Fun Grasshopper

Grasshopper

I was cutting an egg and the shape just reminded me of some wings. From there it was a small jump to a fun food grasshopper!

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Mushrooms (toast would be good too)

– Tomato

– Spinach for antennae and ground

– I used cottage cheese for ends of antennae and eyes (a little egg white or other cheese would be perfect too)

Method

1. Cut the egg in half then make a triangle indent.

Grasshopper - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add some mushrooms to make the body.

Grasshopper - 2 mushrooms (1 of 1)

3. Then I gave him a giant, cartoonish head from tomato.

Grasshopper - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. And some arms and legs from more mushroom.

Grasshopper - 4 arms & legs (1 of 1)

5. Before cutting some spinach antennae, with cottage cheese ends.

Grasshopper - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. I made him a little face from cottage cheese and sliced mushroom.

Grasshopper - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then some ground from spinach.

Grasshopper - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. A grasshoppery start to the day!

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Fun Soccer Berries

Soccer Berries

This is a bit of a summery design and for those of us in mid-winter it will probably mean resorting to frozen berries!

However, it’s a cute, simple, fun food soccer/football plate.

Soccer Berries fun food

Recipe

– Blueberries (could use other small berries)

– Strawberry (or other brightly coloured fruit) for the ball

– I used kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass

– I used sunflower seeds and yoghurt for the net

Method

1. Place two berry heads on the plate.

Soccer Berries - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Then add the body of the goalie.

Soccer Berries - 2 goalie (1 of 1)

3. And the striker.

Soccer Berries - 3 striker (1 of 1)

4. I used a strawberry to make the ball.

Soccer Berries - 4 ball (1 of 1)

5. Then kiwi fruit and pepitas for the grass.

Soccer Berries - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. And of course a net – from sunflower seeds and yoghurt.

Cute food ideas Soccer Berries

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Fun Soccer Net

Soccer Net

The World Cup continues so there are a few more fun food plates to do too.

Here’s a simple, fun, soccer snack that my boys loved.

Soccer Net World cup fun food

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

Method

1. Make some goalposts from banana.

Soccer Net - 1 Posts (1 of 1)

2. Then add the sides.

Soccer Net - 2 back posts (1 of 1)

3. And make the net from yoghurt (I used a small knife to create the lines).

Soccer Net - 3 net (1 of 1)

4. Use the knife again to do the sides.

Soccer Net - 4 side net (1 of 1)

5. Drag the knife downwards through the yoghurt to finish the netting.

Soccer Net - 5 Netting (1 of 1)

6. Cut a slice of banana to make the ball and add detail using black grapes.

Soccer Net - 6 ball  (1 of 1)

7. Slice the banana into strips and carve out the letters for World Cup.

World cup snack plate

8. And we’re ready to play …

Fun food soccer net

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Fun World Cup Logo

World Cup Logo

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

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

World Cup Logo in food

Recipe

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

– Baby Spinach

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

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

World Cup - 1 carrot hand (1 of 1)

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

World Cup - 2 bottom leaves (1 of 1)

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

World Cup - 3 Left leaves (1 of 1)

4. I added the numbers from red capsicum.

World Cup - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. Then the curving spinach fingers on the right.

World Cup - 5 right leaves (1 of 1)

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

World Cup logo cute food ideas

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

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Fun Fishing

Gone Fishing

Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating today!!

Fishing seems like an appropriate homage to the occasion …

Fishing Rod fun food

Recipe

– Pear

– Red Apple

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Pepitas

Method

1.Cut a handle from pear.

Fishing Rod - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2.Then slice some flesh of the pear thinly for the rod.

Fishing Rod - 2 Rod (1 of 1)

3.And extend it back into the handle.

Fishing Rod -  Extension (1 of 1)

4.I made a reel from apple.

Fishing Rod -  4 Reel (1 of 1)

5.Then added fishing wire from very thinly cut apple.

Fishing Rod - 5 Wire (1 of 1)

6.And used the outside of the apple to make the detail on the rod.

Fishing Rod - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7.Fortunately today it did not get away so the mandarin fish is caught!

Fishing Rod - 7 fish (1 of 1)

8.With its fins and tail.

Fishing Rod - 8 fins (1 of 1)

9.Adding gills and eye from raisin.

Fishing Rod - 9 gills (1 of 1)

10.And some water and water drips from pepitas.

Fishing Rod cute food ideas

11.Gone fishin’ ….

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Fun Tool Set

Tool Set

So Father’s Day is looming on some parts of the planet so I thought I’d do a blokey design. It felt a little stereotypical to do tools and then I thought about how excited my husband gets about a trip to the hardware store and how many new toys he must have once there ….

Here are my fun food, fruit tools to surprise Dad with on Sunday.

Tools fruit for father's day

Recipe

– Pear

– Apple

– Banana

Method

1. Cut the handle of the screwdriver from the cheek of the apple.

Tools - 1 handle (1 of 1)

2. Add the blade of the screwdriver from the flesh of the apple.

Tools - 2 screwdriver (1 of 1)

3. Carve the head of the hammer from a pear.

Tools - 3 hammer head (1 of 1)

4. Then the handle from a banana.

Tools - 4 hammer handle (1 of 1)

5. I added some pear to cover the join in the banana.

Tools - 5 Hammer detail (1 of 1)

6. Before using more apple to make the head of the wrench.

Tools - 6 wrench handle (1 of 1)

7. The handle was from the flesh of the apple.

Cute food ideas tools

8. Can we fix it? Yes we can ….

Creative food ideas tools

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Fun Salad Bulldozer

Salad Bulldozer

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

So here is my fun food bulldozer.

Salad Bulldozer fun food for kids

Recipe

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cherry tomato

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

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

Salad Bulldozer - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then carve out a window.

Salad Bulldozer - 2 window (1 of 1)

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

Salad Bulldozer - 3 cut (1 of 1)

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

Salad Bulldozer - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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

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

Salad Bulldozer cute food ideas

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Fun Pear Raccoon

Pear Raccoon

I had some lovely black grapes I wanted to use in a design and raccoons with their iconic bandit faces and stripey tails just jumped out at me (and way easier than zebra!!).

Here’s my fun food raccoon using just pear and grapes.

Pear Raccoon snack for kids

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Black grapes

Method

1. Cut a head shape from the pear.

Pear Raccoon - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Before adding ears and snout.

Pear Raccoon - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then I used the cheek from the pear to make the body as it was the perfect shape. Just sliced out some legs and cut an indent for the head!

Pear Raccoon - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. And of course he needed a big, fluffy, pear tail too.

Pear Raccoon - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Next I gave him the bandit mask, cut from a grape.

Pear Raccoon - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. More grapes for paws and nose.

Pear Raccoon - 6 paws (1 of 1)

7. Then the stripes for the tail and detail on the ears.

Pear Raccoon - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Adding pupils to the eyes with both pear and grape.

Pear Raccoon - 8 pupilsl (1 of 1)

9. Instead of a garbage can I was kind and gave him a pear rock … and crescent moon.

Pear Raccoon - 9 moon & rocks (1 of 1)

10. And I thought I was finished but he needed some back legs too.

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Fun Corn Bee

Corn Bee

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

Corn Bee healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Fresh cooked corn

– Olives

– Celery

Method

1. Cut the corn into slices for the body.

Corn Bee - 1 corn (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a slice into a head shape.

Corn Bee - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Before adding the black olive stripes and stinger.

Corn Bee - 3 stripes (1 of 1)

4. I cut discs from celery for the eyes.

Corn Bee - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

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

Corn Bee - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

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

Corn Bee - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

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

Corn Bee - 7 wings (1 of 1)

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

Corn Bee cute food ideas

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

Fun snacks for kids corn bee

Or not?

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Fun Egg Submarine

Egg Submarine

Breakfast just dived into the depths with this Egg-marine.

Simple fun food, to tempt the troops in the morning!

Egg Submarine Fun breakfast

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Mushroom (could use tomato/spinach/part of the egg)

– Tomato (or spinach/mushroom/egg yolk)

– I used baby spinach for detail

Method

1. Slice the back off an egg (so it doesn’t roll around).

Egg Submarine - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a periscope from mushroom.

Egg Submarine - 2 periscope (1 of 1)

3. And give the craft a propeller.

Egg Submarine - 3 propeller (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some tomato windows.

Egg Submarine - 4 windows (1 of 1)

5. And a seabed to glide over.

Egg Submarine - 5 seabed (1 of 1)

6. Super simple but very effective …

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Fun Kiwi Ninja Turtle

Kiwi Ninja Turtle

I am not normally a big fan of licensed stuff but this was just too tempting ….

This is admittedly not quick to do. It is however surprisingly simple and loads of fun. One of my friend’s was saying how bright the kiwi fruit are at this time of the year and how they could make a great Ninja Turtle.

Ninja Turtle party food

So this fun food, Ninja Turtle is for Iley and Joe. I made Michealangelo as orange is Joe’s favourite colour and luckily persimmons are in season!

Recipe

– Two kiwi fruit (could use green melon)

– I used persimmon for the detail (harder fruit like apple, pear, plums would work)

– I used plum for the nunchucks and sunflower seeds for the chains

– Pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Cut a kiwi in half and peel off the skin and the hard ends. See perfect turtle shell shape!!

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 1 Kiwi (1 of 1)

2. I cut a head from the other half.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 2 headi (1 of 1)

3. But it looked a little too small so I added a face cut from more kiwi.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. Then I made arms (do not be too worried about perfection as the detail covers things nicely).

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. I needed a second kiwi to make the legs.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Before cutting bands from persimmon for the arms, legs and feet.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 6 bands (1 of 1)

7. I made a belt from more persimmon.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 7 belt (1 of 1)

8. Then cut a mask for the face.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 8 mask (1 of 1)

9. I sliced a plum to make the smile, the “M” for the belt and pupils that I pushed into the eye holes in the mask.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 9 M & smile (1 of 1)

10. His hands were cut from kiwi. I realised they needed to stick out more to hold the nunchucks so moved them later.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 10 hands (1 of 1)

11. And then I placed nunchucks made from plum and sunflower seeds in his hands.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 11 nunchucks (1 of 1)

12. Then added “movement marks” from thin slices of plum.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle - 13 movement marks (1 of 1)

13. Before giving him some pepita ground to stand on.

Sugar Free Party food Ninja Turtle

14. And there he is in all his glory.

Fun party food Ninja Turtle

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Fun Salad Shoes

Salad Shoes

High fashion hits the plate with these fun food shoes …

Salad Shoes snacks for girls

Recipe

– Orange capsicum (bell pepper) – you can of course choose your favourite colour!

– Yellow capsicum

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a basic shoe shape from the capsicum.

Salad Shoes - 1 Shoe (1 of 1)

2. Then give it a heel to your level of comfort!

Salad Shoes - 2 heel (1 of 1)

3. I added a platform to the front.

Salad Shoes - 3 platform (1 of 1)

4. Before slicing some cucumber to give the shoes detail.

Salad Shoes - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. Then using a peeler to make some carrot straps.

Salad Shoes - 5 straps (1 of 1)

6. And it’s as simple as that!

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Fun Melon Cactus

Melon Cactus

A nice, simple, fun food dessert (desert?!?!) or snack. You can of course substitute the melon for apple, banana or pear.

Melon Cactus healthy snack

Recipe

– Melon (apple/banana/pear)

– Orange

– I used sunflower seeds for the spikes (or pepitas/almonds)

– Bananas for the ground (can substitute for other fruit or seeds)

Method

1. Cut a stem from the melon.

Melon Cactus - 1 stem (1 of 1)

2. Then add some stem segments.

Melon Cactus - 2 stem segments (1 of 1)

3. Before sticking in the spikes. I used sliced sunflower seeds.

Melon Cactus - 3 spikes (1 of 1)

4. And what desert would be complete without a burning orange sun?

Melon Cactus - 4 sun (1 of 1)

5. I used more of the orange to make the rays.

Melon Cactus - 5 sun's rays (1 of 1)

6. And banana to make the ground.

Melon Cactus - 6 ground (1 of 1)

7. Perfect to warm up the day and so quick and easy too.

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Fun Salad Tank

Salad Tank

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

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

Salad Tank fun ideas for kids

Recipe

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

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

– Red capsicum (bell pepper) for the body

– Celery for the gun (or carrot, cucumber)

Method

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

Salad Tank - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

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

Salad Tank - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

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

Salad Tank - 3 body (1 of 1)

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

Salad Tank - 4 gun (1 of 1)

5. Before cutting a little star for detail.

Fun food ideas tank

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

Creative food ideas Tank

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Fun Egg Galleon

Egg Galleon

After a week of flowers for us fab mums it’s time to float back to normal.

Here’s my simple and nutritious, fun food, egg ship – perfect for breakfast or light lunch. The mini-chefs were impressed!

Ship breakfast healthy & fun

Recipe

– Toast (I used wholemeal grain)

– Mushrooms

– Boiled Egg

– Tomato

– Baby Spinach (could use onion)

– I used some onion for the birds but mushroom/tomato or spinach would also work

Method

1. Cut the toast into the shape of a boat hull.

Egg Galleon - 1 hull (1 of 1)

2. Add masts made from mushrooms.

Egg Galleon - 2 masts (1 of 1)

3. Then the sails from 3 slices of boiled egg.

Egg Galleon - 3 sails (1 of 1)

4. Before cutting some tomato flags.

Egg Galleon - 4 flags (1 of 1)

5. Then I used baby spinach to make some waves.

Egg Galleon - 5 sea (1 of 1)

6. And added some detail using the tomato.

Egg Galleon - 6 detail (1 of 1)

7. A few onion birds drifting in the sky and we’re ready to sail to the table.

Cute breakfast ideas for kids ship

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Love U Mum

Love U Mum

Happy Mother’s Day to all …

Healthy food for Mother's Day

Recipe

I used:

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Carrot

Method

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

Love u Mum - 1 heart (1 of 1)

2. Then a “U” from a yellow capsicum.

Love u Mum - 2 u (1 of 1)

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

Love u Mum - 3 mum (1 of 1)

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

Love You Mum food

5. Or is it too jazzy?

Love u Mum Mother's Day food

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Fun Mother’s Day Brekkie

Flowers for Breakfast

As Mother’s Day is coming up for many countries this Sunday I thought I’d do a few special designs. This fun food, flower plate makes a great breakfast or light lunch for anyone.

