Blogs/Recipes 2014

Broccoli Camel

Check out my Broccoli Camel at the Healthy Food Guide:
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Fun food art for kids camel

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Pear Pirate

I found some lovely, black skinned plums at the market and thought of pirates!

Using a plum and a green pear I put together a fun food fruit plate, great for a snack or a dessert.

Healthy snacks for kids pirate

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Mother & Baby Bird

Spring is here and the birds are going mad in the trees all around as they build nests and start hatching chicks.

Here’s a fun food tribute to all the feathery ones waking me up EVERY morning!!

Cute food art for kids baby bird

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Egg Ship

Using the eggs from my favourite, feathery girls at the bottom of the garden I made a fun food, egg ship for the boys.

Fun food for picky kids ship

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Broccoli Octopus

Check out my Broccoli Octopus on the Healthy Food Guide http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2014/september/18/broccoli-octopus

Perfect for the mini chefs to do themselves ….

Broccoli Octopus Fun food art

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Orange Caterpillar

Fresh, juicy oranges make the perfect snack or dessert. Add a few grapes and that’s a fun food caterpillar!

Fun food for picky eaters caterpillar

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Cheese Butterfly

A lovely, simple lunch or snack, a fun food butterfly!

Cheese Butterfly - food for picky eaters

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Yoghurt Cow

It’s easy to add a bit of fruit to a yoghurt to jazz it up and add some texture and sweetness.

Here’s my fun food cow which my boys just loved!

Fun food yoghurt cow for fun breakfast

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Kiwi Car

My boys are always delighted to get a vehicle for dessert!

Here’s my fun food kiwi car.

Kiwi Car fun food for picky kids

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Mash Castle

It’s that change of seasons time when there is hot and cold weather. It’s great for variety in meals as there is a call for the hearty and the light.

Here is my fun food, mash and lentil castle. It could be made with any mash or veggie puree and any bolognaise style sauce and is really very simple.

Mash Castle fun food for picky eaters

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Egg Clown

A fun food clown for breakfast, easy and delicious!

Fun clown for breakfast

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Pear Mouse

Pears lend themselves to so many animal shapes!
Here’s my fun food, pear mouse.

Pear Mouse Food for picky eaters

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Veggie Rocket

I love roasting veggies. They are lovely and naturally sweet and the boys are always excited to eat. Here I have combined a tray full of roast veggies with some mash and some steamed veggies too.

A fun food veggie rocket that you can make from whatever veg you have on hand.

Veggie Rocket fun food for kids

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The Cow Jumped ..

A simple cow jumped over the moon that you can make from pancake or toast. I used a cookie cutter to make this fun food breakfast.

Fuin breakfasts for picky eaters

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Mandarin Flowerpot

Mandarins are so plentiful at this time of the year and make the perfect snack.
I’ve combined with some grapes and apple to make a simple, fun food plate.

Sugar free desserts flower

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Cauliflower Sheep

Check out my irresistible Cauliflower Sheep on the Healthy Food Guide … http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2014/september/4/cauli-sheep

Just add your favourite sauce for a perfect snack or as part of lunch.

Fun food art sheep

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Salad Jellyfish

I was looking at a capsicum/bell pepper and it spoke of jellyfish and an alter ego ..

Food for picky eaters fun jellyfish

Here’s my fun food, Salad Jellyfish.
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Oaty Bear

Simple, cute, nutritious and delicious!

Here’s my fun food, Oaty Bear. You can make him with porridge or Bircher muesli and of course any grain would work!

Healthy fun breakfasts for kids bear

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Pineapple Bus

It’s hard to beat a lovely, juicy, ripe pineapple. They are also a great splash of colour on a plate.

Here’s my vibrant, fun food school bus.

Sugar free desserts for kids bus

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Frog in Swamp

I love the bold flavours in a pesto and so I make different versions dependent on the season. The dark green makes a lovely swamp for my fun food frog and he tastes great dipped in it too!

