Halloween Food: Muffin Tin Meals & Fun Food Friday #41

Good morning, and happy Halloween! Today I’m sharing some simple Halloween themed muffin tin meals that I made recently for Small Child and Small Baby.  Muffin tins or pans are a great tool to help you present food differently with minimal effort.  I often reach for them when Small Child asks if he can have a ‘fun lunch’ at home, because they are brilliant for encouraging you to serve up a variety of foods, and are great for portion control too.  My children have never got over the novelty of eating from a muffin pan rather than a plate!

Today is also Fun Food Friday, so as usual, you’ll find a linky at the bottom of today’s post.  If you’ve written any foodie posts, whether it be toddler meals, creative cakes, lovely lunches or a yummy recipe you’ve blogged, do feel free to join in and add your link!  Over the course of the week, I try to comment on and tweet every post that’s linked up and I pin them all to my special Fun Food Friday Pinterest board too.

I started with a muffin tin meal for Small Baby.  This was the first time I’d given him any decorative items in a meal (apart from silicone cups) and I was interested to see whether it would distract him from eating.  The decoration I used was a cupcake ring – these are fun, chunky and with no ‘pointy bits’, so ideal for a very young child.  He laughed and babbled at it when first gave him his meal, but soon put it aside and concentrated on the important business of eating  – Small Baby does love his food!

In his muffin tin meal Small Baby had some whole-wheat crackers, broken into pieces, some chopped ham, a mini Babybel cheese, with a star cut from the middle, cherry tomatoes, cut in half and topped with a fun Halloween cupcake ring, blueberries and green grapes which I also cut in half.  I topped the fruit with cheese stars taken from the middle of the Babybel (I cut the star in half to make two) and added a decorative silicone cup to hold the Babybel.

Fun and Easy Halloween Food Idea for Kids - Simple Halloween Themed Muffin Tin Meal from Eats Amazing UK

When I was making Small Child’s muffin tin meal, I realised that the little six hole muffin pans I have are getting a little small for him now, so I made it slightly bigger with the addition of a jumbo silicone cup to hold extra crackers.

In his muffin tin meal Small Child had a pile of crackers, a mini Babybel cheese, ham, rolled and held together with fun Mummy cupcake rings, cucumber slices, with a star cut from the centre to decorate, blueberries and grapes, topped with eyeball pick.

Fun and Easy Halloween Food Idea for Kids - Simple Muffin Tin Meal with a Halloween Theme from Eats Amazing UK

I finished the meal off with a fun dessert for both boys – here is Small Childs one (Small Baby had a smaller version, without the marshmallows).  It was made up of a jumbo silicone cup full of organic blueberry yoghurt, topped with edible icing eyes (you can find my recipe for these here), some mini organix gingerbread men, which I turned into vampires using a red edible marker pen, and a couple of my marshmallow eyeballs (see recipe here).  Although it looks like I’ve given him a big pile of biscuits, these gingerbread men are really tiny (and cute!)

Fun Halloween dessert idea for children - yoghurt sprinkled with edible icing eyes, marshmallow eyeballs and gingerbread vampires from Eats Amazing UK

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Using up Leftovers in Creative Halloween Lunches

We’re on half term this week, so no need for packed lunches, but I still have some lunches from last week to share with you.  In today’s post I’m sharing two Halloween themed lunches that I made using leftovers, showing that with a little bit of imagination, even bits and pieces from dinner the night before can be presented in fun and creative ways.  I am a big believer in using leftovers for lunches wherever possible – they help avoid waste, make a nice change from sandwiches and most importantly of all, make lunch packing quicker and easier than ever in the morning.

Today’s blog post is also part of a Bento Bloggers and Friends blog hop! This means that at the end of the post you’ll find a button to lead you to the next blog in the hop, where you are sure to find some awesome Halloween themed food!  If you continue to click on the button at the end of each blog post, you’ll visit every blog in the hop and arrive back here at the end.

