Fun Cauliflower Christmas Tree

Cauliflower Christmas Tree

As we’re well into Dec I feel that Christmas season designs are legitimate and welcomed! I love taking classic images and crafting them from healthy food and what says Christmas more than a tree?

Here is my simple, hearty, healthy fun food tree. Feel free to use your own decorations!

Healthy Christmas food

Recipe

– Mashed potato for the structure (I don’t like non-edible things or wooden sticks etc. in my designs unless absolutely necessary)

– Steamed cauliflower

– For the decorations I used cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, baby spinach, corn, peas and red capsicum (bell pepper).

– I used rectangles of cheese for the presents

Method

1. I made a pile of mashed potato that would be the inner structure of the tree.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Then covered with florets of cauliflower.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 2 cauli (1 of 1)

3. I started with cherry tomato “baubles” and strips of red cabbage “tinsel” but anything you have in the fridge will do.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 3 tinsel (1 of 1)

4. I kept adding different veggies to give more colour and shapes, just like a regular tree when decorated by the children!

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 4 spinach (1 of 1)

First spinach leaves.

5. Then peas, corn and red capsicum (bell pepper) cut into squares.

Cauli Chrissy Tree - 5 baubles (1 of 1)

6. Then to finish a capsicum star on the top (held in place by mash glue).

Christmas healthy food

And some presents cut from cheese with different coloured ribbons cut from the veggies.

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Fun Mash Snowman

Mash Snowman

Snowmen are such a seasonal icon, even in the Southern hemisphere where we’re sweating in our socks!!

This is a great, comfort fun food that the boys love to make themselves. It’s all a bit messy but tonnes of fun.

Healthy Christmas food

Recipe

– Mash potato (do not make too soft)

– Carrot – for the nose

– I used peas for the buttons but any veggies cut into circles would work

– I used olives for eyes (peas/corn/carrots cut)

– I used roast pumpkin for the hat but roast sweet potato or carrot would be good

– I used beans for arms but then changed to carrot (or asparagus or strips of celery etc.)

– I used broccoli for some bushes

– I used cauliflower grated as snow (or cheese or oat bran)

Method

1. Make the snowman by rolling the potato into 3 balls. Using hands works best!

Mash Snowman - 1 mash (1 of 1)

2. Give him a set of buttons and some eyes.

Mash Snowman - 2 eyes & buttons (1 of 1)

3. Then put in some arms. I started with beans but then realized they didn’t show up very well with the dark plate so swapped them for carrots.

Mash Snowman - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. The hat was fashioned from some roasted pumpkin (or sweet potato). They are good to work with as they can be squished and molded!

Mash Snowman - 4 hat (1 of 1)

5. Then he needed his iconic carrot nose.

Mash Snowman - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. I added some broccoli bushes.

Mash Snowman - 6 bush (1 of 1)

7. Then grated some cauliflower to make snow.

Healthy Christmas food for kids

8. And he would have been finished but he needed some new arms!

Healthy snowman food

Ahh, those are more comfortable …

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