Fun Persimmon Lobster

Persimmon Lobster

I love persimmons. I’d never had one until moving to NZ and now the start of winter always means a treat for me!!

Here is my fun food, Persimmon Lobster.

Creative healthy food Persimmon Lobster

Recipe

– Persimmon (or melon)

– Dark grapes (or raisins)

Method

1. Make some giant pincers.

Persimmon Lobster - 1 claws (1 of 1)

2. Add a head.

Persimmon Lobster - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And a segmented body.

Persimmon Lobster - 3 segments (1 of 1)

4. A little chevron tail.

Persimmon Lobster - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then join the pincers to the body.

Persimmon Lobster - 5 joins (1 of 1)

6. I realised the head was too small so enlarged it.

Persimmon Lobster - 6 bigger head (1 of 1)

7. Then gave her some legs.

Persimmon Lobster - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some giant feelers and little antennae.

Persimmon Lobster - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. Add two eyes from grape.

Persimmon Lobster - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. All finished!

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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 Melon Cricket

Melon Cricket

This was a request for Emily’s son who will be 5 soon and loves cricket. As I had the melon it seems a shame not to use!

Here is a fabulous, fun food bowl taking out the wickets.

Fun healthy snacks cricket

Recipe

– Red apple

– Melon (I used rockmelon/canteloupe)

– Kiwi fruit

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a large ball from the apple cheek.

Fruit Cricket - 1 ball (1 of 1)

2. Then slice the melon to create a wicket around it.

Fruit Cricket - 2 wicket (1 of 1)

3. Add two more wickets.

Fruit Cricket - 3 wickets (1 of 1)

4. And some bails.

Fruit Cricket - 4 bails (1 of 1)

5. Some vibrant kiwi grass.

Fruit Cricket - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. Then some wispy, white clouds.

Fruit Cricket - 6 clouds (1 of 1)

7. Or should the wickets be a little less asunder?

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Fun Radish Unicorn

Radish Unicorn

Now admittedly there is not a lot of pink or fairy themes in our household. However, unicorns are different. Who doesn’t love a magical beast with a giant skewer attached to its head!
Here’s my fun food Radish Unicorn.

Creative kids food unicorn

Recipe

– Radish

– Red cabbage

– Raisin (I used for the eye/nostril and then realised I should have used olive!!)

– Celery (for décor)

Method

1. Cut a face and mouth from the inside of a radish.

Radish Unicorn - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice the outside of a radish to form the horn.

Radish Unicorn - 2 horn (1 of 1)

3. Then cut some ears.

Radish Unicorn - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. It’s hard to see but I made an eye from radish then added part of a raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Radish Unicorn - 4 eye-nostril (1 of 1)

5. Use red cabbage with thin cuts at one side to make the mane.

Radish Unicorn - 5 mane (1 of 1)
6. Then add a little hair brushed forwards.

Radish Unicorn - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. As she’s a magical beast we needed stars cut from radish, cabbage and celery.

Radish Unicorn - 7 stars (1 of 1)

8. A little more magic – poof – finished.

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Fun Melon T-Rex

Melon T-Rex

I’ve made this plate for Josh, a very special 5 y.o. from Lancashire in the U.K. He requested a T-Rex from melon which I thought would be impossible at this time of the year. Then I was at the markets and what did I spy; so excited.

Then I tried to make the dinosaur. I have to admit this was one of the hardest things I’ve made in a long time. Comparative dimensions are everything!
So Josh, here’s your deceptively difficult, fun food Melon T-Rex.

Fun food Melon T-Rex

Recipe

– Melon (I used canteloupe/rockmelon)

– Apple

– Raisin (or dark coloured fruit)

Method

1. Use the end of the melon where there are less seeds. Cut a big head.

Melon T-Rex - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Melon T-Rex - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Cover the join with a very thinly sliced piece of melon (oh it’s so forgiving).

Melon T-Rex - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. Give him a big, curved tail.

Melon T-Rex - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. And again cover the join.

Melon T-Rex - 5 tail cover (1 of 1)

6. Add some legs.

Melon T-Rex - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And clawed feet.

Melon T-Rex - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Make some little arms.

Melon T-Rex - 8 arms (1 of 1)

9. Then use triangles of apple for the teeth.

Melon T-Rex - 9 teeth (1 of 1)

10. And some big apple eyes.

Melon T-Rex - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Use raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Melon T-Rex - 11 pupils  (1 of 1)

12. Ready to eat. But who’s eating who?

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Fun Kiwi Kiwi

Kiwi Kiwi

Lynley the Lunch Box Queen https://www.facebook.com/thelunchboxqueen requested a “great Kiwi”.

Not sure this is a “great” Kiwi but it is a Kiwi Kiwi!

Sugar free fun food Kiwi Kiwi

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

– Brown pear (or apricot/peach)

– Pepitas (or other nuts/seeds)

– Raisin (or blueberry)

Method

1. Peel the kiwi fruit and slice in half.

Kiwi Kiwi - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut so it’s a little more “body” shaped.

Kiwi Kiwi - 2 shaping (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Kiwi Kiwi - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some pear legs.

Kiwi Kiwi - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. And a long, curved beak.

Kiwi Kiwi - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Give him a raisin eye.

Kiwi Kiwi - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Using pepitas for the ground.

Kiwi Kiwi - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. Bit of décor and he’s ready to go.

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Fun Apple Pigs

Apple Pigs

When Joe realised I was taking special requests he was right in there with pigs (which he is fixated with at the moment).

Here are Joe and my fun food, Apple Pigs.
Fun food art apple pigs

Recipe

– Red apple

– Raisins

– Almonds (or other nuts/seeds or chopped fruit to make the ground)

Method

1. Cut an oval for the body.

Apple Pigs - 1 body-1

2. Add a circular head.

Apple Pigs - 2 head-1

3. And four legs with a triangle cut out of the end for the trotters.

Apple Pigs - 3 legs-1

4. Slice a semi-circle to make the head fit better then some ears.

Apple Pigs - 4 ears-1

5. Thinly cut a strip of apple skin to make the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 5 tail-1

6. Then give him a partner with a funky red nose.

Apple Pigs - 6 second pig-1

7. Add some little raisin eyes.

Apple Pigs - 7 eyes & tail-1

8. And the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 8 nostrils-1

9. A few flaked almonds for the ground.

Apple Pigs - 9 nuts-1

10. Done! Oink Oink …

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Fun Eye Health Kids

Eye Health Kids

The American Macular Degeneration Society www.macular.org is celebrating “Healthy Vision Month” in May and as part of this have an eye health blog party on the 14th #EatRightForYourSight. I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this and promote awareness of how food can be a part of preventing loss of eyesight.

I have not prepared a traditional recipe (not my area of excellence!) but have done a food art plate using all those vibrant orange veg that are great for beta-carotene, Vit A and anti-oxidants and leafy greens great for providing lutein and Vit K (and loads more!).

This plate is aimed more at kids but as we know being chock-full of veggies right from the start is definitely the way to go!

Fun food to promote good eye health

Recipe

– Carrot

– Spinach

– Kale

– Celery

– Orange Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Peas

– Cucumber

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Slice carrot to make three heads.

Eye Health Kids - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Form a dress from spinach.

Eye Health Kids - 2 spinach dress (1 of 1)

3. And another from kale.

Eye Health Kids - 3 kale dress (1 of 1)

4. Use celery to give the girls some legs.

Eye Health Kids - 4 girls legs (1 of 1)

5. Add an orange capsicum outfit for the boy.

Eye Health Kids - 5 boys uniform (1 of 1)

6. Then celery legs and arms.

Eye Health Kids - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. Give them all some orange capsicum shoes.

Eye Health Kids - 7 shoes (1 of 1)

8. Cut little carrot hands.

Eye Health Kids - 8 hands (1 of 1)

9. Add corn, kale and spinach hair (the spinach changed to peas).

Eye Health Kids - 9 hair (1 of 1)

10. Cut large, healthy eyes from cucumber (the hair changes to peas!).

Eye Health Kids - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Give the boy a corn belt.

Eye Health Kids - 11 belt (1 of 1)

12. Cut a large red capsicum mouth for all the kids and some kale pupils.

Eye Health Kids - 13 new mouth (1 of 1)

13. Little bit of décor and all finished.

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Fun Strawberry Rose

Strawberry Rose

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

Say it with a fun food Strawberry Rose.

Fun food Strawberry Rose

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Mint or other herb

Method

1. Hull the strawberries and then slice off each side and fashion into a flower shape.

Strawberry Rose - 1 strawberries (1 of 1)

2. Add another strawberry as the centre.

Strawberry Rose - 2 centre (1 of 1)

3. Then strip the leaves from a herb stem to make the stalk.

Strawberry Rose - 3 stalk (1 of 1)

4. Use mint for the leaves.

Strawberry Rose - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. A bit of decoration and it’s ready to serve to mum.

Edible Strawberry Rose

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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 Strawberry Flamingo

Strawberry Flamingo

Joe wanted to write this blog so I let him have a go (with a few subtle revisions!)

A fun, healthy snack our Strawberry Flamingo.