Back to today’s lunches! The first lunch I made was packed in our Yumbox Panino lunch box, and used up a spare jacket potato and some sweetcorn from dinner the night before.  I topped the jacket potato halves with some grated red Leicester cheese whilst they were still warm, and once cool, popped them into the fridge for the night so that they were ready for lunch the next day.  To turn the potatoes into pumpkins, I used a round cutter to make them into neat circles (the leftover ‘edges’ became a delicious bonus to my breakfast!) and topped them with shapes cut from a Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip) to make spooky faces.  I rested them on lettuce leaf style silicone dividers, and finished them off with a twiglet stalk and a leaf pick each.  On the side I packed a silicone cup full of sweetcorn, topped with a cute monster cupcake ring, a clementine, which I also turned into a pumpkin by caring a simple face from the skin, filling the gaps with more Bear yoyo shapes and adding another leaf pick.  I finished the lunch off with a few grapes, and added the remains of the bear yoyo to the treat well, topping it with a few pumpkin sprinkles (which I found in Asda).  Small Child really enjoyed this pumpkin themed lunch!

Easy Pumpkin Themed Halloween Bento Lunch from Eats Amazing UK The second Halloween lunch I’m sharing today was packed in my Laptop Lunches bento box, and I used up some leftover roast chicken breast, which I turned into mutant chicken! To make, I topped slices of roast chicken breast with a monster hand cupcake pick and glued on some edible icing eyes with a little cream cheese (you can find my easy DIY recipe for icing eyes here). I also packed raw carrot disks, red and green grapes, which I popped in a lettuce style silicone cup and topped with a little chocolate eyeball, mini bread sticks, a biscuit finger (from M&S) and some organic natural yoghurt, which I topped with Halloween sprinkles (bought from Asda).  Small Child added a small toy plastic rat for an extra creepy feel!

Fun Kids Bento Box Lunch Idea for Halloween from Eats Amazing UK As I mentioned above, today’s post is part of a blog hop! If you click on the button below, you’ll be taken to the next blog in the hop where you can see what fun Halloween food Nina from Mamabelly’s Lunches With Love has in store for you!

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Halloween Food: 12 Fun Ideas for Edible Eyes

I am of the belief that that if you want to do one simple thing to make food fun and to make the recipient smile, that one thing is to add eyes.  Eyes in unexpected places are funny, they just are! At this time of year eyes or eyeballs can also add a creepy element to Halloween food.  Over the last few weeks I have posted several new edible eyeball ideas here on the Eats Amazing blog – as I said before, I started brainstorming and couldn’t stop! In today’s post I’m going to gather them all up in one place, and add a few final eye themed food ideas for good measure.

Halloween Food - 12 Fun Ideas for Edible Eyes - Eats Amazing UK

1. Eyeball Sandwich Balls – Children love a bit of gory fun, and you can’t get much more gory than eyeballs for lunch! Make up a bigger batch for a fun new way of presenting sandwiches for Halloween party food, or just serve some up as snack. For full details and a tutorial see my original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Eyeball Sandwich Balls - ideal for Halloween themed bento lunches snacks or party food2. Rice (Eye)balls – Shaped rice is a staple food in traditional Japanese bento boxes, and a simple ball of rice is one of the easiest shapes to achieve, with no special equipment needed.  Simply place a spoonful of sticky rice in the centre of a piece of clingfilm, gather up all the edges and twist until the clingfilm is tight and the rice has formed into a firm ball.  (This is a very similar technique to the one used for sandwich balls, see this blog post for my sandwich ball tutorial).  To turn your rice ball into an eyeball, cut a disk from cheese, colour with food colouring and draw on a pupil using black food colouring or an edible marker pen. For the eyeball themed snack below, I served my rice eyeballs up in mini silicone cups to make them slightly easier to eat.  I had used leftover basmati rice rather than sticky rice so they were a little crumbly!

Fun eyeball themed kids snack box idea with rice eyeballs from Eats Amazing UK

3. Eyeball Quesadilla – Quesadillas are really easy to make and a great way of using up scraps of food left over from making bento lunches.   I made this one for last Halloween, turning it into an eyeball by cutting it into a circle, adding a carrot disk dotted with a black edible marker pen and drawing on the ‘veins’ with a  red edible marker pen.  For full details see the original blog post here.