Creative breakfast for mother's Day

I did change my mind a few times during the making so bear with me!! I also did two options so you can choose toast or mushrooms.

Simple mother's day breakfast

Recipe

– 2 boiled eggs (mine kindly donated by my chickens)

– Tomato

– Toast or mushrooms for stem

– Baby spinach for leaves

– I used sautéed onions for the ground

Method

1. Peel and cut the eggs. I initially left them in halves but then sliced into quarters.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a slice of tomato as the centre of the flower.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 2 tomato (1 of 1)

3. I used mushrooms for the stem (and later cut them thinner).

Mother's Day Brekkie - 3 mushrooms (1 of 1)

4. Before adding some onion “soil”.

Mother's Day Brekkie - 4 onions (1 of 1)

5. And some baby spinach leaves for …. leaves!

Mother's Day Brekkie - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. I realised the stem was too wide and the flower needed extra petals.

Mother's Day breakfast Paleo

So cut the mushrooms thinner and sliced the eggs into quarters.

7. Or you can go the toast stem instead.

Mother's Day Breakfast Healthy

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Fun Avocado Bird

Avocado Bird

Summer fruit and veggies are coming to the end for us so am making the most of the last available like avocadoes. Boys are on school holidays so wanted a simple salad design for lunch. Joe requested a bird and I thought it might encourage Max to eat some (one of the few veggies he’s not keen on). Soooo, here’s a very quick and easy fun food plate.

Avocado Bird

I changed half way through as the tail was too heavy!

Recipe

– Avocado

– Carrot

– Olive for eye

– Cottage cheese for clouds

Method

1. Slice two pieces of avocado for the wings. I used my knife to score “feathers”.

Avocado Bird - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a head.

Avocado Bird - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And a body.

Avocado Bird - 3 body (1 of 1)

4. Cutting a beak from carrot.

Avocado Bird - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. I initially tried a tail from celery but it’s too heavy.

Avocado Bird - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. Then I made some long legs from carrot.

Avocado Bird - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And an eye from a piece of olive.

Avocado Bird - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Before swapping the tail for an avocado one and adding some cottage cheese clouds.

Healthy snack ideas for kids

Fly into a snack or a light lunch ….

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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

A special blog done with respect and thanks in recognition of Anzac Day (for those who served from Australia and New Zealand) and in honour of all those who sacrificed ….

Lest we Forget Fruit Poppy

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Plum

– Kiwi fruit

I actually started to do this with a red apple as the watermelon didn’t seem a vibrant enough red. However, the texture didn’t work so I reverted to the melon ….

Method

1. I cut the cheeks from an apple (then decided to cut slices from a melon).

Lest we Forget - 1 apple cheeks (1 of 1)

2. The outside needs to be wider than the centre of the petals.

Lest we Forget - 2 cut apple (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced a circle from the outside of a dark plum.

Lest we Forget - 3 centre (1 of 1)

4. And cut the stalk from a Kiwi fruit.

Lest we Forget - 4 stalk (1 of 1)

5. Using a bit more to make the grass.

Lest we Forget - 5 ground (1 of 1)

6. And there it was finished.

Lest we Forget - Finished apple (1 of 1)

7. But it was too full and not “poppy-ish” enough so I swapped the apple petals for watermelon ones.

Anzac day fruit Poppy

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Fun Melon Fish

Melon Fish

For those who celebrate Easter fish is traditionally served on Good Friday. I thought I’d join in by putting together a fun food, fish plate (of the dessert kind!!).

Healthy desserts for kids no sugar

Recipe

– Melon (or apple/pear/stone fruit)

– Red apple (any largish contrasting coloured fruit is good)

– I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds for the sea floor

Method

1. I cut the melon into pieces and then started to slot them roughly together starting with the mouth. Just make an approximate fish shape and it’ll come together!

Melon Fish - 1 mouth (1 of 1)

2. I placed melon slices around the bottom.

Melon Fish - 2 underside (1 of 1)

3. Then some around the top.

Melon Fish - 3 body (1 of 1)

See how messy and “unfish” like it looks at this time!

4. Fill in the spaces with more melon.

Melon Fish - 4 filled (1 of 1)

I used the softer flesh from the middle by the seeds to cover the lines.

5. Then cut the cheeks from an apple to form the tail and the lower fin.

Melon Fish - 5 fin & tail (1 of 1)

6. And used some more of the apple to make the upper fin. I cut into rough rectangles and sliced the bottoms at an angle so the fin got gradually lower.

Melon Fish - 6 top fin (1 of 1)

7. I cut careful slices out of the apple on the fin and tail to give them detail (cut only half way through the flesh).

Melon Fish - 7 fin detail (1 of 1)

8. Then I used more of the apple skin for a smile and the gill.

Melon Fish - 8 smile (1 of 1)

9. The eyes look so cool as they’re almost 3-D. I cut them from the apple flesh using a thick piece so they really stand out. The pupils are just a little of the skin cut into a rough circle.

Melon Fish - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. And no fish would be complete without some bubbles (apple).

Melon Fish - 10 bubbles (1 of 1)

11. Before making a sea-bed from pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Fun fruit ideas fish

12. A fun fish for Friday.

Cute fruit ideas for kids

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Fun Apple Baskets

Apple Basket

Easter baskets seem to be a very traditional part of the season. My boys love using them to collect the muesli eggs the bunny kindly leaves as he knows they don’t eat chocolate!!

I’ve made a super simple, fun food apple basket that can be filled with fruit of your choice. Joe was so taken with it and couldn’t wait to eat it. It’s a great party piece as everything is edible.

Healthy Easter snacks for kids

Recipe

– Apple

– Fruit to stuff. I used grapes, blueberries and bits of the rest of the apple

Method

1. Cut the apple in half.

Apple Basket - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Hollow out one side.

Apple Basket - 2 hollowing (1 of 1)

3. Slice the handle from the other side. Cut across the top/middle to make as high as possible and then remove most of the flesh.

Apple Basket - 3 handle (1 of 1)

4. Stuff with fruit.

Apple Basket - 4 filled basket (1 of 1)

5. And it’s as quick and easy as that.

Healthy Easter gifts food

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Fun Potato Chicks

Potato Chicks

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

Potato Chicks Easter plate

Recipe

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

– Corn

– Carrots (or other contrasting coloured veg)

– I used peas and beans for the grass

– Olives for eyes (could use peas)

Method

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

Potato Chicks - 1 potatoes (1 of 1)

2. Then cut some head shapes.

Potato Chicks - 2 heads (1 of 1)

3. Before adding some corn “feathers”.

Potato Chicks - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Slice some carrot beaks.

Potato Chicks - 4 beaks (1 of 1)

5. Then cut some carrot feet.

Potato Chicks - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. I gave them some carrot crowns.

Potato Chicks - 6 crowns (1 of 1)

7. And then some olive eyes.

Potato Chicks - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. Before adding some peas and beans for grass.

Potato Chicks - 8 grass (1 of 1)

9. And it’s as simple as that …

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Fun Rabbit Pancakes

Rabbit Pancakes

I saw this recipe on Facebook (see, spending hours on Facebook is a worthwhile enterprise!!) and was sceptical but dying to try. You take 2 eggs and one banana. Mash the banana really well and mix in with the two eggs and then pour batter into a frying pan and fry like a regular pancake. It comes out texturally like a pancake, looks like a pancake, tastes like a pancake and takes a minute to make. It is also so simple kids of all ages can make and is so sweet that no toppings are necessary. In fact for me it is way too sweet! What a find, loads of great protein, potassium and nothing unhealthy in sight and so quick and cheap.

As we’re entering the countdown to Easter it’s time to amp up the bunnies, chicks and eggs though so …..

Rabbit Pancakes

Here is my fun food Easter breakfast plate.

Recipe

– Pancakes (I used banana pancakes)

– I used raisins and yoghurt for detail

– I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and desiccated coconut for the ground and clouds

Method

1. Make a pancake.

Rabbit Pancakes - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make two rabbits. One from each side of the pancake to give them a contrasting “look”.

Rabbit Pancakes - 2 rabbits (1 of 1)

3. I cut raisins for eyes.

Rabbit Pancakes - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And what self-respecting rabbit would be seen without a fluffy, yoghurt tail?

Rabbit Pancakes - 4 tails (1 of 1)

5. Then I added a raisin mouth and a yoghurt nose.

Rabbit Pancakes - 5 faces (1 of 1)

6. A few pepitas for the ground and some coconut clouds and you can hop to it.

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Fun Melon Flowers

Melon Flowers

Well for my mother and all those other mothers in the UK here are some flowers especially for Sunday.

Simple flowers from food mothers Day

My simple but bright fun food blooms.

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

– Melon (I used honeydew as I wanted it all green)

– Almond flakes

– Blueberries

– Green apple

– I used yoghurt to glue down the almond flakes (cream cheese would work too)

Method

1. Cut the kiwi fruit into petal shapes.

Melon Flowers - 1 flowers (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make a flower shape from the melon.

Melon Flowers - 2 melon centres (1 of 1)

3. Blobbed a bit of yoghurt on so the almonds will stick.

Melon Flowers - 3 almonds (1 of 1)

4. Then make the centre from blueberries.

Melon Flowers - 4 blueberries (1 of 1)

5. I sliced apple really thinly to make tendrils.

Melon Flowers - 5 tendrils (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled a little coconut …

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Fun Brekkie Bonfire

Brekkie Bonfire

The large, really dark mushrooms reminded me of sticks so I decided to build a breakfast campfire around them.

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Recipe

– Large capped mushrooms (rather than the button)

– Egg. I separated part of the yolk (so I could get the really orange looking flames)

– Tomato

– Baby spinach

Method

1. Cut the cooked mushroom into strips and pile into a campfire shape.

Campfire - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Then add scrambled egg as glowing fire.

Campfire - 2 egg (1 of 1)

3. With the cooked separated yolk becoming the bright flames.

Campfire - 4 flames (1 of 1)

4. Then using sliced tomatoes for red flames.

Campfire - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. And spinach leaves for the surrounds.

Campfire - 6 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Leaving no cooking to do.

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Fun Ladybird/ladybug

Ladybird/Ladybug

Simple, cute, delicious, this is my fun food watermelon ladybird/ladybug.

Healthy party food for children ladybird ladybug

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Blueberries

– Dark plum

– I used a little apple for the eyes (any light coloured fruit or yoghurt would be great)

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the watermelon.

Ladybird - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then I sliced a plum cheek to make the head.

Ladybird - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And cut a groove to show off the wings.

Ladybird - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. Before adding the iconic spots.

Ladybird - 4 spots (1 of 1)

5. I used more of the plum to show the body beneath the wings.

Ladybird - 5 inside wings (1 of 1)

6. Then I sliced some plum very thinly for the antennae.

Ladybird - 6 antennae (1 of 1)

7. Before cutting some disks of apple with blueberry halves on top for eyes.

Ladybird - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And there emerges the ladybird …

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Fun Flower Pot Dips

Flower Pot Dips

I have done other designs using “real” flower pots as the serving vessel. There is always a great reaction from the mini-chefs to this fun food especially as they are just the right size for a teaspoon.

This is more a party piece where you can present a variety of dips in different pots and then have vegetable crudités to dunk in.

Healthy dips for kids flower pots

Recipe

– I used home-made hummus as the dip

– Dutch carrots (baby carrots)

– Parsley as the leaf for the carrots

– Celery

– Corn

Method

1. Put something in the bottom of the flower pots to prevent leakage as being proper plant pots they have a drainage hole. I used aluminium foil.

Flower Pot Dips - 1 pots (1 of 1)

2. Then added the dip.

Flower Pot Dips - 2 dip (1 of 1)

3. Before sticking the carrots in.

Flower Pot Dips - 3 carrots (1 of 1)

4. And giving them parsley leaves (I dug a little hole in the top of the carrot then secured the leaf with a blob of dip).

Flower Pot Dips - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Then for variety I cut some celery stalks and gave them some corn flowers.

Flower Pot Dips - 5 celery (1 of 1)

6. And scattered some additional carrots around.

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7. Which is about all you need to do before serving.

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Fun Leprechaun Hat

Leprechaun Hat

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I wanted to go green today but wanted to try something a little different. Sometimes this is good and sometimes not so good. I decided to make flat bread but incorporate spinach into it. I’m always excited if I can up the dark green, leafy vegetable quotient!

The first test was a disaster as I tried steaming the spinach and then mixing through the dough. I knew as soon as I started it wouldn’t work (so the chickens get a treat!). The next batch I steamed the spinach then used my favourite kitchen toy – the bar mix. Perfect. The dough worked beautifully, cooked well and tastes good too.

Here is my fun food Leprechaun Hat made from spinach flat bread (which takes 5 mins to make and another 5 to cook).

Leprechaun Hat St.Patricks Day

Recipe

– Spinach – I used a small bunch of flat leafed steamed and then made a paste

– Flat bread – I make with wholemeal flour and a little olive oil (for this batch I combined with the spinach paste)

– Avocado for the hat band

– Cooked egg yolk for the hat buckle

– I cut clover from baby spinach leaves (using my kitchen scissors)

Method

1. I lightly fried the flat bread.

Leprechaun Hat - 1 bread (1 of 1)

2. Then cut the top of the hat from the bread.

Leprechaun Hat - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And then the brim.

Leprechaun Hat - 3 brim (1 of 1)

4. I used avocado to make the hat band.

Leprechaun Hat - 4 strap (1 of 1)

5. Then added a flower from baby spinach. Four leafed clover of course …..

Leprechaun Hat - 5 flower (1 of 1)

6. I cooked an egg yolk and cut a buckle from it.

Leprechaun Hat - 6 buckle (1 of 1)

7. Before decorating the plate with more clover.

Leprechaun Hat - 7 clover (1 of 1)

8. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY !!!

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day Plate

St. Patrick’s Day Plate

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

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

Fun food for St. Patrick's Day

Recipe

– Multi coloured capsicums (bell peppers)

Method

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

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

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

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

3. Before giving it a stalk.

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

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

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

5. Which was cut from a yellow capsicum.

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

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

St. Patrick's day healthy food

Cut from orange capsicum.