Cute food ideas frog

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Mushroom Penguin

Found some lovely, dark-capped mushrooms at the markets so have been divising lots of ways to create with them. The boys loved this cute, little, fun food penguin and he was so simple I could do one each!

Creative breakfast ideas penguin

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Citrus Giraffe

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Giraffe cute food for kids

 

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Melon Gecko

There seem to be lots of melons around at the moment. Great as the boys love to eat them and good for me as they are so easy to design with!!

He’s my fun food gecko.

Cute food ideas for kids gecko

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Jacket Potato Elephant

Well we’re still battling through winter so lots of lovely warming dinners are on the menu.

My boys would never say no to a jacket potato and they just seem to lend themselves to fun food. So, here’s my jacket potato elephant.

Cute food ideas elephant

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Oaty Lion

I’ve been putting together a series of simple breakfast plates for my boys. They are so delighted when they get something “special” and most of the designs I can prepare the night before so there is no extra stress in the mornings.

Here is my fun food lion. Simple, cute and delicious.

healthy fun breakfast oat lion

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Apple Alien

Lovely, crunchy apples and space – what could be more exciting and delicious!

A simple alien in his flying saucer, a great fun food snack or dessert.

Sugar free desserts Space Alien

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Ice Cream Sandwich

I was asked to put together a creative plate using bread … and thought of an ice cream sandwich but not the sweet kind!

I’ve used some bread, cheese and veggies to make a fun food cone. My boys thought it looked really appetising and couldn’t wait to share.

Fun sandwiches for kids

 

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Yoghurt Panda

I needed to put together a “milk based” design for CIA Magazine in Indonesia so chose a bowl of yoghurt as my base. Added to that were a few slices of plum and there … poof … a panda appeared!

A fun food, Yoghurt Panda, great for a simple breakfast, snack or dessert.

Yoghurt Panda creative food

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Plum Zebra

One of my friends is in Africa at the moment volunteering to help preserve the wildlife. I wanted to create something to remind us how cool some of the unique animals are!

I found some really dark plums and married with some juicy pears I made a fun food zebra. It was not difficult but the stripes did take me a while to put on ….

Plum Zebra healthy food for kids

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Veggie Boat

After figuring out how to mix red cabbage and a little bicarb soda to make a natural greenish/blue “dye” it’s fun to use for designs. To make a perfect sea I mixed the red cabbage with mash.

Here’s my fun food veggie boat floating on the ocean …

Veggie Boat healthy dinners for kids

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Yoghurt Pig

Joe wanted some fruit yoghurt so I made a simple breakfast/snack/dessert using just home-made Greek yoghurt, a few frozen berries and some fruit.

Here’s my super easy, fun food yoghurt pig.

Yoghurt Pig Creative food

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Grape Big Ben

After being most privileged to be off to the UK soon to visit my parents all the sites are on my mind! Seeing the dark grapes I knew straight away what I could create …

Here’s my fun food Big Ben.

Fun healthy snacks Big Ben

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Salad Snail

I was making pesto yesterday (coriander/cilantro on this occasion) and it looked just like a mossy patch in the garden (a tasty looking one of course!) and this made me think of snails.

So here’s my fun food, salad snail cruising along on my “mossy” pesto. The boys loved her!

Salad Snail healthy snacks for kids

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Mushroom Jellyfish

Breakfast just got even more fun ..

Simple, fun food jellyfish, serve with some toast or your favourite sauce and it’s a delicious way to start the day!

Cute food ideas Jellyfish breakfast

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Banana Panda

Black grapes, white (ish) banana and it had to be a panda!

A fun food, quick and easy snack anyone can make.

Banana Panda healthy snack for kids

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Salad Robot

Making salad robots is a great activity to do with the kids. Just chop up a whole range of shapes from whatever you have on hand and let them create their own fun food versions.
So versatile as you can use any veggies and any shapes.