Edible Eyeball Fun Food Idea for Halloween -  Simple Quesadilla from Eats Amazing UK

4. Mozzarella Pearl Eyeballs – Mozzarella pearls are available in most large supermarkets, and their ready-made ball shape makes them the perfect instant edible eyeball! Dot with edible marker or add a tiny circle of cucumber skin to turn them into eyeballs.  Add to savoury dishes such as soup or pasta or serve up in a bowl along with cherry tomatoes to make an instant and gory caprese salad for a Halloween party. For details of my eyeball soup below see the original blog post here, and for the eyeball pasta see my original blog post here.

Make edible eyeballs from mozzarella pearls for healthy creepy kids food at Halloween - Eats Amazing UK

5. Icing Eyes – I had trouble finding these here in the UK, but I finally got around to making my own recently, and it was far easier than I expected! For my easy DIY icing eyes tutorial, see the original blog post here.  I have since found them to buy on Amazon UK, but I have found that it is far cheaper to make them yourself!  Use to decorate sandwiches, yoghurt and pretty much any food you can think of, as well as cakes and biscuits.

Easy Homemade Icing Eyes - use to decorate snadwiches and yoghurt as well as cakes - from Eats Amazing UK

6. Mini Marshmallow Eyes – I was really pleased to discover recently that mini marshmallows make great instant edible eyes! Simply cut them in half, dot them with an edible marker pen and stick them onto whatever food you want to decorate – with the right foods (such as fruit) they are even self-adhesive! For full details see my original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Add instant eyes to fruit with mini marshmallows and edible marker pens - make them spooky for Halloween

7. Babybel Eyes – I often use mini Babybel cheeses to add fun eyes to creative sandwiches. To make, simply cut the cheese in half, leaving the wax intact, and top with blueberries or raisins. For details of the sandwiches below, see the original blog posts here; monster sandwich, owl sandwich, funny faced bagel.

Creative use of Babybel cheese to make fun eyeballs for decorating kids sandwiches - Eats Amazing UK

8. Cheddar Cheese Eyes – One of the most simple ways to add edible eyes to a sandwich or other savoury food is to cut ovals or circles from cheddar cheese (or other hard cheese) using mini bento cutters and dot them with food colouring or an edible marker pen. For full details of the spider bread roll below see the original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Edible Spider Bread Roll with Pepper Legs

9. Marshmallow Eyeballs – These eyeballs are a fun treat to make with children and would be great for a Halloween party! For full details and my recipe see the original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Edible Eyeballs made from marshmallows topped with smarties - great party food or sweet treat for Halloween

10. Frozen Yoghurt Eyeballs – Halloween desserts don’t have to be full of sugar – these gory edible eyeballs are made from frozen natural yoghurt and raisins.  For full details and my tutorial see the original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Frozen yoghurt edible eyeballs - fun kids snack or dessert for Halloween

11. Jelly (Jello) Eyes - Serve up creepy jelly eyeballs by themselves or use to bring a gory twist to bowls of yoghurt or ice-cream. For full details and my tutorial see the original blog post here.

Eats Amazing UK - Halloween Treats - Jelly Eyeballs served up in a bowl of natural yoghurt - would also work with icecream

12. Sweet (Candy) Eyes – At this time of year it’s easy to find fun eyeball shaped sweets – I found the jelly eyes below in our pound shop, and I’ve also seen lots of chocolate eyeballs around.  With a bit of imagination you can find eyes in other sweets too, from fried eggs, dolly mixtures and smarties to chocolate buttons and flying saucers – anything round would work!

Simple Spider Themed Bento School Lunch for Halloween with giant rice cakes and pretel legs - Eats Amazing UK

I hope this post has managed to provide plenty of inspiration for making fun and creative food which looks at you!  Here’s a bonus idea – if you want a minimal effort way of adding eyes to food that you can use over and over again, then you may be pleased to hear that my love of adding eyes to food spills over into the Eats Amazing Shop too – with my all time favourite food picks being the hilarious eye picks I used to create the macaroni mozzarella monsters below!