Healthy snacks Flamingo

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Apple

– Raisin

– Pumpkin seeds

– Mint leaves

Method

1. Arrange strawberries in a body shape.

Strawberry Flamingo - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut a neck from apple.

Strawberry Flamingo - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. Then a long leg.

Strawberry Flamingo - 3 leg (1 of 1)

4. And a bent one.

Strawberry Flamingo - 4 other leg (1 of 1)

5. Add some flappy feet.

Strawberry Flamingo - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And a snake-like head.

Strawberry Flamingo - 6 head (1 of 1)

7. Give her a raisin eye.

Strawberry Flamingo - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Then a curved beak.

Strawberry Flamingo - 8 beak (1 of 1)

9. Chop some pepitas for the ground.

Strawberry Flamingo - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. Add some raisins.

Strawberry Flamingo - 10 raisins (1 of 1)

11. Then some mint leaves.

Strawberry Flamingo - 11 mint (1 of 1)

12. Finished, fabulous flamingo!

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Fun Cucumber Cow

Cucumber Cow

Don’t ask why but I started making a series of cucumber animals and Joe just loves them .. which encourages me!

Here’s my Cucumber Cow.

Healthy fun snacks for kids Cow

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut some cucumber slices to make a face and jaw.

Cucumber Cow - 1 Head (1 of 1)

2. Add olive nostrils.

Cucumber Cow - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears and horns.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears  (1 of 1)

4. Give her some olive pupils.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears & horns (1 of 1)

5. Followed by a cucumber body.

Cucumber Cow - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

6. And some legs.

Cucumber Cow - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. A swishy tail.

Cucumber Cow - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with carrot “moos”.

Fun food art Cucumber Cow

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Fun Strawberry Fish

Strawberry Fish

Still getting late season strawberries – yum!!

Here are some simple, fun food Strawberry Fish.

Cute kids food Strawberry Fish

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Blueberries

– Mint

Method

1. Top a strawberry.

Strawberry Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then make into a diamond shape.

Strawberry Fish - 2 fish shape (1 of 1)

3. Add some fins.

Strawberry Fish - 3 fins (1 of 1)

4. And a tail.

Strawberry Fish - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Cut a mouth.

Strawberry Fish - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Then add a yoghurt and blueberry eye.

Strawberry Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Give her a friend.

Strawberry Fish - 7 two fish (1 of 1)

8. And some blueberry bubbles.

Strawberry Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. Use strawberries for the seabed.

Strawberry Fish - 9 seafloor (1 of 1)

10. Some chopped blueberries and mint leaves.

Strawberry Fish - 10 leaves (1 of 1)

11. Ready to eat!

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Fun Fairy Toadstools

Fairy Toadstools

Every now and again we have to seek out the magical!

Here is a simple little, fun food plate with some Fairy Toadstools …

Fun, healthy Fairy salad

Recipe

– Radishes

– Mushrooms

– Spinach/lettuce

– Cucumber

– Cherry Tomatoes

Method

1. Slice a radish in half then cut a stalk shape.

Fairy Toadstools - 1 toadstool (1 of 1)

2. Then use a sharp knife to carve out the spots.

Fairy Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Add another toadstool.

Fairy Toadstools - 3 toadstools (1 of 1)

4. Use spinach leaves to create climbing ivy (I cut the leaves with scissors).

 

Fairy Toadstools - 4 ivy (1 of 1)

5. Saute some mushrooms for the ground.

Fairy Toadstools - 5 mushroom (1 of 1)

6. Slice cucumber and cut into flower shapes.

Fairy Toadstools - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Make a butterfly from two cherry tomatoes sliced in half. Spinach stalks make perfect antennae.

Fairy Toadstools - 7 butterfly (1 of 1)

8. All ready to serve.

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Fun Apple Spider

Apple Spider

Apples are in season and grapes were on special. Perfect combo and such a great duo for creating a simple, fun food plate.
Here’s my cute Apple Spider.

Cute snacks for kids Apple Spider

Recipe

– Red apple

– Red grapes

– Blueberry (or raisin)

Method

1. Slice the apple in half (I usually core too) to make the body.

Apple Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use part of the apple cheek for the head.

Apple Spider - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then start adding the legs made from half grapes.

Apple Spider - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Until there are 8.

Apple Spider - 4 more arms (1 of 1)

5. Half a grape and half a blueberry make perfect eyes.

Fun food art Apple Spider
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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).

Fun food art Autumn Leaves

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Fun Banana Racing Cars

Banana Racing Cars

Simple, cute little, bite sized snack.

Here are my fun food Banana Cars.

Fun food art Racing cars

Recipe

– Blueberries (or other small, round berries)

– Banana

– Strawberry (or fruit of contrasting colour)

– Long thread desiccated coconut

– Chopped peanuts (or sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Cut a car body shape from banana.

Banana Cars - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add the back wing.

Banana Cars - 2 wing (1 of 1)

3. Then some more cars.

Banana Cars - 3 more cars (1 of 1)

4. Give them all blueberry wheels.

Banana Cars - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Use strawberry for the driver’s helmets.

Banana Cars - 5 driver (1 of 1)

6. And long thread coconut for the exhaust fumes.

Banana Cars - 6 exhaust (1 of 1)

7. Add some chopped peanuts for the race lanes.

Banana Cars - 7 peanuts (1 of 1)

8. And we’re ready to rumble …

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Fun Pancake Giraffe

Pancake Giraffe

School holidays so it’s good to spend time making some breakfasts!

Here is a simple, fun food, buckwheat Pancake Giraffe (made for Max with his predilection for peanut butter).

Fun food art Pancake Giraffe

 

Recipe

– Pancake (I used buckwheat)

– Banana

– Peanut butter (no sugar or additives)

– Raisins

Method

1. Make the pancake – I cooked in an egg ring to make the circular shape.

Pancake Giraffe - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. Add a banana neck.

Pancake Giraffe - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. And some spindly legs.

Pancake Giraffe - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Then a tail.

Pancake Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Before adding hooves and tail detail.

Pancake Giraffe - 5 feet & tail (1 of 1)

6. Banana makes a great head and ears.

Pancake Giraffe - 6 head & ears (1 of 1)

7. And ossicones.

Pancake Giraffe - 7 ossicones (1 of 1)

8. Then slim down her face a little.

Pancake Giraffe - 8 face shaping (1 of 1)

9. And add some raisin eyes and nostrils.

Pancake Giraffe - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. Using peanut butter for the unique patterns.

Pancake Giraffe - 10 PB (1 of 1)

11. And there she is ready to eat.

Fun food for breakfast pancake giraffe

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Fun Watermelon Lighthouse

Watermelon Lighthouse

Still loving the watermelon! Here’s a funky, fun food Lighthouse.

Fun food for picky kids Watermelon Lighthouse

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pear

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut the watermelon to form the tower.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 1 Tower (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of pear to the top.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 2 top (1 of 1)

3. Then a point in watermelon on top of that.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 3 point (1 of 1)

4. Make a balcony from more pear.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 4 balcony (1 of 1)

5. Then use the whiter inside flesh to create windows.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. And beams of light.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 6 light beams (1 of 1)

7. Blueberries make the perfect sea.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 7 sea (1 of 1)

8. And circling birds.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 8 birds (1 of 1)

9. Finished!

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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!

Fun food art Salad Island

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Fun Decorated Eggs

Decorated Eggs

Instead of chocolate eggs why not decorate real eggs – and ones you can eat afterwards!

Here are some fun food Decorated Eggs. Go crazy and create your own …

No sugar Easter Eggs

Recipe

– Hard boiled egg

– Veggies to decorate – cucumber, orange & red capsicum (bell pepper), corn

Method

1. Slice the egg in half.

Decorated Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add some orange capsicum for detail.

Decorated Eggs - 2 orange capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Then some corn kernels.

Decorated Eggs - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Some little slices of cucumber.

Decorated Eggs - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. And some discs of red capsicum.

Decorated Eggs - 5 capsicum (1 of 1)

6. Decorate the other side.

Decorated Eggs - 6 other decorated (1 of 1)

7. Add a few cucumber “eggs” around the edge and it’s done.

Fun food art Healthy Easter Eggs

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Fun Watermelon Fish

Watermelon Fish

As its Good Friday I need to stick with tradition and plate a fish!

Here’s my fun food, Watermelon Fish.

Sugar free desserts Watermelon Fish

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Apple (or pear)

– Blueberry (or grape or raisin)

Method

1. Cut a “face-shaped” piece of watermelon (get creative!).

Watermelon Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Watermelon Fish - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Then a tail.

Watermelon Fish - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. A large top fin.

Watermelon Fish - 4 Fin (1 of 1)

5. And some smaller bottom fins.

Watermelon Fish - 5 bottom fins (1 of 1)

6. Slice a piece of apple for the eye and add a blueberry pupil.

Watermelon Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Then use a collection of smaller blueberries for the gill.

Watermelon Fish - 7 gill (1 of 1)

8. Add a few apple bubbles.

Watermelon Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to serve.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

When Max was 4 he asked “how come everyone else gets to keep the eggs the Easter Bunny brings and I have to give mine back?” Valid point! Fortunately we were able to communicate with the Easter Bunny and ensure that instead of bringing chocolate eggs the following year he brought something that Max would like to eat.

