Fun Apple Spider

Snack Spiders

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

Cute food ideas for Halloween spider

Recipe

– Apple

– Nut butter (I used peanut butter)

Method

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

Snack Spider - 1 apple (1 of 1)

2. Cover with nut butter.

Snack Spider - 2 peanut butter (1 of 1)

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

Snack Spider - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Cut out googly, apple eyes.

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

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

Fun food art spider

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

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Fun Avocado Skulls

Avocado Skulls

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

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

Avocado Skulls

Recipe

– Avocado

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

– Cheese

Method

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

Avocado Skulls - 1 avocado

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

Avocado Skulls - 2 scooped out

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

Avocado Skulls - 3 stuffed

4. Add some cheese eye sockets.

Avocado Skulls - 4 eyes

5. And some noses.

Avocado Skulls - 5 noses

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

Avocado Skulls - 6 teeth

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

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Fun Frankenstein Tortilla

Frankenstein Tortilla

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

Healthy Halloween ideas Frankenstein

Recipe

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

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Mushrooms (I used the large flat ones)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

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

Frankenstein Tortilla - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Then added some ears.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. And some cheese for eyes.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Using baby spinach for eyebrows.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 4 eyebrows (1 of 1)

5. Then more for his mouth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Cheese makes great teeth.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 6 teeth (1 of 1)

7. And sautéed mushrooms fabulous hair.

Frankenstein Tortilla - 7 hair (1 of 1)

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

Frankenstein Tortilla - 8 bolts (1 of 1)

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

Frankenstein Tortilla - 9 pupils (1 of 1)

10. And he’s ready to eat.

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Fun Banana Mummy

Banana Mummy

My boys just loved this simple Halloween dessert!!

A fun food mummy …

Healthy Halloween desserts mummy

Recipe

– Banana

– Crepe (or thin pancake)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

Method

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

Banana Mummy - 1 banana (1 of 1)

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

Banana Mummy - 2 pancake (1 of 1)

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

3. Continue to wrap the banana.

Banana Mummy - 3 wrapped (1 of 1)

4. Then give him some raisin eyes.

Banana Mummy - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

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

Banana Mummy - 5 arms (1 of 1)

6. Then wrap them in crepe too.

Banana Mummy - 6 wrap arms (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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Fun Eyeballs

Eyeballs

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

Healthy party food for Halloween eyeballs

Recipe

– Carrots

– Cream cheese (or regular cheese)

– Olive (actually only used one!!)

Method

1. Cut carrot into eyeball shapes.

Eyeballs - 1 carrot (1 of 1)

2. Make as many as you need.

Eyeballs - 2 more carrots (1 of 1)

3. Add a cream cheese iris.

Eyeballs - 3 irises (1 of 1)

4. Then slices of olive for the eyeballs.

Eyeballs - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

5. And that is it. Too easy!

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Fun Food Egg Ghost

Egg Ghost

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

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

Healthy fun food for Halloween ghost

Recipe

– Fried Egg

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

Method

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

Egg Ghost - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Cut some eyes and a mouth.

Egg Ghost - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. The egg ghost is ready to eat!!

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Fun Fruit Witch

Fruit Witch

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

Healthy snacks for Halloween witch

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit (or melon)

– Pineapple (or melon/apple/pear)

– Raisins (or blueberries)

– Mandarin segments (or orange)

– Long thread coconut (optional)

Method

1. Cut the Kiwi in half once peeled.

Fruit Witch - 1 head (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Witch - 2 shaped (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Witch - 3 hat brim (1 of 1)

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

Fruit Witch - 4 peak (1 of 1)

5. Then add a kiwi nose.

Fruit Witch - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. Give her some raisin eyes.

Fruit Witch - 6 eyes (1 of 1)

7. And then a mouth.

Fruit Witch - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Use some mandarin segments for her hair.

Fruit Witch - 8 hair (1 of 1)

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

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Fun Witches Cauldron

Witches Cauldron

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

Fun food for Halloween Witches cauldron

Recipe

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Olive

– Carrot

– Cucumber

Substitute in other veggies you have on hand!