Eyeball Picks can make healthy food fun - transform leftover pasta into macaroni monsters - available in the UK from Eats Amazing

If you click on the pictures below you can find these brilliant eye picks and eyeball cupcake rings in the Eats Amazing Shop!

Eye Picks   Eyeball Cupcake Rings

 If you try any of the ideas in this post, do comment below, I’d love to hear how you get on!

Grace

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Halloween Food: Eyeball Spaghetti and Fun Food Friday #40

Good morning, can you believe it’s Friday again?! This last week or so has passed in a blur of nasty stomach bugs for everyone in our little family, one after the other, but thankfully we’re all coming out of it now and starting to feel fit and well again.  On a more positive note, Friday means Fun Food Friday, so welcome to another of my fun food linkies!  As usual, you’ll find the linky at the bottom of today’s post, so if you’ve written any foodie posts, whether it be toddler meals, creative cakes, lovely lunches or a yummy recipe you’ve blogged, do feel free to join in and add your link!  Over the course of the week, I try to comment on and tweet every post that’s linked up and I pin them all to my special Fun Food Friday Pinterest board too.

Today’s fun food is a Halloween themed dinner that I made for Small Child and Small Baby recently.  One of the pitfalls of being a blogger’s child is that you sometimes get ideas tested on you far in advance of the event they are meant for, and so it has been with Halloween this year! Thankfully Small Child was a willing tester for my eyeball spaghetti, even if it was a few weeks early for Halloween! I have promised to make him the same meal again nearer to the event so he doesn’t miss out, and he was very happy with that!

You could use any bolognese recipe for the eyeball spaghetti, but I used my own recipe, made in the slow cooker with plenty of hidden veggies (I’ll get round to sharing the recipe with you one of these days!).  To make the eyeballs, simply cut mozzarella pearls in half (you can buy mozzarella pearls ready shaped in most large supermarkets) and dot with an edible marker pen.  Serve up your spaghetti and sauce and nestle the ‘eyeballs’ into it, yum!

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Eyeballs and Spaghetti

Even Small Baby had his own chopped up version – he giggled and babbled to it before polishing it off without a second thought (he loves his spaghetti bolognese!).

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Eyeballs and Spaghetti - Small Baby had some too

A Halloween dinner needs a suitable Halloween dessert of course, so I served up ‘worms and mud’ for pudding.  This was another simple but effective recipe – to make, I crushed up a couple of bourbon biscuits, sprinkled them over the top of a bowl of natural yoghurt and added jelly worms.  Not the healthiest of foods of course, but we all need a treat every now and again and at least they got a good portion of dairy in there! Once again Small Baby had his own version, but without the worms.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun food idea for the kids dinner at Halloween - Edible Dirt and Worms topping for a bowl of natural yoghurt - yummy dessert

Small Child & Small Baby thoroughly enjoyed their early Halloween dinners and I really enjoyed making them – it was so simple to add a little extra fun and it was clearly greatly appreciated, particularly by Small Child.  I look forward to enjoying a bowl of eyeball spaghetti again with them in the not to distant future!

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Alphabet Lunches – V & W

It’s been a while since I shared any of my alphabet lunches, but the photos for the remaining letters have been sitting there patiently in my archives waiting to be shared.  I actually completed the alphabet at the end of last school year, but I never did get around to blogging them all so today I’m taking a break from Halloween and continuing on with V & W (so very nearly there!).

Eats Amazing UK - Alphabet Themed Food and Bento School Lunch Ideas for Children V was a really hard letter to theme a lunch around!  Literally the only thing I could think of to start with was Vampire, and that’s not really much use (although thinking about it, I really could have got creative around that idea)  I must have been having a bad day that day (or I was in need of a food shop), because the only thing I could think of was to cut a pitta bread into triangles to represent Vampire fangs – it’s a stretch I know! Finally I woke up a little and shaped an egg in a heart egg mould then sliced it into V shaped slices which I served up in a Violet coloured silicone cup.  I also packed cucumber slices and raw carrot, cut into V‘s using an alphabet cutter, red grapes, still on the Vine, and a portion of Vanilla yoghurt.  I finished the lunch off with a few blueberries, and added V alphabet picks to the grapes.

