it. Unfortunately the photos do not do it justice as it’s hard to get perspective with the camera. The “lava” was a spectacle and they couldn’t wait to taste the “mountain”.

Healthy breakfast food

Here is my fun food egg volcano, perfect for breakfast or a main meal. It doesn’t take long to cook and you can serve on top of bread, rice or just some veggies.

Recipe

– Eggs

– Tomato paste

– Bread

– I used mushrooms, onion and spinach for the background

Method

1. Separate the eggs.

Egg Volcano - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Place bread on greased baking paper on a tray.

Egg Volcano - 2 bread (1 of 1)

3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. I used a stick blender.

Egg Volcano - 3 whipped whites (1 of 1)

4. Fashion the whipped egg whites into a volcano shape on top of the bread (making a hollow for the sauce).

Egg Volcano - 4 volcano whites (1 of 1)

5. I spooned a little tomato paste into the well at the top.

Egg Volcano - 5 tomato (1 of 1)

6. Then added the egg yolks carefully on top of that and put them in the oven (180 degrees for 10-15 mins).

Egg Volcano - 6 yolks (1 of 1)

7. As the eggs were cooking I fried some mushrooms and onions.

Egg Volcano - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

And placed them in a ring on each plate.

8. Then I slid the cooked egg volcanoes from the oven onto the plate.

Egg Volcano - 8 cooked (1 of 1)

9. Which I had added some baby spinach leaves to.

Egg Volcano - 9 egg on mushrooms (1 of 1)

10. Then the boys were able to puncture the yolk with their knife and let the tomato/egg mixture become the lava down the side of the volcano.

Egg Volcano - 11 eruption-012

11. It was all very exciting.

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12. And nutritious and delicious too ….

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Fun Salad Butterfly

Salad Butterfly

As my parents are here visiting from the UK it’s a great opportunity to put together platters. Here’s a fun food salad plate that I made for dinner. I served it with some lettuce and home-made dressing and it was a big hit.

Simple but effective it would be perfect to serve at a gathering or for a group of children to choose veggie bits to dip at a party.

Healthy food ideas

Recipe

This is so versatile as you could use any veggies you have to hand. I used:

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cherry Tomatoes

– Cucumber

– Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

Method

1. Cut the celery horizontally and use to make the outline of the butterfly wings.

Salad Butterfly - 1 outline (1 of 1)

I cheated and drew a faint outline to work to.

2. Then I added some carrot cut into circles.

Salad Butterfly - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. And some more at the top.

Salad Butterfly - 3 more carrot (1 of 1)

4. Then I sliced cucumber into circular shapes and then into quarters.

Salad Butterfly - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. I chopped cherry tomatoes in half and used them for more detail.

Salad Butterfly - 5 tomato (1 of 1)

6. To make the body I used olives which I also cut in half.

Salad Butterfly - 6 olives (1 of 1)

And then sliced some celery thinly for the antennae.

7. To fill in the spaces I used more celery.

Salad Butterfly - 7 filling (1 of 1)

8. Then thought she needed some additional colour so added some capsicum triangles.

Cute healthy food

9. And a beautiful butterfly is born …

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Fun Jacket Potato Car

Jacket Potato Car

There is always heated debate in our household as to how to cook a jacket potato. The boys and I love them when they are cooked uncovered and the skin is tough, brown and delicious. Roy on the other hand prefers a more delicate version with the potato wrapped to cook leaving the skin paler and softer.

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The fun food car I made uses the crispier version but you can of course do either!

This is so quick and simple to prepare and was a slam dunk winner with my boys.

Recipe

– Jacket potatoes

– For detail I used corn, cherry tomatoes, celery, carrot and baby spinach leaves. Feel free to substitute for whatever you have in the fridge.

Method

1. Look for and cook a potato that has a cylindrical type shape.

Jacket Potato Car - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut a little triangle that gives you the drivers area and bend the sliced skin back to make the back of the seat.

