Fun Banana Snowmen

Banana Snowmen

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

Fun Christmas snacks

Recipe

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Raisins

– Blueberries

– Dried apricot

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Cut banana for the heads.

Banana Snowmen - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Add banana bodies.

Banana Snowmen - 2 bodies (1 of 1)

3. And strawberry hats.

Banana Snowmen - 3 hats (1 of 1)

4. Slice raisins for arms.

Banana Snowmen - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. Use apricot for noses.

Banana Snowmen - 5 noses (1 of 1)

6. And blueberries for buttons.

Banana Snowmen - 6 buttons (1 of 1)

7. More blueberries for eyes.

Banana Snowmen - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. And mouths.

Banana Snowmen - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

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

Banana Snowmen - 9 snow (1 of 1)

10. With desiccated coconut snow falling from the sky.

Banana Snowmen - 10 falling snow (1 of 1)

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

Fun food for Christmas snowmen

12. Or are they better looking shocked?

Banana Snowmen fun food art

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Fun Veggie Turkey

Veggie Turkey

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

Fun food for thanksgiving turkey

Recipe

– Roast pumpkin

– Roast parsnips

– Roast zucchini (courgette)

– Roast carrots

– Roast cauliflower

– Roast red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Steamed broccoli

– Steamed green beans

Method

1. Make a neck from pumpkin.

Veggie Turkey - 1 neck-001

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

Veggie Turkey - 2 head-002

3. Give her some zucchini wings.

Veggie Turkey - 3 wing-003

4. Then a luxurious tail of carrot and parsnip.

Veggie Turkey - 4 tail feathers-004

5. Add a green bean beak.

Veggie Turkey - 5 beak-006

6. Then some cauliflower “ruffles”.

Veggie Turkey - 6 ruffles-008

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

Veggie Turkey - 7 extra wings-009

8. And then give her a larger head.

Veggie Turkey - 8 head-010

9. With some pumpkin legs.

Veggie Turkey - 9 legs-011

10. Add a bright red capsicum wattle.

Veggie Turkey - 10 wattle-012

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

Veggie Turkey - 11 eyes-013

12. Use the broccoli and green beans as grass.

Veggie Turkey - 12 grass-014

And make her strut.

13. Ready to serve …

Thanksgiving Veggie Turkey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Fun Pancake Santa

Pancake Santa

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

A Pancake Santa?

fun, healthy Christmas breakfast Santa pancake

Recipe

– Pancake

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt (coconut cream)

– Raisins (blueberries)

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a circle for Santa’s head.

Santa Pancake - 1 pancake-001

2. Add a hat.

Santa Pancake - 2 hat-002

3. Then fit it to his head.

Santa Pancake - 3 hat fitted-003

4. Cover the hat with chopped strawberries.

Santa Pancake - 4 strawberries-004

5. Add yoghurt trim and bobble.

Santa Pancake - 5 yoghurt-005

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

Santa Pancake - 6 eyes-006

7. Then make a little strawberry mouth.

Santa Pancake - 7 mouth-007

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

Santa Pancake - 8 beard-008

9. Add a pancake nose and some coconut snow.

Santa Pancake - 9 nose-011

10. Finish with some ears.

Fun food art santa pancake

Ho Ho Ho!

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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

The Art of Nutrition will be launching the E-Book “Healthy Share Platters” very, very soon.
There will be a host of easy to make recipes that you can share with family and friends – definitely not as complicated as my Pear Parrot but just as fun.

Creative kids food Parrot

This is a Kea, the cheeky NZ parrot. They are the most amazing birds – unless you park your car in the alpine regions and they decide to eat parts of it! Check out “Kaha the Kea” at www.craigsmith.co.nz (the author of the Wonky Donkey) to see some of their shenanigans.

If you’d like step-by-step photo instructions as to how to make please e-mail me:
judith@theartofnutrition.com

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Fun Asparagus Ballerina

Asparagus Ballerina

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

Fun food for picky kids Ballerina

Recipe

– Steamed potato (or bread)

– Asparagus

– Radish (or red capsicum/bell pepper)

Method

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 1 body-001

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 2 head-002

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 3 head piece-003

4. Give her some beautiful arms.

Asparagus Ballerina - 4 arms-004

5. And some supple legs.

Asparagus Ballerina - 5 legs-005

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 6 face-006

7. Then add a tutu from radish.

Asparagus Ballerina - 7 skirt-007

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 8 new pose-008

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

Asparagus Ballerina - 9 detail-011

10. That’s better!

Food Art ballerina

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Fun Egg Panda

Egg Panda

Simple eggs, mushrooms and spinach make a lovely start to a morning.