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches -V is for Vanilla Yoghurt grapes on the Vine Vampire Teeth Pitta Pieces Violet Silicone Cup W was slightly easier, but still not the most exciting of my alphabet lunches!  I started with Wrap Whirls, made in a Wholemeal tortilla Wrap, and filled with houmous, ham, lettuce and grated carrot.  On the side he had red grapes and blueberries, topped with a Wand (made from a star shaped slice of carrot and a polka-dot pick), a White rabbit pick, a W alphabet pick and a Whale pick.  He also had White (natural) yoghurt, and a Woolly sheep cup holding a Wriggly Worm (fruit string).

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches - W is for Wholemeal Wrap Whirls Wooly Sheep Worms White Yoghurt Wand White Rabbit WhaleI’m very close to finishing my alphabet lunch series, just three more letter lunches to go! Did I miss anything obvious for V or W?

Grace

Items used to make these lunches:

Yumbox Classic in Pomme Green from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail Round Silicone Cups Thumbnail Sheep and Squirrel Silicone Cups Thumbnail Heart Star Egg Moulds Thumbnail Polka Dot Picks  Thumbnail Ocean Friends Food Picks Thumbnail Bunny Picks Thumbnail

Mummy Themed Lunch

Following on from yesterday’s Halloween sandwich post, I have of course used some of those sandwiches in Small Child’s lunches recently. If you missed the post, do hop on over and have a look here, I was particularly pleased with it!  Today’s lunch used the Mummy sandwich, and apart from the sandwich, which took about 5 minutes to get right (although my faffing around trying to get a decent photo of it took up some of that time!), the rest of the lunch was very quick and easy to throw together.

This lunch was packed in the Yumbox Panino.  I started with a few lettuce leaves, on which I rested the Mummy sandwich.  The sandwich was ham and houmous on brown bread (see below for details of how I made it).  On the side I packed raw carrot disks cut from orange and purple carrots and topped with a mummy robot cupcake ring, organic peach and apricot yoghurt, topped with a couple of edible icing eyes, and a pile of dried apricots, skewered on a ghost pick.

Eats Amazing UK - Mummy Themed Kids Bento Lunch for Halloween with fun Mummy Sandwich

I did cover how to make the Mummy sandwich in yesterday’s Halloween sandwich post, but here’s a recap in case you missed it:

First cut your sandwich into a circle and fill.  Brown bread works particularly well for this one so that you get a good contrast with the tortilla strips. Next,  cut some strips from a tortilla wrap.  Arrange the strips on a chopping board as you want them to be on the sandwich, leaving a gap for the eyes (see below).  With the same sized cutter that you used for the sandwich, cut a circle from the tortilla strips.  Carefully transfer the strips over to the top of your sandwich, sticking them into place with houmous or another edible ‘glue’ (foods such as cream cheese, houmous, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey or jam make excellent edible ‘glues’, be sure to use something to compliment your sandwich filling!).  Finish off with two edible eyes (I used icing eyes, but you could also cut circles from cheese and dot them using an edible marker pen instead), popping them into the gap between strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Mummy Sandwich using strips of tortilla wrap and a circle cutter

Small Child said he enjoyed this lunch, but unfortunately he was struck down with a stomach bug that has been doing the rounds shortly after eating it!  I do hope it wasn’t the ancient Egyptian mummy that disagreed with his stomach!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

Yumbox Panino in Pomodoro Red from Eats Amazing UK -Thumbnail Rainbow Nesting Circle Cutters Set of 6 Thumbnail Robot cupcake rings - Halloween version Thumbnail

10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for Halloween!