Jacket Potato Car - 2 seat  (1 of 1)

3. Add 4 chunky tyres. I used carrots but other cylindrical veg would work.

Jacket Potato Car - 3 wheels (1 of 1)

4. I used a piece of celery for an ostentatious exhaust.

Jacket Potato Car - 4 exhaust (1 of 1)

5. And one sliced horizontally for a steering wheel.

Jacket Potato Car - 5 steering wheel (1 of 1)

6. Then I added some corn kernel headlights.

Jacket Potato Car - 6 lights (1 of 1)

7. Followed by some rear lights cut from a cherry tomato.

Jacket Potato Car - 7 rear lights (1 of 1)

8. And the car was ready to hit the celery road.

Jacket Potato Car - 8 road (1 of 1)

9. Brum brum into lunch or dinner …..

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Merry Christmas / Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel

Merry Christmas and I hope everyone is having a great day surrounded by family, friends and lots of hearty food.

We’re having a lovely time celebrating with our nearest and dearest and I’ve prepared two fun food plates to share. One for the cool, Northern hemisphere where root veggies are king and one for our Southern hemisphere where temps could be upwards of 40 degrees and salads are infinitely preferable!

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Healthy Christmas platters

Recipe

– Your veggies of choice!

Method

1. I used cookie cutters in the shape of letters.

Noel - 1 letters (1 of 1)

Xmas - 1 letters (1 of 1)

2. Then filled them with either veggies or salad.

Xmas - 2 filled (1 of 1)

Carrot, avocado, corn and tomatoes.

Noel - 2 filling (1 of 1)

Pumpkin, mashed potato, peas and steamed carrot.

3. Removed the cookie cutters.

Xmas - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

Noel - 3 veggies (1 of 1)

4. And then sprinkled them with herbs ready to eat.

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Healthy Christmas Food

Appetising, colourful, healthy and seasonal!

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Fun Christmas Rudolph Pies

Christmas Rudolph Pies

My lentil and meat pies are always a huge treat for the boys so when combined with the Rudolph factor they are a complete winner. I have used my healthy pastry recipe (wholemeal flour/wholegrain oats/water) and the pies themselves are stuffed with veggies and lentils which makes them tasty and nutritious.

I have used basic additions to make these into fun food for Christmas. Skipping the pastry and just using a bowl with any filling and then putting on the face and antlers would work well too and be even more super quick and easy.

Reindeer food for kids

Recipe

– Pies (or filled small bowls)

– Mash potato for eyes and nose

– Olives for eyes

– Cherry tomatoes for nose

– Carrots for antlers

Method

1. Make and par bake pie shells.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 1 pie shell (1 of 1)

2. Fill pie shells.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 2 filled (1 of 1)

3. I used blobs of mash to make the base for the eyes and mouth.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. And of course no Rudolph would be complete without his nose …

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 4 red nose (1 of 1)

5. Then add slices of olives to give the eyes definition.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And cut antlers from a carrot.

Christmas Rudolph Pies - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

7. Yummy and simple, I made a few so we could all share.

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Fun Avocado Christmas Tree

Avocado Christmas Tree

A lovely, fun food design that would be great for a party or an appetiser.
Decorate as you wish!

Healthy Christmas snacks for kids

Recipe

– Avocado

– For the base I used carrot

– For the decorations I used red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), corn, cottage cheese, carrot and red cabbage

– For the skirt of the tree – baby spinach leaves

– For the presents cut Edam cheese

Method

1. Cut the avocado into slices and then build a layered tree shape. Feel free to join pieces together as avocado is very forgiving like that!

