Fun Veggie Easter Egg

Veggie Easter Egg

Joe’s class were being rewarded with a shared lunch today. Given the time of year a fun food Giant Veggie Easter Egg was in order!

I made some hummus to use as a dip and also to anchor the veggies. The kids seemed very excited about eating it.

Fun food art Veggie Easter Egg

Then I added some extra hummus, some cottage cheese for dips and a pot of cocktail sticks.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

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

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

Sugar free Easter Eggs

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

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

Recipe

– Favourite muesli bar

– Favourite wrapping

Method

1. Bake the muesli bar mix.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Mix (1 of 1)

2. Roll rough egg shapes.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Eggs (1 of 1)

3. Wrap.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Wrapped (1 of 1)

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Fun Pineapple Chick

Pineapple Chick

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

Joe loved this.

Fun food art Pineapple Chick

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries (or grapes or raisins)

Method

1. Use a circle of pineapple.

Pineapple Chick - 1 pineapple (1 of 1)

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

Pineapple Chick - 2 beak (1 of 1)

3. Add two large blueberries for eyes.

Pineapple Chick - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Then cut two large strawberries to form feet.

Pineapple Chick - 4 feet (1 of 1)

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

Healthy desserts for Easter Pineapple Chick

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Fun Salad Nest

Salad Nest

The boys and I were sharing lunch so we went for an Easter-ish theme!!

Here’s our Salad Nest, perfect with some coleslaw, fresh corn and home-made mayonnaise.

Real eggs for Easter Salad Nest

Recipe

– Lettuce (or any greens)

– Spinach

– Carrot

– Basil (or other herb)

– Boiled eggs

Method

1. Cut the lettuce and spinach into strips and form into a nest shape.

Salad Nest - 1 lettuce (1 of 1)

2. Use a grater or sharp knife to cut strips of carrot.

Salad Nest - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add additional lettuce/spinach.

Salad Nest - 3 spinach (1 of 1)

4. Then some peeled, boiled eggs.

Salad Nest - 4 Eggs (1 of 1)

5. Place some herbs around the side.

Salad Nest - 5 Basil (1 of 1)

6. And it’s ready to eat.

Fun food art Salad Nest

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Fun Pear Chick

Pear Chick

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

Cute healthy food for Easter Pear Chick

Recipe

– Pear

– Blueberries/raisins

– Mandarin/apricot

– Strawberry/red apple

Method

1. Find a “chick shaped” pear!

Pear Chick - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Score a line around to form the head.

Pear Chick - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Dig out some eye sockets.

Pear Chick - 3 eye sockets (1 of 1)

4. Then place half blueberries inside for pupils.

Pear Chick - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add a slice of mandarin for the beak.

Pear Chick - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Before scoring some wings into the pear flesh.

Pear Chick - 6 wings (1 of 1)

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

Pear Chick - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Give him a bright red strawberry comb.

Pear Chick - 8 comb (1 of 1)

9. And that’s him finished …

Sugar free snacks Pear Chick

10. Or should he have red feet?

Fun food art Pear Chick

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Dips and Madness at the School

Dips and Madness at the School

The parents at my boys’ school run informal sessions at lunchtime on a variety of topics to entertain and educate the students. I love getting involved and promoting healthy food so decided to put together a lunchtime dip and crudites experience.

Cooking healthy food at school

(Me at the hummus station getting the savoury crudites stuff ready).

I had to be very careful with ingredients due to allergies so spent time crafting recipes that were tasty but did not contain common allergens and of course that were still healthy.

I created two savoury and two sweet dips. The savoury dips to be served with celery, carrot and cucumber batons and the sweet with apple and pear slices. The students would be peeling and chopping the fruit and veggies and doing all the measuring, cutting and food processing required to create the dips.

We had four food processors set up to make hummus, pesto (more of a pistou), cookie dough dip and a chocolate dip. None of them used dairy, nuts, sugar or honey (and actually no chocolate – cocoa powder instead).

A fabulous group of parents offered to help and manned the dip stations armed with a food processor, ingredients and a recipe. More adults were stationed at the crudites chopping stations and made sure only the fruit and veggies succumbed to the knives! One more on hand washing duty (at both ends of the session) and coordinating and we were ready. Or we thought we were until we were faced with over 150 students across the two lunchtimes.

Low allergen dips

(The students making a chick pea “cookie dough” recipe).