I was doodling recently whilst thinking about Halloween, and decided to see how many simple sandwich designs I could come up with based around a circle, as I think that a circle cutter is the most likely shape that your average person would already have available in their kitchen (if not, I do have some nesting circle cutter sets currently available in the Eats Amazing Shop!).  I then had a go at putting some of the sandwiches together – most of them were really simple and quick to make, always a bonus when you’re rushing around trying to get lunch packed in the morning! I think some of them are simple enough ideas to put together in bulk for a Halloween party too. I had loads of ideas but stopped at 10 – hopefully that is plenty to be getting on with!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Great for themed school lunches and for party food too A few tips before I begin:

1. I used various sizes of cutter from a nesting circle cutter set to make all of these sandwiches.  Most of them could easily be resized to make mini versions for party food – just use a smaller circle cutter. For some of the sandwiches I also used tiny circle cutters from my mini bento cutter sets.  If you don’t have circle cutters, you could try using different sized glasses, mugs, bowls or plates by cutting around them with a small sharp knife.

2. A good tip when making shaped sandwiches is to cut each piece of bread out separately and fill them after – this way you will get much neater edges.

3. If using ham or other sandwich meats, cut the meat into shape (in this case a circle), before adding to the shaped bread.  The same applies to slices of cheese – if using a hard cheese such as cheddar then cut into slices, lay them out together to make one large slice and cut into shape before transferring to the bread.

4. If your sandwich is going in a lunch box rather than being served up immediately, you can ‘glue’ any features or decorations in place using foods such as cream cheese, houmous, peanut butter, chocolate spread, honey or jam, depending on your sandwich filling.

5. For some sandwiches I used edible icing eyes, for others I made eyes from cheese using a mini circle cutter (you could also use the end of a plastic drinks straw) and an edible marker pen to dot them.  Both kinds of eyes are interchangeable, so you can swap in cheese if you don’t have icing eyes or icing eyes if you don’t want to use cheese.

6. I also used edible marker pens to add details to some of the sandwiches – if you don’t have any then food colouring and a fine paint brush will do the same job.

7. You’ll most likely generate lots of spare crusts of bread after making circle-shaped sandwiches, but don’t waste them! See this post for some great ideas for using them up.

Spooky Spider – This is very simple to make.  Cut out two circles with the largest size cutter that will fit your bread, fill and put together in a sandwich, add twiglet legs by poking them into the sandwich filling, and add eyes cut from cheese with a mini circle cutter to the top.  I dotted the eyes with an edible marker pen, and added a little ham mouth, which I cut out using the same small circle cutter that I’d used for the eyes.  Other foods you could use for the legs include vegetable sticks such as carrot, pepper or cucumber, mini bread sticks or ‘stick shaped’ crisps (I’d use Organix carrot stix).