7. And we’re ready to celebrate …

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Fun Brekkie Island

Brekkie Island

Whilst we have all these gorgeous avocadoes in season I have to use them. Avocadoes are so versatile as they can be breakfast, lunch or even part of dessert!

Here’s my fun food, breakfast island. Lovely and simple and the perfect breakfast served with toast or just as is.

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Recipe

– Scrambled egg

– Mushrooms

– Avocado

Method

1. Put the scrambled egg down as “sand”.

Brekkie Island - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add a trunk from mushrooms.

Brekkie Island - 2 mushroom (1 of 1)

3. Then some leaves from an avocado (cut in half then peel the skin back and slice).

Brekkie Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. But I realised my tree was out of proportion so sliced off some of the trunk and added a little more egg.

Brekkie Island - 4 more egg (1 of 1)

5. And an extra leaf with some mushroom coconuts clustered at the top of the trunk.

Brekkie Island - 5 extra leaf (1 of 1)

6. I scored the underside of the leaves with a knife to give them a “leafy” look.

Food art breakfast avocado

7. Which leaves us ready to be stranded. Dig in …..

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Fun Melon Windmill

Melon Windmill

I was cutting some melon and suddenly the shape “spoke” to me.

A lovely, fun food windmill emerged remarkably easily from the melons …..

Healthy snacks windmill

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other larger fruit)

– Canteloupe/Rockmelon (or Honeydew/pear)

– Kiwi – or other green fruit

– Plum (or dark fruit)

– Blueberry (plum/raisin)

– Orange

– I used desiccated coconut for the clouds

Method

1. I cut a mill shape from the watermelon.

Melon Windmill - 1 Mill (1 of 1)

2. Then used a blueberry as the pivot that the blades emanate from.

Melon Windmill - 2 blueberry (1 of 1)

3. I used a dark plum for detail, starting with a strip across the top part of the mill.

Melon Windmill - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut the blades from a rockmelon (cantaloupe).

Melon Windmill - 4 blades (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some detail to the blades and attaching them to the blueberry pivot by some strips too.

Melon Windmill - 5 blade detail (1 of 1)

6. Again using plum I cut a door and window.

Melon Windmill - 6 window & door (1 of 1)

7. Then added some kiwi grass.

Melon Windmill - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. And of course a lovely, shiny, orange sun.

Melon Windmill - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. Finished with some coconut clouds.

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Fun Celery Traffic Light

Celery Traffic Light

Often simple is good.

A quick fun food snack. You can even “glue” the lights on with hummus/peanut butter/cream cheese and have it eaten like a healthy lollipop!

Healthy snacks for kids

Recipe

– Celery (or cucumber)

– Capsicum (bell pepper) in 3 colours

Method

1. Cut the celery so the top part is wider to house the lights.

Celery Traffic Light - 1 celery (1 of 1)

2. Add circles of capsicum for the 3 colours of the lights.

Celery Traffic Light - 2 capsicum (1 of 1)

3. I also tried a yellow in the middle as some lights are red, yellow, green.

Celery Traffic Light - 3 yellow (1 of 1)

4. Then added a bit of chopped celery for the ground and that was it!!

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Fun Pancake Ice Cream

Pancake Ice Cream

Shrove (pancake) Tuesday is one of my enduring childhood memories. Remembering the thrill of watching my Dad flipping pancakes in the kitchen (a skill he did not pass down to me) and the delight of scoffing a treat on a Tuesday evening ….

My boys LOVE pancakes and so how could we not continue the tradition? Tomorrow is the big day so I thought I’d do a breakfast version. Given that traditionally it signifies the last chance to indulge in foods that are to be forgone during Lent I thought an ice cream shape was very appropriate!

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Here is my fun food, breakfast pancake which is actually made with my favourite crepe recipe (1 cup wholemeal flour, 2 cups milk, 3 eggs. Whisk milk and eggs, add to the flour and combine and then cook in a pan).

Recipe

– Pancake/crepe

– Scrambled egg

– Cherry tomato

– Slice of mushroom

– I decorated with diced, fried red onion

Method

1. Roll the pancake into a cone shape and slice along the top so it’s straight.

Pancake Ice Cream - 1 pancake-001

2. Add scrambled egg to the top for the ice cream.

Pancake Ice Cream - 2 egg-002

3. Then I used a cherry tomato for the top.

Pancake Ice Cream - 3 cherry-004

4. Before sticking a slice of mushroom in for the flake.

Pancake Ice Cream - 4 mushroom-005

5. But in looking at it the “cherry” was too small so I swapped it for a larger one.

Pancake Ice Cream - 5 bigger cherry-006

6. I was frying off some onions and thought they’d make great sprinkles!

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7. Ready to serve ….

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Fun Apricot Dragonfly

Apricot Dragonfly

A nice simple design for a Friday! Lovely, fresh fruit arranged to make a fun food dragonfly.

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Recipe

– Apricot (other stone fruit, melon or apple would substitute)

– Pear (or apple/melon)

– Blueberries (raisins)

– I used cherries for the eyes and antennae (other contrasting fruit would do and if you have no cherry stalks herbs like rosemary or mint stalks work well or bits of blueberry or raisins arranged like antennae)

Method

1. Cut the cheek from an apricot for the body.

Apricot Dragonfly- 1 body-001

2. Then a smaller bit of the other cheek for the head.

Apricot Dragonfly- 2 head-002

3. I added a big slice of cherry for each eye.

Apricot Dragonfly- 3 eyes-003

Using the stalks for antennae.

4. I cut the wings from the inner flesh of a pear and then realised they were too far up so moved them back.

Apricot Dragonfly- 4 wings-004

5. Before cutting blueberries to make the tail.

Apricot Dragonfly- 5 tail-015

6. And it’s just that simple.

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Fun Giant Toadstool

Giant Toadstool

I found these giant mushrooms and just had to use them for a fun food breakfast.

I wanted something quick and simple so that’s what it is!!

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Recipe

– Mushroom (big ones are easier to use)

– Boiled egg

– I used baby spinach and cherry tomatoes for the flowers

Method

1. I boiled an egg and sliced one end off then placed the flat bit downwards.

Giant Toadstool - 1 Egg-002

2. Then balanced the mushroom cap on top (after removing the stalk).

Giant Toadstool - 2 mushroom-003

3. I used the remainder of the egg for the “spots” cutting rough circles.

Giant Toadstool - 3 spots-005

4. But it looked a bit plain on the plate and I always add extra veggies whenever I can so …. I made some flowers.

Giant Toadstool - 4 flowers-006

I used baby spinach leaves with half cherry tomatoes in the middle.

5. Then made centres from some more of the egg.

Giant Toadstool - 5 flower centres-007

6. A lovely, simple light breakfast.

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Fun Banana Giraffes

Banana Giraffes

I made these as a tribute to Marius, the giraffe that became surplus to Copenhagen Zoo but they are super cute so could be used for any occasion.

Healthy food giraffe

A simple fun food plate that anyone can tackle.

Recipe

– 1 large banana

– I used apricots for the pattern but any orange/brown fruit would do (pear, stone fruit even apples)

– I used blueberries for eyes and nostrils (raisins/dates would substitute)

– I used pears for foliage but any green fruit would work

Method

1. Cut the centre part from the banana and then slice into two.

Banana Giraffes - 1 bananas-001

2. Then I cut them a little thinner (with a wiggle) and sliced the top in preparation for the heads.

Banana Giraffes - 2 cut bananas-002

3. I used another part of the banana to cut 2 head shapes then placed them on the top of the necks.

Banana Giraffes - 3 heads-003

4. Fresh apricots made great patterns for them and make them look way more “giraffe like”.

Banana Giraffes - 4 spots-005

5. Then I sliced a blueberry in half to make the eyes.

Banana Giraffes - 5 eyes-006

6. And used more banana to give them some flamboyant ears.

Banana Giraffes - 6 ears-007

7. And more blueberry for their nostrils.

Banana Giraffes - 7 nostrils-008

8. Then it was time for their ossicones (horns) made from thin slices of banana with a tiny rectangle on top.

Banana Giraffes - 8 ossicones-009

9. As they are up in the trees we needed some foliage. I cut a pear into thin slices and placed along the bottom of the plate.

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10. And a few more at the top.

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Fun Watermelon Cup Cakes

Watermelon Cup Cakes

As a great alternative to regular cup cakes for a party or social gathering or even just for a fun dessert why not try some fruit creations.

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Fun Capsicum Parrot

Capsicum Parrot

Or should he be a Pepper Parrot?

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

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

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Recipe

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

– Capsicums (bell peppers)

– Celery for the branch

– Olives for feet and beak

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

Method

1. I made a rough body shape from hummus.

Capsicum Parrot - 1 body-001

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

Capsicum Parrot - 2 wing-002

3. I elongated it with some red capsicum.

Capsicum Parrot - 3 red wing-004

4. Then added yet more.

Capsicum Parrot - 4 extended wings-005

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

Capsicum Parrot - 5 tail-006

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

Capsicum Parrot - 6 crown-007

7. And a celery branch to stand on.

Capsicum Parrot - 7 branch-010

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

Capsicum Parrot - 8 feet-011

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

Capsicum Parrot - 9 beak-013

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

Capsicum Parrot - 11 pupil-crown-016

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

Healthy food for kids parrot

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

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Fun Valentine Hearts

Valentine’s Hearts

Valentine’s week continues and so here are my super simple, fun food salad plates ..

Healthy food for Valentines

Love food platesHealthy food ideasSpecial Valentines plates

Recipe

– Capsicums (Bell peppers) in various colours

– I used a little celery for detail

Method

1. I cut a big red heart from a red capsicum. I cut it freehand as the shape actually lends itself to a heart ..

Valentine Hearts - 1 red-004

as long as you have a sharp knife and aren’t too picky about symmetry!!

2. Then I cut an “I” and a “U” in the spirit of love …

Valentine Hearts - 2 I U-005

3. And added some colour.

Valentine Hearts - 3 green & yellow-006

4. Then I cut two smaller hearts from the red as well.

Valentine Hearts - 4 little reds-007

5. And used strips of celery to give the plate some balance and definition.

Valentine Hearts - 5 detail-008

6. A simple Valentines salad plate.

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That could be presented so many ways:

Creative Valentines Plates

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Fun Balloon Valentine

Balloon Valentine

Exactly a week to go until Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d start with a few topical fun food plates!

Here are my love heart balloons.

Healthy Valentines snacks

Recipe

– Watermelon for the balloons (or any red fruit)

– I used plums for the bodies (apple/pear/stone fruit/melon)

– I used blueberries for their heads

– I made the strings from sunflower seeds

Method

1. I cut bodies for the people from plum.

Balloon Valentine - 1 body-013

2. And added arms.

Balloon Valentine - 2 arms-012

3. Then legs.

Balloon Valentine - 3 legs-011

4. I added half a blueberry each for a head.

Balloon Valentine - 4 heads-010

5. Then used sunflower seeds to create the balloon strings. It wasn’t quite as frustrating to do as I thought it would be!

Balloon Valentine - 5 strings-009

6. Next I used a cookie cutter to make three balloons each.

Balloon Valentine - 6 balloons-008

7. Gave them some sunflower seeds to walk on …

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And off they wandered into the sunset …

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Fun Egg Ducklings

Egg Ducklings

We love eggs in our house. In fact we go through so many we decided to invest in some hens of our own! They have a house to rival ours and get treated as part of the family with treats and cuddles. Not sure this is conducive to laying lots of eggs but time will tell …

This is my fun food egg duckling plate. Great for breakfast or a snack.

Healthy breakfast for kids

Recipe

– 1 large egg, scrambled (I always use free range as they are just so much better)

– 1 large egg with yolk and white cooked separately

– I used a little olive for eyes

Method

1. Make the shape of the body.

Egg Ducklings - 1 bodies-001

2. Then add a head.

Egg Ducklings - 2 heads-002

3. I cut beak shapes from the cooked yolk.

Egg Ducklings - 3 beaks-003

4. And cut wings from the white.

Egg Ducklings - 4 wings-004

5. I realised their tails needed to be longer so made them so.

Egg Ducklings - 6 eyes-006

6. Then cut eyes from an olive.

Egg Ducklings - 6 eyes-006

7. And no duck would be happy without some water, made from little pieces of the white.

Egg Ducklings - 7 water-007

8. But then I thought it’d look better if it was a bit wavy.

Egg Ducklings - 8 waves-008

9. And with a few ripples.

Egg Ducklings - 9 ripples-010

10. Add an egg yolk sun and off they swim.

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Fun Pineapple Bee

Pineapple Bee

I love summer with all the fruit so luscious and plentiful. It makes designing fun food plates a delight.

This is my simple bee.

Healthy snacks bee

 

Recipe

– Pineapple

– Dark skinned plum

– Blueberries

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut the plum to make the black stripes.

Pineapple Bee - 1 stripes-001

2. Then I cut a slice from the pineapple to make the head (if you don’t have a whole pineapple you can form the circle from pieces).

Pineapple Bee - 2 head-002

3. Using pineapple to fill in the yellow stripes.

Pineapple Bee - 3 yellow stripes-003

4. The wings and antennae were made with blueberries cut in half.

Pineapple Bee - 4 wings-005

5. Then I sprinkled desiccated coconut into the wings to give them the gossamer look.

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BUZZ BUZZ ….

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Fun Cartoon Insect

Cartoon Insect

I love doing simple cartoony shapes that are very forgiving to the non-artistic!

This was my fun food insect that I was able to whip up very quickly for a play date share.

Healthy snack ideas

Recipe

– Red apple (use pear or other fruit if you wish)

– Green apple

– Plum (or use any other contrasting harder fruit)

Method

1. Cut the large cheek off the side of the red apple for the abdomen.

Cartoon Insect - 1 apple-012

2. Then a smaller bit of the other cheek for the thorax.

Cartoon Insect - 2 head-011

3. I used slices of a green apple for the wings.

Cartoon Insect - 3 Wings-010

4. And cut more of the red apple for the head.

Cartoon Insect - 4 head-009

5. Then I sliced a bit of plum for the mouth.

Cartoon Insect - 5 mouth-008

6. And some circles for the eyes.

Cartoon Insect - 6 eyes-007

7. Then some apple irises and some plum pupils.

Cartoon Insect - 7 pupils-006

8. Followed by more plum slices for antennae.

Cartoon Insect - 8 antennae-005

9. And then a little stinger from green apple.

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10. Here is my fun food insect ready to eat.