Fun snacks for kids robot

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Sam & his Grape Bear

A big thank you to Dave the storyteller from Broc and Cara, veggie-cational books (http://brocandcara.com) for sending in a photo of Sam (5) who made an awesome Grape Bear.

Food Art by kids

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Porridge Owl

Use your favourite breakfast grain to make porridge and then add a bit of fruit to make a super simple, cute, fun food owl.

I added a bit of cocoa powder to give my porridge some colour and to test whether the taste worked (boys rated it just OK).

Porridge Owl healthy kids breakfast

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Grape Bear

Had to whip up a quick and simple share plate when some friends were over so ….

Here’s my easy, fun food, grape bear.

Grape Bear cute snack ideas

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Stegosaurus Potato

My boys love jacket potatoes, and like me crispy skin is the go. Looking at one it does seem quite leathery a lot like I imagine a dinosaur would look and that of course lead me into the kitchen ….

Here’s my fun food, jacket potato stegosaurus. The boys were really, really excited about the result!

Jacket potato Stegosaurus kids meals Feeding fussy kids dinosaur

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Pancake Bastille Day

Was spoilt for ideas today; World Cup, Tour De France or Bastille Day. Boys opted for Bastille Day so we made some blackberry pancakes together (much to their total delight). And, what symbolises France more than an Eiffel Tower?!?!

Here is our joint effort, fun food pancake celebratory plate.

Eiffel tower pancake healthy breakfast

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Citrus Bike

I love citrus at this time of the year juicy, sweet and huge. I just had to use them for another Tour De France inspired plate.

Here’s my fun food bike. So simple and so quick.

Orange bike fun food for kids

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Salad Bicycle

OK so Tour De France time so bicycles in the news. I could never draw bicycles so am amazed I am able to reproduce them in food. Weirdly it seems way easier in veg than in pencil!

Here’s part of a fun food, light lunch I whipped up for the boys.

Salad Bicycle food art for kids

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Grasshopper

I was cutting an egg and the shape just reminded me of some wings. From there it was a small jump to a fun food grasshopper!

Grasshopper cute food breakfast

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July 4th “Cake”

I would have so loved to have made this from fresh berries …… but alas mid-winter is not a good time to be finding them on our beautiful, little isolated island ….

Fortunately the taste compensated and my boys were suitably delighted to be gorging themselves on berries!

Here’s my fun food, red, white and blue “cake”.

4th July dessert healthy berries

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July 4th Veggies

Independence Day coming up in the US so thought I’d experiment with natural colours and see if I could create a blue. It was more green than I’d have liked  but was super simple to do. I just chopped a handful of red cabbage, placed in boiling water and added a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. I left the lid on the pot for a few minutes and then drained the cabbage. I mixed this with mash for a natural blue.

Here’s a fun food, veggie celebration plate using “blue” food.

Healthy blue food for 4th July

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Wheatbrick Nest

I was absent mindedly reading the outside of the wheatbrick box as I was putting it away and there were suggestions as to how to serve. One of them was adding bananas and my mind raced from there.

This fun food, breakfast nest has got to be one of the simplest ever!

Sugar free fun breakfasts for kids

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Soccer Berries

This is a bit of a summery design and for those of us in mid-winter it will probably mean resorting to frozen berries!

However, it’s a cute, simple, fun food soccer/football plate.

Soccer Berries healthy snacks for kids

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Soccer Pitch

Back to World Cup fever! My boys were totally mesmerised by this dish.

A fun food soccer pitch that is healthy, delicious and simple to create.

Football field party fun food

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Tic Tac Toe Oats

Winter is well and truly here for us so some nice warm oats in the morning is a great way to fill the belly and heat the body from the inside. Throw in some fruit and it’s delicious.

Here’s my simple, fun food Tic Tac Toe (Noughts and Crosses).

Tic Tac Toe Oats different breakfast ideas

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Soccer Net

The World Cup continues so there are a few more fun food plates to do too.

Here’s a simple, fun, soccer snack that my boys loved.

