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Having Fun with Food Ideas
creativity in your kids by
letting them create their dinner into a Picasso design or
animal. Use vegetables, shredded cheese, chopped nuts,
cornflakes or whatever you have that goes with your dinner.
times I arrange the food into a funny
face depending on what we're having. For example, create
mashed potato hair or beard, meatball or hard boiled eggs for eyes
and green beans for hair. Kids love the surprise and they enjoy
being able to eat the face a little at a time.
pizzas and let kids decorate faces with the toppings or
making artful creations. Or cut cheese slices out with mini cookie
cutters and place on the pizza.
on fun cookie cutters.
Cut whatever you can into fun shapes. Kids love this and it is so
simple it is worth implementing in your meals.
Choose a country and try some new foods from the country. Dress up
and create a dinner menu for fun.
See our international section for different
countries you could highlight.
3. Have Leftovers for Dinner
Don't want your leftovers to go to waste? Have the kids be the
waiter/waitress and include all the options (leftovers in your
fridge) of what the chef is preparing tonight. (warming up) You
could even write up a menu on a wipe board or print up your own
restaurant menu with 'Today's Special'.
Let each member of the family choose their favorite dish and
prepare it for a family feast. If you'd like to keep from having
5+ main dishes, assign a category to each such as vegetable dish,
main dish, appetizer, dessert, etc.
Have each member of the family choose an item from the cupboard or
fridge and as a family figure out how and/or what to make for
dinner with the items.
15+ Fun Finger Foods
Vegetables combined with a Dip. Think of ways you can
combine dip with your vegetables; mini peppers with dip inside,
small vegetable sticks inside a mini glass and dip on the bottom
or these cucumber cups.
Or serve the dip in a fancy or small serving dish.
Fruit Kabobs- give kids cubed fruits and let them build a
Deli Kabob- build a ham or turkey
kabob with cheese and fruit. Find the recipe in our non reader
Chicken Drumsticks- add a tasty
marinade to chicken legs and grill or bake and you have a kid
friendly finger food for dinner.
Rice Cakes- An easy snack that kids can eat with their
hands and create how they like is to add a spread to rice cakes
and top with diced fruit.
Mini Hamburgers- anything miniature
size means kids can eat it as finger foods as well as have a lot
more fun eating. Make mini
versions of dinner. If you are making meatloaf, for
example, make mini loaves or shape your meatloaf into fun
creations. I have several mini pans shaped like stars, hearts and
trees. These work great for meatloaf but you don't have to have
mini pans to create. Meatloaf will shape well and then can be
placed on a tin foil lined cookie sheet for the easiest cleanup.
Meatloaf is also a great recipe to include pureed
or finely chopped vegetables. Other mini versions could be
mini meatballs, small taco shells or mini pies.
Add a Fruit Dip to sliced fruit and kids
just might be more willing to dip and eat.
Bruschetta- You can make a fruit bruschetta with cheese
(cottage or cream) and chopped fruit or jam. Another method is to
try a Tomato Bruschetta recipe
Meat Kabobs- Marinade meat. Shred meat
and vegetables on metal skewers and grill. Make chicken
or beef kabobs into caterpillars. Use a tomato or
mushroom for the head.
Ham Roll Ups- You can make lunch meat
roll ups easily by adding different fillings.
Deviled Eggs- Most kids will love
deviled eggs for snack or lunch time.
Making Fun with Food by Color
A variety of colors gets kids attention so make sure you have a colorful food plate. Choosing
foods that look good together is a big part of making food
appealing. It may be something many people don't think about but
if you make the plate of food look appetizing kids will be more
interested in eating it.
This goes for yummy food on the plate as well as colorful and
exciting food. Serve a balance of different colored foods to your
family. Seeing a single color on the plate isn't going to get
anyone to eat their dinner.