Avocado Christmas Tree - 1 avocado (1 of 1)

2. I cut a piece of carrot into a base.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 2 base (1 of 1)

3. Then placed a red capsicum (bell pepper) star on top.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

4. I cut thin strips of carrot and red cabbage for “tinsel”.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 4 tinsel (1 of 1)

5. Then used yellow capsicum (bell pepper) for candles.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 5 candles (1 of 1)

6. I added “decorations” made from corn, carrot, red cabbage and red pepper.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 6 baubles (1 of 1)

7. Then blobbed on some cottage cheese for “lights”.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 7 lights (1 of 1)

8. I made a skirt for the base of the tree from baby spinach leaves then cut presents from slices of cheese. I used red cabbage and carrot strips for the ribbon.

Avocado Christmas Tree - 8 presents (1 of 1)

9. And now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Cauliflower Christmas Tree

Cauliflower Christmas Tree

As we’re well into Dec I feel that Christmas season designs are legitimate and welcomed! I love taking classic images and crafting them from healthy food and what says Christmas more than a tree?

Here is my simple, hearty, healthy fun food tree. Feel free to use your own decorations!

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Recipe

– Mashed potato for the structure (I don’t like non-edible things or wooden sticks etc. in my designs unless absolutely necessary)

– Steamed cauliflower

– For the decorations I used cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, baby spinach, corn, peas and red capsicum (bell pepper).

– I used rectangles of cheese for the presents

Method

1. I made a pile of mashed potato that would be the inner structure of the tree.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with florets of cauliflower.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 2 cauli (1 of 1)

3. I started with cherry tomato “baubles” and strips of red cabbage “tinsel” but anything you have in the fridge will do.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 3 tinsel (1 of 1)

4. I kept adding different veggies to give more colour and shapes, just like a regular tree when decorated by the children!

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 4 spinach (1 of 1)

First spinach leaves.

5. Then peas, corn and red capsicum (bell pepper) cut into squares.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 5 baubles (1 of 1)

6. Then to finish a capsicum star on the top (held in place by mash glue).

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And some presents cut from cheese with different coloured ribbons cut from the veggies.

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Fun Christmas Bells

Fun Christmas Bells

I’m always looking for new ways to serve food and as we’re in the middle of moving (ahhh) I am more time poor than usual. Dishes like Bubble and Squeak tick my boxes as I can throw whatever veggies I have in with some mashed potato, roast in the oven and voila a simple meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner packed with nutrients.

I am not usually happy with the outcome of molds – but this time they worked a treat.

Check out my very simple, fun food bells.

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Recipe

– Bubble and Squeak

– Flat leaf spinach

– Cherry tomato

Method

1. Push the B & S into the mold.

Christmas Bells - 1 Bell (1 of 1)

2. Then add another bell.

Christmas Bells -  2 bells (1 of 1)

3. Add some slices of cherry tomatoes for the tops of the bells.

Christmas Bells -  3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut some of the spinach leaves to make bows (I used my kitchen scissors).

Christmas Bells -  4 bows (1 of 1)

5. But realised the bells were too near the top of the plate and the bottom ribbons too long ….

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Ding dong …. time to eat.

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Fun Mash Snowman

Mash Snowman

Snowmen are such a seasonal icon, even in the Southern hemisphere where we’re sweating in our socks!!

This is a great, comfort fun food that the boys love to make themselves. It’s all a bit messy but tonnes of fun.

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Recipe

– Mash potato (do not make too soft)

– Carrot – for the nose

– I used peas for the buttons but any veggies cut into circles would work

– I used olives for eyes (peas/corn/carrots cut)

– I used roast pumpkin for the hat but roast sweet potato or carrot would be good

– I used beans for arms but then changed to carrot (or asparagus or strips of celery etc.)

– I used broccoli for some bushes

– I used cauliflower grated as snow (or cheese or oat bran)

Method

1. Make the snowman by rolling the potato into 3 balls. Using hands works best!

Mash Snowman - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Give him a set of buttons and some eyes.

Mash Snowman - 2 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

3. Then put in some arms. I started with beans but then realized they didn’t show up very well with the dark plate so swapped them for carrots.