Each year I make something special to be wrapped up and hidden on Easter Sunday morning. Max is well past the believing stage but who doesn’t like the thrill of the hunt? This year Joe is very sceptical but I know that come Sunday he will be delighted to rush around and try and beat Max to the most eggs.

Sugar free Easter Eggs

Last year I made “muesli eggs” from a muesli bar recipe and wrapped them in silver paper. They were a huge hit with my husband even trying to sneak them away from the boys. So this year I went with the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” theory and made a similar batch of wrapped eggs. I will then freeze so they stay fresh and are easy to take away on holiday with us.

Check out the video below. So simple and so effective and a great alternative to chocolate:
http://youtu.be/OVLTnIgDIFo

Recipe

– Favourite muesli bar

– Favourite wrapping

Method

1. Bake the muesli bar mix.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Mix (1 of 1)

2. Roll rough egg shapes.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Eggs (1 of 1)

3. Wrap.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Wrapped (1 of 1)

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Fun Pineapple Chick

Pineapple Chick

How about a lovely fresh piece of pineapple married with some end of season strawberries to create a super cute, fun food Pineapple Chick?

Joe loved this.

Fun food art Pineapple Chick

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries (or grapes or raisins)

Method

1. Use a circle of pineapple.

Pineapple Chick - 1 pineapple (1 of 1)

2. Cut the top from a strawberry then slice down the centre for the beak.

Pineapple Chick - 2 beak (1 of 1)

3. Add two large blueberries for eyes.

Pineapple Chick - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Then cut two large strawberries to form feet.

Pineapple Chick - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. A triangle of pineapple feathered at the top finishes the simple, Easter chick.

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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 Pear Chick

Pear Chick

I saw a chick hiding in a pear and given that we’re getting so close to Easter .. here’s a lovely, simple, fun food Pear Chick.

Cute healthy food for Easter Pear Chick

Recipe

– Pear

– Blueberries/raisins

– Mandarin/apricot

– Strawberry/red apple

Method

1. Find a “chick shaped” pear!

Pear Chick - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Score a line around to form the head.

Pear Chick - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Dig out some eye sockets.

Pear Chick - 3 eye sockets (1 of 1)

4. Then place half blueberries inside for pupils.

Pear Chick - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add a slice of mandarin for the beak.

Pear Chick - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Before scoring some wings into the pear flesh.

Pear Chick - 6 wings (1 of 1)

7. I used some more mandarin to make the feet but then swapped for strawberry.

Pear Chick - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Give him a bright red strawberry comb.

Pear Chick - 8 comb (1 of 1)

9. And that’s him finished …

Sugar free snacks Pear Chick

10. Or should he have red feet?

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Fun Carrot Bunnies

Carrot Bunnies

I discovered some Easter Bunnies hiding in the flower pots. Luckily the soil is edible as are the bunnies!

Fun food Carrot Bunnies in dip ..

Fun food for kids Easter Bunny

Recipe

– Flower pots (I used mini ones from the garden centre!)

– Dip

– Carrot

– Olives

– Herbs for decoration

Method

1. Cover the hole at the bottom of the pot and fill with dip (I used hummus).

Carrot Bunnies - Flower Pots (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head and ears from carrot.

Carrot Bunnies - 2 bunny heads (1 of 1)

3. Add some little carrot paws.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunny paws (1 of 1)

4. Then give her some friends.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunnies (1 of 1)

5. Use little bits of olive for eyes.

Carrot Bunnies - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

6. A bit of greenery and we’re ready!

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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.

Fun food art Helicopter

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Fun Melon Teddy

Melon Teddy

We’re making the most of our short but bountiful melon season!

Here’s a simple but irresistible fun food, Melon Teddy.

Sugar free party food teddy bear

Recipe

– Watermelon (easier with a whole or half)

– Blueberries or raisins

Method

1. Cut a round body (I used a saucer as a template).

Melon Teddy - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. And a smaller circle for his head.

Melon Teddy - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears.

Melon Teddy - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Some round feet.

Melon Teddy - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. And little, round hands.

Melon Teddy - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Blueberries make perfect eyes and nose.

Melon Teddy - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then slice some for the mouth and attach to nose.

Melon Teddy - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Give him some blueberry toes.

Fun food for picky kids teddy bear

9. And he’s ready to eat!

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Fun Watermelon Boat

Watermelon Boat

We’re having the most amazing Indian Summer so are still dreaming of beaches, boats and of course stuffing ourselves full of watermelon!

Here’s my simple, fun food, Watermelon Boat.

Cute food for kids Watermelon Boat

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

– Orange

Method

1. Cut a triangle sail.

Watermelon Boat - 1 Sail (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of banana for the hull.

Watermelon Boat - 2 banana (1 of 1)

3. And a banana mast.

Watermelon Boat - 3 mast (1 of 1)

4. Pile on some blueberries for the sea.

Watermelon Boat - 4 sea (1 of 1)

5. With a shining orange sun.

Watermelon Boat - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. And some blueberry birds ….

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Fun Basketball/Netball Blueberries

Basketball/Netball Blueberries

Who would have thought that blueberries would be good at sport? But it’s true, they are fabulous.

Here’s my fun food, Blueberry Basketball or Netball player.

Fun food Art Basketball Blueberry

Recipe
– Sunflower Seeds

– Yoghurt – or cream cheese/coconut cream

– Blueberries

– Strawberry – or other brightly coloured fruit

– Pepitas

Method

1. Make a stand from sunflower seeds.

Basketball - 1 stand (1 of 1)

2. Add a rim from sunflower seeds and add a yoghurt net.

Basketball - 2 net (1 of 1)

3. Make a person from blueberries.

Basketball - 3 player (1 of 1)

4. And a ball from the top of a strawberry.

Basketball - 4 ball (1 of 1)

5. Some pepitas for the ground and the netball is complete!

Fun food art netball fruit

6. Or add a backboard for basketball.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes

Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes
A Watermelon Cake was my first foray into fun food and so has a place very close to my heart. Using watermelon as the layers for a “cake” just works perfectly and as it’s sweet, juicy and keeps well it’s perfect for parties. In fact one of my favourite party activities is getting people to create their own “cake”.

Here Joe shows us on video how to put together a fancy petit four style number. Who could resist?
http://youtu.be/4TZkAf2RzjU

Fun food art petit four cakes

You could of course make large slices with fruit fillings. Follow the link for step-by-step photo instructions:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=212

Fun food art watermelon cake
Or go to the Healthy Food Guide for the mini cakes:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=2359

Sugar free Watermelon Cup Cakes

And of course there is always a whole cake!:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=2640

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Fun Carrot Teddies

Carrot Teddies

A quick, crunchy, cute, fun food snack guaranteed to make the little ones smile!

Healthy snacks Carrot Teddy Bears

Recipe

– Carrots (preferably big) or kumara/sweet potato

– Cucumber or capsicum/radish/celery

– Corn or other veg cut into circle

– Cherry tomatoes or capsicum

Method

1. I used a teddy bear cookie cutter as a template. You could draw/copy and use a paper template instead.

Carrot Teddies - 1 carrot cutter (1 of 1)

2. I sliced around it with a sharp knife to make the teddy shape.

Carrot Teddies - 2 teddy (1 of 1)

3. Then gave him some friends.

Carrot Teddies - 3 teddies (1 of 1)

4. And some ground cut from cucumber.

Carrot Teddies - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. Then corn eyes and a cucumber skin nose.

Carrot Teddies - 5 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

6. With cherry tomato tummies.

Carrot Teddies - 6 tummies (1 of 1)

7. And a lovely, big, cucumber sun.

Carrot Teddies - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. You could always give them a puddle/pool of dip to jump into ….

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Fun Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon is in season – YEAH! We love the taste and it’s so good to use for designing – although in NZ it seems very light in colour comparative to that found elsewhere.

Here are my fun food, Watermelon Toadstools.

Fun food art Watermelon Toadstools

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Green pear

Method

1. Cut toadstool caps from the watermelon.

Watermelon Toadstools - 1 caps (1 of 1)

2. And add some spots from pear.

Watermelon Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Then some stems.

Watermelon Toadstools - 3 stems (1 of 1)

4. And finish with a little pear foliage.

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Fun Salad Spaceship

Salad Spaceship

Simple salad plates served with a bowl of dip are always inhaled in our house. This fun food, salad spaceship took minutes to make and of course even less time to eat!

Creative, healthy food Salad Spaceship

Both my boys have always eaten radish but it’s never been a favourite. I’m a firm believer that tastes change (for all of us not just the mini-chefs) so I keep offering things even if they’re not top pick. This summer both of them suddenly love radishes and actively ask for them in their lunchboxes!?

Recipe

– Celery (or cucumber)

– Radish (or cucumber/carrot cut thinly)

– Cucumber (or other contrasting coloured veg)

– Tomato (or avocado)

– Carrot (other veg that can be cut effectively)

Method

1. Slice 3 legs from celery and a base from radish.

Salad Spaceship - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Then balance the radish on the celery. I used a cocktail stick in the back celery baton for better balance.

