Fun Cucumber Cupcakes

Cucumber Cupcakes

It’s often tricky to come up with a healthy option to take to a party or social gathering. I find that making things a little more exciting helps!

Here are my fun food Cucumber Cupcakes.

Cute healthy party food Cucumber Cupcakes

Recipe

– Cucumber (larger ones are better)

– Dips. I used hummus, white bean & cream cheese coloured with beetroot juice

– Cherry tomatoes

– Herbs to decorate

Method

1. Slice 3 large pieces of cucumber.

2. Add some detail around the sides if you wish (I scored with a sharp knife).
Cucumber Cupcakes - 2 detail (1 of 1)
3. Hollow out the centres.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 3 hollowed (1 of 1)
4. Fill with dips.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 4 filling (1 of 1)
5. Place cherry tomatoes on the top.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 5 cherries (1 of 1)
6. Sprinkle herbs.

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Fun Apple Shark

Apple Shark

Max wanted a shark. I managed half a one!

Here’s my fun food Apple Shark.        Fun food for picky kids Apple Shark

Recipe

– Red Apple

– Raisin (or blueberry)

– Flaked almonds/pepitas (or chopped fruit)

– Persimmon (or peach/apricot)

Method

1. Slice a head shape from the cheek of an apple.

Apple Shark - 1 mouth (1 of 1)

2. Cut a mouth.

Apple Shark - 2 mouth (1 of 1)

3. And some fins.

Apple Shark - 3 fins (1 of 1)

4. Add some eyes from the flesh of the apple.

Apple Shark - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then some teeth.

Apple Shark - 5 teeth (1 of 1)

6. Use raisins for the pupils.

Apple Shark - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. And sliced almonds for the sea floor.

Apple Shark - 7 sand (1 of 1)

8. Add pepitas to the almonds then cut some fish from persimmon.

Apple Shark - 8 fish (1 of 1)

9. Here he is, the big, bad shark …

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Fun Tomato Bird

Tomato Bird

I found two different colours of cherry tomatoes that I just had to use.

Here’s my fun food Tomato Bird.        Fun food art Tomato Bird

Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Olive

– Celery

– Kale

– Cream cheese

Method

1. Use tomato for the head and the body.

Tomato Bird - 1 head & body (1 of 1)

2. Add the wings.

Tomato Bird - 2 wings (1 of 1)

3. Put on the tail.

Tomato Bird - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Cut out a triangle for the beak.

Tomato Bird - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. Use a blob of cream cheese and a dot of olive for the eye.

Tomato Bird - 5 eye (1 of 1)

6. Cut a circle of orange tomato and some rays for the sun.

Tomato Bird - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. Grab a stick of celery for the trunks and leaves of kale for the foliage.

Tomato Bird - 7 trees (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery for the grass and you’re ready to eat.

Cute food for kids Tomato Bird

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Fun Salad Ballerina

Salad Ballerina

I was making mini quiches in cup cases and suddenly thought the silver paper would be perfect as a tutu.
Here’s my Salad Ballerina.

Fun healthy party food Ballerina

Recipe

– Cup case holder

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Cabbage

– Radish

– Olive

Method

1. Cut the cup case in half and use for tutu.
Salad Ballerina - 1 patty case (1 of 1)
2. Add a bodice from cucumber.
Salad Ballerina - 2 top (1 of 1)
3. And some legs from celery.
Salad Ballerina - 3 legs (1 of 1)
4. Use the small end of the cucumber to create the head.
Salad Ballerina - 4 head (1 of 1)
5. Cabbage makes perfect arms.
Salad Ballerina - 5 arms (1 of 1)
6. Then cut cabbage for eyes, add olives for pupils and a radish mouth.
Salad Ballerina - 6 face (1 of 1)
7. Use olive to fashion a bun.
Salad Ballerina - 7 hair (1 of 1)
8. Then more radish for shoes.
Salad Ballerina - 8 shoes (1 of 1)
9. And for her stars!
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Fun Banana Palace

Banana Palace

We decided to build a fun food palace. Simple when you have bananas and strawberries!        Fun food art Banana Palace

Recipe

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. Start with a banana base for the palace.

Banana Palance - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Add the start of the central towers.

