Fun Lunchbox Faces

Lunchbox Faces

My boys rarely have sandwiches for lunch but if they do why not make them fun too!

Lunchbox Faces, fun food that’s quick and simple.

Cute food Lunchbox Faces

Recipe

– Sandwich

– Olives

– Cheese,

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

You can of course just use any ingredients you have on hand!

Method

1. Use cup case holders to keep everything together and bite-sized.

Lunchbox Faces - 1 cup cases  (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make them round.

Lunchbox Faces - 2 sandwiches (1 of 1)

3. Then added a face from cheese, olive and red capsicum.

Lunchbox Faces - 3 face 1 (1 of 1)

4. And gave the next sandwich a different expression.

Lunchbox Faces - 4 face 2 (1 of 1)

5. Finishing with a third face!

Fun food art Lunchbox Faces

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Fun Carrot Cottage

Carrot Cottage

I love combining a whole host of salad veggies to make a picture. Even though we’re in mid-winter it was a glorious, blue sky day when I made this and so I was dreaming of summer …

Here’s a lovely, fun food Carrot Cottage.           Fun food art Carrot House

Recipe

– Carrot

– Radish

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cauliflower

– Egg yolk

– Red cabbge

Method

1. Build the cottage from carrot.

Carrot House - 1 building (1 of 1)

2. Then the outline of the roof.

Carrot House - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Use semi circles for the tiles.

Carrot House - 3 roof tiles (1 of 1)

4. Then the inside of a radish (or daikon) for the door and window.

Carrot House - 4 window (1 of 1)

5. Attach a chimney to the side of the roof.

Carrot House - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. Before planting celery and cucumber trees.

Carrot House - 6 trees (1 of 1)

7. Little slices of cucumber form the grass.

Carrot House - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. And cauliflower fluffy clouds.

Carrot House - 8 clouds (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from egg yolk to make a bright sun.

Carrot House - 9 sun (1 of 1)

10. Add details to the door and window from the radish outer.

Carrot House - 10 detail (1 of 1)

11. More egg yolk forms the sun’s rays.

Carrot House - 11 rays (1 of 1)

12. Finishing with red cabbage birds.

Healthy food for kids Carrot House

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Fun Dinosaur Egg

Dinosaur Egg

Not sure whether it was the semi-peeled avocado or the fact that we watched Jurassic World that got me thinking of hatching dinosaurs!

Here’s my fun food Dinosaur Egg.

Fun food art Dinosaur Egg

Recipe

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Avocado

– Celery

– Radish (or cucumber)

– Olive

Method

1. Arrange thin strips of cabbage to start the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 1 cabbage (1 of 1)

2. Add slices of carrot (I used a potato peeler).

Dinosaur Egg - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Half peel an avocado and place in the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 3 avocado (1 of 1)

4. Add some circles cut from radish for eyes.

Dinosaur Egg - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him some celery hands.

Dinosaur Egg - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a tail and spikes.

Dinosaur Egg - 6 tail & spikes (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with olives for pupils and nostrils.

Fun food for picky kids Dinosaur Egg

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Fun Underwater Lunchbox

Underwater Lunchbox

A few more ideas for a fun food lunchbox. Add one or two to make the midday meal a little more creative.

Underwater Lunchbox:

Fun food art Underwater Lunchbox

Recipe

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Bread

– Cheese

– Kiwi fruit

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Raisins

Method

1. Cut a circle and some rays from a yellow capsicum.

Underwater Lunchbox - 1 sun (1 of 1)

2. Add some carrot fish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 2 fish (1 of 1)

3. Then build a boat from some bread.

Underwater Lunchbox - 3 boat (1 of 1)

4. Using cheese for the sails and portholes.

Underwater Lunchbox - 4 sails (1 of 1)

5. Kiwi fruit makes an awesome turtle.

Underwater Lunchbox - 5 turtle (1 of 1)

6. And red capsicum and red cabbage a great jellyfish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 6 jellyfish (1 of 1)

7. Then cut a funky seahorse from cucumber with a giant eye.

Underwater Lunchbox - 7 seahorse (1 of 1)

8. Finishing with some raisin eyes for the turtle and seahorse.

Creative lunchboxes Underwater

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Fun Cucumber Chicks

Cucumber Chicks

Looking for a cute snack for after school or a play date? Look no further, check out these fun food Cucumber Chicks.