Football fruit dessert soccer

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World Cup Logo

This was pure indulgence. I saw the logo, loved the vibrant colours but knew it would be impossible to reproduce in food. Still there is nothing like a challenge to spur one on …

Here’s my fun food version of the World Cup Logo.

World Cup logo healthy food

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Soccer Pancake

World Cup fever strikes and I just had to do a topical fun food plate.

Soccer Pancake for world cup

Pancakes are a huge treat in our house and married with blueberries (ones I froze in the summer) and yoghurt it’s a winning combination!!

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Gone Fishing

Happy Father’s Day to all those celebrating today!!

Fishing seems like an appropriate homage to the occasion …

Fishing Rod sugar free snacks

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Kiwi Frog

Check out my super simple, fun food kiwi frog on the Healthy Food Guide. Great for fruit in a hurry.

Kiwi Frog healthy snack for kids

http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2014/june/12/kiwi-frog

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Tool Set

So Father’s Day is looming on some parts of the planet so I thought I’d do a blokey design. It felt a little stereotypical to do tools and then I thought about how excited my husband gets about a trip to the hardware store and how many new toys he must have once there ….

Here is my fun food, fruit tools to surprise Dad with on Sunday.

Tools Bob the builder

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Salad Bulldozer

A bright yellow capsicum (bell pepper) just screamed construction vehicle to me.

So here is my fun food bulldozer.

Salad Bulldozer healthy food for kids

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Toast Ute

I admit that I find it very difficult to look at round veggies and not think of wheels! This time I gave in to the obsession and created a simple toast truck. It’d be just as good untoasted too!!

Toast Ute for breakfast

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Pear Raccoon

I had some lovely black grapes I wanted to use in a design and raccoons with their iconic bandit faces and stripey tails just jumped out at me (and way easier than zebra!!).

Here’s my fun food raccoon using just pear and grapes.

Pear Raccoon healthy snack

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Corn Bee

With the last of this season’s corn I decided to make a special plate for Joe who loves corn and loves olives. He was so pleased with his fun food plate!

Corn Bee Fun food for kids

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Queen’s Guard

This weekend in Australia and New Zealand we traditionally celebrate the Queen’s birthday. In honour of the occasion I whipped up a fun food palace guard.

Queen's Guard fruit plate

Admittedly not a quick number but sometimes one just has to push the boat out and although it’s a bit complicated it only uses two ingredients!

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Goodbye Platter

Joe’s class were having a shared lunch to say goodbye to a student teacher who’d been working in the class for a few months. I wanted to create a vegetable platter that was easy to eat and share and thought something topical would be more interesting. I titled it with the class room number and had the teacher waving goodbye to the students and them waving back!

Fun vegetable platter for kids to share

Here’s my fun food platter, complete with home-made hummus for dipping. It seemed to work well as it all disappeared super quickly (I moved the letters at the last minute to fit the hummus in but the paper dried quickly so the marks were not apparent).

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Egg Submarine

Breakfast just dived into the depths with this Egg-marine.

Simple fun food, to tempt the troops in the morning!

Submarine breakfast fun and simple

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Fun Breakfast Train

Check out my simple, irresistible breakfast train on the Healthy Food Guide.

Breakfast train fun food

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Kiwi Ninja Turtle

I am not normally a big fan of licensed stuff but this was just too tempting ….

This is admittedly not quick to do. It is however surprisingly simple and loads of fun. One of my friend’s was saying how bright the kiwi fruit are at this time of the year and how they could make a great Ninja Turtle.

Kiwi Ninja Turtle Michealangelo

So this fun food, Ninja Turtle is for Iley and Joe. I made Michealangelo as orange is Joe’s favourite colour and luckily persimmons are in season!

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Salad Flowers

Just realised that I hadn’t uploaded the link to my salad flowers that I did for Mother’s Day on the Healthy Food Guide. Enjoy!