Banana Palance - 2 middle (1 of 1)

3. Then a little extra (which I elongated later).

Banana Palance - 3 more (1 of 1)

4. Put on the side towers.

Banana Palance - 4 side towers (1 of 1)

5. Then the central tower.

Banana Palance - 5 Central tower (1 of 1)

6. Give the towers strawberry turrets.

Banana Palance - 6 tower tops (1 of 1)

7. Then windows and a door.

Banana Palance - 7 windows (1 of 1)

8. Some kiwi grass and sunflower gravel (or is it water?).

Banana Palance - 8 grass & pebbles (1 of 1)

9. Add a flag to finish.

Fun, healthy Banana Palace

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Fun Breakfast Wolf

Breakfast Wolf

We’re deep into winter now with some brrrrrrr mornings so something warm to start the day is lovely.

Joe loved this fun food Breakfast Wolf (Max had the non choc version).

Fun food art Oat Wolf

Recipe

– Porridge

– Banana

– Cacao (or cocoa powder)

– Blueberries

Method

1. Form the porridge into a head shape in a bowl, giving him a long snout.

Oat Wolf - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Sprinkle over the chocolate powder to give the colour and a little flavour too but without the sugar.

Oat Wolf - 2 colouring (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears.

Oat Wolf - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. And eyes.

Oat Wolf - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. A large, frozen blueberry makes an excellent nose.

Oat Wolf - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. And pupils.

Oat Wolf - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. More banana for whiskers finishes him off.

Creative breakfasts for kids Oat Wolf

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Fun Pear Hippo

Pear Hippo

Pears are just so “animal” shaped. They make excellent mice, bears, hedgehogs and now it appears hippos too.

Here’s my version of a fun food Pear Hippo.        Fun food art Pear Hippo

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Green pear

– Raisin (or blueberry)

Method

1. Slice the pear in half and use the fat bit for the body.

Pear Hippo - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head from the other half and balance on the body.

Pear Hippo - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a little tail and some legs.

Pear Hippo - 3 feet & tail (1 of 1)

4. I cut him a wide mouth (which you can just see down the bottom).

Pear Hippo - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Use pear flesh to create eyes and nostrils.

Pear Hippo - 5 eyes & nostrils (1 of 1)

6. Then place the raisin pupils.

Pear Hippo - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. The green pear gives him some sludge to wallow in.

Pear Hippo - 7 pear (1 of 1)

8. Add some green trees and we’re all set.

Sugar Free Snacks Pear Hippo

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Fun Cucumber Giraffe

Cucumber Giraffe

Making simple, cartoon-style animals from salad veg really is very easy and makes mealtimes super fun.

Here’s my fun food, Cucumber Giraffe.

Fun food art Cucumber Giraffe

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olive

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the side of the cucumber.

Cucumber Giraffe - 1 body  (1 of 1)

2. Add some legs.

Cucumber Giraffe - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. And a long neck.

Cucumber Giraffe - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. A little tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then a head.

Cucumber Giraffe - 5 head (1 of 1)

6. Give her some hooves.

Cucumber Giraffe - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. And a fluffy tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 7 fluffy end (1 of 1)

8. Before adding ears and ossicones.

Cucumber Giraffe - 8 ears & ossiccones (1 of 1)

9. Use the inside of the cucumber for the eyes and nostrils.

Cucumber Giraffe - 9 eyes & nostrils (1 of 1)

10. And then the capsicum for the markings.

Cucumber Giraffe - 10 spots (1 of 1)

11. Slices of carrot make perfect grass.

Cucumber Giraffe - 11 grass (1 of 1)

12. And olives shiny, black pupils.

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Fun Melon Dragon

Melon Dragon

My boys LOVE dragons. We have dragons of all shapes, sizes and media around the house. Check out Max with the Smaug he built from loombands.

Max Dragon - Finished (1 of 1)

 

Guess it was my turn to make a fun food Melon Dragon.

Fun food art Melon Dragon

Recipe

– Melon

– Apple

– Raisin (blueberry)

– Pepitas/pumpkin seeds

– Strawberry (could use the apple)

Method

1. Form a head.

Melon Dragon - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Melon Dragon - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Then a tail.

Melon Dragon - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Cut little arms.

Melon Dragon - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. And legs. I added the feet separately.

Melon Dragon - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. I increased the height of his back (which will be covered by the wings).

