Fun Strawberry Cups

Strawberry Cups

Who doesn’t like to share a cup of tea or coffee with friends?

Here is a fun food way to have a little tea party for a snack or dessert. Great way to present a healthy share plate.

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Recipe

– Strawberries (larger are easier to work with!)

– Blueberries (for the handles)

– I used little chunks of apple to hold the handle in place (any harder fruit would do)

– Yoghurt for the filling (for dairy free you can always substitute coconut cream)

– I sprinkled cacao powder for the cappuccino effect

Method

1. Cut the stem from the strawberry and then slice the other end off and hollow it out.

Strawberry Cups - 2 hollow (1 of 1)

2. I sliced blueberries in half and cut off the flesh to leave primarily the black outer skin. Then I wrapped this around a small semi-circle of apple flesh to form the handle.

Strawberry Cups - 3 handles (1 of 1)

I then pushed these up against the “cup” where they sat nicely.

3. I filled with some Greek yoghurt.

Strawberry Cups - 4 filling (1 of 1)

4. Then sprinkled with cacao powder.

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5. And we’re ready to have a lovely cappuccino together!

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Strawberry Cups - Finished (1 of 1)

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Fun Jacket Potato Car

Jacket Potato Car

There is always heated debate in our household as to how to cook a jacket potato. The boys and I love them when they are cooked uncovered and the skin is tough, brown and delicious. Roy on the other hand prefers a more delicate version with the potato wrapped to cook leaving the skin paler and softer.

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The fun food car I made uses the crispier version but you can of course do either!

This is so quick and simple to prepare and was a slam dunk winner with my boys.

Recipe

– Jacket potatoes

– For detail I used corn, cherry tomatoes, celery, carrot and baby spinach leaves. Feel free to substitute for whatever you have in the fridge.

Method

1. Look for and cook a potato that has a cylindrical type shape.

Jacket Potato Car - 1 potato (1 of 1)

2. Cut a little triangle that gives you the drivers area and bend the sliced skin back to make the back of the seat.

Jacket Potato Car - 2 seat  (1 of 1)

3. Add 4 chunky tyres. I used carrots but other cylindrical veg would work.

Jacket Potato Car - 3 wheels (1 of 1)

4. I used a piece of celery for an ostentatious exhaust.

Jacket Potato Car - 4 exhaust (1 of 1)

5. And one sliced horizontally for a steering wheel.

Jacket Potato Car - 5 steering wheel (1 of 1)

6. Then I added some corn kernel headlights.

Jacket Potato Car - 6 lights (1 of 1)

7. Followed by some rear lights cut from a cherry tomato.

Jacket Potato Car - 7 rear lights (1 of 1)

8. And the car was ready to hit the celery road.

Jacket Potato Car - 8 road (1 of 1)

9. Brum brum into lunch or dinner …..

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Fun Banana Igloo

Banana Igloo

Well we’re supposed to be in the middle of summer but it does NOT feel like that so this plate is probably as appropriate for us as those deep in winter!

My boys love bananas and yoghurt so this fun food plate hits the spot for dessert (aside from arguing over the penguin). The photos unfortunately do not do it justice.

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Recipe

– Bananas

– Yoghurt

– Desiccated coconut for snow

– For the penguin I used a date, 2 raisins, a dried apricot, a hazelnut and some yoghurt.

Method

1. Slice the banana and build the first level of the igloo.

Banana Igloo - 1 bananas (1 of 1)

2. Add another layer of banana slices.

Banana Igloo - 2 2nd layer (1 of 1)

3. Then I sliced some banana lengthways to make the door.

Banana Igloo - 3 Door (1 of 1)

4. And added a roof with more layers.

Banana Igloo - 4 roof (1 of 1)

5. Then I covered the whole thing in yoghurt to give the snow effect.

Banana Igloo - 5 yoghurt (1 of 1)

6. And sprinkled some coconut “snow” falling.

Banana Igloo - 6 snow (1 of 1)

7. Then put together a little penguin.

Banana Igloo - Penguin (1 of 1)

8. And it’s time to eat!

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Fun 3 Little Salad Pigs

3 Little Salad Pigs

I decided to put together a salad/coleslaw plate to be shared over dinner. Of course it is far more fun to have it in the shape of the 3 little pigs and this turned out to be beautifully simple. The boys argued over chimney, windows and doors but it was a small price to pay for their pleasure at the fun food plate.

I used Chinese radish/daikon for the straw house. The boys like it as it is very mild flavoured, crunchy and juicy. If it’s not readily available you could substitute for cucumber or cabbage.

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Recipe

– Carrot – for the brick house

– Red cabbage – for the stick house (or cucumber/sliced lettuce)

– Chinese radish/daikon – for the straw house (or cucumber/cabbage)

– Hummus, cheese, tuna – for the 3 pigs (substitute your own dips/accompaniments/ dressing)

– Baby spinach leaves – for grass (or lettuce)

Method

1. Make the brick house. Cut the carrot into rectangular “bricks”.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 1 carrot

2. Slice the carrot into batons for the roof.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 2 daikon

And add daikon windows, door and chimney (it cuts beautifully).

3. Build the straw house from strips of daikon.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 3 Straw House

4. Then use strips of red cabbage for the stick house.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 4 Sticks House

5. Add windows and doors to the straw house. I used carrot.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 5 3 Houses

6. And to the stick house. I used Chinese radish.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 6 complete houses

7. Then we need a few pigs. I used a cookie cutter mold I had.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 7 hummus pig

And made the first pig from home-made hummus.

8. Then the straw house pig from cheese.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 8 cheese pig

9. And the final pig from tuna.

3 Little Salad Pigs - 9 tuna pig

10. I added some baby spinach for grass and the whole scene was complete.

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Fun Egg Nest

Egg Nest

My boys love spaghetti. I have found a wholemeal brand that is lovely and soft and doesn’t seem like chewy string so we are all happy! I enjoy making meals that tick all my boxes, lots of veggies, high fibre carbs, good protein and of course appealing presentation and great taste. This is one such fun food meal and delights all my boys, big and small.

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Recipe

– A boiled egg per person

– Wholemeal spaghetti

– Sauce (I made a simple, hearty tomato and fresh herb)

– Veggies (I served with peas, broccoli, corn and baby spinach)

Method

1. Cook pasta and add sauce

2. Wrap around in a bowl. If you can make the spaghetti roughly go around the inside of the bowl in big circles the nest will hold together easily once removed from bowl. I use my favourite kitchen utensils for this (fingers).

Egg Nest - in bowl

3. Once the bowl is full (you will have a slight hole in the middle) up-end on the serving plate.

Egg Nest - upended bowl

4. Remove the bowl. Push into the centre and make a hole for the eggs to perch in.

Egg Nest - nest

5. Place veggies around the side for foliage.

Egg Nest - nest + eggs

6. You can serve with any veggies on hand.

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