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Fun Pasta Lion

Pasta Lion

We were having a few people over so I couldn’t resist making a creative side plate.

This is visually effective but really quite a simple fun food plate. I have found that most children love hummus and when teamed with some freshly cut veggies it makes a great, healthy share plate for special occasions. This was served warm as a side plate and vanished in minutes.

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I made the hummus as it’s easy and means I can cook without all the additives the store bought tubs come with.

Recipe

– Hummus

– Pasta (I used wholemeal spirals)

– Spaghetti for the whiskers (I used wholemeal)

– Cheese (Edam)

– Olives – for detail

– Grated carrot for highlight

Method

1. Shape some hummus into a “face” shape.

Pasta Lion - 1 head-003

2. I slapped hummus around to stick the pasta to.

Pasta Lion - 2 outline-004

3. Then added the pasta spirals as a mane.

Pasta Lion - 3 mane-005

4. I shaped some ears and a nose from more hummus.

Pasta Lion - 4 ears & nose-006

5. Then some whisker pads.

Pasta Lion - 5 whisker pads-007

6. Before adding the eyes cut from cheese.

Pasta Lion - 6 eyes-008

7. I used the cheese to give the ears detail.

Pasta Lion - 7 ear detail-010

8. Then made irises for the eyes from carrot.

Pasta Lion - 8 pupils-011

9. And added detail to the face with slices of olive. Pupils, eyebrows and nose.

Pasta Lion - 9 olive detail-012

10. Before adding some whiskers.

Pasta Lion - 10 whiskers-013

11. Then I used grated carrot to liven him up and give him colour.

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12. And here he is in all his majesty … ROAR …

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Fun Strawberry Mice

Strawberry Mice

I’m on a bit of a roll with the strawberry designing at the moment. Not sure why but keep thinking of different fun food plates I just have to make.

Here are my cute and simple strawberry mice.

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I used blueberries for the tails but you could just as easily make them from thinly sliced apple or even seeds like sunflower.

Recipe

– Strawberries. Bigger are easier to work with. I only had one with a pointy end (for a nose shape) so sliced the other two into shape. It was not uber perfect but they still looked cute!!

– Blueberries – for noses, eyes and tails

– Almond flakes – for ears

– Apple – for the cheese (could use any larger fruit)

Method

1. Cut the strawberry top off and if it doesn’t have a “pointy” end then slice into shape.

Strawberry Mice - 1 strawberries (1 of 1)

2. I made a little hole and stuck half a blueberry in for the nose.

Strawberry Mice - 2 noses (1 of 1)

3. Then did the same for the eyes.

Strawberry Mice - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. And made two incisions for the ears and inserted flaked almonds.

Strawberry Mice - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Then I cut more blueberries in half to make the tails (tapering at the end).

Strawberry Mice - 5 tails (1 of 1)

6. I sliced an apple quite thickly and then made into a triangle. I then cut little holes to give the impression of a holey cheese.

Strawberry Mice - 6 cheese (1 of 1)

7. And there they were my strawberry mice ….

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Fun Pancake Rocket

Pancake Rocket

My boys love crepes (or thin pancakes) as a treat and I have to say they are great to design with as you can make them into pretty much any shape.

These crepes I used to make a fun food space scene and then combined them with fruit for a bit of sweetness.

Space party food

Recipe

– Crepes or pancakes. I make simple wholemeal ones with flour, egg and milk.

– I used strawberries for detail but any fruit you have on hand would be great.

– Desiccated coconut for the distant stars.

Method

1. I cut the body of the rocket.

Pancake Rocket - 1 rocket (1 of 1)

2. Then added the fins.

Pancake Rocket - 2 fins (1 of 1)

3. And a tail and a pointed front.

Pancake Rocket - 3 tail & front (1 of 1)

4. I used strawberries to add detail.

Pancake Rocket - 4 detail (1 of 1)

5. And of course no rocket would be complete without a destination.

Pancake Rocket - 5 planet (1 of 1)

I cut a planet and gave it a “ring”.

6. Then some stars.

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7. And a sprinkle of coconut for the distant constellations.

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Blast off!!!

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Fun Strawberry Cups

Strawberry Cups

Who doesn’t like to share a cup of tea or coffee with friends?

Here is a fun food way to have a little tea party for a snack or dessert. Great way to present a healthy share plate.

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Recipe

– Strawberries (larger are easier to work with!)

– Blueberries (for the handles)

– I used little chunks of apple to hold the handle in place (any harder fruit would do)

– Yoghurt for the filling (for dairy free you can always substitute coconut cream)

– I sprinkled cacao powder for the cappuccino effect

Method

1. Cut the stem from the strawberry and then slice the other end off and hollow it out.

Strawberry Cups - 2 hollow (1 of 1)

2. I sliced blueberries in half and cut off the flesh to leave primarily the black outer skin. Then I wrapped this around a small semi-circle of apple flesh to form the handle.

Strawberry Cups - 3 handles (1 of 1)

I then pushed these up against the “cup” where they sat nicely.

3. I filled with some Greek yoghurt.

Strawberry Cups - 4 filling (1 of 1)

4. Then sprinkled with cacao powder.

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5. And we’re ready to have a lovely cappuccino together!

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Strawberry Cups - Finished (1 of 1)

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Love, love, love avocadoes and it’s the season for them this time of year in NZ.

Avocadoes make a great breakfast, lunch or snack food. I have made a very simple, fun food plate that the mini chefs can help you make.

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I served on toast but it would be delicious on mushrooms or on its own.

Recipe

– Wholegrain toast

– ½ avocado

– 2 cherry tomatoes

– I used cottage cheese for eyes

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Place half the avocado on top of the toast.

Avocado Turtle - 1 avo (1 of 1)

2. Add a cherry tomato for the head.

Avocado Turtle -  head (1 of 1)

3. Then slice another cherry tomato into 4 pieces to make the legs.

Avocado Turtle -  3 legs (1 of 1)

4. I used cottage cheese to make two little eyes.

Avocado Turtle -  4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then added some spinach leaves for his environment.

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6. Or should he be on green?

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Fun Apple Present

Apple Present

There are a lot of people with birthdays at this time of the year and it’s hard for them not to get subsumed by all the other celebrations.

This is in recognition of all the birthday boys and girls, including my not so little brother …

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Recipe

– An apple

– Yoghurt

Method

1. I cut the apple into a squarish shape and took out the core.

Apple Present - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with yoghurt.

Apple Present - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. I cut the outside of the apple into strips to make the ribbon.

Apple Present - 3 bow (1 of 1)

4. Then fashioned a bow.

Apple Present - 4 bow (1 of 1)

5. And it’s as simple as that. Lovely, tasty, fun food snack finished.

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Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year and welcome 2014.

Healthy party platter

I have done a really simple fun food plate to start the year. Use any fruit you have to create a visual share platter.

Healthy New years food

 

I’m looking forward to sharing three or more new designs a week with you all in 2014. If you enjoy looking at my posts please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Recipe

Any fruit.

– I used apple, banana, apricot & kiwi fruit (and then swapped in plum)

Method

1. I used number cookie cutters.

2014 - 1 molds (1 of 1)

2. Then began to fill them with fruit. I started with apple cut into pieces.

2014 - 2 fruit (1 of 1)

3. And added banana, apricot and kiwi fruit.

2014 - 3 filled (1 of 1)

4. Removed the molds.

2014 - 4 numbers (1 of 1)

5. And added some blueberries.

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6. A simple, delicious plate finished.

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7. But does it look better with plum instead of kiwi?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!

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Fun Fruit Champagne

Fruit Champagne

Here we are at the end of another year of being “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So here’s a healthy glass to be raised to all us parents who can multi-task like a ninja in fast forward and who deserve a little treat to celebrate the wins and losses.

New Years eve dessert

CHEERS !!

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I’m looking forward to sharing 150+ fun food plates with you in 2014, catch you next year ….

Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Mango (can use any other pale coloured fruit – apple/pear/stone fruits/pineapple)

Method

1. I used a banana with a curve. The straight bit became the stem …

Champagne - 1 stem (1 of 1)

2. Then used the curved bit which naturally made the glass receptacle.

Champagne - 2 glass (1 of 1)

3. I cut a triangle of banana to make the base of the glass.

Champagne - 3 base (1 of 1)

4. Then more of the curve for the top of the glass.

Champagne - 4 top (1 of 1)

5. I cut a triangle of mango to make the “champagne”.

Champagne - 5 drink (1 of 1)

6. Then little circles of mango to make the bubbles.

Champagne - 6 bubbles (1 of 1)

7. And as its NYE we need streamers and confetti.

Champagne - 7 streamers (1 of 1)

I used a peeler to take strips from the outside of the apple and then cut little pieces from the three fruits for confetti.

8. Happy New Year !!!

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9. Or does it look better without the top on the glass?

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Fun Santa Over the Moon

Over the Moon …

Well we’re over the moon that Santa will finally be on his way tonight ….

Here’s my special, Christmas Eve fun food plate designed for my boys.

 

Recipe

– Apple (pear)

– Blueberries

– Strawberry

– Coconut

Method

1. I tried to use a pineapple for the moon but it was too yellow. The large centre part from an apple looked much better!

Over the Moon - 1 moon (1 of 1)

2. I cut a sled shape from a blueberry.

Over the Moon - 2 sled (1 of 1)

3. Then added a Santa-esque shape.

Over the Moon - 3 Santa (1 of 1)

And some boxes on and off the back of the sled.

4. But without reindeer where would he be …

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

Cut from blueberries again.

5. Then given legs to run.

Over the Moon - 4 Full reindeer (1 of 1)

6. Reins for Santa to hold.

Over the Moon - 5 nose (1 of 1)

And a blob of strawberry for Rudolph’s nose.

7. Then I added some apple planets.

Over the Moon - 6 stars & moon (1 of 1)

8. Some coconut for the distant stars and Santa could be seen flitting over the moon …

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Fun Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas ….. Well not quite but never hurts to be prepared!

This is my fun food plate ready for Christmas Eve.

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Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Plum

– Slivered almonds

– Orange

– I used strawberry, kiwi and orange for the cards

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. I made the shape of stockings from some lovely, ripe strawberries.

Christmas Stockings - 1 stockings (1 of 1)

2. Then topped them with thick, Greek yoghurt.

Christmas Stockings - 2 tops (1 of 1)

3. And sprinkled desiccated coconut on top as fur.

Christmas Stockings - 3 fluff (1 of 1)

4. Then built a fireplace around with slices of dark plum.

Christmas Stockings - 4 Fireplace (1 of 1)

5. And no fireplace would be complete without a fire raging (from slivered almonds).

Christmas Stockings - 5 Fire (1 of 1)

6. Lit by pieces of fresh orange.

Christmas Stockings - 6 flames (1 of 1)

7. I then strung cards up across the wall above the fire.

Christmas Stockings - 7 cards (1 of 1)

These were made from rectangles of kiwi, strawberry and orange.

8. Then held in place with a chain made from sunflower seeds.

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Now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel

Christmas seems like the right time to make angels!! This is a super simple fun food angel that can be whipped up really quickly.

I had some rare help in the kitchen yesterday from Grandma Jenny. She is over visiting her grandchildren Ilira and Isla and popped in to The Art of Nutrition to provide inspiration ….

      Healthy food for kids Christmas Angel  Christmas Angel healthy food

Recipe

– Red apple

– I used raisins for eyes and sunflower seeds for wing detail

– Desiccated coconut is perfect for stars

Method

1. Slice the apple in half and use one of the largest central pieces to cut the triangle body.

Christmas Angel - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then cut a circle for the head (I cheated and used a cookie cutter as I’m not quite mad enough to cut perfect circles yet!).

Christmas Angel - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. I used the other large slice of apple to make the wings. I just cut three descending semi-circles on one side and mirrored on the other side. Then I cut the piece in half.

Christmas Angel - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I used the outer part of the apple to cut a little mouth and shoes.

Christmas Angel - 4 mouth & feet (1 of 1)

5. Then to give some detail to the wings I placed sunflower seeds along the edges.

Christmas Angel - 5 wing detail (1 of 1)

6. And added some raisin eyes.

Christmas Angel - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then she needed her halo which I cut from the outside of the apple.

Christmas Angel - 7 halo (1 of 1)

8. And here she is floating in a celestial sky.

Christmas Angel snack food

9. But she fades into the background on the pink plate so as per Grandma Jenny I moved her to blue …

Healthy food Christmas Angel

10. And then the mini chefs said the attachment on the bottom of the halo needed to go …..

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Fun Avocado Christmas Tree

Avocado Christmas Tree

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

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Recipe

– Avocado

– For the base I used carrot

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

– For the skirt of the tree – baby spinach leaves

– For the presents cut Edam cheese

Method

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 1 avocado (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 2 base (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 3 star (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 4 tinsel (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 5 candles (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 6 baubles (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 7 lights (1 of 1)

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

Avocado Christmas Tree - 8 presents (1 of 1)

9. And now all we need is Santa ….

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Fun Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats

I usually do all my own designs but I saw a version of this and thought I could make a lovely fun food, healthy version.

It’s the perfect snack, dessert or simple breakfast.

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Recipe

– Large strawberries

– Yoghurt (or cream cheese)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Slice the strawberries along the bottom.

Santa Hats - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Dip the bases in yoghurt then into desiccated coconut to make a “furry” trim.

Santa Hats - 2 trim (1 of 1)

3. Then make a yoghurt bobble for the top and again dip in desiccated coconut.

Santa Hats - 3 bobbles (1 of 1)

4. And there you have some very simple but very effective Santa Hats.

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Fun Apple Snowman

Apple Snowman

Fun, fruit Friday. I have put together a cute, cartoon, fun food snowman. You can make with or without yoghurt to dip.

Healthy food for kids Snowman

Recipe

– Red & green apples (can make with just one)

– Raisins/dark plum (for detail) – dates or any dark fruit would work

– Orange – I used a slither for the nose but any contrasting coloured fruit would do

– Desiccated coconut – for snow (oat bran is a good alternative)

– Yoghurt for snow drift (optional)

Method

1. Cut a body and head from the centre of the apple. I have indented the body slightly to fit the head into.

Apple Snowman - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Then I added a jaunty hat cut from the outside of a red apple.