Salad Spaceship - 2 base complete (1 of 1)

3. Cut circles from the outside of a cucumber for the detail on the “saucer”.

Salad Spaceship - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Use half a tomato for the top of the spaceship.

Salad Spaceship - 4 tomato (1 of 1)

5. Then cut carrot (I used a small cookie cutter) for star shaped detail around the edge of the plate.

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Fun Propeller Plane

Propeller Plane

More lovely, seasonal fruit. Pears and canteloupe/rock melon. Ahhh, melons are a designers dream!!
This fun food, Propeller Plane is the perfect after school snack or share for a play date.

Cute food ideas Propeller Plane

 

Recipe

– Green pear or apple

– Canteloupe/rockmelon or honeydew

– Plum or apple

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a body shape for the plane from the pear.

Propellor Plane - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then add the pear fuselage.

Propellor Plane - 2 fuselage (1 of 1)

3. Use melon for the wings.

Propellor Plane - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I had a small melon so needed to extend the wings a bit.

Propellor Plane - 4 wing tips (1 of 1)

5. Then the tail.

Propellor Plane - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. And a pear propeller.

Propellor Plane - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Slice the outside of the plum for the wing detail.

Propellor Plane - 7 wing detail (1 of 1)

8. Then use more for the cockpit.

Propellor Plane - 8 cockpit (1 of 1)

9. A few desiccated coconut clouds and you’re ready to fly …

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Fun Pear Panda

Pear Panda

Pears and plums are in season at the moment so it would be a crime not to use them – especially as the boys love both.

Here’s my fun food Pear Panda.

Fun food for picky kids Pear Panda

Recipe

– Green pear

– Plum (dark skinned)

– Rosemary

Method

1. Cut a face shape from the cheek of the pear.

Pear Panda - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice ears from the plum.

Pear Panda - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then some eyes.

Pear Panda - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Before adding a nose and mouth.

Pear Panda - 4 mouth & nose (1 of 1)

5. Use more pear for the body.

Pear Panda - 5 body (1 of 1)

6. Then some plum arms.

Pear Panda - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. And the outside of the pear cut into strips for the grass.

Pear Panda - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. Give him some irises from pear then use rosemary sprigs for the background.

Fun, healthy Pear Panda

9. Some plum pupils and we’re done.

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Simple Platters

Simple Platters

Last night we had the annual meet the teacher shared dinner at the school. Finger foods aimed at adults and children so I did my traditional “veggie sandwiches” and a simple fruit platter. So easy to put together and visually appealing – although I reckon I did a better job last year ….

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Veggie Sandwiches

Great plate for any occasion as you can use whatever you have to hand. I did a combo of just veggies and those with a cheese filling. I also used some home-made apple chutney to stuff the celery batons. Using cookie cutters gives the veggies shape but circles, triangles and squares cut by hand work just as well.

Veggie Platter healthy party food

The plate was cleared pretty quickly so that was a good sign!

Fruit Platter

I had very limited time so just quickly cut some shapes and arranged the fruit on the plate. Bite sized pieces always appeal!

Simple Fruit Platter party food

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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.

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Fun Cherry Hearts

Cherry Hearts

With Valentines only a week or so away it’s time to share some love!

OK so I haven’t actually cut these cherries but they are naturally heart shaped and I thought nothing says romance like the sweet decadence of cherries. Combine that with frozen yogurt and it’s a really special fun food plate ….

Fun food art Cherry Hearts

The boys bounced up and down in the kitchen until I said OK you can eat ….

Cherry Hearts - Boys eating (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Cherries

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

Method

1. Find cherries with stalks (just makes them easier to dip and to eat).

Cherry Hearts - 1 cherries (1 of 1)

2. Dip in yoghurt.

Cherry Hearts - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. Put in the freezer until the yoghurt goes hard and sticks to the cherry.

Cherry Hearts - 3 frozen cherries (1 of 1)

4. Serve to your loved ones … (or the ones who nag the most ….)

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Fun Plum Pixie

Plum Pixie

Tonnes of different plums around at this time of the year so a shame not to use them!

Here’s my fun food, Plum Pixie …

Fun food art Plum fairy

Recipe

– Plums (different coloured flesh) or apple/peach

– Cherry

– Strawberry

Method

1. Use the cheeks of a plum to make two wings.

Fruit Pixie - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Add a face from a plum with lighter coloured flesh.

Fruit Pixie - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry for a hat.

Fruit Pixie - 3 hat (1 of 1)

4. And a strawberry body.

Fruit Pixie - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Some floaty, plum legs.

Fruit Pixie - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. With a strawberry skirt.

Fruit Pixie - 6 skirt (1 of 1)

7. Then some plum arms and hands.

Fruit Pixie - 7 arms (1 of 1)

8. And a face from cherry and plum skin.

Fruit Pixie - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. With some strawberry shoes.

Fruit Pixie - 9 feet (1 of 1)

10. And some snazzy jewellery.

Fruit Pixie - 10 jewellery (1 of 1)

11. A little decoration and she’s ready to fly …

Fun food for girls Plum Fairy

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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 Mandarin Rooster

Mandarin Rooster

So much fruit around at this time of year we’re spoilt for choice. The mandarins are lovely and sweet and the perfect portable snack, they are also great for creating fun food!

Here’s my Mandarin Rooster.

Fun food art Mandarin Rooster

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Strawberry

– Blueberry (or raisins)

– Pepitas

Method

1. Form a body shape from mandarin segments.

Mandarin Rooster - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry wattle.

Mandarin Rooster - 2 wattle (1 of 1)

3. Then a comb.

Mandarin Rooster - 3 comb (1 of 1)

4. With an open beak.

Mandarin Rooster - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. And a blueberry eye.

Mandarin Rooster - 5 eye (1 of 1)

6. I made the legs from strawberry and then cut a mandarin segment to make the claws.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Slicing strawberry for a large tail.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 legs (1 of 1)

8. Then half a strawberry for the wing.

Mandarin Rooster - 7 tail (1 of 1)

9. I sprinkled pepitas for the ground.

Mandarin Rooster - 9 pepitas (1 of 1)

10. But no rooster is complete without his crow … sliced from blueberries …

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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 Cherry Mice

Cherry Mice

Cherries are in season – yeah!! They have got to be one of the most decadent treats available. So delicious and yet can transform easily into fun food Cherry Mice.

Fun food art Cherry Mice

Recipe

– Cherries (with stalks)

– Almond flakes

– Sunflower seeds

– Pineapple (or cheese)

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Slice the bottom off the cherry and place on a plate.

Cherry Mice - 1 cherry (1 of 1)

2. Make two slits in the cherry and add almond flakes for ears.

Cherry Mice - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then cut three more slits to insert half sunflower seeds for eyes and nose.

Cherry Mice - 3 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

4. Bring to life as many mice as you’d like.

Cherry Mice - 4 three mice (1 of 1)

5. Then add a wedge of pineapple with holes cut into it for cheese.

Cherry Mice - 5 cheese (1 of 1)

6. Roughly chop some pepitas and sprinkle on the plate.

Cherry Mice - Finished (1 of 1)

7. Finished. Eeek!

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Fun Tomato Ladybirds

Tomato Ladybirds

High summer so we’re feeling like lots of salads, the tomatoes are plentiful and the flowers and insects are blooming. We combined them all with these bright, fun food Tomato Ladybirds.

Fun food art Tomato Ladybirds

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Recipe

– Lettuce leaves (or other green leaves)

– Tomatoes

– Olives

– Green stems (I used rosemary leaves but parsley stems/chives would be good)

Method

1. Wash some green leaves.

Tomato Ladybirds - 1 leaves (1 of 1)

2. Slice tomatoes to make the ladybird’s bodies.

Tomato Ladybirds - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Use an olive to make the head.

Tomato Ladybirds - 3 heads (1 of 1)

4. Cut olives to make the divider between the wings and add olive spots.

Tomato Ladybirds - 4 wings & spots (1 of 1)

5. Do that for all the tomatoes.

Tomato Ladybirds - 5 all the spots (1 of 1)

6. And add rosemary leaves for antennae.

Tomato Ladybirds - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. So easy and ready to eat.

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Strawberry Hummingbird

Strawberry Hummingbird

Here we go, using the delicious berries that are in abundance right now to make a summery, fun food Strawberry Hummingbird.

Fun food art Strawberry Hummingbird

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Melon – honeydew

– Melon – canteloupe/rockmelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut a body from strawberries.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry tail.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And a head.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some wings.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Before adding a long, curved beak.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. I used a cookie cutter to make melon flowers (which I later cut back).