Fun food art Cucumber Chicks

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Carrot

– Cottage cheese

Method

1. Cut three slices of cucumber.

Cucumber Chicks - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Add rings of olives for the eyes.

Cucumber Chicks - 2 olives (1 of 1)

3. Then some carrot beaks. I also moved the chicks apart!

Cucumber Chicks - 3 beaks (1 of 1)

4. Give them wings cut from more cucumber.

Cucumber Chicks - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. And some little, carrot legs.

Cucumber Chicks - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Finish with some fluffy, cottage cheese clouds.

Fun healthy snacks for kids Cucumber Chicks

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Fun Mandarin Octopus

Mandarin Octopus

The fruit was talking to me again and seeing the mandarin peeled just made me think of an octopus.

So … here’s a simple, fun food Mandarin Octopus.

Creative kids food Mandarin Octopus

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Pear

– Blueberries or raisins

– Kiwi fruit

– Almonds

Method

1. Peel a mandarin.

Mandarin Octopus - 1 mandarin (1 of 1)

2. Slice the pear lengthways to yield “arms” and arrange around the mandarin.

Mandarin Octopus - 2 pear arms (1 of 1)

3. Stick on blueberry eyes – I used a little yoghurt.

Mandarin Octopus - 3 blueberry eyes (1 of 1)

4. Chop kiwi fruit up for the seabed.

Mandarin Octopus - 4 seabed (1 of 1)

5. Add some flaked almonds for rocks.

Mandarin Octopus - 5 rocks (1 of 1)

6. Ready to eat!

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Fun Space Lunchbox

Space Lunchbox

Lots of space ideas to choose from. Choose one or two and surprise your mini-chef!

Fun food Space Lunchbox concepts:

Fun food art Space Lunchbox

Recipe

– Sourdough roll

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Red and yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Cheese

– Raisin

– Red Apple

– Kiwi

– Banana

Method

1. Use a roll as a planet.

Space Lunchbox - 1 planet (1 of 1)

2. Add a celery “ring”.

Space Lunchbox - 2 ring (1 of 1)

3. Then start to build a rocket using carrot.

Space Lunchbox - 3 rocket (1 of 1)

4. Adding a cucumber nose-cone, boosters and red capsicum flames. I had wings but dumped them later!

Space Lunchbox - 4 rocket detail (1 of 1)

5. Cucumber makes perfect windows.

 

6. Then an avocado alien (I always think of them when skinning one!)

Space Lunchbox - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. A circle of cheese for the moon with raisin face.

Space Lunchbox - 7 moon (1 of 1)

8. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Space Lunchbox - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. To finish lots of fruit stars. Red apple, kiwi and banana.

Lunchboxes for picky kids Space

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Fun Lunchbox Flowers

Flower Cups

Still on a bit of a lunchbox roll … These are a lovely, bright, simple and healthy addition to a fun food lunch. Not to mention versatile as you can throw in whatever you fancy …

I used some silicon cup cases from the discount store. If you are worried about transporting you can always pack some cardboard on top to hold in place once lid is on.

Fun food art Lunchbox Flowers

Recipe

Any veggies you like. I used:

– Carrots

– Radish

– Cucumber

– Celery

Method

1. Fill a lunchbox with cup cases.

Lunchbox Flowers - 1 cases (1 of 1)

2. Add sliced carrots and radishes.

Lunchbox Flowers - 2 carrots & radishes (1 of 1)

3. Add some cucumber.

Lunchbox Flowers - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Then some celery “leaves” to finish.

Creative Lunchbox Flowers

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Fun Weather Lunchbox

Weather Lunchbox

It’s great to have themes for lunches or lunchboxes but the best thing is just choosing the idea that will resonate best with your child. I’ve put together a few fun food “weather” concepts to use.