Mash Snowman - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. The hat was fashioned from some roasted pumpkin (or sweet potato). They are good to work with as they can be squished and molded!

Mash Snowman - 4 hat (1 of 1)

5. Then he needed his iconic carrot nose.

Mash Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. I added some broccoli bushes.

Mash Snowman - 6 bush (1 of 1)

7. Then grated some cauliflower to make snow.

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8. And he would have been finished but he needed some new arms!

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Ahh, those are more comfortable …

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Fun Four and 20 Blackbirds

Four and 20 Blackbirds

I’m stumbling from Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes at the moment!

Max had begged me to make a pie, which I will make on occasion as a treat. The filling is mostly veggies and lentils slow cooked in home-made stock with a pastry shell which is made from wholemeal flour, wholegrain oats and water. The end result is surprisingly good, passably healthy and a total crowd-pleaser.

This time I decided to make it more exciting by adding some olive birds to transform it into Four and 20 Blackbirds. It makes it into a great centrepiece, fun food creation. And yes, the blackbirds are a bit Ninja-ish !!

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The boys were totally delighted by the addition of the birds and couldn’t wait to pick them off the top. The leftover pie slotted nicely into their thermoses for lunch the next day too!

Recipe

– Pie, I used a veggie/lentil one

– Egg. I egg washed the pie lid to make it glossy

– Olives for birds

– Carrots for birds detail

Method

1. Bake a pie.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 2 Pie (1 of 1)

2. Make the blackbirds. I sliced two olives down the centre lengthways and used the first as the body. The second one I broke in half and slotted the two pieces into the split at the back in the first olive curling out to make wings.

Four & 20 Blackbirds - 1 blackbird (1 of 1)

Then I cut an olive in half widthways to make the head and balanced it on the body.
A carrot was cut to make eyes, beak and feet. I carefully poked holes in the olive head and pushed the carrot bits in for the eyes and beak. The feet just sat at the front of the bird.

3. Place the birds on the pie (make sure it’s not too hot or the feet curl …..)

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4. I cut and peeled back part of the lid of the pie for the “birds emerging” from the centre of the pie effect!

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Fun Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Everyone loves Fairy Tales despite how bizarre and scary many of them seem if you analyse them too carefully!!

When I got some plump, long, green beans it was obvious what they were to become …

Here is my fun food Jack and the Beanstalk. It is very simple to make and the boys thought it was fantastic.

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Recipe

– Steamed green beans

– Baby spinach leaves for the vine leaves

– I used hummus for the soil but other options like cous cous, sweet potato, pasta or lentils would be great too

– Mashed potato – for the clouds (or cauliflower puree/cottage cheese/ricotta cheese)

– Steamed carrot for the house

– Broccoli & cauliflower for the trees and bushes

– I used pumpkin for the castle

Method

1. Lay the beans down and intertwine them to make the beanstalk.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 1 beans (1 of 1)

2. Then I put hummus along the bottom for the ground.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 2 ground (1 of 1)

3. And fluffed mashed potato clouds.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 3 sky (1 of 1)

4. I used broccoli as ready-made trees.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 4 trees (1 of 1)

5. Then built Jack’s house from mash potato with carrot edges, windows and doors.

Jack & The Beanstalk - 5 house (1 of 1)

6. And planted cauliflower bushes.

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7. Then I used baby spinach leaves to give the beanstalk a verdant look.

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8. I wasn’t sure whether or not to add the giant’s castle.

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In the end I cut one from a slice of roasted pumpkin and used steamed carrot for the detail.

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Fun Food – Mash Ghost (Halloween)

Fun Food – Mash Ghost

Get the children to make their own super simple mash potato ghost for Halloween. This fun food creation takes minutes to make and about the same to eat!!

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Recipe

– Mash potato (any mashed veg would substitute – parsnip/cauliflower/white bean).