Melon Dragon - 6 body (1 of 1)

7. The wings!

Melon Dragon - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Add some horns and ears.

Melon Dragon - 8 horns & ears (1 of 1)

9. And a triangle for the end of the tail.

Melon Dragon - 9 tail spike (1 of 1)

10. Cut apple spikes to put all along his back.

Melon Dragon - 10 spikes (1 of 1)

11. Use the flesh for his teeth.

Melon Dragon - 11 teeth (1 of 1)

12. And his eyes.

Melon Dragon - 12 eyes (1 of 1)

13. Raisins highlight his eyes and nostril.

Melon Dragon - 13 pupil & nostril (1 of 1)

14. Pepitas form the ground.

Melon Dragon - 14 pepitas (1 of 1)

15. A few strawberry flames and he’s done.

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Fun Pear Swans

Pear Swans

Wanted something simple!

Here are my fun food, Pear Swans.

Fun healthy kids snacks Pear Swans

Recipe

– Large pear

– Raisin

– Apricot

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Slice the pear in half (to either side of the core) and use for the bodies after removing the cheeks.

Pear Swans - 1 bodies (1 of 1)

2. Cut long necks for each.

Pear Swans - 2 necks (1 of 1)

3. Add heads.

Pear Swans - 3 heads (1 of 1)

4. Then use the pear cheeks to create wings.

Pear Swans - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Raisins make the eyes and apricot the beaks.

Pear Swans - 5 eye & beak (1 of 1)

6. Sprinkle desiccated coconut for water and we’re done!

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Fun Tomato Scarecrow

Tomato Scarecrow

Our champion little tomato plants are still giving us cherry toms in winter!! Had to pay homage and do a plate using them.
Here’s my fun food Tomato Scarecrow.

Creative kids food Tomato Scarecrow
Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Celery

– Radish

– Dill

– Avocado

– Olives

Method

1. Use a larger tomato for the body.

Tomato Scarecrow - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. And a smaller one for the head.

Tomato Scarecrow - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot pole.

Tomato Scarecrow - 3 pole (1 of 1)

4. And arms.

Tomato Scarecrow - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. Make him a jaunty celery hat.

Tomato Scarecrow - 5 hat (1 of 1)

6. Use avocado and dill for the field and crops.

Tomato Scarecrow - 6 grass (1 of 1)

7. Cut a radish to make a big sun.

Tomato Scarecrow - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. And there would be no need for a scarecrow without olive birds!

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Fun Persimmon Lobster

Persimmon Lobster

I love persimmons. I’d never had one until moving to NZ and now the start of winter always means a treat for me!!

Here is my fun food, Persimmon Lobster.

Creative healthy food Persimmon Lobster

Recipe

– Persimmon (or melon)

– Dark grapes (or raisins)

Method

1. Make some giant pincers.

Persimmon Lobster - 1 claws (1 of 1)

2. Add a head.

Persimmon Lobster - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And a segmented body.

Persimmon Lobster - 3 segments (1 of 1)

4. A little chevron tail.

Persimmon Lobster - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then join the pincers to the body.

Persimmon Lobster - 5 joins (1 of 1)

6. I realised the head was too small so enlarged it.

Persimmon Lobster - 6 bigger head (1 of 1)

7. Then gave her some legs.

Persimmon Lobster - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some giant feelers and little antennae.

Persimmon Lobster - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. Add two eyes from grape.

Persimmon Lobster - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. All finished!

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Fun Dancing Ducks

Dancing Ducks

Last of the cheap cucumbers before we go into winter pricing so thought I’d make the most of them. My boys loved them!

Here are my fun food Dancing Ducks.

Fun food art Dancing Ducks

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Olives

Method

1. Slice three rings of cucumber to make the heads.

Dancing Ducks - 1 bodies (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot beak.

Dancing Ducks - 2 beaks (1 of 1)

3. Then rings of olive for eyes.

Dancing Ducks - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Use more cucumber for the body (indent to fit).

Dancing Ducks - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some carrot legs/feet.

Dancing Ducks - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Do the same for the other ducks. Make them dance!

Dancing Ducks - 6 bodies (1 of 1)

7. Add some cucumber wings.

Dancing Ducks - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with notes made from cucumber.

Fun food for picky kids Ducks

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