Strawberry Hummingbird - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Then added some banana flowers too.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 7 more flowers (1 of 1)

8. And gave the bird a little eye.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 8 eye (1 of 1)

9. Using blueberries for the centres of the flowers.

Strawberry Hummingbird - 9 blueberries (1 of 1)

10. Before cutting back the overgrown flowers a little.

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Fun New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

Happy New Year! This year we’re celebrating with fun food fruit explosions over London …

Healthy food for NYE fireworks

Recipe

– Apple

– Mandarin

– Kiwifruit

– Strawberry

– Sunflower seeds

– Long grain coconut

Method

1. I cut apple to make the sides of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then made the top of the tower.

NYE Fireworks - 2 top of tower (1 of 1)

3. And added an apple spire.

NYE Fireworks - 3 spire (1 of 1)

4. Before starting the Houses of Parliament.

NYE Fireworks - 4 building (1 of 1)

5. With the pointed rooftops.

NYE Fireworks - 5 spires (1 of 1)

6. Then I added the clock from a disc of apple with the red skin as the hands.

NYE Fireworks - 6 clock (1 of 1)

7. More apple gave the buildings detail.

NYE Fireworks - 7 detail (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the fireworks. Strawberry stars.

NYE Fireworks - 8 stars (1 of 1)

9. With long tails.

NYE Fireworks - 9 shooting bits  (1 of 1)

10. A mandarin wheel.

NYE Fireworks - 10 mandarin wheel (1 of 1)

11. Kiwi stars.

NYE Fireworks - 11 kiwi stars (1 of 1)

12. All made explosive with the coconut.

NYE Fireworks - 12 coconut (1 of 1)

13. One more firework from sunflower seeds.

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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 Rudolph Pitas

Rudolph Pitas

Christmas Eve and it has to be Rudolph.

A handy, fun food share platter to go with those celebrations … Rudolph Pitas.

Healthy Christmas Snacks Rudolph Pitas

Recipe

– Pita/flat bread/tortilla

– Hummus

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrots

– Olives

Method

1. Cut a circle from the bread.

Rudolph Pitas - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

2. Spread with hummus.

Rudolph Pitas - 3 hummus (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry tomato.

Rudolph Pitas - 4 nose (1 of 1)

4. And then cut some celery ears.

Rudolph Pitas - 5 ears (1 of 1)

5. Cut antlers from carrot.

Rudolph Pitas - 6 antlers (1 of 1)

6. Use olives to make eyes and mouth.

Rudolph Pitas - 7 eyes and mouth (1 of 1)

7. Add some friends.

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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 Popcorn Snowman

Popcorn Snowman

It’s often difficult to find fun, small gifts to give people. Here’s an idea that doesn’t take long, is easy, economical and fun.

This fun food Popcorn Snowman is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. My boys fought over him and begged me to make another!

Popcorn Snowman great goody bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even personalise.

Christmas snacks for picky eaters popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe

– Popcorn (I popped some kernels in the pan)

– Clear plastic food bag

– Paper/scissors/tape/scarf

Method

1. I put some popcorn in a plastic bag and tied off the top (leaving space to add the head later). Then I tied the bottom corners off to make it look round.

Popcorn Snowman - 1 bag (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I cut the tied off bottom ends to leave a round body.

Popcorn Snowman - 2 bag cut (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Then added some popcorn for the head and tied off the top of the bag (do not snip this).

Popcorn Snowman - 3 head (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cut a hat and attach to the head (the tied off bag helps to anchor this). Then give him eyes, nose and mouth.

Popcorn Snowman - 4 hat & face (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. And some large buttons.

Popcorn Snowman - 5 buttons (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I used some scrap material for the scarf or use ribbon or tinsel.

Healthy Christmas snacks popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. What a great giveaway or treat for the mini-chefs.

Fun food art popcorn snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Banana Snowmen

Banana Snowmen

A simple, delicious snack or dessert that you can put together so quickly. A trio of fun food Banana Snowmen.

Fun Christmas snacks

Recipe

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Raisins

– Blueberries

– Dried apricot

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Cut banana for the heads.

Banana Snowmen - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Add banana bodies.

Banana Snowmen - 2 bodies (1 of 1)

3. And strawberry hats.

Banana Snowmen - 3 hats (1 of 1)

4. Slice raisins for arms.

Banana Snowmen - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. Use apricot for noses.

Banana Snowmen - 5 noses (1 of 1)

6. And blueberries for buttons.

Banana Snowmen - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. More blueberries for eyes.

Banana Snowmen - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And mouths.

Banana Snowmen - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Natural yoghurt makes a fabulous snow drift (and dip …).

Banana Snowmen - 9 snow (1 of 1)

10. With desiccated coconut snow falling from the sky.

Banana Snowmen - 10 falling snow (1 of 1)

11. And a few “green leaves” from pepitas.

Fun food for Christmas snowmen

12. Or are they better looking shocked?

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Fun Pancake Santa

Pancake Santa

The Christmas countdown has officially started at The Art of Nutrition. Watch this blog for a host of healthy, fun food ideas for Christmas.

A Pancake Santa?

fun, healthy Christmas breakfast Santa pancake

Recipe

– Pancake

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt (coconut cream)

– Raisins (blueberries)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a circle for Santa’s head.

Santa Pancake - 1 pancake-001

2. Add a hat.

Santa Pancake - 2 hat-002

3. Then fit it to his head.

Santa Pancake - 3 hat fitted-003

4. Cover the hat with chopped strawberries.

Santa Pancake - 4 strawberries-004

5. Add yoghurt trim and bobble.

Santa Pancake - 5 yoghurt-005

6. Cut some more pancake for his eyes and give him raisin pupils.

Santa Pancake - 6 eyes-006

7. Then make a little strawberry mouth.

Santa Pancake - 7 mouth-007

8. And surround it with a big fluffy beard and moustache.

Santa Pancake - 8 beard-008

9. Add a pancake nose and some coconut snow.

Santa Pancake - 9 nose-011

10. Finish with some ears.

Fun food art santa pancake

Ho Ho Ho!

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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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Fun Happy Sun

Happy Sun

So here in the Southern part of the world we are starting to see a lot more sun – yeah!

Here’s a simple, fun food tribute to that lovely, big heater in the sky.

Creative food ideas sun

Recipe

– Orange (or peach)

– Pear (plum would probably be even better but they’re not in season here!)

Method

1. Cut a slice from the largest part of the orange.

Happy Sun - 1 orange-002

2. Add some orange rays.

Happy Sun - 2 rays-004

3. Use the outer part of the pear to cut some cool shades.

Happy Sun - 3 sunnies-010

4. And some of the flesh for a mouth.

Happy Sun - 4 mouth-011

5. So simple it will take minutes to do.

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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 Egg Flower

Egg Flower

Busy, busy at the moment so looking for really simple plates to present. I wanted to use some our lovely, fresh eggs to make a fun food breakfast plate. From this emerged a flower.

Fun food art breakfasts egg flower

Recipe

– Fried egg

– Baby spinach (or other leaves)

Method

1. I fried the egg and made sure there was white all around (when the egg first goes in the pan you can tip it a little to ensure this happens).

Egg Flower - 1 egg-001

2. Then used a sharp knife to slice all around to make the flower shape. You can buy flower shaped silicon molds, but I don’t have one!

Egg Flower - 2 flower shape-002

3. Add some leaves.

Egg Flower - 3 leaves-003

4. And eat …

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Fun Apple Spider

Snack Spiders

A fun food snack for Halloween. Not a creepy spider but a cute one!

Cute food ideas for Halloween spider

Recipe

– Apple

– Nut butter (I used peanut butter)

Method

1. Cut the apple in half and then remove the core.

Snack Spider - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Cover with nut butter.

Snack Spider - 2 peanut butter (1 of 1)

3. Slice part of the other half of the apple to form the legs (8 of course …)

Snack Spider - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Cut out googly, apple eyes.

Snack Spider - 4 eyes-antennae (1 of 1)

5. And that’s a simple snack or dessert.

Fun food art spider

For ease of eating you can slice the apple under the nut butter first!

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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 Banana Mummy

Banana Mummy

My boys just loved this simple Halloween dessert!!

A fun food mummy …

Healthy Halloween desserts mummy

Recipe

– Banana

– Crepe (or thin pancake)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

Method

1. Peel a banana and use the straightest bit for the mummy’s body (as you can see I joined two bits together on mine).

Banana Mummy - 1 banana (1 of 1)

2. Cut thin strips of pancake and wrap around the banana. Leave a gap for the eyes.

Banana Mummy - 2 pancake (1 of 1)

I thought this would be fiddly but it was actually surprisingly easy.

3. Continue to wrap the banana.

Banana Mummy - 3 wrapped (1 of 1)

4. Then give him some raisin eyes.

Banana Mummy - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Use some of the left-over banana for the arms.

Banana Mummy - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then wrap them in crepe too.

Banana Mummy - 6 wrap arms (1 of 1)

7. I thought he needed a bit more bandaging on the top of the head.

Banana Mummy - 7 top of head (1 of 1)

8. Oohh, how decadent would this be covered in yoghurt or home-made custard!

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Fun Eyeballs

Eyeballs

This is a great Halloween share plate. Traditional colours, simple, healthy and a great fun food plate for any age group.

Healthy party food for Halloween eyeballs

Recipe

– Carrots

– Cream cheese (or regular cheese)

– Olive (actually only used one!!)

Method

1. Cut carrot into eyeball shapes.

Eyeballs - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Make as many as you need.