Mother's Day Flowers from salad

http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/blogs/the-art-of-nutrition/2014/May/1/mothers-day-edible-flowers

 

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Salad Shoes

High fashion hits the plate with these fun food shoes …

Salad Shoes simple snacks for kids

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Brekkie Rainbow

It’s great to have a big share breakfast at the weekend. My boys see a cooked breakfast as a big treat and every now and again I deliver!!

Here’s a fun food rainbow, healthy and delicious. You can of course substitute in your favourite breakfast ingredients.

Rainbow for breakfast

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Melon Cactus

A nice, simple, fun food dessert (desert?!?!) or snack. You can of course substitute the melon for apple, banana or pear.

Melon Cactus fruit desert for kids

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Salad Tank

OK so tanks are probably not very P.C. these days but my boys are fascinated by them.

Here’s a fun food, super simple one to whip up as part of a meal or for a snack.

Salad Tank for picky eaters

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Banana Pancakes Boy Style

Steve is into his health and fitness so was excited to find the recipe for the banana pancakes. A high protein breakfast so naturally sweet it doesn’t need any sugar or toppings. Even better it’s so simple his boys can make on their own – now that is a great breakfast recipe!!

Check out these gorgeous boys making their own breakfast from 2 bananas and 4 eggs.

Banana pancakes kids can make

And using cookie cutters to do their own designs.

Sugar Free pancake recipe

Simple, delicious and getting the boys into the kitchen – now that is perfect!
Thanks for sending through the pics Steve.

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Egg Galleon

After a week of flowers for us fab mums it’s time to float back to normal.

Here’s my simple and nutritious, fun food, egg ship – perfect for breakfast or light lunch. The mini-chefs were impressed!

Healthy breakfast ship for kids

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Love U Mum

Happy Mother’s Day to all …

Love u Mum Mother's Day fun

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Mother’s Day Bouquet

As Mother’s Day is fast approaching I still have flowers on my mind.

This is such a versatile, fun food, fruit bouquet. You can use any fruit you have to hand and even the shapes can be individualised. I used some cookie cutters and others I cut freehand.

Fruit flowers healthy snack

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Flowers for Breakfast

As Mother’s Day is coming up for many countries this Sunday I thought I’d do a few special designs. This fun food, flower plate makes a great breakfast or light lunch for anyone.

Fun paleo breakfast for mother's day

I did change my mind a few times during the making so bear with me!! I also did two options so you can choose toast or mushrooms.

Healthy breakfast for mother's day

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Birthday Platter

Well today is Roy’s birthday so I have made him a special platter in celebration. We won’t discuss how old he is but suffice it to say much older than me!!

50th Birthday Platter

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Watermelon Car

There are some amazing carvings to be made from watermelons. Alas I am neither that talented nor patient so do my simple versions of “carvings” which are met with gratifying enthusiasm from the mini chefs never-the-less.

Here is my fun food car. Easy enough to do and perfect for a party.

Fun party food for kids car

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Avocado Bird

Summer fruit and veggies are coming to the end for us so am making the most of the last available like avocadoes. Boys are on school holidays so wanted a simple salad design for lunch. Joe requested a bird and I thought it might encourage Max to eat some (one of the few veggies he’s not keen on). Soooo, here’s a very quick and easy fun food plate.

Avocado Bird - creative snacks for kids

I changed half way through as the tail was too heavy!

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Toast Tower

I’m devastated as my favourite bakery is closing down. Where to now for my lovely grainy bread with no preservatives? Although yesterday they were all sold out anyway and I had to settle for wholemeal …

Here’s a fun food breakfast. Jazz up the toast with a few mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Yum.

Fun breakfast ideas for children

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2 Responses to Blogs/Recipes 2014

  1. Tracey says:

    These are absolutely wonderful. 10 out of 10, I work with children who are diet restricted on the ketogenic diet and some of these ideas will bring some fun into eating. These children often can only have 3-5 g carbs per meal. Please keep up the great work.
    Cheers Tracey (New Zealand)

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