Fun food art Weather Lunchbox

Recipe

– Cheese

– Raisins

– Apple

– Carrot

– Popcorn

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a cloud from cheese.

Weather Lunchbox - 1 cloud (1 of 1)

2. And add a raisin face.

Weather Lunchbox - 2 cloud face (1 of 1)

3. Then an apple umbrella.

Weather Lunchbox - 3 umbrella (1 of 1)

4. Balanced with a bright, carrot sun.

Weather Lunchbox - 4 sun (1 of 1)

5. And some raisin rain.

Weather Lunchbox - 5 rain (1 of 1)

6. Then some popcorn snow.

Weather Lunchbox - 6 snow (1 of 1)

7. Finished off with cucumber lightening.

Healthy lunchbox weather

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Fun Rainbow Skewers

Rainbow Skewers

Skewers are a fun food, simple way to increase the veggie count!

These are versatile as you can use any brightly coloured veggies. I have grilled mine then added to the skewer.

Fun lunches Rainbow Skewers

Recipe

Any veg you like. I used:

– Red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Zucchini

– Pumpkin

– Swiss mushrooms

– Red cabbage

– Kohl rabi

Method

1. Cook the veg.

Rainbow Skewers - 1 tray (1 of 1)

2. Place all the veg on a skewer.

Rainbow Skewers - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Pack the lunchbox.

Fun food art Rainbow Skewers

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Fun Egg-Face Lunchbox

Egg Face Lunchbox

Continuing with simple, fun ideas for lunchboxes we’ve made a face. Use whatever you have to hand to create a fun food face …

Fun food art Egg Face LunchBox

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Olives (or peas/corn/carrot)

– Radish (or tomato/red capsicum)

Method

1. Slice a boiled egg in half.

Egg Face LunchB - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add some olive eyes.

Egg Face LunchB - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. And a smiley, radish mouth.

Fun, healthy lunchbox food Egg Face

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Fun Corn Bracelet

Corn Bracelet

I know we all struggle with lunchboxes. They are relentless. Every weekday morning there they are again empty and waiting to be filled with inspiration. And, unfortunately time and ideas are not at a premium first thing!

I thought I’d do a series of super simple and fun lunchbox ideas. Yes they may take an extra minute or two to make but having what you put in appreciated and eaten is often worth the additional effort.

Cute food for kids Corn Bracelet

I have made these corn bracelets for my boys and they love them (despite being boys!). It’s a great one to get the mini chefs to make themselves too … What else could you thread?

Recipe

– Corn

Method

1. Thread a kernel of corn with a needle and thread.

Corn Bracelet - 1 thread (1 of 1)

2. Continue to thread on more corn.

Corn Bracelet - 2 build (1 of 1)

3. Tie it off.

Fun food art Corn Bracelet

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Fun 4th July Skewers

4th July Skewers

And here are some I prepared earlier!! Knowing I’d like to blog a plate for all my US friends on 4th July I was far more sensible this year and actually put something together when all the summer Northern Hemisphere fruits were in season down here.

Here are my fun food 4th July Skewers, perfect for a party or a dessert.

Healthy party food 4th July Skewers Fun food art 4th July Skewers

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut cubes of watermelon and use them to create the “4”.

4th July Skewers - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

2. Add the “th” with more strips.

4th July Skewers - 2 -th- (1 of 1)

3. Then overlay with pineapple.

4th July Skewers - 3 pineapple (1 of 1)

4. Followed by strawberries.

4th July Skewers - 4 strawberries (1 of 1)

5. Use skewers to pierce blueberries and then through the other fruits.

4th July Skewers - 5 blueberries (1 of 1)

6. Add more blueberries to the “th”.

4th July Skewers - 6 more blueberries (1 of 1)

7. The skewers are perfect for parties as everyone can grab one.

Cute foods for 4th July Skewers

8. Stars and blueberries for decoration complete the fun plate. Who could resist?

 

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