Eyeballs - 2 more carrots (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese iris.

Eyeballs - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. Then slices of olive for the eyeballs.

Eyeballs - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. And that is it. Too easy!

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Fun Food Egg Ghost

Egg Ghost

This may just qualify as the easiest fun food plate ever!!

Making an egg ghost for breakfast or lunch is so simple I got the boys to do their own. Much to their delight ….

Healthy fun food for Halloween ghost

Recipe

– Fried Egg

– Mushroom (or olives/cut out spinach/raisins)

Method

1. Fry the egg. As you put it into the pan tip it slightly so the white runs down to form the body and at the same time gently push the yolk to the top with a spatula. Right the pan and continue to hold the yolk until it stays at the top.

Egg Ghost - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Cut some eyes and a mouth.

Egg Ghost - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. The egg ghost is ready to eat!!

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Fun Fruit Witch

Fruit Witch

And to go with Wednesday’s cauldron here is a cutesy, fun food witch.

Healthy snacks for Halloween witch

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit (or melon)

– Pineapple (or melon/apple/pear)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

– Mandarin segments (or orange)

– Long thread coconut (optional)

Method

1. Cut the Kiwi in half once peeled.

Fruit Witch - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Shape it so it’s a little more “face-shaped” and flatten the top ready for the hat.

Fruit Witch - 2 shaped (1 of 1)

3. Add a pineapple brim (it’s actually two pieces pushed together).

Fruit Witch - 3 hat brim (1 of 1)

4. Make a triangular top for the hat from more pineapple.

Fruit Witch - 4 peak (1 of 1)

5. Then add a kiwi nose.

Fruit Witch - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give her some raisin eyes.

Fruit Witch - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And then a mouth.

Fruit Witch - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Use some mandarin segments for her hair.

Fruit Witch - 8 hair (1 of 1)

9. Move her to the middle, add some long grain coconut for spells and watch out for the frogs and spiders!

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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

OK so every year I get into trouble from one of my Canadian friends (yes that’s you Suzanne) as I do a design for the US Thanksgiving but not one for the Canadian one.

Not this year, I shall be in the good books! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends and here’s a fun food plate to celebrate with. It’s really quite simple!

Fun food for thanksgiving

Recipe

– Half avocado

– Cucumber (could use more avocado)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/kumara or cucumber)

– Celery (or other veg)

– I used cream cheese for the eyes (or regular cheese/inside of cucumber)

– Red capsicum/bell pepper for the wattles (or tomato)

Method

1. Cut the avocado in half, peel and then slice the bottom so it’s more rounded. Make an indent at the top for the head to slot into.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of cucumber for the head and elevated it slightly on another piece of cucumber.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some red capsicum wattles.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 4 wattles (1 of 1)

5. A few globs of cream cheese with cucumber skin pupils made great eyes.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut her some carrot legs.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. Before starting the tail feathers with some carrot sticks.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 7 feathers (1 of 1)

8. And then some celery. Bevelling the ends slightly on the tips and slicing so they fitted into the angle of the body at the other end.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 8 celery (1 of 1)

9. I added alternate carrot and celery all the way round.

Thanksgiving Turkey - bottom feathers (1 of 1)

Then added a celery feather at the very top to fit.

10. A few veggies to make the ground.Thanksgiving Turkey - 11 ground (1 of 1)

11. And there she is in all her glory (I did bevel two of the feathers a little more ….)

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Fun Apple Spiderweb

Apple Spiderweb

Spiders are an iconic part of Halloween and nothing screams spider like a web!

I’ve created a fun food web from apple. The boys thought it was cool.

Healthy Halloween spiderweb

Recipe

– Apple

Method

1. Cut the centre of the web.

Apple Spiderweb - 1 centre (1 of 1)

2. Add the radials (I sliced the apple into strips first then just cut to size).

Apple Spiderweb - 2 main struts (1 of 1)

3. Then put more apple for the threads between the radials.

Apple Spiderweb - 3 cross webs (1 of 1)

4. And some outer threads.

Apple Spiderweb - 4 outer cross webs (1 of 1)

5. Cut a simple spider shape and add apple legs.

Apple Spiderweb - 5 spider (1 of 1)

OK so this is not my forte but as it’s in a web it’s pretty forgiving!!

6. Simple and effective.

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Fun Salad Skull Share Platter

Salad Skull Share Platter

I’m in the process of putting together an E-Book of Healthy Share Platter recipes and this Halloween plate could easily be in there!

Here’s a fun food plate for Halloween that’s healthy and great for a party of any age. My boys used at a playdate and it was very well received …

Fun food art for halloween skulls

Recipe

– Carrot (and or kumara/sweet potato)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Daikon (Chinese radish) or regular radish

You can use any veggies you have on hand like capsicum (bell pepper). Larger ones are generally easier to cut. A small, sharp knife makes it all simpler too!

Method

1. Slice the carrot lengthways to give a large flat surface to cut from. Cut a basic “skull” shape.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Cut two eye sockets, a triangular nose hole and a rectangular mouth.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 2 cut-outs (1 of 1)

3. Add a cocktail stick to make dipping easy.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 2 cocktail stick (1 of 1)

4. And cut as many as you’d like.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

5. Then make some celery ones.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 4 celery (1 of 1)

6. And some cucumber too.

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

7. Daikon has a mild flavour so is perfect for dipping and it’s also the right colour!

Salad Skulls Share Platter - 6 daikon (1 of 1)

8. I mixed some cream cheese with beetroot juice to make a “spooky” dip.

Healthy Party food for Halloween skulls

And it was popular and delicious!

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Fun Pear Pirate

Pear Pirate

I found some lovely, black skinned plums at the market and thought of pirates!

Using a plum and a green pear I put together a fun food fruit plate, great for a snack or a dessert.

Fun, healthy food for kids pirate

Recipe

– Pear (or apple)

– Honeydew Melon (or other melon)

– Plum

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. Slice the pear in half and then cut off the central seedy bit. Use the inner part of the cheek.

Pear Pirate - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Add some melon for the bandana.

Pear Pirate - 2 cap (1 of 1)

3. Then cut the cheek of the plum into the shape of a patch.

Pear Pirate - 3 patch (1 of 1)

4. Add some more melon for the additional material of the bandana.

Pear Pirate - 4 material (1 of 1)

5. Use plum for the eye patch straps.

Pear Pirate - 5 patch straps (1 of 1)

6. Then make an eye from pear and a pupil from more plum.

Pear Pirate - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. The inside of the plum was a lovely, bright red so worked well for the mouth.
Pear Pirate - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. I then cut a simple skull and crossbones from plum skin.

Pear Pirate - 8 skull & crossbones (1 of 1)

9. Gave him a sunflower seed beard.

Pear Pirate - 9 beard (1 of 1)

10. Ahoy mateys!!

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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 Egg Ship

Egg Ship

Using the eggs from my favourite, feathery girls at the bottom of the garden I made a fun food, egg ship for the boys.

Fun food art ship Egg Ship - Finished (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Toast

– Sauteed Mushroom

– Boiled egg

– Tomato

– Spinach

Method

1. I cut the boat’s hull from some toast.

Egg Ship - 1 hull (1 of 1)

2. Added a mushroom mast.

Egg Ship - 2 mast (1 of 1)

3. Sliced the egg in half, then used two quarters to make the sails.

Egg Ship - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Used tomato to make the prow and flag.

Egg Ship - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. Then baby spinach for the sea.

Egg Ship - 5 sea (1 of 1)

6. And more spinach for the birds.

Egg Ship - 6 birds (1 of 1)

7. The other half of the egg made the sun shining in the sky …

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Fun Orange Caterpillar

Orange Caterpillar

Fresh, juicy oranges make the perfect snack or dessert. Add a few grapes and that’s a fun food caterpillar!

Cute snack ideas for kids caterpillar

Recipe

– Orange

– Grapes

Method

1. Slice oranges to make the shape of the caterpillar’s body.

Orange Caterpillar - 1 oranges (1 of 1)

2. Add some cut grapes for the eyes and mouth.

Orange Caterpillar - 2 face (1 of 1)

3. Use a little sliced orange with grapes to make antennae.

Orange Caterpillar - 3 antennae (1 of 1)

4. Some thinly sliced grapes for legs and that’s it!

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Fun Cheese Butterfly

Cheese Butterfly

A lovely, simple lunch or snack, a fun food butterfly!

Cute food ideas for kids butterfly

Recipe

– Cheese

– Cherry tomatoes

– Corn

– Celery

Method

1. Cut out some cheese wings.

Cheese Butterfly - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Add a body from cherry tomatoes.

Cheese Butterfly - 2 tomatoes (1 of 1)

3. Give her some corn eyes.

Cheese Butterfly - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Cut some thin strips of celery for antennae.

Cheese Butterfly - 4 antennae (1 of 1)

5. Add some celery detail.

Cheese Butterfly - 5 detail (1 of 1)

6. Then some corn and celery dividers.

Cheese Butterfly - 6 corn (1 of 1)

7. Finished!

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Fun Kiwi Car

Kiwi Car

My boys are always delighted to get a vehicle for dessert!

