Fun Salad Snail

Salad Snail

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

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

Ideas for feeding picky kids

Recipe

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

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Tomato

Method

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

Salad Snail - 1 pesto (1 of 1)

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

Salad Snail - 2 celery (1 of 1)

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

Salad Snail - 3 tomato (1 of 1)

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

Salad Snail - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

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

Salad Snail - 5 antennae (1 of 1)

6. So simple, it’s already finished.

Salad Snail - Finished 1 (1 of 1)

7. A great snack.

Salad Snail healthy snacks for kids

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

Breakfast just got even more fun ..

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

Food Art breakfast jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the larger brown caps)

– Egg (mixed then lightly fried)

– I used spinach and cheese for the fish

Method

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

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

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

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 tentacles (1 of 1)

3. Add more egg for the second jellyfish.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 egg (1 of 1)

4. Not forgetting the last one.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 all tentacles (1 of 1)

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

Mushroom Jellyfish - 5 fish (1 of 1)

6. And that was it, simple but fun.

Mushroom Jellyfish Fun food

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Fun Banana Panda

Banana Panda

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

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

Food Art for kids banana panda

Recipe

– Banana

– Black grapes

Method

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

Banana Panda - 1 head (1 of 1)

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

Banana Panda - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add eyes, nose and mouth from grapes.

Banana Panda - 3 face (1 of 1)

4. Then some ears.

Banana Panda - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Before giving her hands and feet.

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

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

Banana Panda fun food for kids

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Fun Salad Robot

Salad Robot

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

Salad Robot Food Art

Recipe

– Red and green capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Celery

– Daikon (Chinese radish)

Method

1. Cut a square from the red capsisum.

Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot head.

Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

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

Robot - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Then do the same for the legs.

Robot - 4 top of legs (1 of 1)

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

Robot - 5 legs & arms (1 of 1)

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

Robot - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Make some hands from carrot.

Robot - 7 hands (1 of 1)

8. Then use the daikon for the face.

Robot - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. And the control panel.

Robot - 9 panel (1 of 1)

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

Robot - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Finished!!

Food Art for kids Robot

 

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Sam & his Grape Bear

Sam & his Grape Bear

A big thank you to Dave the storyteller from Broc and Cara, veggie-cational books (http://brocandcara.com) for sending in a photo of Sam (5) who made an awesome Grape Bear.

Broc and cara

My boys love making their own designs and get really excited about eating food they have made themselves. If you have any pics of your mini-chefs making fun food please send in so we can share.

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Fun Porridge Owl

Porridge Owl

Use your favourite breakfast grain to make porridge and then add a bit of fruit to make a super simple, cute, fun food owl.

I added a bit of cocoa powder to give my porridge some colour and to test whether the taste worked (boys rated it just OK).

Healthy Kids breakfasts Porridge Owl

Recipe

– Porridge

– Mandarin

– Raisins (dates/blueberries)

– Banana

– I used pepitas for feathers

Method

1. Put the porridge in a circular bowl.

Porridge Owl - 1 porridge (1 of 1)

2. Add two mandarin segments on either side to make the eyes.

Porridge Owl - 2 mandarins (1 of 1)

3. Then a third segment to make the beak.

Porridge Owl - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. I used some plump raisins for pupils.

Porridge Owl - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. Before slicing a piece of banana for the top of his head.

Porridge Owl - 5 banana (1 of 1)

6. A few pepitas for feathers and he’s all finished and ready to eat.

Porridge Owl fun breakfast food

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Fun Grape Bear

Grape Bear

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

Here’s my easy, fun food, grape bear.

Grape Bear sugar free desserts for kids

Recipe

– Dark grapes

– Banana

Method

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

Grape Bear - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Do the same for the “body” shape.

Grape Bear - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears and a nose area.

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

4. Then slice more banana for some feet.

Grape Bear - 4 feet (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear - 6 toes (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Grape Bear - 8 claws (1 of 1)

9. I gave him a grape nose.

Grape Bear - 9 nose (1 of 1)

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

Grape Bear cute food ideas

11. All finished and ready to share.

Grape Bear Fun food for kids

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Fun Stegosaurus Potato

Stegosaurus Potato

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

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

Jacket  potato Stegosaurus fun food

Cute food for kids dinosaur

Recipe

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

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

– Carrot

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

Method

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

Jacket Stegosaurus - 1 potato (1 of 1)

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

Jacket Stegosaurus - 2 spines (1 of 1)

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

Jacket Stegosaurus - 3 more spines (1 of 1)

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

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

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

Jacket Stegosaurus - 5 tail spikes (1 of 1)

6. Next I added some legs from more potato.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And gave her a carrot face.