Apple Snowman - 2 hat (1 of 1)

3. And a scarf too.

Apple Snowman - 3 scarf (1 of 1)

4. Then I used a dark plum to give him eyes and a mouth.

Apple Snowman - 4 face & buttons (1 of 1)

And some raisins for his buttons.

5. His arms were cut from a green apple.

Apple Snowman - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut a sliver of orange for his nose.

Apple Snowman - 6 nose (1 of 1)

Apple Snowman - 7 nose horizontal (1 of 1)

This just shows how it actually protrudes!

7. And as I was finishing it began to snow ….

Apple Snowman - 8 snow (1 of 1)

8. Which all drifted around his base …

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Fun Fruit Candy Cane

Fruit Candy Cane

I have to say Candy Canes are one of my least favourite of the commercial aspects of Christmas. That is of course unless they are a special, healthy version.

Here is my super simple, fun food Candy Cane.

Healthy kids food for Christmas

Recipe

– Banana

– Strawberries

Method

1. Cut slices of banana and strawberry.

Fruit Candy Cane - 1 top (1 of 1)

2. And keep adding to make the stem.

Fruit Candy Cane - 2 middle (1 of 1)

3. You will need to cut on a slight angle to make the curve of the cane.

Fruit Candy Cane - 3 curve (1 of 1)

4. And then I realised it was a nice “J”. Good for Joe and I but ….

Fruit Candy Cane - 4 turn around (1 of 1)

Ah … that’s better.

5. I added some mint and coconut to jazz it up but that is it in all its simplicity!

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Fun Pear Turkey

Pear Turkey

In honour of all my friends and followers in the US here is a special Thanksgiving blog.

For everyone else it’s a great, easy, fun food dessert or share snack.

Healthy food for kids thanksgiving

Recipe

– 1 ½ big, brown pears

– I used a strawberry for the wattle (or any other red fruit)

– I used a blueberry for the eye (raisin)

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Cut the cheek from the pear as it’s the perfect shape naturally!

Pear Turkey - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Then take slices from the outside of the pear for the tail.

Pear Turkey - 2 tail (1 of 1)

3. And keep adding until you have a full tail.

Pear Turkey - 3 tail finished (1 of 1)

4. Then I cut a head from the inner flesh of the pear.

Pear Turkey - 4 head (1 of 1)

5. And gave her a little wattle from a piece of strawberry.

Pear Turkey - 5 wattle (1 of 1)

6. I cut little bits of the white flesh to make tips for the tail feathers.

Pear Turkey - 6 tail tips (1 of 1)

7. Then fashioned some legs.

Pear Turkey - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. And gave her a big, blueberry eye and some wings.

Pear Turkey - 8 wings (1 of 1)

9. Then I scattered some pepitas for the ground.

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10. Gobble gobble ….

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Fun Strawberry Santa’s

Strawberry Santa’s

The Christmas season is fast approaching and Santa will feature heavily in a lot of households. Fortunately we can recreate him as a fun food very healthily!

Strawberry Santa’s are simple to make and can be used for breakfast, dessert or snacks. My boys absolutely love them, and who wouldn’t!

Healthy christmas snacks for kids

Recipe

– Large strawberries (pointed ends work better)

– Yoghurt (could substitute cream cheese)

– Blueberries (or raisins)

Method

1. Cut the top off the strawberry to form the hat.

Strawberry Santa's - 1 strawberry (1 of 1)

2. Make his head from a blob of yoghurt. If the yoghurt is not firm enough use a piece of strawberry for the head shape and just cover that in yoghurt.

Strawberry Santa's - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Give him a bobble made from yoghurt.

Strawberry Santa's - 3 beard & button (1 of 1)

Then add a beard and a button.

4. He needs two eyes and a smiley mouth.

Strawberry Santa's - 4 Santa (1 of 1)

5. And some friends!

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Fun Fruit Rudolph

Fruit Rudolph

OK, it’s third week of Nov so about time to start on the Christmas season designs. I don’t want to feel like a department store and begin months too early but then again at this time of year we are all so manic we also need to plan ahead!

I was really pleased with this fun food plate as it was simple and effective. That was until I showed it to Roy who said “that’s a great Bullwinkle”. Hmmm, had meant to go deer rather than moose but I think the antlers probably are a bit less Rudolph than ideal. Fortunately the mini chefs thought he was really cute and couldn’t wait to eat him. They got me to cut him exactly down the middle to share fairly.

Rudolph fun food christmas

Recipe

– Papaya (or melon/pear/apple) for antlers

– Apple (or pear/melon) for face

– I used strawberry for nose and mouth (or other red fruit)

– I used blueberries for eyes (raisins/dates)

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for snow

Method

1. I cut a face shape from near the centre of an apple.

Fruit Rudolph - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then I carved the antlers from papaya. When I needed a bit of extra length I just cut a little extra as it fits together fairly seamlessly.

Fruit Rudolph - 2 antlers (1 of 1)

3. I sliced the top from a lovely, bright red strawberry for his nose.

Fruit Rudolph - 3 Nose (1 of 1)

4. I cut circles of apple for the outside of the eyes.

Fruit Rudolph - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then used blueberries as the pupils.

Fruit Rudolph - 5 eyeballs (1 of 1)

6. Little slices of apple gave him some ears.

Fruit Rudolph - 6 Ears (1 of 1)

7. Then all he needed was a strawberry smiling mouth.

Fruit Rudolph - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. A sprinkle of desiccated coconut for falling snow and he’s good to go!

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Fun Mushroom Tree

Mushroom Tree

It’s great to have basic, healthy breakfasts that can be whipped up in a minute. My boys love sautéed mushrooms and marrying them with tomato and cheese is always a winner.

This is my simple, fun food mushroom tree.

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Recipe

– Mushrooms

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom into stem/stalk like strips.

Mushroom Tree - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make flower shapes from cheese (you could cut free-hand or use triangles which work well).

Mushroom Tree - 2 flowers (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced cherry tomatoes in half to make the centre of the flowers.

Mushroom Tree - 3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. And added a little circle of cheese for the centres.

Mushroom Tree - 4 centres (1 of 1)

5. To finish off the tree and make it lush and verdant I layered baby spinach leaves.

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Fun Tomato Man and Pram

Tomato Man – Pram

I love little tomatoes. They are sweet, easy to eat and great to design with!!

I have started a series of “Tomato Man” plates that are simple, fun food ideas for breakfast or a snack.

This one was actually going to be something else but as I cut a mushroom the shape of the pram jumped out at me ….

Healthy Breakfast idea

Recipe

– 4 small or cherry tomatoes of different sizes

– A mushroom

– A few large baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom cap into a carriage shape.

T-Man Pram - Pram (1 of 1)

2. Add a handle and struts for the wheels.

T-Man Pram - 2 handles (1 of 1)

3. Then cut a tomato in half to form the wheels.

T-Man Pram - 3 wheels (1 of 1)

4. Make the baby’s head from a small tomato and the back of it for the body.

T-Man Pram - 4 baby (1 of 1)

5. Cut legs from a spinach leaf.

T-Man Pram - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Then make the parent from two tomatoes for body and head.

T-Man Pram - 6 t-man (1 of 1)

7. Use spinach leaves to make arms and legs.

T-Man Pram - 7 Arms & legs (1 of 1)

8. And then some more to cut a hat.

T-Man Pram - 8 eyes (1 of 1)

Then I used some mushroom for eyes.

9. Cutting more mushroom for the ground.

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10. And tomato “man” is ready to step out with the baby.

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Fun Fireworks Pancake

Pancake Fireworks

Coming to New Zealand has meant a return to childhood memories for me. Unlike Australia Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on the 5th Nov here as it is in England with firework displays and community celebrations. My boys are of course rapt to have an excuse for fireworks, which being in the capital are in abundance!

I wanted to pay homage to the day so have put together a pancake city with fruit fireworks exploding over it to use either on this day or any other where fireworks are the go.

Healthy food for kids

The design is fun, simple, healthy and versatile as any fruit can be used.

Recipe

– Pancake (I made a simple batter using wholemeal flour, milk and eggs). You could substitute for a tortilla.

– I used a strawberry, pear, mandarin and some coconut. Any bright fruit would be excellent.

Method

1. Cut the pancake into the rough shape of a city outline. I made the batter thicker than I normally would and it was easy to cut without tearing.

Pancake Fireworks - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. I cut out some windows to give the city detail. I used a small, sharp knife and it was relatively easy but a little fiddly.

Pancake Fireworks - 2 windows (1 of 1)

3. A bright red strawberry cut into strips made my first firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 3 red firework (1 of 1)

4. Then I used strips of a green pear to make another firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 4 green firework (1 of 1)

I cut a little piece of the pear flesh for the inside of the red firework.

5. I sliced a segment of mandarin to make a third firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 5 orange firework (1 of 1)

6. Then used the inside of the pear to cut some stars and the strawberry for the rocket.

Pancake Fireworks - 6 stars & rocket (1 of 1)

A little of the outside of the strawberry made the tail of the rocket.

7. I used long strands of desiccated coconut to make light bursts around the pear firework.

Pancake Fireworks - 7 explosions (1 of 1)

And smaller bits of coconut to add to the explosions.

8. A final few bits of coconut around the mandarin and the sky show was bursting with life.

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Fun Banana Broomstick (Halloween)

Banana Broomstick

Ahhh, my witch is late for Halloween!!

This fun food dessert is easy to put together and great to eat. Cute cat meets cartoon witch on a dubious banana broomstick …. or get creative and use some different fruits.

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Recipe

– Banana for broomstick but could cut from apple/pear/melon

– Apple cat and witch. Could use pear or melon too.

– Strawberry eye (any contrasting colour fruit would do)

– Moon (yoghurt). I actually used banana to start with but it looked better being very white.

Method

1. Cut two slices of banana to make the broom handle.

Fruit Broomstick - starter (1 of 1)

2. Then make a brush end by scoring some lines into a piece of banana.

Fruit Broomstick - 2 Broomstick (1 of 1)

3. Cut an oval for the cat’s body from the flesh of an apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 3 cat body (1 of 1)

And a circle for the head.

4. Give her apple ears and an ostentatious tail.

Fruit Broomstick - 4 Ears & tail (1 of 1)

5. Then some arms.

Fruit Broomstick - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. I made a moon from a circle cut from the banana but changed it later as it needed to be more “white” for contrast.

Fruit Broomstick - 6 moon (1 of 1)

7. I used the outer part of a green apple to cut eyes, nose/mouth and whiskers.

Fruit Broomstick - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then it was time for the witch, also cut from green apple.

Fruit Broomstick - 8 Body (1 of 1)

9. The witch was very roughly cut as she is supposed to cartoony! So I cut a crones face.

Fruit Broomstick - 9 head (1 of 1)

10. Then gave her a strawberry eye.

Fruit Broomstick - 10 eye (1 of 1)

11. And a triangular hat.

Fruit Broomstick - 11 hat (1 of 1)

12. Then some legs and feet.

Fruit Broomstick - 12 legs (1 of 1)

13. And an arm to hold onto the broomstick.

Fruit Broomstick - 13 arm (1 of 1)

14. With a cape flying behind her.

Fruit Broomstick - 14 cape (1 of 1)

15. Then I added a yoghurt moon and some coconut stars and she was good enough to eat ….

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Fun Haunted House (Halloween)

Haunted House

Nothing screams horror like a haunted house. Although my house is more cartoon than fright!

This is a fun, simple to construct Halloween breakfast or light lunch and my boys were delighted with the house but not happy until I added the bats for full effect.

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Recipe

– 3 slices of bread. Ours is bakery so on the small side.

– 1 large egg

– 1 small tomato

– 1 large baby spinach leaf – for the bat

Method

1. Cut a large piece for the centre of the house. It’s a very forgiving design as you can cut pretty much however it comes and it’ll look OK.

Haunted House - 1 Bread (1 of 1)

 

2. I used another piece of bread for a tower.

Haunted House - 2b (1 of 1)

 

3. Then the 3rd piece of bread to make two side towers.

Haunted House - 3b (1 of 1)

 

I added triangles to the top of them for roofs. I also cut corners off the first slice of bread and placed them on the top edge of the large piece. It just seemed to give it better balance.

4. I cooked the egg yolk and white separately. The yolk I cut into shapes to make the windows.

 

 Haunted House - 5 egg windows (1 of 1)

5. Then I used a slice of cheese cut to make a door.

Haunted House - 6b (1 of 1)

 

6. And sliced pieces from the tomato to make window frames and a window for the door.

Haunted House - 7b (1 of 1)

 

7. I used the white of the egg to make the moon.

Haunted House - 8 moon (1 of 1)

 

And some pieces of bread for the steps.

8. Then I sprinkled some oat bran as stars.

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And for my boys added some bats cut from baby spinach leaves!!

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Fun Apple Bat – Halloween

Apple Bat

Black food is very limited so I have decided to work the contrast the other way round for Halloween this year and do light objects on a dark background …

This is my cute, fun and simple apple bat.

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Recipe

– Red Apple

– Coconut / oat bran (for stars)

Method

1. Cut two wings from the largest part of the apple at the centre. I used one wing to make a template for the other.

Apple Bat - 1 wings (1 of 1)

 

2. Then I cut a circle for the head.

Apple Bat - 2 head (1 of 1)

 

3. And some pointy ears.

Apple Bat - 3  (1 of 1)

 

4. I gave him some little feet but removed them later!

Apple Bat - 4 Feet  (1 of 1)

 

5. Then used the outer part of the apple to make a smiley face.

Apple Bat - 5 face (1 of 1)

 

6. And more of the red part of the apple for detail for the wings.

Apple Bat - 6 detail (1 of 1)

 

7. I cut another circle for the moon.

Apple Bat - 7 moon (1 of 1)

 

8. Then sprinkled coconut for stars.

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9. I decided I didn’t like the feet so ate them!!

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(Assault and battery ?!?!?)

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Fun Carrot Fingers – Halloween

Carrot Fingers

I wanted to create a party piece for Halloween and some crudites and dip are a perfect starter. I have used a home-made beetroot dip so I can make sure it’s healthy!

