Fun Oat Puppy

Oat Puppy

This was supposed to be a slam dunk, quick design but as usual I wasn’t 100% happy with the results of the cookie cutter mold so had to adapt. Using a mold, even if you make changes does make things easier though as you have a basic shape to work to.

Here is my still simple and quick oat puppy fun food breakfast.

Puppy breakfast picture

Recipe

– Oats – I use wholegrain and soak for a while to soften and make them easier to mold.

– I used some papaya for the ball (any fruit you can cut into a circle would work)

– I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for the ground.

– I used a raisin for the eye and sliced almonds for mouth and ear

Method

1. I filled a cookie cutter mold with softened oats.

Oat Puppy - 1 mold-016

2. Then thought I’d prefer him standing up, with 2 legs and a longer tail …

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It was fortunately quite simple to bend him around a bit.

3. Then I added a raisin eye and a bit of sliced almond for the mouth.

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4. And another piece of almond for the ear.

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5. I used a cookie cutter to cut a circle from a piece of papaya and sprinkled pepitas for the ground.

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6. And there it is a quick and nutritious fun food breakfast.

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Woof Woof.

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Fun Egg Ducklings

Egg Ducklings

We love eggs in our house. In fact we go through so many we decided to invest in some hens of our own! They have a house to rival ours and get treated as part of the family with treats and cuddles. Not sure this is conducive to laying lots of eggs but time will tell …

This is my fun food egg duckling plate. Great for breakfast or a snack.

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Recipe

– 1 large egg, scrambled (I always use free range as they are just so much better)

– 1 large egg with yolk and white cooked separately

– I used a little olive for eyes

Method

1. Make the shape of the body.

Egg Ducklings - 1 bodies-001

2. Then add a head.

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3. I cut beak shapes from the cooked yolk.

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4. And cut wings from the white.

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5. I realised their tails needed to be longer so made them so.

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6. Then cut eyes from an olive.

Egg Ducklings - 6 eyes-006

7. And no duck would be happy without some water, made from little pieces of the white.

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8. But then I thought it’d look better if it was a bit wavy.

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9. And with a few ripples.

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10. Add an egg yolk sun and off they swim.

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Fun Oaty Three Blind Mice

Oaty Three Blind Mice

It’s great to reproduce classic nursery rhymes and they’re always instantly recognisable!

Here is my breakfast fun food three blind mice.

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Recipe

– Porridge – I soaked then cooked oats to make a simple porridge

– Apple (or other fruit)

– I used raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for detail

Method

1. Form the shape of a mouse from porridge.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 1 body-002

2. Then make 2 friends.

Oaty 3 Blind Mice - 2 three-003

3. And cut them some ears from apple.

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4. I made some dark glasses from raisins.

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5. Then some cute little feet from bits of apple.

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6. And some long tails from slices of apple.

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7. Making a floor from sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

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8. And little noses from a bit of the red apple.

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9. Run mice, run ….

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Fun Egg Volcano

Egg Volcano

The boys were soooo excited when I was making this. They could not wait to eat it. Unfortunately the photos do not do it justice as it’s hard to get perspective with the camera. The “lava” was a spectacle and they couldn’t wait to taste the “mountain”.

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Here is my fun food egg volcano, perfect for breakfast or a main meal. It doesn’t take long to cook and you can serve on top of bread, rice or just some veggies.

Recipe

– Eggs

– Tomato paste

– Bread

– I used mushrooms, onion and spinach for the background

Method

1. Separate the eggs.

Egg Volcano - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Place bread on greased baking paper on a tray.

Egg Volcano - 2 bread (1 of 1)

3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. I used a stick blender.

Egg Volcano - 3 whipped whites (1 of 1)

4. Fashion the whipped egg whites into a volcano shape on top of the bread (making a hollow for the sauce).

Egg Volcano - 4 volcano whites (1 of 1)

5. I spooned a little tomato paste into the well at the top.

Egg Volcano - 5 tomato (1 of 1)

6. Then added the egg yolks carefully on top of that and put them in the oven (180 degrees for 10-15 mins).

Egg Volcano - 6 yolks (1 of 1)

7. As the eggs were cooking I fried some mushrooms and onions.

Egg Volcano - 7 mushrooms (1 of 1)

And placed them in a ring on each plate.

