Fun Salad Skier

Salad Skier

We’re up in the mountains in the snow. Not skiing but no reason not to create one anyway!

Here’s my fun food, Salad Skier.

Creative winter food Salad Skier

Recipe

– Radish

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cottage cheese

– Dill

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the radish into a circle to form the head.

Salad Skier - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Create a body from carrot.

Salad Skier - 2 body  (1 of 1)

3. Then add an arm.

Salad Skier - 3 arm (1 of 1)

4. Give him a backside.

Salad Skier - 4 backside (1 of 1)

5. And some strong legs.

Salad Skier - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Use the outside of the radish for goggles and a smile.

Salad Skier - 6 goggles (1 of 1)

7. Then red capsicum for the hat and gloves.

Salad Skier - 7 hat & mittens (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery to make a ski.

Salad Skier - 8 ski (1 of 1)

9. And another one.

Salad Skier - 9 other ski (1 of 1)

10. Make him a ski pole.

Salad Skier - 10 ski pole (1 of 1)

11. Then add the cottage cheese snow.

Salad Skier - 11 snow (1 of 1)

12. Cucumber trees give him some obstacles!

Salad Skier - 12 trees  (1 of 1)

13. But they’re not complete without a bit of snow.

Salad Skier - 13 snow on trees (1 of 1)

14. Fresh dill makes the perfect bobble and scarf.

Salad Skier - 14 scarf & bobble (1 of 1)

15. All finished with a yellow capsicum sun.
Fun food art Salad Skier

 

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Fun Melon Cricket

Melon Cricket

This was a request for Emily’s son who will be 5 soon and loves cricket. As I had the melon it seems a shame not to use!

Here is a fabulous, fun food bowl taking out the wickets.

Fun healthy snacks cricket

Recipe

– Red apple

– Melon (I used rockmelon/canteloupe)

– Kiwi fruit

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a large ball from the apple cheek.

Fruit Cricket - 1 ball (1 of 1)

2. Then slice the melon to create a wicket around it.

Fruit Cricket - 2 wicket (1 of 1)

3. Add two more wickets.

Fruit Cricket - 3 wickets (1 of 1)

4. And some bails.

Fruit Cricket - 4 bails (1 of 1)

5. Some vibrant kiwi grass.

Fruit Cricket - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. Then some wispy, white clouds.

Fruit Cricket - 6 clouds (1 of 1)

7. Or should the wickets be a little less asunder?

Fun food art Cricket

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Fun Radish Unicorn

Radish Unicorn

Now admittedly there is not a lot of pink or fairy themes in our household. However, unicorns are different. Who doesn’t love a magical beast with a giant skewer attached to its head!
Here’s my fun food Radish Unicorn.

Creative kids food unicorn

Recipe

– Radish

– Red cabbage

– Raisin (I used for the eye/nostril and then realised I should have used olive!!)

– Celery (for décor)

Method

1. Cut a face and mouth from the inside of a radish.

Radish Unicorn - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice the outside of a radish to form the horn.

Radish Unicorn - 2 horn (1 of 1)

3. Then cut some ears.

Radish Unicorn - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. It’s hard to see but I made an eye from radish then added part of a raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Radish Unicorn - 4 eye-nostril (1 of 1)

5. Use red cabbage with thin cuts at one side to make the mane.

Radish Unicorn - 5 mane (1 of 1)
6. Then add a little hair brushed forwards.

Radish Unicorn - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. As she’s a magical beast we needed stars cut from radish, cabbage and celery.

Radish Unicorn - 7 stars (1 of 1)

8. A little more magic – poof – finished.

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Fun Melon T-Rex

Melon T-Rex

I’ve made this plate for Josh, a very special 5 y.o. from Lancashire in the U.K. He requested a T-Rex from melon which I thought would be impossible at this time of the year. Then I was at the markets and what did I spy; so excited.

Then I tried to make the dinosaur. I have to admit this was one of the hardest things I’ve made in a long time. Comparative dimensions are everything!
So Josh, here’s your deceptively difficult, fun food Melon T-Rex.

Fun food Melon T-Rex

Recipe

– Melon (I used canteloupe/rockmelon)

– Apple

– Raisin (or dark coloured fruit)

Method

1. Use the end of the melon where there are less seeds. Cut a big head.

Melon T-Rex - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Melon T-Rex - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Cover the join with a very thinly sliced piece of melon (oh it’s so forgiving).

Melon T-Rex - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. Give him a big, curved tail.

Melon T-Rex - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. And again cover the join.

Melon T-Rex - 5 tail cover (1 of 1)

6. Add some legs.

Melon T-Rex - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And clawed feet.