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This is a fun plate that would be great at any time of the year ….. and then the gross addition (subtraction!!) of half a finger fits right into Halloween.

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Recipe

– 5 small carrots

– I used yellow capsicum (bell pepper) for the fingernails – you could substitute with sliced cucumber/celery/daikon/radish

– Dip – I used beetroot for the “blood” effect

Method

1. Peel and slice the carrot in half and then cut into a “finger” shape.

Carrot Fingers - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

 

2. Then cut an indent at the end for the fingernail to sit in.

Carrot Fingers - 2 fingernail (1 of 1)

 

3. And make enough for a handful! I used a smaller carrot for the little finger.

Carrot Fingers - 3 four fingers (1 of 1)

 

4. Then for the thumb slice the fingernail indent to the side and trim down so it’s a little shorter too.

Carrot Fingers - 4 Thumb (1 of 1)

 

5. I cut pieces of a yellow capsicum/bell pepper to make the nails.

Carrot Fingers - 5 fingernails (1 of 1)

 

6. And then used the left over pieces to make knuckles.

Carrot Fingers - 6 knuckles (1 of 1)

 

7. I made a dip.

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8. And there is a great party plate to share.

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9. Or if you prefer the Halloween (gross) version ….

Carrot Fingers - Gross (1 of 1)

Then cut off the tip of one of the fingers and dunk in the dip. I also added some beetroot juice to the end of the severed finger….

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Fun Yoghurt Graveyard – Halloween

Yoghurt Graveyard

I’m on a Halloween roll!

Yoghurt = ghosts. It’s true!!

Here’s my simple, fun and quick fruity graveyard.

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Recipe

– Pear (or apple/melon)

– Yoghurt (I used home-made Greek style)

– I used flaked almonds, sunflower seeds and a strawberry for detail

– Raisins – for ghost eyes and mouth

Note: I made some changes as I went through. I realised the ghosties had to be bigger and that the one on the left was too close to the grave and needed to scoot away!

Method

1. Pile up the yoghurt to make the ghosts (I made them bigger as I went along).

Yoghurt Graveyard - 1 Yoghurt (1 of 1)

 

Tip: If your yoghurt is a bit soft then you can freeze for a while to thicken. Also you can put a piece of fruit underneath to build the ghost up more effectively.

2. Cut a gravestone from the inside of a pear.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 2 gravestone (1 of 1)

 

3. I used strips from the side of the pear to make a grave.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 3 grave (1 of 1)

 

I also cut R.I.P. into the gravestone and smeared with juice from a strawberry (which you can just see).

4. Then I put detail around the back of the stone using flaked almonds and a strawberry sliced.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 4 grave surrounds (1 of 1)

 

And filled the grave with sunflower seeds – like gravel!

5. I built the ghosties up a bit and gave them raisin eyes.

Yoghurt Graveyard - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

 

But realised that the ghost on the left was too close so had to move it left and squeeze up the grave a smidge.

6. Then the ghosts needed mouths.

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Woooooooooo hoooooooooooo.

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Fun Carved Tomato – Halloween

Carved Tomato

Everyone has seen or even made their own carved pumpkin for Halloween but have you ever eaten one?!?!

So I thought I’d do my own take on the carved pumpkin making a mini, edible one from a tomato. It’s a fun way to do scrambled eggs and tomato for breakfast or a snack and I have to say delicious. Had to make one for everyone … lucky I am now an “expert” carver and it’s deceptively quick and simple.

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Recipe

– A firm tomato. Look for the perfect shape!

– Scrambled egg.

– I used cheese for the stalk.

– I sprinkled thyme as it tastes so good with egg.

Method

1. Carve the traditional triangular eyes and nose from the front of the tomato. Then cut a mouth with teeth. You will need a sharp knife but it’s actually quite simple to do.

Carved Tomato - 1 face (1 of 1)

 

I propped it up so it was easier to see the face.

2. Then I cut a flap at the back and hollowed out the tomato which wasn’t hard to do.

Carved Tomato - 2 cut out (1 of 1)

 

3. I stuffed the tomato full of scrambled egg.

Carved Tomato - 3 egg (1 of 1)

And put the rest underneath and around.

4. I used a chunk of cheese to make the stalk and I thought a yellow picnic plate may look better ……

Carved Tomato - 4 stalk (1 of 1)

5. Then I sprinkled thyme around.

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6. And knew the yellow was just a little too bright ….

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Fun Fruit Skeleton – Halloween

Fruit Skeleton

Skeletons fit well into Halloween but this is a fun food, cartoony one that you can whip up quickly for dessert or a snack. My boys were rapt to be able to share with one of their friends and delightedly picked off the body parts to eat (as you do!).

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Recipe

This is a very versatile recipe as you can use any fruit you have on hand. This is what I used and suggestions for substitutions:

– Apple for the skull (pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Dark grapes for the face and elbow/knee (blueberries/raisins)

– Pineapple for the bones (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit/banana)

– Green grapes for the vertebrae (any fruit cut into circles)

– Mandarin segments for ribs (you could cut apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

– Strawberries for hands and feet (apple/pear/melon/stone fruit)

Method

1. Cut the shape of the skull. I used the inner flesh from an apple in one design and pear in the other.

Fruit Skeleton - 1 skull (1 of 1)

 

2. I cut the bottoms from grapes to make the eyes and then sliced some teeth from the side of the grape.

Fruit Skeleton - 2 face (1 of 1)

 

3. And sliced some extra bits for nostrils.

Fruit Skeleton - 3 nostrils (1 of 1)

 

4. Then I placed a line of vertebrae cut from the bottom of green grapes.

Fruit Skeleton - 4 vertebrae (1 of 1)

 

5. I used the handily shaped mandarin segments to make ribs.

Fruit Skeleton - 5 ribs (1 of 1)

 

6. Then cut pineapple to make collarbones.

Fruit Skeleton - 6 Collarbones (1 of 1)

 

7. And arms.

Fruit Skeleton - 7 arms (1 of 1)

 

8. Adding cut grapes as elbows.

Fruit Skeleton - 8 elbows (1 of 1)

 

And adding lower arms.

9. Then some strawberry hands.

Fruit Skeleton - 9 hands (1 of 1)

 

10. Followed by a pineapple pelvis.

Fruit Skeleton - 10 pelvis (1 of 1)

 

And upper legs.

11. He then needed grape knees.

Fruit Skeleton - 11 knees (1 of 1)

 

And lower legs.

12. Before adding the strawberry feet.

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13. And the skeleton is finished.

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14. And here is one I prepared earlier using pear for the skull.

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Fun Toast Truck

Toast Truck

I am always looking for really simple designs so I can whip up a unique meal in minutes. This was one that grew out of lovely ripe cherry tomatoes that looked so lovely and wheel-like!

Fun food, simple and very quick.

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of bread

– 2 cherry or small tomatoes

– Cheese – for the window

– Egg yolk for the sun

– Baby spinach leaves (for the birds)

Method

1. Slice the bread for the back of the truck using the longest side.

 

 

2. Then use another slice for the cab (it doesn’t quite fit into one slice of our bakery bread – they need bigger loaves!).

Toast Truck - 2 Cab

 

3. Cut arches for the wheels.

Toast Truck - 3 wheel arches

 

4. Slice two tomatoes in half to form the wheels.

Toast Truck - 4 wheels

 

5. Then add a cheese window and an exhaust pipe from the bread.

Toast Truck - 5 window

 

6. I cut some more of the bread to make the road.

Toast Truck - 6 road

7. Then cooked an egg yolk to make the sun (the cheats way is prick the yolk and cook for 5-10 secs in the microwave).

Toast Truck - 7 sun

8. And as I buy big eggs there was enough yolk left over to make the sun shine.

Toast Truck - 8 sun shine

9. I always want more greenery in my meals and spinach is a great one to use. I am not sure this works though.

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10. Although I did like the spinach birds.

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11. So I decided to banish the leaves and keep the birds!

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Fun Grape Eiffel Tower

Grape Eiffel Tower

I love grapes for designing. You can cut them in half and model them into pretty much any shape very quickly and very simply.

This is my fun food, grape Eiffel Tower.

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Recipe

– Grapes – I used two different colours for contrast

– I sprinkled desiccated coconut for the clouds

Method

1. Cut the grapes in half and build an arch for the base of the tower.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 1 base

 

2. Then add another level.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 2 lower level

 

3. And a third.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 3 third level

 

4. Then keep building the tower up.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 4 fourth level

 

5. And then the tall part of tower.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 5 tower

6. Add a grape at the top.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 6 top

7. Then a slice of grape to make the pinnacle.

Grape Eiffel Tower - 7 Spire

8. I added some desiccated coconut clouds.

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Fun Toast Dice

Toast Dice

OK so there is only one and it should be die but I couldn’t call it that so have made it plural so there is one for everyone!

This was inspited by the lovely, ripe cherry tomoatoes and the need for something super quick. Fun food for kids of all ages.

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of toast

– 8 small tomatoes (I used cherry toms)

– I used cheese for an outline

Method

1. Cut the toast. I left one piece whole and then cut the other so it was just under half. I used the remaining pieces to prop up the die so it’s 3-D.

Brekkie Dice - 1 toast

 

2. Then I propped up the toast and added the tomatoes cut in half for the dots.

Brekkie Dice - 2 spots

I chose the number 5 as it’s visually great and then cut one of the tomato halves in half again to make the part of the 3 dot side disappearing into the plate!

3. I cut cheese into strips and laid it around the outside. Yum, cheese and tomatoes on toast.

Brekkie Dice - 3 Cheese

4. And there is the breakfast die. Super quick and fun.

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Fun Fruit Scooter

Fruit Scooter

My boys are scooter-mad. They love riding to and from school even though it is all uphill one way.

This is my fun food version of a scooter. Probably not a cool, trick one but ….

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Recipe

– Plums for wheels (apple/pear or any other stone fruit a good alternative)

– Apple for body of scooter – (pear or melon would work too)

– I used dark grapes for the road

Method

1. Cut the cheeks from the plum to make the wheels.

Fruit Scooter - 1 wheels

2. I used green apple for the bottom bar.

Fruit Scooter - 2 bottom plate

And fattened it out with another piece.

3. Then I added the front bar.

Fruit Scooter - 3 front bar

4. And the handlebar.

Fruit Scooter - 4 Handlebar

5. I used some of the plum for the handles.

Fruit Scooter - 5 handles

6. And cut dark grapes in half to make the road.

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Fun Salad Glam

Salad Glam

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

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

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

Recipe

– Lettuce (with frilly leaves!!)

– Cucumber

– Small tomato

Method

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

Salad Glam - 1 Lettuce

2. Cut a bodice from the cucumber.

Salad Glam - 2 Bodice

3. Make some arm bracelets.

Salad Glam - 3 Bracelets

And a bow for the waist from cucumber.

4. Then some cucumber shoes.

Salad Glam - 4 + Shoes

And a necklace.

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

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Fun Avocado Mouse

Avocado Mouse

Avocadoes are not in season – boo hoo – but I got a few lovely looking ones and when I scooped one out of its skin I saw a mouse. Not a real one in my kitchen (which is a good thing) but the shape, hidden in the half avocado.

Here is a lovely, fun food, simple breakfast or snack idea. Avocadoes are a great source of good oil and delicious to boot.

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Recipe

– Half a ripe avocado

– 1 cherry tomato

– Cheese

– Toast – I used wholemeal

– Baby spinach leaves for decoration

– I used a blob of cottage cheese for the pupil (cream cheese/yoghurt or hard cheese would be fine).

Method

1. Cut the avocado in half and scoop it carefully out of its skin and place on a piece of toast.

Avocado Mouse - 1 avocado

2. I used a tomato cut in half for the eyes.

Avocado Mouse - 2 + eyes

3. Then cut some big ears from some cheese.

Avocado Mouse - 3 + ears

4. And a long curling tail.

Avocado Mouse - 4 + tail

5. To give her some character I added two blobs of cottage cheese for pupils.

Avocado Mouse - 5 + pupils

On top of some slices of olives.

6. I placed spinach leaves around and gifted her a “block” of cheese of her own.

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7. And there we have our breakfast mouse.

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But I wasn’t sure whether the olives made her a little scary …

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Fun Bread Snails

Bread Snails

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

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

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Recipe

– Bread dough made into snail shapes

– Lettuce

– Cheese – for sun

– I used celery and carrots for detail

Method

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

Bread Snails - 1 dough

 

2. Once cooked place on the plate.

Bread Snails - 2 Snails

 

3. Then I added lettuce for grass.

Bread Snails - 3 Lettuce

 

4. And a big cheese sun.

Bread Snails - 4 sun

 

5. Then I cut celery stems and carrot flowers.

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6. A great lunch or snack.

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Fun Pancake House

Pancake House

I made some crepes (a thinner version of pancakes) and steamed some apples at the same time to make a sweet but not sugary accompaniment.

Max was fascinated by the tree and it was the first thing he dived for. A fun food breakfast or snack idea.

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Recipe

– Apple

– Crepes (I make them with wholemeal flour, eggs and milk)

– I used yoghurt for the moon and chimney smoke

Method

1. I cooked the crepes then used a giant house cookie cutter.

Pancake House - 1 House

 

2. But as usual I was under whelmed by the outcome so started adding and chopping bits. I started with windows and door.

Pancake House - 2 Windows & Doors

 

I also cut the right hand side of the top of the house off at an angle.

3. Then added another peak to the roof.

Pancake House - 3 Additional roof

 

4. As we were getting bigger and fancier chimneys seemed in order.

Pancake House - 4 Chimneys & window detail

And I put some cross pieces into the window.

5. I used the steamed apple to make the ground and a tree.

Pancake House - 5 Tree and wall

6. And some bushes and a path.

Pancake House - 6 Path & bushes

7. I used some home-made Greek style yoghurt to make a moon as it seemed like a night scene.

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And added some smoke from the chimneys.

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Fun Fruit Tractor

Fruit Tractor

I was looking at a cut orange and the disparity between the size of the middle bit and the end bits got me thinking about wheels.

I created this fun food, fruit tractor which was a great share plate and looks more complicated than it is!!