Method

1. Slice the capsicum in half.

Witches Cauldron - 1 capsicum (1 of 1)

2. Cut into a “cauldron” shape.

Witches Cauldron - 2 cauldron (1 of 1)

3. Add capsicum legs.

Witches Cauldron - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. And some avocado “bubbles”.

Witches Cauldron - 4 bubbles (1 of 1)

5. Then an olive spider.

Witches Cauldron - 3 Spider (1 of 1)

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

Witches Cauldron - 4 ingredients (1 of 1)

7. Add a bat cut from cucumber.

Witches Cauldron - 5 bat (1 of 1)

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

Healthy party food for Halloween Witches Cauldron

Hubble bubble toil and trouble ….

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Fun Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

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

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

Fun food for thanksgiving

Recipe

– Half avocado

– Cucumber (could use more avocado)

– Carrot (or sweet potato/kumara or cucumber)

– Celery (or other veg)

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

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

Method

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 1 body (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot beak.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some red capsicum wattles.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 4 wattles (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut her some carrot legs.

Thanksgiving Turkey - 6 legs (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 7 feathers (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - 8 celery (1 of 1)

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

Thanksgiving Turkey - bottom feathers (1 of 1)

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

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

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

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Fun Apple Spiderweb

Apple Spiderweb

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

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

Healthy Halloween spiderweb

Recipe

– Apple

Method

1. Cut the centre of the web.

Apple Spiderweb - 1 centre (1 of 1)

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

Apple Spiderweb - 2 main struts (1 of 1)

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

Apple Spiderweb - 3 cross webs (1 of 1)

4. And some outer threads.

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

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

Apple Spiderweb - 5 spider (1 of 1)

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

6. Simple and effective.

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Fun Salad Skull Share Platter

Salad Skull Share Platter

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

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

Fun food art for halloween skulls

Recipe

– Carrot (and or kumara/sweet potato)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Daikon (Chinese radish) or regular radish

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

Method

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

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

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

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

3. Add a cocktail stick to make dipping easy.

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

4. And cut as many as you’d like.

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

5. Then make some celery ones.

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

6. And some cucumber too.

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

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

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

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

Healthy Party food for Halloween skulls

And it was popular and delicious!

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Fun Brekkie Monster

Brekkie Monster

Halloween falls at the end of the month so it’s time to start some “monstrous” designs.

Here’s a fun food Brekkie Monster to start the series. It’s a great one to do with the mini-chefs as they can decorate their own ….!

Fun Halloween food art monster

Recipe

– Wheatbrick (I soaked in milk and added raisins)

– Raisins (or sultanas/dates/blueberries)

– Apple (or pear/melon)

Method

1. Shape the wheatbrick into a “monster” shape.

Brekkie Monster - 1 wheatbrick (1 of 1)

2. Add some apple antennae.

Brekkie Monster - 2 antennae (1 of 1)

3. Cut out some apple outlines for the eyes.

Brekkie Monster - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Use more apple for the mouth.

Brekkie Monster - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. I added half a large raisin for each pupil.

Brekkie Monster - 5 pupils (1 of 1)

6. Then put half a raisin on the end of each antennae.

Brekkie Monster - 6 ends (1 of 1)

7. A few sprinkled pepitas, add milk and the monster becomes breakfast …

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Fun Pear Pirate

Pear Pirate

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

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

Fun, healthy food for kids pirate

Recipe

– Pear (or apple)

– Honeydew Melon (or other melon)

– Plum

– Sunflower seeds

Method

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

Pear Pirate - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Add some melon for the bandana.

Pear Pirate - 2 cap (1 of 1)

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

Pear Pirate - 3 patch (1 of 1)

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

Pear Pirate - 4 material (1 of 1)

5. Use plum for the eye patch straps.

Pear Pirate - 5 patch straps (1 of 1)

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

Pear Pirate - 6 eye (1 of 1)

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

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

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

9. Gave him a sunflower seed beard.

Pear Pirate - 9 beard (1 of 1)

10. Ahoy mateys!!

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Fun Mother & Baby Bird

Mother & Baby Bird

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

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

Cute food ideas for kids birds

Recipe

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cucumber

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Giving her cucumber tail and wings.

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

6. Then a beak and eye.

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

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

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

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

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

9. All ready to eat.

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