Melon T-Rex - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Make some little arms.

Melon T-Rex - 8 arms (1 of 1)

9. Then use triangles of apple for the teeth.

Melon T-Rex - 9 teeth (1 of 1)

10. And some big apple eyes.

Melon T-Rex - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Use raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Melon T-Rex - 11 pupils  (1 of 1)

12. Ready to eat. But who’s eating who?

Fun food art T-Rex

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Fun Kiwi Kiwi

Kiwi Kiwi

Lynley the Lunch Box Queen https://www.facebook.com/thelunchboxqueen requested a “great Kiwi”.

Not sure this is a “great” Kiwi but it is a Kiwi Kiwi!

Sugar free fun food Kiwi Kiwi

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

– Brown pear (or apricot/peach)

– Pepitas (or other nuts/seeds)

– Raisin (or blueberry)

Method

1. Peel the kiwi fruit and slice in half.

Kiwi Kiwi - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut so it’s a little more “body” shaped.

Kiwi Kiwi - 2 shaping (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Kiwi Kiwi - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some pear legs.

Kiwi Kiwi - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. And a long, curved beak.

Kiwi Kiwi - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Give him a raisin eye.

Kiwi Kiwi - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Using pepitas for the ground.

Kiwi Kiwi - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. Bit of décor and he’s ready to go.

Fun food art Kiwi Kiwi

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Small, Sustainable Steps

Small, Sustainable Steps

Smoothies not popsicles

In my world good health is achieved not via any diet but by following the SSS principle. Small, sustainable steps forward. I know in my house this has meant that as my knowledge about food, the body and what works best for us increases I have made little changes to our menu. Gone are some of the favourites but in their stead have come alternatives or just better options. All of our changes have happened gradually so they are a little less painful and easily sustainable.
We are working on this principle at the school. Providing options for those who already prefer a sugar/preservative free choice but also trying to introduce positive changes for everyone else.
At the annual X-country school competition we again offered our vegan sausages but this time had wholemeal rolls with a choice of grated carrot, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes with home-made hummus and tomato ketchup as sauces. This provided a full meal for the students who took up the option. The response was fantastic with really great feedback from everyone who purchased one.

Healthy options at school sports days

For the next school sporting event we are discussing having the wholemeal rolls as standard and offering the salad items as optional. The PTA would still use the regular sausages but each child would be able to have a full lunch (as opposed to a slice of white bread and a sausage) should they choose. Having veggies normalised as an integral part of a BBQ is, in my mind, a great step forward.
Last sporting event we offered frozen smoothies. This time we set up a “smoothie bar” with a table of blenders offering either freshly whizzed fruit with yoghurt or with oat milk (as a non-dairy option). Using fresh bananas, apples and frozen strawberries made for an awesome mix and the students LOVED them. Even more exciting were the number of kids who had pre-booked a popsicle but decided they would prefer a smoothie. Obviously the hope is that the smoothies over time replace the popsicles entirely … and there is talk of this … and not coming from me either!!

Healthy BBQ options schools

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Fun Apple Pigs

Apple Pigs

When Joe realised I was taking special requests he was right in there with pigs (which he is fixated with at the moment).

Here are Joe and my fun food, Apple Pigs.
Fun food art apple pigs

Recipe

– Red apple

– Raisins

– Almonds (or other nuts/seeds or chopped fruit to make the ground)

Method

1. Cut an oval for the body.

Apple Pigs - 1 body-1

2. Add a circular head.

Apple Pigs - 2 head-1

3. And four legs with a triangle cut out of the end for the trotters.

Apple Pigs - 3 legs-1

4. Slice a semi-circle to make the head fit better then some ears.

Apple Pigs - 4 ears-1

5. Thinly cut a strip of apple skin to make the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 5 tail-1

6. Then give him a partner with a funky red nose.

Apple Pigs - 6 second pig-1

7. Add some little raisin eyes.

Apple Pigs - 7 eyes & tail-1

8. And the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 8 nostrils-1

9. A few flaked almonds for the ground.

Apple Pigs - 9 nuts-1

10. Done! Oink Oink …

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Fun Eye Health Kids

Eye Health Kids

The American Macular Degeneration Society www.macular.org is celebrating “Healthy Vision Month” in May and as part of this have an eye health blog party on the 14th #EatRightForYourSight. I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this and promote awareness of how food can be a part of preventing loss of eyesight.

I have not prepared a traditional recipe (not my area of excellence!) but have done a food art plate using all those vibrant orange veg that are great for beta-carotene, Vit A and anti-oxidants and leafy greens great for providing lutein and Vit K (and loads more!).