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Recipe

– Brown pear

– Red apple

– Orange

– I used yoghurt for the exhaust fumes

– I used pepitas and sunflower seeds for the ground

Method

1. Cut a slice from the centre of the orange for the back wheel and one from near the end for the front tyre. I cut the skin off to make it easier to eat.

Fruit Tractor - 1 Wheels

2. Then I made an engine from the cheek of a pear and cut an indent so it fitted over the front wheel.

 Fruit Tractor - 2 Engine

 

3. Knowing little about tractors I added some red apple pieces for colour in the centre, hoping they would look like they were supposed to be there!

Fruit Tractor - 3 Red bits

4. I used the other cheek of the pear for a cab to go over the back wheel.

Fruit Tractor - 4 Cab

5. Then made a mud guard for the back tyre from apple.

Fruit Tractor - 5 Mudguard

6. I cut windows from the outside of the pear.

Fruit Tractor - 6 Windows

7. And then an exhaust.

Fruit Tractor - 7 Exhaust

8. From the red skin of the apple I cut a ladder (I bought a small, very sharp knife for a few dollars from a catering store that makes this easy).

Fruit Tractor - 8 Ladder

9. And as I was on a roll made a plough for the back too!

Fruit Tractor - 9 Plough

Guess which bits the mini-chefs wanted to eat first ….

10. Then I added some exhaust fumes from yoghurt.

Fruit Tractor - 10 Fumes

11. No tractor scene would be complete without some mud so I made some from pepitas and sunflower seeds.

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11. Ready to farm.

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Fun Pineapple Boat

Pineapple Boat

We live so close to one of the most amazing harbours in the world (not biased at all). The water is beautifully clean and we even get orcas swimming right next to the CBD. Even in winter people escape from their offices during lunchtime for a dip in the harbour – BRRRRRRRRRRR. So we also get to see lots of boats.

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This is my simple, fun food pineapple boat inspired by our shining blue water.

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple (tinned would work with more cutting).

– Grapes – I used dark and green for contrast

– Blueberries. Wrong season for us so I used fresh ones I froze in the summer.

Method

1. Cut a hull for the boat. I realised that it looked too shallow so added some extra bits.

Pineapple Boat - 1 bottom

Pineapple is very forgiving and extra bits merge almost seamlessly!

2. This gives the completed hull.

Pineapple Boat - 2 Hull

3. Add a mast

Pineapple Boat - 3 + mast

4. Then I cut the grapes in half and pushed them into a triangular shape to make a sail.

Pineapple Boat - 4 + Sail

5. Then did the same for the green grapes and made a slightly smaller sail for the other side.

Pineapple Boat - 5 + 2nd Sail

6. And no boat would be complete without a flag.

Pineapple Boat - 6 + Flag

7. Then some blueberries for the sea.

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8. Sail into dessert …

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Or what a fabulous share plate.

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Fun Fruit Flower Garden

Fruit Flower Garden

I wanted to put together a fruit share platter for a diverse group on a playdate. Flowers are fun, simple and quick to put together so I created my summery “garden” to share (in the middle of winter!!).

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Recipe

– Orange – for sun and rays (could substitute any orange/yellow fruit)

– Kiwi for grass (could substitute any green fruit)

– Pear for stalks (apple or melon would work)

– Pear slices for flowers (I used the white flesh) apple or melon would be good too

– Plum – I used the colour to cut the flower centres and the butterfly bodies/antenna

– Mandarin – I used the segments for the butterfly body

Method

1. Cut kiwi segments for grass.

Fruit Flower Garden - 1 Kiwi Grass

2. Slice the pear lengthways to create stems.

Fruit Flower Garden - 2 Pear Stems

3. Then I used a little cookie cutter to make the flower shapes.

Fruit Flower Garden - 3 Flowers

4. I used a dark skinned plum for contrasting colour and cut little squares for the centre of the flowers.

Fruit Flower Garden - 4 flower centres

5. Then to give a summery feel a circle cut from an orange.

Fruit Flower Garden - 5 Sun

6. And no sun would be complete without rays.

Fruit Flower Garden - 6 Sun's rays

7. Then we needed some butterflies to complete the picture. I used mandarin segments.

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And cut strips from the plum to make bodies and antennae.

8. A great share plate which the kids loved. The leftover fruit from creating I served in small bowls and there were no complaints!!

Fruit Flower Garden - Finished

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Fun Mandarin Snail

Mandarin Snail

Mandarins just lend themselves to a snail shell so it had to be done.

Here is my super simple, fun food, mandarin snail.

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Recipe

– Mandarin/Clementine or other such citrus fruit

– Pear or apple for the body

– I used Kiwi for the grass but green apple or pear would be excellent too

– I used chopped raisins for the details

Method

1. Cut a kiwi fruit to make the grass.

Mandarin Snail - 1 Kiwi

2. I used the cheek of the pear and cut a curved body.

Mandarin Snail - 2 + Pear

Then another piece for the tail.

3. And placed the peeled Mandarin on top (I sliced a piece from the bottom so it sat nicely in the curve of the pear).

Mandarin Snail - 3 + Mandarin

4. Then gave the snail pear antenna and eyes and mouth.

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5. A buzzing raisin insect and we have a snail.

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Fun, Flower Pot Veggies

Flower Pot Veggies

I was looking at a pot of brown lentils one time and I thought soil. And then I thought flower pots. I went to the local garden centre and bought a couple of the cheap ceramic pots and started experimenting. From this my flower pot series emerged. The boys think it’s the best fun to eat out of a ceramic pot with a teaspoon. Even better when I make a selection of “flowers” and they can choose their favourites.

     Healthy fun food for kids

These are my lentil soil and cooked veggie versions. Simple, fun food and delicious. Use any veggies you have to hand and get creative!

Recipe

– I used a brown lentil dish (with tomatoes, onion, garlic etc.). Any mince/ chilli dish/ bolognaise style dish would be fantastic.

– A selection of cooked veg. I used peas, cauliflower, carrot, corn, green beans and mashed pumpkin.

– I also used baby spinach leaves and half a cherry tomato.

Substitute anything you have to hand.

Method

1. Fill the flower pots with lentil/mince mixture. The ones I bought have a drainage hole at the bottom so I plug it with baking paper.

Flower Pots - 1 Pots

2. I made a cauliflower, pea and green bean “flower”.

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3. Then half a cherry tomato with cauliflower centre, corn detail and spinach leaves.

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4. Pot 3 was filled with mashed pumpkin and decorated with green bean shoots.

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5. And then the last pot was peas, green beans and carrots cut into shapes (badly!).

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6. Then put them all together.

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7. This is so versatile and there are so many other options ….

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Fun Dolphin Pancakes

Dolphin Pancakes

My boys LOVE pancakes (actually ours are crepes but that’s just personal taste). We don’t make them very often but when we do the boys are the happiest little men on the planet. Roy is actually the pancake master seeming able to produce a perfectly formed, perfectly cooked disc every time. Mine are a tad more eccentric ….

As we’re using free range eggs, milk and wholemeal flour with no sugary toppings they tick all my health boxes.

This is a simple, fun food way to present pancakes that no one could resist.

Healthy dolphin pancakes

Recipe

– Pancakes

– Flaked almonds for the sand (substitute any nuts/seeds/fruit)

– Raisin – for the eyes

– Stewed apple (I just cut up apple and steamed for 10 mins. With some cinnamon or nutmeg – YUM) – for sea bed detail

Method

1. Put down sea bed.

Dolphin Pancakes - 1 Almond sand

2. Cut out the dolphins from the pancake. I used a mold.

Dolphin Pancakes - 2 Dolphin Mould

3. Place on the plate.

Dolphin Pancakes - 3 Dolphin

4. And another so she’s not lonely!

Dolphin Pancakes - 4 + 2 Dolphins

5. Then some eyes so they can see.

Dolphin Pancakes - 5 + eyes

6. I used steamed apple which gives a lovely sweetness to the dish as sea bed detail.

Dolphin Pancakes - 6 + Apple Shells

7. I ripped some of the pancake edges (as mine are not perfect discs …) to use as coral.

Healthy pancakes dolphins

8. A lovely, simple breakfast or dessert.

Dolphin Pancakes - Finished

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Fun Papaya Giraffe

Papaya Giraffe

 When I lived in Asia papaya/paw paw was very popular. I generally love any fruit but just didn’t fall for papaya straight away. Once I’d tried it with a squeeze of lime juice though I was hooked and ate it every day after lunch. I was devastated to return to Aus and find out how expensive it was and it became a rare treat.

I picked some up at the markets here in Wellington and was delighted as were the boys and so I needed to find a fun food, simple and creative outlet for the fruit. Giraffes are the right colour and who doesn’t love these amazing animals?

Healthy snacks for kids giraffe

Papaya is a great dessert/snack food, packed with soluble fibre, more Vit C than lemons and loads of Vit A and B-Vits too. OK enough of that, but they are excellent from a nutritional standpoint!

Recipe

– Small papaya/paw paw (melon would be a great substitute)

– Grapes – I used dark ones for the tree trunks and red ones for the detail on the giraffe (or plum/pear)

– Kiwi fruit – for the tree leaves (or green apple slices)

Method

1. I cut the papaya into lots of little chunks and then built those into a “head” shape.

Papaya Giraffe - 1 Head

2. Then added cut papaya for ears and ossicones (yep, I am assured they are neither horns nor antlers but ossicones).

Papaya Giraffe - 2 Ears & horns

3. And then I cut larger slices and built a neck.

Papaya Giraffe - 3 + Neck

4. I cut red grapes into small pieces to make up the detail for the neck.

Papaya Giraffe - 4 + Neck Detail

5. And used the grapes for the eyes and nostrils. Roy reckons the nostrils are too high on the face and I think he’s probably right so maybe move down a bit. I would love to reach into the photo and do myself but ….

Papaya Giraffe - 4 1-2 - + Eyes & Nostrils

6. I used dark grapes to form the trunks of the trees.

Papaya Giraffe - 5 + Trunks

7. And then slices of kiwi fruit for the leaves.

Healthy snack giraffe

8. I thought it needed something buzzing around so added some slices of black grape.

Healthy food for children giraffe

Delicious and gobbled in seconds by the mini chefs ….

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Fun Salad Fish

Salad Fish

Sometimes the boys have to bring in a “share” plate to school/Kinder/Cubs/team events. I am always wanting to come up with something fun that impulses the other members to dive in and yet is healthy. I try and make the dish from lots of bite sized pieces so everyone can have just a little at a time.

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The salad fish is one of my simple designs that can be modified dependent upon what you have available and can be jazzed up with a pot of dip!  Enjoy my fun food plate.

Recipe

– 2 celery stalks

– 2 carrots

– 1 cherry tomato

– I used corn for the bubbles

– I used yoghurt for the eyeball

Method

1. Slice the celery and arrange into a “body” shape. Don’t worry, you can move around later if necessary!

Salad Fish - 1 Celery

2. Slice carrots for the head.

Salad Fish - 2 + Carrot

3. Add more carrot slices for the fins.

Salad Fish - 3 + Fins

4. And even more carrot for the flashy tail. I love carrots as they are sweet, crunchy, available all the year round, a great colour and cheap to buy!

Salad Fish - 4 + Tail

5. Add half a cherry tomato for the eye. I used a blob of yoghurt for the eyeball.

Salad Fish - 5 + Mouth & Eye

And a slice of the tomato for the mouth.

6. Decorate the sea bed with bits of celery, carrot and tomato.

Salad Fish - 6 + Sea Bottom

7. And add some bubbles.

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8. I tried some different tails too.

Healthy party food for kids

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Fun Brekkie Bread Tree

Brekkie Bread Tree

OK so I am a bit fixated on tree designs I admit. But they are so simple and so effective and a great one to do with the kids.

This is a fun food bread and egg one that takes no time at all to whip up but looks funky and appetising.

Healthy breakfast food for kids

Recipe

– Slice of thick cut bread (or could use toast)

– 2 eggs scrambled

– 1 tomato (for the inside of the flowers)

– I used mushrooms, tomatoes and parsley for detail

Method

1. Cut the bread into the shape of a trunk and branches. I deliberately left it “rustic” style as it adds to the character and makes it twice as simple!

Brekkie Bread Tree - 1 Bread

2. Cut the scrambled egg into flower shapes. I used a mini cookie cutter.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 2 Egg Flowers

3. Add some mushrooms for rocks on the ground.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 3 Mushroom ground

4. Slice the tomato and cut into small squares. These make the centre of the flowers.

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5. I added some tomato slices and parsley.

Healthy fun food breakfast

6. And then thought it was a bit busy so took them off again!

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Fun Decadent Apple Cake

Decadent Apple Cake

This is a cake dedicated to my dear friend Neil who is always trying to convince me to be more gratuitous in my recipes. Probably not quite the sugar fix he had in mind but it oozes decadence never the less.

This would be a fun food addition to any party and is simple but healthy. Other fruit could be substituted in the centre and you can get really creative with the toppings.

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Recipe

– 1 Apple

– Yoghurt – I used thick, Greek (no sugar, no additives)

– Slivered almonds

– Hazelnuts – for decoration (and a raspberry on the alternative)

– Mint leaves – for decoration

Method

1. Peel and core the apple. I don’t have a special corer so I butchered it with a knife instead!

Decadent Apple Cake - 1 apple

2. Cover with yoghurt (if the yoghurt is too thin then you can thicken by freezing for a while or even mixing in some milk powder).

Decadent Apple Cake - 2 plus yoghurt

3. Add toppings. I covered the sides with slivered almonds.

Decadent Apple Cake - 3 plus nuts

4. I topped with hazelnuts.

Decadent Apple Cake - 4 plus hazels

5. Then jazzed it up with a mint leaf or two.

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6. I also experimented with other toppings … get creative!!

Decadent Apple Cake - Finished 3

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Ninja-bread Men

Ninja-bread Men

I’m not really one for lots of gadgets in the kitchen. I went and purchased every cookie cutter available in the local discount store when I started on my food design and haven’t really got much since. However, I LOVE looking. I happened to be in the food wholesalers catering section (Mummy Haven as the mini-chefs call it) and they had a box of “Ninja-bread men” cookie cutters. My boys begged me to get them as they were “so cool”. I will now need to get my monies worth out of them so here is the first of my fun Ninja designs:

Very simple sandwiches cut from wholegrain bread in the shape of Ninjas with veggies for detail. Such a great idea for a party and so easy to do.

