Go on, play with your food!

By Drum Digital
02 June 2014

Who says you can't play with your food? Try these creative and fun recipes for your kids and make dinnertime struggles easier.

Egg heads

Pic: domesticcharm.com

This makes for a quick, nutritious snack to fill an empty stomach.

What you'll need:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Round crackers
  • Vegetable and herb garnishes

How to make it: Place a slice of hard-boiled egg on a round cracker and add whatever garnishes you have on hand such as carrots, chives, alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds and dill.

Tuna-fish sandwich

Pic: spoonful.com

For a kid-friendly lunch with a protein punch, try this lighter version of the midday classic.

What you'll need:

  • Bread
  • Tuna
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2,5 ml (½ t) lemon juice (optional)

How to make it: Stack two slices of bread and cut out the shapes as in the picture. Drain the liquid from the tuna. In a bowl, season the tuna with salt and pepper and add the lemon juice.Put a third of the filling in the sandwich, then add a veggie eye and mouth (carrot and red pepper).

Tip: We used tuna in oil as it’s slightly higher in fat than tuna in brine, but much more flavourful. And, because our recipe doesn't call for mayo, each sandwich contains less fat.

Sandwich on a stick

Pic: domesticcharm.com

How do you turn a sandwich into a fun snack? Make it a stick-wich!

What you'll need:

  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Lunch meat
  • Grapes, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles or olives

How to make it: Cut up cubes of bread, cheese and lunch meat. Slide the cubes onto a skewer with other foods your child likes, such as grapes, tomato, lettuce, pickles or olives.

Penguin poppers

Pic: lemonademakinmama.com

This makes cute and outside-the-box finger food and also offers food choices kids might pass up otherwise.

What you'll need:

  • Carrots
  • Cream cheese
  • Olives

How to make it: Use small slices of carrot for the feet.  Cut a small wedge and set it aside – you’ll be using this as the penguin beak.  Fill your piping bag with cream cheese and snip a small hole in it. Slice an olive lengthwise, and gently squeeze some cream cheese into it.  Use a paper towel or clean finger tip to smooth the front of it so it's flush with the sides of the olive. Then use a toothpick to skewer the cream-cheese olive to the carrot feet. Place the little wedge into an opening that’s been sliced like a + sign on the olive head.  Now gently slide the head onto the toothpick and snip the top if it's too long.


Pic: cutefoodforkids.com

These cute lawnmowers are perfect for serving at a party or to give to Dad as a treat on Father’s Day.

What you'll need:

  • Rice Krispies bars
  • Mini Oreos
  • Straws

How to make it: Cut the straws shorter. Cut the Rice Krispies bars into squares. Put the lawnmower together by using icing to glue the wheels on.

Fried-rice bear

Pic: cutefoodforkids.com

Put a smile on your child’s face with a smiley bear!

What you'll need:

  • Rice, precooked
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple
  • Olives
  • Tomato sauce

How to make it: The secret to making it is using cold rice that’s been sitting in the fridge overnight. Beat eggs and add a bit of milk. Heat up 15 ml ( 1 T) of vegetable oil and fry the egg the way you make scrambled eggs on medium high heat. Put the rice in when the egg is half cooked. Season the rice with salt and pepper. Put the fried rice in a mould and unmould onto a plate.

Decorate the bear with apple, olives and tomato sauce to make the bear’s face.

-Janine Nel

Sources: parenting.com, cutefoodforkids.com, lilsugar.com, pinterest.com, domesticcharm.com, spoonful.com

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