It was totally mad but absolutely fabulous and the students LOVED chopping, measuring and making their own dips and dippers. There were no accidents but lots of tasting and questions.

The feedback from the parents and students has been excellent with many making the dips again at home and lots surprised that you can make something super tasty using very basic ingredients …

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Fun Carrot Bunnies

Carrot Bunnies

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

Fun food Carrot Bunnies in dip ..

Fun food for kids Easter Bunny

Recipe

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

– Dip

– Carrot

– Olives

– Herbs for decoration

Method

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

Carrot Bunnies - Flower Pots (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head and ears from carrot.

Carrot Bunnies - 2 bunny heads (1 of 1)

3. Add some little carrot paws.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunny paws (1 of 1)

4. Then give her some friends.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunnies (1 of 1)

5. Use little bits of olive for eyes.

Carrot Bunnies - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

6. A bit of greenery and we’re ready!

Fun food art Carrot Bunnies

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Fun Avo-Copter

Avo-Copter

Avocados are still everywhere so we’re making the most of the bounty. It’s a great way to jazz up a salad and make it more creamy and filling.

Here’s my simple, fun food Avo-Copter.

Fun healthy kids snacks Helicopter

Recipe

– Avocado

– Carrot

– Celery

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Rice, cauliflower or couscous

Method

1. Peel the avocado and cut in half.

Avo-Opter - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Slice some carrot to make the housing for the blades.

Avo-Opter - 2 propellor attachment (1 of 1)

3. Then use more carrot for the blades themselves.

Avo-Opter - 3 blades (1 of 1)

4. Add a tail outline from celery.

Avo-Opter - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Using more celery for the detail.

Avo-Opter - 5 struts (1 of 1)

6. Some bigger chunks make the propellor.

Avo-Opter - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Then back to carrot for the skis.

Avo-Opter - 7 skis (1 of 1)

8. Use some capsicum for the windows.

Avo-Opter - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Before finishing with some fluffy, rice clouds.

Fun food art Helicopter

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Fun Melon Teddy

Melon Teddy

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

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

Sugar free party food teddy bear

Recipe

– Watermelon (easier with a whole or half)

– Blueberries or raisins

Method

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

Melon Teddy - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. And a smaller circle for his head.

Melon Teddy - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears.

Melon Teddy - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Some round feet.

Melon Teddy - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. And little, round hands.

Melon Teddy - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Blueberries make perfect eyes and nose.

Melon Teddy - 6 face (1 of 1)

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

Melon Teddy - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Give him some blueberry toes.

Fun food for picky kids teddy bear

9. And he’s ready to eat!

Fun food art Melon Teddy

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Fun Giant Salad Flower

Giant Salad Flower

I’ve had this design in my head for a while just bursting to come out, then finally an opportunity. A friend had invited us to a bring a plate BBQ so crudites and dip seemed perfect.

Here’s my fun food, Giant Salad Flower.

Fun food Art Flower platter

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrot

– Radish

– Dip (I used hummus)

Method

1. Slice the cucumber into discs then arrange in a circle with a hollow centre.

Giant Flower - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Then add another layer on top.

Giant Flower - 2 second row (1 of 1)

3. Use pieces cut in half to fill in the gaps.

Giant Flower - 3 half cucumber row (1 of 1)

4. And fill the centre with cherry tomatoes (slice the ends off so they don’t roll).

Giant Flower - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. I realized that I needed more room so shifted it up.

Giant Flower - 5 moved (1 of 1)

6. Create grass from batons of carrot.

Giant Flower - 6 carrot grass (1 of 1)

7. Then stems from sticks of celery.

Giant Flower - 7 stems (1 of 1)

8. Sliced radishes made thorns/buds/leaves??

Giant Flower - 8 tomato (1 of 1)

9. I happened to have a cake mould in the shape of a butterfly so used it for a dip holder.

Giant Flower - 9 butterfly (1 of 1)

10. A bit of detail on the butterfly and it’s ready to eat.

Healthy Party food art flower

 

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Fun Watermelon Boat

Watermelon Boat

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

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

Cute food for kids Watermelon Boat

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

– Orange

Method

1. Cut a triangle sail.

Watermelon Boat - 1 Sail (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of banana for the hull.