– I used olives for the eyes and mouth

– I used corn for the writing but peas or any other small veggie would do

Method

1. Make the ghost from the mash (make sure the mash is not too wet when you cook it).

Mash Ghost - 1 Mash (1 of 1)

 

I made a triangular head and then stuck arms on later and moulded them into shape.

2. Add a face. I sliced olives which gave the ghost a startled expression.

Mash Ghost - 2 face (1 of 1)

 

3. Then I made “Boo !!” from corn kernels.

Mash Ghost - 3 boo (1 of 1)

 

4. And that is it. My simple, fun, mashy ghost.

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Fun Pasta Skeleton – Halloween

Pasta Skeleton

Skeletons are an iconic Halloween figure and so easy to make and share.

Here is my fun, cartoon style pasta skeleton.

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Recipe

– Pasta – I used wholemeal penne and spirals (I wanted to call them a flashy Italian name but they are alas called “spirals” ….)

– Cheese – for the skull

– Steamed carrots for the hands and feet

– Corn – for joints

– I used olives for the skull detail

Method

1. Cut the skull shape from a slice of cheese.

 

 

2. Add collarbone and upper arms.

Pasta Skeleton - 2 arms (1 of 1)

 

I used corn as the elbows then the penne again for the lower arms.

3. Add spinal column from corn and ribs from spirals.

Pasta Skeleton - 3 ribs (1 of 1)

 

4. Make hips and upper legs.

Pasta Skeleton - 4 Hips (1 of 1)

 

5. Then add corn knees and lower legs.

Pasta Skeleton - 5 legs (1 of 1)

 

6. I cut hands and feet from steamed carrots (that had been cut lengthways).

Pasta Skeleton - 6 hands & feet (1 of 1)

 

7. Then I gave him a face cut from olive. Two eye sockets, teeth and nostrils.

8. And he is ready to be eaten!

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Fun Skull & Crossbones – Halloween

Skull & Crossbones

OK so it’s October so time to pull a few seasonal dishes out of the bag!!

This is a simple, fun skull and crossbones – probably suitable for older kids as it’s a little on the “real” side.

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Recipe

– White bean puree (potato, parsnip, celeriac, cauliflower mash/puree would all work well) for the skull.

– Steamed potatoes – for the ends of the bones

– Cauliflower – for the bones

– Pumpkin – for the eye socket (optional)

Any white veggies that you have on hand will work. Most can be steamed or roasted and then put in the blender with a little milk (and flavourings like garlic should you wish) to make a puree.

Method

1. Form a skull shape from the puree.

 

 Skull - 1 mash

2. Then dig out some eye sockets with a knife.

Skull - 2 eye sockets (1 of 1)

 

3. And then some nostrils.

Skull - 3 nostrils (1 of 1)

 

4. Then make a mouth with teeth outlines.

Skull - 4 teeth (1 of 1)

 

5. I cut steamed potatoes to make the ends of the bones.

Skull - 5 potatoes (1 of 1)

 

6. Then added some lightly roasted cauliflower as the bones themselves.

Skull - Finished 2 (1 of 1)

7. Or you can give the eyes the scary look with a contrasting veg (I used roasted pumpkin).

Skull - Finished 1 (1 of 1)

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Fun Princess Dress

Princess Dress

As I was walking back from dropping the boys at school I saw beautiful flowers on the rosemary bushes that grow along our street. They sparked an idea and a few minutes later I was back with a pot to collect a few of the 100’s that were blooming.

I created a fun princess dress that my boys were fascinated by so hopefully it would be a hit at any dinner table.

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Recipe

– Mashed potato (or any white veg puree)

– Beetroot to stain the mash pink

– Rosemary flowers (or other edible flowers – rose petals could be cut for example)

Method

1. Mold the mash into the shape of a bodice and flowing gown. I used a knife and my favourite kitchen utensils (fingers!).