Here’s my fun food, kiwi car.

Healthy snacks for kids racing car

Recipe

– Kiwi

– Grapes

– Pepitas

Method

1. Skin and halve a kiwi.

Kiwi Car - 1 kiwi (1 of 1)

2. Cut a flap and a cockpit for the driver.

Kiwi Car - 2 flap (1 of 1)

3. Streamline the kiwi!

Kiwi Car - 3 angles (1 of 1)

4. Add a grape driver.

Kiwi Car - 4 grape (1 of 1)

5. And four grape wheels.

Kiwi Car - 5 wheels (1 of 1)

6. Then cut a front and rear wing.

Kiwi Car - 6 front & back (1 of 1)

7. Add a few pepitas for the road and zoooooom.

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Fun Egg Clown

Egg Clown

A fun food clown for breakfast, easy and delicious!

Cute breakfast food ideas clown

Recipe

– 2 eggs separated

– Cherry tomato

– Mushrooms

– Spinach

Method

1. Cook the egg whites in a circular pan.

Egg Clown - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Add a cherry tomato nose.

Egg Clown - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Give him some egg yolk eyes.

Egg Clown -  eyes (1 of 1)

4. Cut him a lovely wide mouth.

Egg Clown -  4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Add some mushroom pupils.

Egg Clown - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then some spinach hair.

Egg Clown - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. And there’s our lovely breakfast clown.

Egg Clown fun breakfast food

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Fun Pear Mouse

Pear Mouse

Pears lend themselves to so many animal shapes!

Here’s my fun food, pear mouse.

Cute food ideas for kids mouse

Recipe

– Pear

– Apple (or pear)

– Raisins (or blueberries/dates/plum)

– Dark plum (or raisins/blueberries/date)

– Long thread coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Slice pear in half.

Pear Mouse - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Round off the “nose” end.

Pear Mouse - 2 cut end (1 of 1)

3. Add big apple ears by scoring slots in the pear for them to fit into.

Pear Mouse - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Cut a round piece of plum for the nose.

Pear Mouse - 4 nose (1 of 1)

5. Give her two raisin eyes.

Pear Mouse - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. And a long apple tail (I joined a few pieces together …)

Pear Mouse - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Give her some ostentatious coconut whiskers.

Pear Mouse - 7 whiskers (1 of 1)

8. Sprinkle some chopped pepitas for ground and there she is.

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Fun The Cow Jumped ….

The Cow Jumped ..

A simple cow jumped over the moon that you can make from pancake or toast. I used a cookie cutter to make this fun food breakfast.

Cute breakfast ideas cow

Recipe

– Pancake

– Raisin (date)

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a cow out with a cookie cutter.

The Cow Jumped - 1 cow (1 of 1)

2. Then some stars.

The Cow Jumped - 2 stars (1 of 1)

3. Add a yoghurt moon.

The Cow Jumped - 3 moon (1 of 1)

4. Give her a raisin eye.

The Cow Jumped - 4 eye (1 of 1)

5. Use desiccated coconut for the distant stars.

The Cow Jumped - 5 moon (1 of 1)

6. Cut some legs .. jump ….

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Fun Mandarin Flowerpot

Mandarin Flowerpot

Mandarins are so plentiful at this time of the year and make the perfect snack.

I’ve combined with some grapes and apple to make a simple, fun food plate.

Cute food ideas for kids flowerpot

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Grapes

– Red apple (pear/melon)

Method

1. Peel a mandarin carefully.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 1 mandarin (1 of 1)

2. Add a green grape stem and leaves (I cut some to shape) and a centre for the flower from a black grape.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 2 grapes (1 of 1)

3. Cut a pot from apple.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 3 flowerpot (1 of 1)

4. Give the pot some detail.

Mandarin Flowerpot - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. Growing, going, gone ….

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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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Fun Pineapple Bus

Pineapple Bus

It’s hard to beat a lovely, juicy, ripe pineapple. They are also a great splash of colour on a plate.

Here’s my vibrant, fun food school bus.

Cute food ideas for kids bus

Recipe

– Pineapple (easier with fresh but could use tinned!)

– Plum (or other stone fruit or apple cheeks)

Method

1. Cut a piece of pineapple for the roof of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 1 roof (1 of 1)

2. Add another piece for the back of the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 2 back roof (1 of 1)

3. And more for the rear of the bus.

Pineapple Bus - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. Put in the wheels using the cheeks from a plum joined with some pineapple.

Pineapple Bus - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. More pineapple joins the wheel base to the roof.

Pineapple Bus - 5 front (1 of 1)

6. Then make a front window.

Pineapple Bus - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. And some back doors.

Pineapple Bus - 7 back doors (1 of 1)

8. Before creating more windows.

Pineapple Bus - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Then a road from pieces cut from the inside of the plum.

Pineapple Bus - 9 road (1 of 1)

10. And that’s it!!

Pineapple Bus fun food for kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Frog in Swamp

Frog in Swamp

I love the bold flavours in a pesto and so I make different versions dependent on the season. The dark green makes a lovely swamp for my fun food frog and he tastes great dipped in it too!

Food Art frog for kids

Recipe

– Pesto (or any green dip/veggie)

– Daikon/Chinese radish -I used this for the lily pad (lettuce leaf would be perfect too)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Celery

Method

1. Smear the pesto around the outside of the plate.

Frog in Swamp - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

2. Add the daikon lily pad.

Frog in Swamp - 2 lily leaf (1 of 1)

3. Cut a thick section of cucumber and slice slots in the top for the eyes to fit into and little holes in the front for the arms.

Frog in Swamp - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Use carrot sliced in discs for the eyes.

Frog in Swamp - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him pupils with the dark skin of the cucumber cut into circles.

Frog in Swamp - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Add some thin celery batons for arms.

Frog in Swamp - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. And finish with some thicker celery batons bent at the centre for legs. These can just rest against the side of the body.

Salad frog fun food for kids

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Fun Mushroom Penguin

Mushroom Penguin

Found some lovely, dark-capped mushrooms at the markets so have been divising lots of ways to create with them. The boys loved this cute, little, fun food penguin and he was so simple I could do one each!

Food Art Penguin

Recipe

– Mushrooms (sautéed)

– Egg (separated into white and yolk)

Method

1. Use a large mushroom cap and squeeze so it’s more oval than round.

Mushroom Penguin - 1 mushroom (1 of 1)

2. Add cooked egg white.

Mushroom Penguin - 2 egg (1 of 1)

3. Use the cooked egg yolk to make feet.

Mushroom Penguin - 3 feet (1 of 1)

4. Cut some mushroom to make the wings.

Mushroom Penguin - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Then I thought his feet should be changed.

Mushroom Penguin - 5 feet 2 (1 of 1)

6. Add some of the mushroom stalks as eyes.

Mushroom Penguin - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And use more egg yolk as a beak.

Mushroom Penguin - 7 beak (1 of 1)

With some egg white for pupils.

8. More egg white for snow.

Mushroom Penguin - 8 ground (1 of 1)

9. A sprinkle of oat bran for snow and he’s ready to eat.

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Fun Melon Gecko

Melon Gecko

There seem to be lots of melons around at the moment. Great as the boys love to eat them and good for me as they are so easy to design with!!

He’s my fun food gecko.

Creative food ideas for kids gecko Melon Gecko - Finished (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Honeydew melon

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut the melon into slices and then it’s easy to carve from there. Start with the head.

Melon Gecko - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add some segments for the body.

Melon Gecko - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. And more for the back. Then add a big, curving bit for the actual tail.

Melon Gecko - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. I made some large feet.

Melon Gecko - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Then joined them to the body.

Melon Gecko - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. I used dark grapes to give him eyes.

Melon Gecko - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. Then more grapes sliced in half for toes.

Melon Gecko - 7 toes (1 of 1)

8. A few half green grapes for the back and it’s all finished.

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Fun Apple Alien

Apple Alien

Lovely, crunchy apples and space – what could be more exciting and delicious!

A simple alien in his flying saucer, a great fun food snack or dessert.

Space alien healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Red apple

– Grapes

Method

1. Slice the apple in half.

Apple Alien - 1 Apple (1 of 1)

2. Cut the shape of the space ship.

Apple Alien - 2 base (1 of 1)

3. Then give it a base cut from the outside of the apple.

Apple Alien - 3 bottom (1 of 1)

4. Use some more apple for the dome.

Apple Alien - 4 cabin (1 of 1)

5. Then add some grapes as detail.

Apple Alien - 5 detail (1 of 1)

6. Put a little grape alien in the cockpit and give him an eye.

Apple Alien - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. Make his craft stable with some apple landing gear.

Apple Alien - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Use apple with grape halves on the end for antennae.

Apple Alien - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. A few apple planets and he’s ready to fly.

Space Alien cute food for kids

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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 Yoghurt Panda

Yoghurt Panda

I needed to put together a “milk based” design for CIA Magazine in Indonesia so chose a bowl of yoghurt as my base. Added to that were a few slices of plum and there … poof … a panda appeared!