8. Then I slid the cooked egg volcanoes from the oven onto the plate.

Egg Volcano - 8 cooked (1 of 1)

9. Which I had added some baby spinach leaves to.

Egg Volcano - 9 egg on mushrooms (1 of 1)

10. Then the boys were able to puncture the yolk with their knife and let the tomato/egg mixture become the lava down the side of the volcano.

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11. It was all very exciting.

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12. And nutritious and delicious too ….

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Fun Avocado Turtle

Avocado Turtle

Love, love, love avocadoes and it’s the season for them this time of year in NZ.

Avocadoes make a great breakfast, lunch or snack food. I have made a very simple, fun food plate that the mini chefs can help you make.

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I served on toast but it would be delicious on mushrooms or on its own.

Recipe

– Wholegrain toast

– ½ avocado

– 2 cherry tomatoes

– I used cottage cheese for eyes

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Place half the avocado on top of the toast.

Avocado Turtle - 1 avo (1 of 1)

2. Add a cherry tomato for the head.

Avocado Turtle -  head (1 of 1)

3. Then slice another cherry tomato into 4 pieces to make the legs.

Avocado Turtle -  3 legs (1 of 1)

4. I used cottage cheese to make two little eyes.

Avocado Turtle -  4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then added some spinach leaves for his environment.

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6. Or should he be on green?

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Fun Mushroom Tree

Mushroom Tree

It’s great to have basic, healthy breakfasts that can be whipped up in a minute. My boys love sautéed mushrooms and marrying them with tomato and cheese is always a winner.

This is my simple, fun food mushroom tree.

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Recipe

– Mushrooms

– Cherry tomatoes

– Cheese (I used Edam)

– Baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Cut the mushroom into stem/stalk like strips.

Mushroom Tree - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make flower shapes from cheese (you could cut free-hand or use triangles which work well).

Mushroom Tree - 2 flowers (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced cherry tomatoes in half to make the centre of the flowers.

Mushroom Tree - 3 tomatoes (1 of 1)

4. And added a little circle of cheese for the centres.

Mushroom Tree - 4 centres (1 of 1)

5. To finish off the tree and make it lush and verdant I layered baby spinach leaves.

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Fun Toast Dice

Toast Dice

OK so there is only one and it should be die but I couldn’t call it that so have made it plural so there is one for everyone!

This was inspited by the lovely, ripe cherry tomoatoes and the need for something super quick. Fun food for kids of all ages.

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Recipe

– 2 pieces of toast

– 8 small tomatoes (I used cherry toms)

– I used cheese for an outline

Method

1. Cut the toast. I left one piece whole and then cut the other so it was just under half. I used the remaining pieces to prop up the die so it’s 3-D.

Brekkie Dice - 1 toast

 

2. Then I propped up the toast and added the tomatoes cut in half for the dots.

Brekkie Dice - 2 spots

I chose the number 5 as it’s visually great and then cut one of the tomato halves in half again to make the part of the 3 dot side disappearing into the plate!

3. I cut cheese into strips and laid it around the outside. Yum, cheese and tomatoes on toast.

Brekkie Dice - 3 Cheese

4. And there is the breakfast die. Super quick and fun.

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Fun Breakfast Names

Breakfast Names

OK so who doesn’t want their name in … food!! The mini chefs were delighted to have their names carved out for breakfast and devoured them with pride.

This is such a simple, fun way to present some healthy food for breks. I used some letter molds and filled them with wheatbricks I had soaked in milk and that was about it. It’s something that you can do with the kids or they can probably do themselves.