This plate is aimed more at kids but as we know being chock-full of veggies right from the start is definitely the way to go!

Fun food to promote good eye health

Recipe

– Carrot

– Spinach

– Kale

– Celery

– Orange Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Peas

– Cucumber

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Slice carrot to make three heads.

Eye Health Kids - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Form a dress from spinach.

Eye Health Kids - 2 spinach dress (1 of 1)

3. And another from kale.

Eye Health Kids - 3 kale dress (1 of 1)

4. Use celery to give the girls some legs.

Eye Health Kids - 4 girls legs (1 of 1)

5. Add an orange capsicum outfit for the boy.

Eye Health Kids - 5 boys uniform (1 of 1)

6. Then celery legs and arms.

Eye Health Kids - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. Give them all some orange capsicum shoes.

Eye Health Kids - 7 shoes (1 of 1)

8. Cut little carrot hands.

Eye Health Kids - 8 hands (1 of 1)

9. Add corn, kale and spinach hair (the spinach changed to peas).

Eye Health Kids - 9 hair (1 of 1)

10. Cut large, healthy eyes from cucumber (the hair changes to peas!).

Eye Health Kids - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Give the boy a corn belt.

Eye Health Kids - 11 belt (1 of 1)

12. Cut a large red capsicum mouth for all the kids and some kale pupils.

Eye Health Kids - 13 new mouth (1 of 1)

13. Little bit of décor and all finished.

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Fun Carrot Train

Carrot Train

Chef Dom and his mum Claire love to cook healthy, veggie dense foods on their blog https://www.facebook.com/dominicskitchen

Dom was the first to respond to my “can I make something special for you?” and has requested a food art locomotive. So, here’s my fun food Carrot Train – hope you like it!

Fun Food Carrot Train

Recipe

– Carrots (large ones are easier to use!)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Veg to fill the trucks – I used corn & radish

– Background – I used peas & broccoli

Method

1. Cut the large part of a carrot to form the engine.

Carrot Train - 1 engine (1 of 1)

2. Add an angled piece of carrot for the cow-catcher.

Carrot Train - 2 cow catcher (1 of 1)

3. Flatten off the top of the carrot.

Carrot Train - 3 flat top (1 of 1)

4. Add a cab at the back of the engine.

Carrot Train - 4 cab (1 of 1)

5. Then a funnel (I changed to celery later).

Carrot Train - 5 funnel (1 of 1)

6. Hollow out the side of the cab to form the window.

Carrot Train - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. Add two trucks from carrot cut into roughly rectangular shapes.

Carrot Train - 7 trucks (1 of 1)

8. Make hollows in the tops so they can be filled with veg.

Carrot Train - 8 hollowed out (1 of 1)

9. Slice cucumber to form the wheels.

Carrot Train - 9 wheels (1 of 1)

10. Then change the funnel to celery.

Carrot Train - 10 funnel (1 of 1)

11. Use more celery to fill in the window.

Carrot Train - 11 window (1 of 1)

12. And slices to make the chains joining the trucks.

Carrot Train - 12 joiners (1 of 1)

13. Stuff the trucks with veg.

Carrot Train - 13 fill trucks (1 of 1)

14. Create a back ground if you wish.

Healthy Party Food Carrot Train

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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

I created this fun food Pear Kea back in Nov but hadn’t posted step-by-step photos. As I have received a request for detailed instructions I thought I may as well disseminate to all!

It looks really complicated but actually it’s quite simple (if a little time consuming).

healthy party food Pear Kea

Recipe

– Green pear

– Brown pear

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. I drew a rough outline of the bird then began to fill in the body with chopped, green pear.

Pear Kea - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Then added more.

Pear Kea - 2 start body (1 of 1)

3. And began the tail.

Pear Kea - 3 start tail (1 of 1)

4. Filling in the gaps.

Pear Kea - 4 fill in gaps (1 of 1)

5. Then started the larger tail feathers with brown pear.

Pear Kea - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. Beginning the top wing with mandarin segments.

Pear Kea - 6 top wing (1 of 1)

7. Then the bottom wing.

Pear Kea - 7 bottom wing (1 of 1)

8. Slice the brown pear very thinly into curved strips to create the long, feathery wing tips.

Pear Kea - 8 bottom wing tips (1 of 1)

9. And do the same on all the wings.

Pear Kea - 9 top wing tips (1 of 1)

10. Add larger slices of pear to elongate the tail.

Pear Kea - 10 large tail feathers (1 of 1)

11. Use small pieces of pear flesh to create the white highlights.

Pear Kea - 11 detail (1 of 1)

12. And a beak.

Pear Kea - 12 beak (1 of 1)

13. Add a raisin eye and some pear feet.

Pear Kea - 13 eye (1 of 1)

14. Finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food art Pear Kea

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Fun Strawberry Rose

Strawberry Rose

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

Say it with a fun food Strawberry Rose.