Ninjabread Man - Finished

Recipe

– Wholegrain bread

– Filling – I used lettuce and cheese

– Peas and carrots – for the ground

– Veggies for detail – I used green beans, carrots, beetroot and corn

Method

1. Cut the bottom piece of the bread using the mold.

Ninjabread Man - 1 in mold

2. Cut the filling with the top piece (makes it waaayyyyyyy easier to get it all to fit together).

Ninjabread Man - 2 4 men

3. Make the ground. I used peas and carrots.

Ninjabread Man - 3 plus Carrot-peas

4. Put detail on the “men”. I made eye wraps, belts and weapons.

Ninjabread Man - 4 All men Kitted out

5. I realised the beetroot didn’t show up at all so sprinkled it with oat bran so it showed up!

Ninjabread Man - Finished

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Magic Wand

Magic Wand

I had some watermelon left over from another design so used a cookie cutter to make a star and from there …..

Fun, quick and simple and you could swap in whatever fruit you have available.

Recipe

– Watermelon (star and sparks)

– Pineapple (handle and sparks)

– Mandarin segments (sparks)

– Coconut shreds

Method

1. Cut the watermelon with a cookie cutter.

Magic Wand - 1 Star

2. Add a handle.

Magic Wand - 2 Star + handle

3. I added some magic sparks … get creative!!

Magic Wand - 3 Wand plus

4. I cut some little bits of watermelon for the bottom of the plate.

Magic Wand - Finished

 

And some long shreds of magic coconut to finish it off.

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Tick-tock Pineapple Clock

Tick-tock Pineapple Clock

As I had some older children coming over I wanted something still fun but a little “older” in terms of visuals. I was looking at a lovely, fresh pineapple and the segments just fall into triangles and from there the clock was born.

My esteemed guests used the apple and pineapple as a basis for creating an afternoon snack for themselves and had a fantastic time. Max also loved showing Joe how the Roman Numerals work so win win!

Recipe

– Pineapple (tinned if no fresh would do)

– Apple

Method

1. Start by cutting segments from the pineapple for the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12.

 Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 1 Pineapple

2. Add the hands (from apple or pear). It was all simple until I tried to cut the circle for the middle!!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 2 w-hands

3. Make the numbers from slices of the inside of the apple. I used Roman Numerals as it simplifies things enormously!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - 3 w-numbers

4. I added little apple rectangles for the other numbers. And, that is it – super simple!

Tick Tock Pineapple Clock - Finished

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Apple Helicopter

Apple Helicopter

The bright red of this apple just screamed shiny paint. Combine this with the shape and there’s a helicopter just waiting to fly out!

This is fun, quick and simple and my boys were delighted.

Recipe

– 1 apple (green or red)

– 2 bananas (can just squeeze out the shapes needed using 1 banana if you cut carefully and use apple for the cab door)

– I used yoghurt for the clouds

Method

1. Cut the apple cheek to form the cab of the heli.

Apple Heli - 1 Apple

2. Cut two thin strips of banana to form the outside of the tail and another bit for the ski. I cut and took the photo and then realised the ski needed to be bigger once I put the propellers on (and looking at this photo now it should have been obvious!!).

Apple Heli - 1 b with tail & ski

3. Cut pieces from the inside of the apple to make the cross pattern in the tail.

Apple Heli - 2 tail + ski

4. Cut two more small strips of apple for the propeller struts top and rear. Slice long pieces of banana for the propellers on top and smaller ones from apple for the back.

Apple Heli - 3 Propellers

5. Slice a piece of banana or apple for the door on the cab. Apple Heli - Finished

I also added yoghurt clouds for extra interest, calcium, probiotics and to dip into.

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Sheepy Egg

Sheepy Egg

This idea came to me when Joe was little and he really didn’t like the “orange” of eggs but loved the white. When the whites are cooked on their own they get beautifully light and fluffy and lend themselves to sheep’s wool. Eggs are such an economic, nutrient dense food and can be used for breakfast, snacks or main meals. This is my breakfast version.

Sheepy Egg - Finished

Recipe

– Scrambled whites (I needed two to fill the mold)

– Egg yolk (cooked very carefully until a harder “skin” forms). Microwaves will explode egg yolks with delight so if cooking use very low heat for approx. 10 secs).

– Cheese – for sun’s rays

– Wholemeal bread sliced for fence

– Olive/raisin for eye

– Mushroom. I used one for the ground.

– I also used a tomato for flowers (see photo at end)

Method

1. Put cooked egg whites into a mold. If you push in they hold marvellously well.

Sheepy Egg - 1 Mold

2. Take sheep from mold.

Sheepy Egg - 2 Sheep

3. Put lightly cooked yolk and cheese rays onto top corner.

Sheepy Egg - 3 Sheep & Sun

4. Add eye to sheep.

Sheepy Egg - 4 Sheep & eye

5. Add toast fence.

Sheepy Egg - 5 Sheep & fence

6. I added a cut up mushroom for the ground.

Sheepy Egg - Finished

7. And I tried a tomato for flowers but not sure!!!

Sheepy Egg - Finished 2

 

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Clown Face

Clown Face

 

I was staring at the most beautiful cherry tomatoes in my pantry for days. They were just so luscious and red, there had to be a perfect vehicle to showcase them. And there was ….

I love to have one meal a day where we have lots of raw veggies and today its fun clown day!

This design looks really colourful and is super simple.

Clown Face - Finished 1

Recipe

– 2 potatoes, peeled, sliced thinly around into circles and steamed (boiled) for face

– 2 Cherry tomatoes for nose and hat bobble

– 1 large celery stick sliced for hat

– Slice of red capsicum (red bell pepper) for mouth

– Carrot peeled into thin strips for hair

– 2 slices of olive for pupils

– 4 thin slices of red cabbage for eye crosses (could use any veggie you have handy)

– Decoration. I also used 4 wholemeal pasta spirals for additional hair and two baby spinach leaves and the top of a carrot for the bow tie.

Method

1. Take the potato slices and make into a round shape for the face.

Clown Face - 1 Potato

2. Add a tomato for the nose (slice the very top off so it doesn’t roll).

Clown Face - 2 Potato & tomato

3. Use the sliced celery to build the triangular shaped hat.

Clown Face - 3 plus hat

4. Add a slice of capsicum/bell pepper for the mouth and two crosses for eyes.

Clown Face - 4 plus hat + bobble

5. Place the other cherry tomato on top of the hat as a bobble.

Clown Face - 5 plus bobble

6. Add peelings of carrot as hair (roll around the fingers first to encourage them to curl). I also added a few pasta spirals.

Clown Face - 6 plus hair

7. Add slices of olive as pupils.

Clown Face - 7 plus pupils

8. I used baby spinach and the top from the carrot to create a bow tie.

Clown Face - Finished 2

 

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Chick Pea Owl

Chick Pea Owl

Yesterday I was looking down at some sliced potatoes and they just looked like eyes. I started on this owl with the view to using cauliflower as the feathers. Then when I went to make some hummus to go with the Middle Eastern flavours of the meal I saw the chick peas and suddenly my fun little owl was born.

Chick Pea Owl - Finished

This is really quite simple and easy to do and last night the boys dipped their veggies in with glee and Mr Owl vanished in a flash.

Recipe

– Chick peas – for feathers

– Hummus – for body (mashed veggies – potato/sweet potato/pumpkin/carrot would be good substitutes)

– Carrots – for beak, wings, feet (or other veggie that can be cut easily)

– Potato – for eyes (or other veggie cut into ovals)

– Pumpkin – for irises (or other bright veggie)

– Olives – for pupils (or raisins/dates/eggplant-aubergine)

– Parsnips/Spinach for branch/leaves

Method

1. Cut two slices of potato for the eyes.

Chick Pea Owl - 1 Potatoes

2. Add bright irises and dark pupils.

Chick Pea Owl - 2 Eyes

3. Form the body shape from the hummus (or mash). I used a combination of my favourite kitchen utensils (fingers), knives and a spoon.

Chick Pea Owl - 3 Body

Make his top feathers

4. Add carrot beak, wings and feet.

Chick Pea Owl - 4 Beak, feet, wings

(Cook the carrots in large chunks as it makes it easier to fashion wings and feet).

5. Cut cooked chick peas (tinned ones would be ready to use) in half and place across the chest and body as feathers.

Chick Pea Owl - 5 Body with feathers

Use a sharp knife to cut the chick peas to prevent them from breaking.

6. Add a branch and leaves. I used parsnips and baby spinach.

Chick Pea Owl - Finished 1

Then the mini-chefs said his top feathers looked like bull horns and his eyes were too cross eyed ….

Chick Pea Owl - Finished 2

And they were right …..

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Veggie Petit Fours

Veggie Petit Fours

OK so I admit it I’ve gone a little Petit Fours mad but in my defence they really are so cool. What a great appetiser at a party or fun centrepiece at the meal table. They are bite (well, very large mouth sized) and can be made from anything that is in season and crafted to individual tastes if needs be. They are super simple and the kids can create their own.

Veggie Petit Fours - Finished

Recipe

– Veggies in season. Contrasting colours work best. I primarily used ones from a big roast    veggie platter I was preparing:
  Roast Potato, pumpkin, parsnip, beetroot

– For decoration I used:
   Green beans, corn, roasted cauliflower & peas.

– For the “cream” I used mashed potato

– I also grated a little cheese onto the plate

Method

1. Cut the veggies to approximately the same size/shape and make into a stack with decorations on top. Round, triangular or rectangle shapes all work so well. Use the mash as an “oozy” cream layer in between the veggies.

Veggie Petit Fours - Set-up

I actually pulled these apart after making to show you the internal workings so the beetroot juice has run a little into the “cream”. Occupational hazard of using beetroot! Interestingly though my husband – a long-term beetroot disliker– ate it when it was combined with other veggies like this ….. hmmmm ….

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Yoghurt Polar Bear

Yoghurt Polar Bear

 

Yoghurt has always been a firm favourite in our house and gets used in smoothies, in dips and a variety of savoury recipes. It is also our substitution for ice cream and the thick, creamy texture makes it decadently delicious.

When the boys were small I realised how expensive it was to buy the good stuff produced without all the sugars and additives so we took a brave step and decided to make our own. It turned out to be ridiculously simple and cost effective to make and so now Roy is chief yoghurt manufacturer. Friday morning he impressed even me by making it before heading off to work (apparently he can streamline the process by using the bar mix – I reckon he just likes creating washing up …..).

I used a mold for this design but then made some adjustments after previous criticism from the mini chefs. The result is cute and fun.

Recipe

– Yoghurt (I used Greek style)
– Apple (or pear)
– Raisins (for details). Could be substituted for any dark fruit
– Polar Bear mold. (Any white animal could be used but I loved the whole Arctic feel)

Method

1. Place yoghurt in mold. If you are using runny yoghurt you could freeze for a little while to thicken up.

 Polar Bear 2 - Mold

You may have to wipe around the mold if there is a little leakage.

2. Make the sun using the flesh from an apple. Cut a slice from the cheek and cut into a rough circle. Take strips from the side where the apple is longest and cut to a point for the rays.

Polar Bear 2 - Mold + sun

3. Put eyes, nose and claws onto the bear. I used very thinly sliced pieces from a raisin.

Polar Bear 2 - Bear + sun

Take him out of the mold.
I put a blob of yoghurt onto his bottom to round it out as I’ve had criticism that it’s not the “right” shape before! I also made a knife stroke down the centre of each of the two big “legs” to make into four.

4. Use small pieces of the apple to make the ice he is standing on.

Polar Bear 2 - Finished

This is a very versatile design as it could do for breakfast, snack, dessert or even as a party piece.

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Pear Hedgehog

Pear Hedgehog

I can’t look at a pear without seeing some sort of an animal. Their shape just lends itself to creating! This is one I did for the boys last year and they were delighted by how fun and cute it was. I love using seeds as they are chock full of nutrients and are a great healthy snack.

 

    Pear Hedgehog - Front

Recipe

– Pear

– Dried fruit (I used apricots and sultanas)

– Pepitas (dried pumpkin/squash seeds). Sunflower seeds or almond flakes would also work well.

Method

1. Cut the pear in half and carefully remove the core.

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear

2. Make holes for the eyes, ears and nose (do not worry if they are not perfect as the fruit will squash over and cover any cutting ugliness).

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear + eyeholes

3. Add features to the hedgehog.

Pear Hedgehog - Cut Pear + eyes, nose, ears

4. Start adding the pepitas.

Pear Hedgehog - Caesar Do

He looks very Roman like this!

Initially you may find that the seeds seem to fall out quicker than you can put them in but persevere and work from the front backwards.

5. Cover completely.

Pear Hedgehog - Finished

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Fun Quilt Cover

Quilt Cover

I had just finished making some Petit Fours from fruit and looked at the squares and they seemed to form a pattern and I couldn’t resist. A patchwork quilt for a cuddly toy jumped out at me and just begged to be made.

This is a really fun food, simple idea that anyone can create for a dessert, a shared snack or even for a special occasion.

Healthy food for kids

Recipe

– Squares of contrasting coloured fruit – I used watermelon and apple.

– Pear – for the head, hands and tail (apple would work for a rounder head).

– Blueberries – for eyes, nose and mouth (cut out pieces of other fruit would be OK)

– Mint leaves – for bow tie (any accessories you fancy)

– I decorated one of my blankets with blueberries cut in half and mint leaves

Method

1. Cut squares of fruit to make quilt and pillow.

Tucked into quilt - set-up

2. Cut the side from a pear to make head shape.

Tucked into quilt - pear

Cut pieces from the side and trim to make rounder for ears.
Cut slices from the ends for feet and cut another slice for tail.

3. Cut two holes for eyes, a triangle for a nose and a mouth shape from the head piece of pear. Do not be too worried about it being imprecise as the blueberries will cover a multitude of cutting errors!

Tucked into quilt - pear face

Place two blueberries into the eye holes, the top of another in the nose triangle and slice around the bottom to form a mouth.

4. Put head onto pillow and loosely “tuck” under quilt. Arrange feet and tail and add bow-tie or other accessory.

Tucked into quilt - 1

5. Quilt can also be decorated if you wish.

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