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Spider Sandwich

Pumpkin – Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin or two! To make, cut out two circles with the largest sized cutter that will fit your bread and use mini cutters or the tip of a sharp knife to cut your face design into one of the pieces of bread.  Top the plain circle with your sandwich filling, then pop the face on top.  Press lightly with your circle cutter over the top of the sandwich to make the ‘lines’ on the pumpkin, and finish with a leaf pick and a twiglet stalk. You could also make the stalk from a stick of cucumber or green pepper.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Sandwich Mummy – this one went down particularly well with Small Child! To make, first cut your bread into a circle and fill to make a sandwich.  Brown bread works particularly well for this one so that you get a good contrast with the tortilla strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Spooky Mummy Sandwich To turn the plain circle sandwich into a mummy, cut some strips from a tortilla wrap.  Arrange the strips on a chopping board as you want them to be on the sandwich, leaving a gap for the eyes.  With the same sized cutter that you used for the sandwich, cut a circle from the tortilla strips.  Carefully transfer over to the top of your sandwich, sticking the strips into place with cream cheese or another edible ‘glue’ (see tips above).  Finish off with two edible eyes (I used icing eyes), popping them into the gap between strips.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Mummy Sandwich using strips of tortilla wrap and a circle cutter Spider Web – I was really pleased with how this one turned out! At first I was planning on drawing with edible marker pen straight onto the sandwich, but they don’t work very well ordinary bread.  I then remembered that they work much better on tortilla wraps, so I cut a circle from the tortilla wrap using the same cutter that I had used for the sandwich and drew the web design on that.  I then ‘glued’ the piece of tortilla wrap to the top of the sandwich using houmous (you could use any edible ‘glue’ of your choice, see the tips above) and added a plastic spider to decorate.  The spider was taken from one of my spider cupcake rings, and was the perfect size for this project!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Edible Spider Web Sandwich You could use this tortilla technique year-round to add fun designs to the top of your sandwiches, and maybe even let your child doodle on their own designs with edible marker pens!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Create a draw-on sandwich by cutting a piece of tortilla wrap to the same size and sticking it on top Funny Monster – This was a very easy sandwich to make. First I cut two circles from bread, and one from ham using my largest circle cutter.  I added the ham to one circle to make the base of the sandwich.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Monster Sandwich I then took the second circle of bread and cut a section off for the mouth using the same circle cutter (see below).  I took a slice of cheddar cheese, and using the same cutter, cut a rounded slice off so that it would sit flush to the bread. I cut some little triangles from the other side of the cheese slice to make teeth, and carefully put it, along with the slice of bread, on top of the ham.  I finished the monster off with an eye made from half a Babybel cheese, a single blueberry for the pupil and some polka-dot picks.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Monster Sandwich using circle cutters Wizards Hat – This was Small Child’s favourite of all the Halloween sandwiches I made! First make the base of the hat by cutting two circles of bread and filling to make a sandwich. Don’t use the largest circle cutter for the base, use the next size down, or the base of the hat will be out of proportion to the point.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Edible Wizards Hat Sandwich To make the point of the hat, take a piece of tortilla wrap, and using your largest cutter, cut out a circle from it.  Slice it into two, making one piece slightly bigger than the other (see below).  Take the bigger piece, and with the flat edge at the top, bend the two corners towards each other. Pull together tightly to make a cone, stick the overlapping pieces together with peanut butter or another edible ‘glue’ (see tips above) and pop on top of your round sandwich to turn it into a hat.  I decorated my hat with a piece of a Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip) which I also glued on with peanut butter, and scattered over star shaped sprinkles.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - How to create the point for an edible wizards hat sandwich Owl – This Sandwich looks more complicated to make than it actually is!  I think brown bread works particularly well for this, but you could use any bread.  To make, first cut two circles from your bread using your largest circle cutter.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Owl SandwichUsing a smaller circle cutter, cut a piece from the top of one of the bread circles.  Repeat with the second circle of bread, placing the first piece on top as a guide. Put the two pieces together and fill to make your sandwich.  Using your smallest circle cutter, cut out a piece of ham for the owl’s tummy.  Assemble, using the two extra pieces of bread as wings (you may need to trim these down slightly using the smallest circle cutter.  Finish with edible eyes and cut a piece of carrot into a triangle for the beak.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - How to make an owl using nesting circle cuttersMini Boo! Sandwiches – These were very quick and simple to make.  I used my favourite alphabet cutters for these, but you could probably also give them a go using mini circle cutters and a sharp knife. To make, start by cutting out 6 smallish circles of bread. Cut the letters ‘BOO’ into three of the bread circles, making sure you hang onto the bread ‘middles’ of the letters.  Make up your sandwich with a brightly coloured filling – I used slices of red Leicester cheese, which I cut into circles using the same circle cutter I’d used for the bread.  Add a toy spider to the plate for extra Halloween creepiness (optional)!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Boo Sandwiches

Ghost – Probably the easiest sandwich to make, this is simply a circle sandwich with added eyes and a mouth cut from strips of Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip) using mini circle cutters (and an oval cutter for the mouth).   I did find that the Bear yoyos were too narrow for the circle cutters I wanted to use, so I tore two small strips off and stuck them together to make a wider strip before cutting.  You could make this sandwich in any size – lots of mini versions of this one would be quick and easy to make for a Halloween party!

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Simple Ghost Sandwich

Fairy Bread Spider – Last but not least I made a spooky version of ‘fairy bread’, which is quite simply a sandwich with a shape cut from the top piece using a cookie cutter, and sprinkles added to the filling.  You need to use a spreadable filling for fairy bread, so that the sprinkles have something to stick to.  This sandwich was made to be eaten at home, so I used peanut butter, but any other spreadable filling would also work.  I used Red Non-Pareils for my sprinkles (I bought them because they’ll come in useful for Christmas lunches too!) but any colour or type of sprinkle would work.  After I’d finished all the sandwiches and photos for this blog post I then found some sprinkles in Halloween colours (orange and black) in Asda, so it might be worth checking your local supermarket for Halloween sprinkles!  I used a spider shaped cutter (from this IKEA set) and added edible icing eyes.  I finished the sandwich off with a line of web drawn on with an edible marker pen.  You could also use any other shaped cookie cutter you like to make your own fairy bread sandwich.