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Admittedly Max and Joe are short names (my friend quipped that I had 3 males in my life all with 3 letter names so I could remember them – hmpfff!!) and probably more manageable than Angelina or Benjamin but initials, sports team’s acronyms or nicknames can work.

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Recipe

– I used 1 ½ wheatbricks per boy and soaked in milk until soft but not mushy

– I used raisins, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds and pepitas for decoration

Method

1. Choose your molds and fill with as much mix as you’d like.

Brekkie Names - 2 Filled

2. Then press out the wheatbrick mix.

Brekkie Names - 3 Joe

I realised whilst doing that that the gap in the “O” (and the “A” too) shouldn’t be filled!

3. And the other/s if you have need.

Brekkie Names - 4 Max

4. Then I decorated.

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Using raisins and sliced almonds.

5. And for Joe.

Fun breakfasts for children

I used raisins and pepitas.

6. Then finished off with some sunflower seeds as well.

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7. Once we were ready to eat we poured the milk or you could use yoghurt.

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8. Beautifully simple, fun and delicious.

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Fun Brekkie Bread Tree

Brekkie Bread Tree

OK so I am a bit fixated on tree designs I admit. But they are so simple and so effective and a great one to do with the kids.

This is a fun food bread and egg one that takes no time at all to whip up but looks funky and appetising.

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Recipe

– Slice of thick cut bread (or could use toast)

– 2 eggs scrambled

– 1 tomato (for the inside of the flowers)

– I used mushrooms, tomatoes and parsley for detail

Method

1. Cut the bread into the shape of a trunk and branches. I deliberately left it “rustic” style as it adds to the character and makes it twice as simple!

Brekkie Bread Tree - 1 Bread

2. Cut the scrambled egg into flower shapes. I used a mini cookie cutter.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 2 Egg Flowers

3. Add some mushrooms for rocks on the ground.

Brekkie Bread Tree - 3 Mushroom ground

4. Slice the tomato and cut into small squares. These make the centre of the flowers.

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5. I added some tomato slices and parsley.

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6. And then thought it was a bit busy so took them off again!

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Fun Egg-celerating Eggs

Egg-celerating Eggs

This is not my usual style and I don’t generally include things that can’t be eaten but the egg box just cried out to be used and I’ve had this running around in my head for weeks. I actually got the inspiration from an insurance ad – which is conclusive proof I need to get out more!

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Max asked what I was making and I said eggs. His response was “egg-citing” and now I can’t get all the fun food egg plays on words out of my head ….

Recipe

– Egg box
– Aluminium foil (aluminum)
– Boiled eggs (to your favourite consistency)
– 4 Large mushrooms (can substitute for any other round veg)
– Bread
– Tomato (again other round veg is fine)
– Yellow capsicum/bell pepper (lights are optional and could be orange ala indicators or white, headlights)
– Spinach (just because I have to stuff extra veggies into everything)

Method

1. Egg Box. I have used a 6 slot one.

Egg.Eggs - Box

2. I have covered in silver paper for hygiene and let’s face it, who doesn’t want a shiny silver car ….

Egg.Eggs - Box & silver

3. Cut mushrooms for the wheels. If you use the middle bit (slice off the top and the bottom) you get a great tyre pattern as shown as the third bit in the photo. These can then be attached with a toothpick (make a hole in the box first).

Egg.Eggs - Hats-Tyres

4. I have used a slice of tomato on a mushroom stalk for the steering wheel.

5. I have put on two circles of yellow capsicum/bell pepper for lights.

Egg.Eggs - Car Shell

6. Make hats for the eggs to give them character. I used carrots. See picture of tyres for how to. I also did other versions using the top of the tomato as a beret style cap or a cut out from the mushroom. Style is in your hands ….

7. Draw faces on the boiled eggs. I have used marker as it will not come into contact with the edible portion of the design. I have used two eggs as I have two boys but there is no reason you can’t have a bus ….

Egg.Eggs - Eggs

8. Make toast as luggage.

9. Put the eggs and toast into the car. Egg-cellent (couldn’t resist …)

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