Fun Healthy Party Snacks

Healthy Party Snacks

Max had a communal dinner organised for his new class at school last night to meet the teacher and other parents. He kindly volunteered me to bring a savoury and a sweet dish so I needed to whip something up between school finishing and the party starting. Nothing like a bit of time pressure to get one motivated …

High summer made the dessert an easy choice as there are so many delicious fruits available. I made bite sized, layered fruit cakes and served them on a tiered cake stand that has been buried at the back of successive cupboards for years. Unfortunately I was rushing to have everything done and I’m not the greatest photographer at the best of times, never mind when the sun is streaming in and I have a reflective cake stand. The photos do not do the fruit justice and I apologise for the quality of the pic.

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For the savoury option I made “veggie sandwiches”. I used a combination of veggies and interspersed some edam cheese and some cottage cheese to give a different flavour, texture and colour. These were actually eaten more quickly than the fruit. The colours were very vibrant and I think they were interesting as they were unique. Whatever the reason they were all munched with gusto and it heartens me that creative “healthy” options can still be a winner at a party and stack up next to more processed plates.

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Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

Fun Salad Hot Air Balloon

This was so much fun to make. It was really easy, just a question of chopping the ingredients (which you have to do anyway) and then placing them inside the balloon shape.

Lots of fresh salad veggies married with a little cheese, what could be better in a fun food share plate?
Creative Salad for kids

Recipe

– I used cottage cheese (cream cheese/ricotta or a mash would also work)

– Carrots, red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper), celery, radish, cucumber, red cabbage for the balloon. Use anything you have available!

– Mushroom for the basket

– Cottage cheese for the clouds

Method

1. I smeared cottage cheese in the shape of the balloon. This makes the veggies stay in place and gives you a shape to work to.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 1 cheese-carrot-001

I made an outline from carrot cut into circles.

2. Then added layers of red capsicum, celery and began one of yellow capsicum.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 2 capsicum cucumber-002

3. I finished the yellow …

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 3 yellow capsicum-003

4. Before adding some radish.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 4 radish-004

5. Then some cucumber sliced into semi-circles.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 5 cucumber-005

6. And filled the centre with red cabbage.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 6 red cabbage-007

7. I used strips of the red cabbage to make the wires attaching the balloon to the mushroom basket.

Salad Hot Air Balloon - 7 basket-008

8. Before adding some cottage cheese fluffy clouds for it to float through.

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Perfect rainbow food for any occasion …..

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Fun Pineapple Lizard

Pineapple Lizard

I had a lovely, juicy, bright yellow pineapple and as I was cutting it I was getting all these angular shapes. They made me think of lizards so common both here and in Aus. I cut a head shape and the rest just sort of formed itself.

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The boys couldn’t wait to demolish this fun food lizard. Although there was too much fruit for one sitting so probably would make a better share plate or healthy party food recipe.

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

– I used honeydew melon for the spines & feet but other melon, apple, pears etc. would work

– I used blue berries for eyes but raisins/dates etc. are good too

Strawberry for tongue – or red apple/watermelon

Method

1. Cut a head shape.

Pineapple Lizard - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then some ears.

Pineapple Lizard - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. I roughly cut some geometric type blocks from the pineapple to make the bumpy back of the lizard.

Pineapple Lizard - 3 back (1 of 1)

4. And kept adding them.

Pineapple Lizard - 4 back 2 (1 of 1)

5. And adding them …

Pineapple Lizard - 5 back 3 (1 of 1)

6. Then I cut a few longer strips for the tail.

Pineapple Lizard - 6 tail (1 of 1)

7. And some more for the legs.

Pineapple Lizard - 9 legs (1 of 1)

8. I used some honeydew melon cut into triangles for the spines along the back.

Pineapple Lizard - 10 spines (1 of 1)

9. And some more to make the feet.

Pineapple Lizard - 11 feet (1 of 1)

10. Blueberries made some lovely googly eyes.

Pineapple Lizard - 12 eyes (1 of 1)

11. And a strawberry cut in half and shaped to make a fork to create a dramatic tongue.

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12. Get ready to tuck into this lovely, refreshing plate ….