Jacket Stegosaurus - 7 face (1 of 1)

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

Jacket potato dinosaur

9. Easy as that!

Cute food for fussy kids dinosaur

10. Or that …..

Fun food for kids dinosaur

 

 

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Fun Pancake Eiffel Tower

Pancake Bastille Day

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

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

Healthy food art breakfast Eiffel Tower

Recipe

– Pancakes (we made blackberry ones!)

– I used blueberries, apple and strawberries for the stars

– I used pepitas for the ground

Method

1. Make an Eiffel Tower shape from the pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 1 tower (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Eiffel - 2 arch (1 of 1)

3. Add two balconies from additional pancake.

Pancake Eiffel - 3 balconies (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Eiffel - 4 stars (1 of 1)

5. Arrange some pepitas for the ground.

Pancake Eiffel - 5 ground (1 of 1)

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

Pancake Eiffel Tower fun food

 

Heureux Jour De Bastille!!

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Fun Citrus Bike

Citrus Bike

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

This is so simple and takes minutes to put together.

Fruit Bike fun food for kids

Recipe

– Orange

– Mandarin

– Grapes

Method

1. Cut two wheels.

Citrus Bike - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add some bars from mandarin.

Citrus Bike - 2 struts (1 of 1)

3. A slice of orange for the handlebars.

Citrus Bike - 3 handles (1 of 1)

4. And a little curve for the seat.

Citrus Bike - 4 seat (1 of 1)

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

Fun food art for kids orange bike

6. All finished and ready to roll …

Fruit Bike sugar free desserts

 

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Fun Salad Bicycle

Salad Bicycle

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

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

Salad Bicycle fun food

Recipe

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

– Celery (or cucumber/carrot)

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper) or other veg

– Carrot

– I used red cabbage and baby spinach for the background

Method

1. Cut the wheels from radish.

Salad Bicycle - 1 wheels (1 of 1)

2. Add a front strut from celery.

Salad Bicycle - 2 front strut (1 of 1)

3. Then add more supports.

Salad Bicycle - 3 supports (1 of 1)

4. And cross bar and back wheel bars.

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

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

Salad Bicycle - 5 seat (1 of 1)

6. Then some handles.

Salad Bicycle - 6 handles (1 of 1)

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

Salad Bicycle - 7 hubs (1 of 1)

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

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

9. I added some red cabbage ground.

Salad Bicycle - 9 ground (1 of 1)

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

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

11. Finished!!

Cute food ideas salad bicycle

12. But then is it better with avocado wheels?

Avocado bicycle food art for kids

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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!

Cute food ideas for breakfast

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Fun July 4th “Cake”

July 4th “Cake”

I would have so loved to have made this from fresh berries …… but alas mid-winter is not a good time to be finding them on our beautiful, little, isolated island ….

Fortunately the taste compensated and my boys were suitably delighted to be gorging themselves on berries!

Here’s my fun food, red, white and blue “cake”.

4th July sugar free desserts

Recipe

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Blueberries

– Rapsberries

– Strawberries

I had to use frozen fruit but it would look so much better with fresh fruit!

Method

1.Make the shape of a cake from yoghurt. I decided on three tiers.

4th July Cake - yoghurt (1 of 1)

2.I used blueberries to make the bottom layer.

4th July Cake - 2 blueberries (1 of 1)

3.Then raspberries for the second layer.

4th July Cake - 3 raspberries (1 of 1)

4.And added a blueberry outline to the third layer.

4th July Cake - 4 outline (1 of 1)

5.Before making a “4th” from strawberry.

4th July Cake - 5 4th (1 of 1)

6.And some strawberry stars too.

4th July Cake - 6 stars (1 of 1)

7.I finished with some yoghurt streamers for the stars.

4th July Cake healthy fun food

Happy Independence Day!!

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Fun July 4th Veg

July 4th Veggies

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

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

blue food 4th July healthy

Recipe

– Mashed potato mixed with naturally dyed cabbage

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Mushrooms (peeled)

Method

1. Mould a “4” from the mash mixture.

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

2. Then add the “th”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th July Veggies fun food

 

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