Here’s my cute, fun food panda.

Healthy breakfasts for kids panda

Recipe

– Egg whites (I poured the lightly baked yolks over it!)

– Dark mushrooms

– Baby spinach (or other edible leaves)

Method

1. I cooked the egg whites in a ring to give them the shape (saving some for the eyes).

Egg Panda - 1 egg-001

2. Then added some mushroom ears.

Egg Panda - 2 ears-002

3. And the iconic blushes around the eyes.

Egg Panda - 3 eye patches-003

4. Then a mushroom nose.

Egg Panda - 4 nose-004

5. With a smiley mouth.

Egg Panda - 5 mouth-006

6. I used a little of the egg white for the irises and then more mushroom for the pupils.

Egg Panda - 6 pupils-007

7. Then added some baby spinach leaves.

Egg Panda - 7 leaves-008

8. And that’s it.

Fun food art panda

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Fun Happy Sun

Happy Sun

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

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

Creative food ideas sun

Recipe

– Orange (or peach)

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

Method

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

Happy Sun - 1 orange-002

2. Add some orange rays.

Happy Sun - 2 rays-004

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

Happy Sun - 3 sunnies-010

4. And some of the flesh for a mouth.

Happy Sun - 4 mouth-011

5. So simple it will take minutes to do.

Fun food art sun

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Tomato Poppy

Tomato Poppy

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

LEST WE FORGET

Poppy food art Lest We Forget

Recipe

– Large tomato

– Black Olives

– Baby Spinach

Method

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

Tomato Poppy - 1 tomato-001

2. Then add 3 more.

Tomato Poppy - 2 petals-002

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

Tomato Poppy - 3 centre-003

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

Tomato Poppy - 4 squared edges-004

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

Tomato Poppy - 5 leaf-005

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

Tomato Poppy - 6 letters-006

7. Then some larger ones for the number.

Tomato Poppy - 7 no's-007

8. I added some detail.

Tomato Poppy Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET.

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Fun Egg Flower

Egg Flower

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

Fun food art breakfasts egg flower

Recipe

– Fried egg

– Baby spinach (or other leaves)

Method

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

Egg Flower - 1 egg-001

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

Egg Flower - 2 flower shape-002

3. Add some leaves.

Egg Flower - 3 leaves-003

4. And eat …

Fun food art flower

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Fun Tulip Field

Tulip Field

We were privileged to have Craig Smith, author of the Wonky Donkey and many other children’s books over for dinner this week.
www.craigsmith.co.nz

Wonky Donkey Fun food art

I decided that I just had to use the beautiful strawberries that have just come into season and what better than a fun food field of tulips.

Sugar free party food tulips

Recipe

– Pear

– Strawberries

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Kiwi Fruit

– Orange

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1 . Slice some pear to make the main part of the windmill.

Tulip Field - Test-001

2. Add some pear sails.

Tulip Field - 2 sails-002

3. Cut strawberries in half and make an indent at the top and then slice the bottom at an angle on each side for the flower shape.

Tulip Field - 3 tulip-003

4. Add as many as you’d like.

Tulip Field - 4 tulips-004

5. Then I used pepitas to form the ground.

Tulip Field - 5 ground-005

6. And sliced kiwi fruit to make the stems.

Tulip Field - 6 stems-006

7. With more cut to make rough leaves.

Tulip Field - 7 leaves-007

8. Before adding a lovely, big, orange sun to help the flowers grow ..

Tulip Field - 8 sun-008

9. A few desiccated coconut clouds to dip the fruit into and it’s all done.

Fun Food art tulips fruit

Next time Craig comes he will get his own plate so he doesn’t eat all ours ….

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E-Book Coming Soon

E-Book

The Art of Nutrition will be launching an E-Book very soon (should be this month). Keep a look out for links as to where to buy. It will be competitively priced and new recipes will be automatically updated for subscribers.

Fun food art parrot

Watch this space!!

Judith
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Fun Elephant Toast

Elephant Toast

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

Healthy fun breakfast elephant

Recipe

– Bread/toast

– Large mushrooms

– Spinach

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the toast.

Elephant Toast - 1 toast (1 of 1)

2. Slice a section out to make the legs.

Elephant Toast - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Elephant Toast - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. And some flappy ears.

Elephant Toast - 4 ears (1 of 1)

5. Give her a long trunk.

Elephant Toast - 5 trunk (1 of 1)

6. And a little crust tail.

Elephant Toast - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. Some large mushrooms make great ears.

Elephant Toast - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

8. Then some spinach for the ground cover.

Elephant Toast - 8 spinach (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to eat.

Fun food art elephant

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