A fun food, Yoghurt Panda, great for a simple breakfast, snack or dessert.

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Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used home-made, thick Greek style)

– Plum (could use dates/black grapes or clusters of half blueberries)

Method

1. I used a flattish, round bowl and filled with yoghurt.

Yoghurt Panda - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I sliced some plum from the cheeks of the plum then cut to make the classic, sloping eye shape of the panda.

Yoghurt Panda - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Then used some yoghurt for the irises.

Yoghurt Panda - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. And a few bits of plum cut to be pupils.

Yoghurt Panda - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. Then cut a plum nose.

Yoghurt Panda - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Before adding a plum mouth.

Yoghurt Panda - 6 mouth (1 of 1)

7. Some big ears cut from the other cheeks of the plum and we’re ready ..

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Fun Plum Zebra

Plum Zebra

One of my friends is in Africa at the moment volunteering to help preserve the wildlife. I wanted to create something to remind us how cool some of the unique animals are!

I found some really dark plums and married with some juicy pears I made a fun food zebra. It was not difficult but the stripes did take me a while to put on ….

Food art for kids zebra

Recipe

– Dark plum

– Pear

– Sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

1. I cut a body from the cheek of the pear.

Plum Zebra - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then added a head and neck.

Plum Zebra - 2 head & neck (1 of 1)

3. And some legs.

Plum Zebra - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. More pear for the ears.

Plum Zebra - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut stripes from the outside of the plum. I found that slicing a succession of pieces and then fitting them onto the body with a little knife worked the best.

Plum Zebra - 5 body stripes (1 of 1)

6. I used a bit more plum for hooves and nose.

Plum Zebra - 6 nose & hooves (1 of 1)

7. Before adding a plum tail.

Plum Zebra - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. And a mane.

Plum Zebra - 8 mane (1 of 1)

9. Then I cut shorter strips of plum to use for the legs.

Plum Zebra - 9 leg stripes (1 of 1)

10. Using the inside of the plum to create an eye, with a bit of plum skin for the pupil.

Plum Zebra - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. She needed a little bit of detail in her ears and some sunflower ground.

Plum Zebra - 11 ears & ground (1 of 1)

12. And she’s ready to roam across the savannah.

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Fun Yoghurt Pig

Yoghurt Pig

Joe wanted some fruit yoghurt so I made a simple breakfast/snack/dessert using just home-made Greek yoghurt, a few frozen berries and some fruit.

Here’s my super easy, fun food yoghurt pig.

Yoghurt Pig fun healthy food for kids

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I mixed with frozen raspberries to give it a pinkish hue and a lovely flavour)

– Plum (could be stone fruit/apple/pear)

– Raisins and sultanas (or blueberries/dates)

Method

1. Put the yoghurt in a bowl.

Yoghurt Pig - 1 yoghurt (1 of 1)

2. I used a slice of plum for the nose.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nose (1 of 1)

3. Then added some raisin nostrils and plum ears.

Yoghurt Pig - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

4. And sultanas for pupils on plum eyes.

Yoghurt Pig food art for kids

5. Simple and cute.

Yoghurt Pig cute kids food

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Fun Grape Big Ben

Grape Big Ben

After being most privileged to be off to the UK soon to visit my parents all the sites are on my mind! Seeing the dark grapes I knew straight away what I could create ….

Here’s my fun food Big Ben.

Creative food ideas Big Ben

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Apple (or pear) for the clock face

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds (or yoghurt/cottage cheese)

Method

1. Cut the bottoms off the grapes so they don’t roll and build the tower.

Big Ben - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Then add the Houses of Parliament.

Big Ben - 2 building (1 of 1)

3. Slice some thin pieces of grape to add detail.

Big Ben - 3 spikes (1 of 1)

4. Use grapes to create a space for the clock face.

Big Ben - 4 clock space (1 of 1)

5. Give the tower its distinctive look with little slices of grapes arranged in vertical rows.

Big Ben - 5 tower detail (1 of 1)

6. And the same at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 6 detail top (1 of 1)

7. Block in the gap at the top of the tower.

Big Ben - 7 fill in tower (1 of 1)

8. Then add the vertical lines to Parliament.

Big Ben -8 building detail (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from the cheek of an apple for the clock face. I used grape “hands”.

Big Ben - 9 clock face (1 of 1)

10. Before finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food Big Ben

 

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Fun Salad Snail

Salad Snail

I was making pesto yesterday (coriander/cilantro on this occasion) and it looked just like a mossy patch in the garden (a tasty looking one of course!) and this made me think of snails.

So here’s my fun food, salad snail cruising along on my “mossy” pesto. The boys loved her!

Ideas for feeding picky kids

Recipe

– Pesto (optional) could also use other dips like hummus

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Tomato

Method

1. I put down a smear of pesto (made me feel very “chefy” !!).

Salad Snail - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

2. And added a baton of celery with the back end cut to a point and the front sliced diagonally on each corner.

Salad Snail - 2 celery (1 of 1)

3. Then I cut the bottom off a small tomato and put it at the front.

Salad Snail - 3 tomato (1 of 1)

4. Before adding a thick slice of cucumber with the bottom levelled off so it didn’t roll.

Salad Snail - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. I made little incisions in the top of the tomato and inserted celery “antennae’.

Salad Snail - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. So simple, it’s already finished.

Salad Snail - Finished 1 (1 of 1)

7. A great snack.

Salad Snail healthy snacks for kids

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Fun Banana Panda

Banana Panda

Black grapes, white (ish) banana and it had to be a panda!

A fun food, quick and easy snack anyone can make.

Food Art for kids banana panda

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

Method

1. Cut a slice of banana from the smaller ends.

Banana Panda - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Use two bigger slices from the centre and cut 2/3 of each and then slot together for the body.

Banana Panda - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add eyes, nose and mouth from grapes.

Banana Panda - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. Then some ears.

Banana Panda - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Before giving her hands and feet.

Banana Panda - 5 hands & feet (1 of 1)

6. A few sprigs of rosemary “bamboo” and we’re ready to eat.

Banana Panda fun food for kids

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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!!

Food Art for kids Robot

 

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Fun Grape Bear

Grape Bear

Had to whip up a quick and simple share plate when some friends were over so ….

Here’s my easy, fun food, grape bear.

Grape Bear sugar free desserts for kids

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Banana

Method

1. Cut the bottom off the grapes (so they don’t roll around) and make a “head” shape.

Grape Bear - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Do the same for the “body” shape.

Grape Bear - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears and a nose area.

Grape Bear - 3 nose & ears (1 of 1)

4. Then slice more banana for some feet.

Grape Bear - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Cut a crescent shape from the grapes for pupils (I later changed the angle of these).

Grape Bear - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then I used some slightly lighter coloured grapes from the bunch to make toes.

Grape Bear - 6 toes (1 of 1)

7. And extended out some grape arms with banana hands.

Grape Bear - 7 arms & hands (1 of 1)

8. Using more of the lighter grapes for the claws.

Grape Bear - 8 claws (1 of 1)

9. I gave him a grape nose.

Grape Bear - 9 nose (1 of 1)

10. Then thought he’d be cuter with the pupils at a different angle.

Grape Bear cute food ideas

11. All finished and ready to share.

Grape Bear Fun food for kids

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Fun Pancake Eiffel Tower

Pancake Bastille Day

Was spoilt for ideas today; World Cup, Tour De France or Bastille Day. Boys opted for Bastille Day so we made some blackberry pancakes together (much to their total delight). And, what symbolises France more than an Eiffel Tower?!?!

Here is our joint effort, fun food pancake celebratory plate.

Healthy food art breakfast Eiffel Tower

Recipe

– Pancakes (we made blackberry ones!)

– I used blueberries, apple and strawberries for the stars

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Make an Eiffel Tower shape from the pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 1 tower (1 of 1)

2. Cut an arch from the bottom part of the tower.

Pancake Eiffel - 2 arch (1 of 1)

3. Add two balconies from additional pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 3 balconies (1 of 1)

4. Then I used a cookie cutter to make some stars.

Pancake Eiffel - 4 stars (1 of 1)

5. Arrange some pepitas for the ground.

Pancake Eiffel - 5 ground (1 of 1)

6. And that’s the Eiffel Tower with some celebratory stars.

Pancake Eiffel Tower fun food

 

Heureux Jour De Bastille!!

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Fun Citrus Bike

Citrus Bike

I love citrus fruit at this time of year, sweet, juicy and huge! And what better way to celebrate than with a fun food bike to coincide with the Tour de France!

This is so simple and takes minutes to put together.

Fruit Bike fun food for kids

Recipe

– Orange

– Mandarin

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut two wheels.

Citrus Bike - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add some bars from mandarin.

Citrus Bike - 2 struts (1 of 1)

3. A slice of orange for the handlebars.

Citrus Bike - 3 handles (1 of 1)

4. And a little curve for the seat.

Citrus Bike - 4 seat (1 of 1)

5. I added half a grape for the pedal and a few more for the ground.

Fun food art for kids orange bike

6. All finished and ready to roll …

Fruit Bike sugar free desserts

 

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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?

Avocado bicycle food art for kids

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