Watermelon Boat - 2 banana (1 of 1)

3. And a banana mast.

Watermelon Boat - 3 mast (1 of 1)

4. Pile on some blueberries for the sea.

Watermelon Boat - 4 sea (1 of 1)

5. With a shining orange sun.

Watermelon Boat - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. And some blueberry birds ….

Fun food art Watermelon Boat

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Falafel at the School Fete

Falafel at the School Fete

The PTA asked me to coordinate a falafel stand at the annual fete and I was delighted to be charged with the task. 200 chick pea burgers later I was not quite so bubbly but very excited to see how popular they were and how people enjoyed them.

Healthy Food at School

We served the falafels on a wholemeal bun with sides of shredded lettuce, carrot and diced tomatoes. For a gluten free option we had bowls so the falafels could be piled with salad.

To jazz it all up I made a big batch of home-made hummus, some raita, a garlic sauce and a refined sugar-free sweet chilli sauce. The chilli sauce was very popular and despite being really spicy was applied liberally to many burgers. In fact all the sauces disappeared and I had very little to cart home.

Healthy Food School Fair

What a satisfying day serving some good wholesome food that was delicious, healthy and well received. Next year we’d like to team this with some fresh fruit smoothies made to order!

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Fun Basketball/Netball Blueberries

Basketball/Netball Blueberries

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

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

Fun food Art Basketball Blueberry

Recipe
– Sunflower Seeds

– Yoghurt – or cream cheese/coconut cream

– Blueberries

– Strawberry – or other brightly coloured fruit

– Pepitas

Method

1. Make a stand from sunflower seeds.

Basketball - 1 stand (1 of 1)

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

Basketball - 2 net (1 of 1)

3. Make a person from blueberries.

Basketball - 3 player (1 of 1)

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

Basketball - 4 ball (1 of 1)

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

Fun food art netball fruit

6. Or add a backboard for basketball.

Cute food ideas Basketball Blueberry

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Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes

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

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

Fun food art petit four cakes

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

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

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

Sugar free Watermelon Cup Cakes

And of course there is always a whole cake!:

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

Fun food art whole watermelon Cake

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Fun Food Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Rainbow

All the glorious, vibrant, summer fruit available at this time of the year makes me want to create multi-coloured plates – and what better than a rainbow for showcasing this!

Here’s my fun food, Fruit Rainbow perfect for a party or a morning tea.

Healthy party food Fruit Rainbow

Recipe

Use any fruit you have to hand. The more diverse the colours the better!

– Blueberries

– Plums

– Mandarin

– Green Pear

– Pineapple

– Watermelon

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream or desiccated coconut)

Method

1. Usually I would lightly draw an outline to follow to create something like this. Feeling confident I made this one free-hand but did make some adjustments to the curve of the rainbow and the length of the arches as I went along .
Firstly make an arch from blueberries.

Fruit Rainbow - 1 blueberrries (1 of 1)

2. Add some chopped plum.

Fruit Rainbow - 2 plum (1 of 1)

3. Then some mandarin segments.

Fruit Rainbow - 3 mandarin (1 of 1)

4. And pear chopped into pieces.

Fruit Rainbow - 4 pear (1 of 1)

5. With fresh pineapple cut into triangles.

Fruit Rainbow - 5 pineapple (1 of 1)

6. Then topped with chunks of watermelon.

Fruit Rainbow - 6 watermelon (1 of 1)

7. Finish with fluffy yoghurt clouds perfect as a dip.

Fruit Rainbow - 7 clouds (1 of 1)

8. Vibrant and packed with all the goodies …

Fun food art Fruit Rainbow

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Fun Carrot Teddies

Carrot Teddies

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

Healthy snacks Carrot Teddy Bears

Recipe

– Carrots (preferably big) or kumara/sweet potato

– Cucumber or capsicum/radish/celery

– Corn or other veg cut into circle

– Cherry tomatoes or capsicum

Method

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

Carrot Teddies - 1 carrot cutter (1 of 1)

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

Carrot Teddies - 2 teddy (1 of 1)

3. Then gave him some friends.

Carrot Teddies - 3 teddies (1 of 1)

4. And some ground cut from cucumber.

Carrot Teddies - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. Then corn eyes and a cucumber skin nose.

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

6. With cherry tomato tummies.

Carrot Teddies - 6 tummies (1 of 1)

7. And a lovely, big, cucumber sun.

Carrot Teddies - 7 sun (1 of 1)

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

Fun food art Carrot Teddy bears

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