Princess Dress - 1 mash

 

2. I drew some lines into the bottom part of the dress to give it folds.

Princess Dress - 2 lines

 

3. And then some horizontal ones to create ruffles.

Princess Dress - 3 Ruffles

 

4. I used some beetroot juice from my roasted beetroot to stain the bodice.

Princess Dress - 4 Bodice

5. And then added some rosemary flowers along the ruffle line.

Princess Dress - 5 Flowers

6. I also put a row of flowers along the bottom of the bodice.

Princess Dress - 6 Waist Flowers

7. Then made some little sleeves.

Princess Dress - 7 Sleeves

And added more flowers.

8. I fashioned some little buttons from mash for the bodice.

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9. And realised they were a little skew-whiff so moved them into line!

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All we need is some slippers and we’re ready to go to the ball ….

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Fun Bread Fish

Bread Fish

I put this together for a quick but fun dinner.

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I did something similar making the fish from pumpkin and made a video which you can check out:

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This proves what I keep saying which is that most of my designs are very, very simple and quick to put together. The pumpkin fish took less than 3 minutes once everything was cooked!!

Recipe

– Bread – I used wholemeal

– Mashed pumpkin for the seabed (any mashed veg would do)

– Corn – I used to create a sandy look on the seabed

– Green beans, broccoli, carrots – for the plants on the seabed (and fish’s features)

– Prawns, calamari and fish for the seabed

– Peas for the bubbles

– Olive for fishes eyeball

Swap in other veggies or seafood you have handy!!

Method

1. Put the mashed pumpkin down for the seabed and stud with corn.

Bread Fish - 1 seabed

2. Place the veggies and seafood on the pumpkin to make the seabed. Arrange as it comes!

Bread Fish - 2 Veg + seafood

3. I used a cookie cutter to cut the fish shape.

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Then I used carrot and beans to make the eye, mouth and gills. I gave her an eyeball with a slice of olive. I also used peas for bubbles.

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Fun Salad Glam

Salad Glam

I have Karen to thank for the inspiration for this design. I had been lamenting my need for more “girly” stuff and she said to me that curly lettuce looks like a frilly skirt -and it so does!

This very simple, fun food way to present salad will bring out the fashionista in all of us (even the boys were impressed).

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I want to dedicate the plate to Iley and Sanna and lots of salads this coming summer.

Recipe

– Lettuce (with frilly leaves!!)

– Cucumber

– Small tomato

Method

1. Pull off a piece of lettuce for the skirt.

Salad Glam - 1 Lettuce

2. Cut a bodice from the cucumber.

Salad Glam - 2 Bodice

3. Make some arm bracelets.

Salad Glam - 3 Bracelets

And a bow for the waist from cucumber.

4. Then some cucumber shoes.

Salad Glam - 4 + Shoes

And a necklace.

5. Add tomato bows and jewels and salad glam is ready to strut …

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Fun Bread Snails

Bread Snails

So we’re entering rainy season here and it is something that Wellington does really, really well! It also means that the paths on the way to school are busy with snails. Luckily Max has grown out of the need to move each one to safety ….

I was making bread and decided to roll up some snails. The boys love home-made bread and when I have a bit of extra time I prefer it too as it contains nothing but whole-wheat flour, yeast and water. It is an intimidating prospect if you haven’t made before but is actually really simple. Bread snails are a great one for kids to make themselves as they’re such a simple shape.

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Recipe

– Bread dough made into snail shapes

– Lettuce

– Cheese – for sun

– I used celery and carrots for detail

Method

1. Make the bread dough. Roll dough into a long cylinder and then roll up to make the shell and body.

Bread Snails - 1 dough

 

2. Once cooked place on the plate.

Bread Snails - 2 Snails

 

3. Then I added lettuce for grass.

Bread Snails - 3 Lettuce

 

4. And a big cheese sun.

Bread Snails - 4 sun

 

5. Then I cut celery stems and carrot flowers.

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6. A great lunch or snack.

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