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Fun Watermelon Sunrise

Watermelon Sunrise

I had a whole watermelon and couldn’t decide what to do with it. I asked Max for suggestions and he said “sunrise”. Of course, why didn’t I think of that?

So here is Max’s fun food idea for a bright red piece of watermelon and some fresh pineapple. It’s a great share plate or party centrepiece.

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Recipe

– Piece of watermelon. I made a large sun from half a small watermelon but you could do a mini version from a cut piece.

– Some fresh pineapple (or apple/pear/melon)

– Mandarins – for the eyes (or orange/pineapple etc.)

– Oranges – for clouds (substitute as necessary)

– Raisins – for eyeballs

Method

1. Cut the watermelon. I cheated and used a bowl as a mold as I am not quite mad enough to be able to cut perfect circles!

Watermelon Sun - 1 Watermelon

2. Place on a plate.

Watermelon Sun - 1 Disc cut

3. Add the rays of light. I used watermelon.

Watermelon Sun - 2 first rays

4. And pineapple.

 Watermelon Sun - 3 More rays

5. Then made some eyes and mouth.

Watermelon Sun - 4 Eyes & mouth

Using mandarin segments and a cut piece of pineapple.

6. Then I gave the sun eyeballs with raisins.

Watermelon Sun - 5 Eyeballs

7. And used cut orange pieces for the clouds.

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8. I thought maybe the sun needed a nose. Or maybe not?

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Fun Salad Fish

Salad Fish

Sometimes the boys have to bring in a “share” plate to school/Kinder/Cubs/team events. I am always wanting to come up with something fun that impulses the other members to dive in and yet is healthy. I try and make the dish from lots of bite sized pieces so everyone can have just a little at a time.

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The salad fish is one of my simple designs that can be modified dependent upon what you have available and can be jazzed up with a pot of dip!  Enjoy my fun food plate.

Recipe

– 2 celery stalks

– 2 carrots

– 1 cherry tomato

– I used corn for the bubbles

– I used yoghurt for the eyeball

Method

1. Slice the celery and arrange into a “body” shape. Don’t worry, you can move around later if necessary!

Salad Fish - 1 Celery

2. Slice carrots for the head.

Salad Fish - 2 + Carrot

3. Add more carrot slices for the fins.

Salad Fish - 3 + Fins

4. And even more carrot for the flashy tail. I love carrots as they are sweet, crunchy, available all the year round, a great colour and cheap to buy!

Salad Fish - 4 + Tail

5. Add half a cherry tomato for the eye. I used a blob of yoghurt for the eyeball.

Salad Fish - 5 + Mouth & Eye

And a slice of the tomato for the mouth.

6. Decorate the sea bed with bits of celery, carrot and tomato.

Salad Fish - 6 + Sea Bottom

7. And add some bubbles.

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8. I tried some different tails too.

Healthy party food for kids

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Fun Sandcastle Cous-cous Style

Sandcastle Cous-Cous Style

Cous-cous looks like sand, it just does!! I was cooking one night and decided it would be fun to see if I could build a fort from it as you do at the beach. Actually it turned out to be way easier and less effort (not to mention less gritty) than at the beach.

The boys were absolutely delighted and had such fun moving bits onto their plates. This is a versatile fun food design as you can build it anyway you choose!

Healthy, fun food for kids

Recipe

– Cous-cous (I used wholemeal)

– I used corn, carrot and wilted spinach for detail

– Toothpick for flagpole

Method

1. I filled a plastic bucket we got as a clever Easter present with cooked cous-cous (it is designed to hold boiled eggs). An egg cup, shot glass or other small receptacle would make a great substitution. Pack it in as you would sand.

Cous Cous Sandcastle - 1 Bucket

Tap the sides and the top just like at the beach to knock it out.

2. Then I used a mini loaf tin for the long sides but making it all from one shape or improvising with what you have available is order of the day!!

Cous Cous Sandcastle - 2 Bucket + Tub

3. Build your fort.

Cous Cous Sandcastle - 3 Whole Sandcastle

As with the beach its way harder but way more fun to have the kids involved!

4. We used wilted spinach as seaweed.

Cous Cous Sandcastle - 4 Castle + seaweed

5. And then made shells from steamed carrots and corn.

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And a flagpole from a toothpick and a flag from a triangle of carrot.

Healthy party food for kids

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