Fun food Strawberry Rose

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Mint or other herb

Method

1. Hull the strawberries and then slice off each side and fashion into a flower shape.

Strawberry Rose - 1 strawberries (1 of 1)

2. Add another strawberry as the centre.

Strawberry Rose - 2 centre (1 of 1)

3. Then strip the leaves from a herb stem to make the stalk.

Strawberry Rose - 3 stalk (1 of 1)

4. Use mint for the leaves.

Strawberry Rose - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. A bit of decoration and it’s ready to serve to mum.

Edible Strawberry Rose

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Fun Capsicum Flowers

Capsicum Flowers

Mother’s Day tomorrow so we’re thinking flowers but of course ones you can eat are doubly good!!

Here are our fun food Capsicum Flowers.

Creative food Capsicum Flowers Mother's Day edible Flowers

Recipe

– Capsicum/bell pepper

– Herbs stalks (or thinly sliced celery)

– Spinach leaves

– Radish (carrot)

Method

1. Cut the capsicum to form petal shapes.

Capsicum Flowers - 1 petal (1 of 1)

2. Add two more to form a flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 2 3 petals (1 of 1)

3. And do the same for the other flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 3 all petals (1 of 1)

4. Strip some herbs of their leaves (I used coriander) to form the stems.

Capsicum Flowers - 4 stalks (1 of 1)

5. Add some spinach leaves (you can always use scissors to shape them).

Capsicum Flowers - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Then if you like add some insects for “interest”!

Fun food art Capsicum Flowers

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Fun Strawberry Flamingo

Strawberry Flamingo

Joe wanted to write this blog so I let him have a go (with a few subtle revisions!)

A fun, healthy snack our Strawberry Flamingo.

Healthy snacks Flamingo

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Apple

– Raisin

– Pumpkin seeds

– Mint leaves

Method

1. Arrange strawberries in a body shape.

Strawberry Flamingo - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut a neck from apple.

Strawberry Flamingo - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. Then a long leg.

Strawberry Flamingo - 3 leg (1 of 1)

4. And a bent one.

Strawberry Flamingo - 4 other leg (1 of 1)

5. Add some flappy feet.

Strawberry Flamingo - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And a snake-like head.

Strawberry Flamingo - 6 head (1 of 1)

7. Give her a raisin eye.

Strawberry Flamingo - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Then a curved beak.

Strawberry Flamingo - 8 beak (1 of 1)

9. Chop some pepitas for the ground.

Strawberry Flamingo - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. Add some raisins.

Strawberry Flamingo - 10 raisins (1 of 1)

11. Then some mint leaves.

Strawberry Flamingo - 11 mint (1 of 1)

12. Finished, fabulous flamingo!

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Fun Cucumber Cow

Cucumber Cow

Don’t ask why but I started making a series of cucumber animals and Joe just loves them .. which encourages me!

Here’s my Cucumber Cow.

Healthy fun snacks for kids Cow

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut some cucumber slices to make a face and jaw.

Cucumber Cow - 1 Head (1 of 1)

2. Add olive nostrils.

Cucumber Cow - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears and horns.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears  (1 of 1)

4. Give her some olive pupils.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears & horns (1 of 1)

5. Followed by a cucumber body.

Cucumber Cow - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

6. And some legs.

Cucumber Cow - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. A swishy tail.

Cucumber Cow - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with carrot “moos”.

Fun food art Cucumber Cow

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Fun Strawberry Fish

Strawberry Fish

Still getting late season strawberries – yum!!

Here are some simple, fun food Strawberry Fish.

Cute kids food Strawberry Fish

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Blueberries

– Mint

Method

1. Top a strawberry.

Strawberry Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then make into a diamond shape.

Strawberry Fish - 2 fish shape (1 of 1)

3. Add some fins.

Strawberry Fish - 3 fins (1 of 1)

4. And a tail.

Strawberry Fish - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Cut a mouth.

Strawberry Fish - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Then add a yoghurt and blueberry eye.

Strawberry Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Give her a friend.

Strawberry Fish - 7 two fish (1 of 1)

8. And some blueberry bubbles.

Strawberry Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. Use strawberries for the seabed.

Strawberry Fish - 9 seafloor (1 of 1)

10. Some chopped blueberries and mint leaves.

Strawberry Fish - 10 leaves (1 of 1)

11. Ready to eat!

Fun food art Strawberry Fish

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