Eats Amazing UK - 10 Fun Sandwich Ideas for the Kids this Halloween - Spooky Spider Fairy Bread Sandwich

That’s it for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween Sandwiches! Which is your favourite? Do let me know via the comments below if you try out any yourself!

Grace

4 Simple Halloween Bento Lunches

I’ve been falling behind a bit with sharing my lunches recently, so today I’m going to share four from last week all at once.  These lunches are all Halloween themed – Small Child has been loving his Halloween lunches this month! This is his last week at school before our half term begins, so I’m making the most of all the fun themes that Halloween supplies for my inspiration!

In the first of today’s lunches, Small Child had an eclectic mix of bits and pieces.  I tried flaked honey-roasted salmon as a lunch box food for the first time, which had a mixed reaction from him.  He said he wasn’t too keen on it, but he ate it all, so it can’t have been that bad! He also had a cheese string, cut in half and decorated with eye picks to make funny monsters (many thanks to The Boy and Me for this fab idea!), a Frankenstein Babybel, Ritz crackers in a silicone cup, raw red pepper sticks and carrot pumpkins, a celementine, broken into segments and some blueberries.  I added cat and frog fork picks to the salmon, a spider ring to the fruit, and finished the lunch off with some rainbow yoghurt covered raisins.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Halloween Themed Lunch with Funny Cheese Straw Ben and Carrot Pumpkins

The second lunch was very simple, with a hard boiled egg moulded into a cute bat using the CuteZcute Animal Palz Set being a highlight.  As well as the egg, which I popped into an orange silicone cup, this lunch was made up of bread sticks, cucumber chunks, an orange mini pepper cut into rings, red and green grapes and some organic blueberry yoghurt, topped with chocolate sprinkles (I thought the sprinkles could be spiders legs!).  I decorated the lunch with a toy spider, bat cupcake pick and spider web cupcake ring, and finished it off with a treat of some orange flavoured chocolate buttons.

Eats Amazing UK - a simple Halloween Yumbox with Bats and Spiders - Bat shaped egg moulded using the CuteZcute Animal Palz Set

The third lunch made use of some leftovers (my favourite kind of lunch!).  I always make pizza whirl rolls from any leftover dough when I make home-made pizza (making home-made pizza is a necessity in our house, as Mr Amazing can’t eat normal pizza due to being dairy free), and pop any spare in the freezer for lunches.  I take them out of the freezer to defrost the night before they are needed so they are ready for a minimal-effort lunch! For this lunch, I decorated the rolls with eyeball cupcake rings.  On the side I packed rolls of ham, decorated with a Frankenstein cupcake ring, raw sugar snap peas (under the carrots) and carrot disks, decorated with a monster hand pick, and chunks of melon with blueberries, decorated with eyeball picks. I finished the lunch off with a jelly sweet eyeball, much to Small Child’s delight!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple and fun school kids bento lunch idea with eyeballs

Last but not least an owl themed lunch! This lunch had a cream cheese and ham sandwich, shaped into an owl (I’ll be sharing the ‘how to’ for this owl sandwich design in tomorrow’s post, along with lots of other fun Halloween sandwiches!), some twiglets, a purple carrot, cut into disks and topped with a bat pick, and some red grapes, topped with a black cat pick.

Eats Amazing UK - Bento school lunch with owl sandwich for Halloween

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween lunches so far, have you made any fun food for Halloween yet?

Grace

Items used to make these lunches:

Yumbox Classic in Myrtille Blue from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail Yumbox Classic in Pomme Green from Eats Amazing UK - Thumbnail CuteZcute Animal Palz Set Thumbnail Eye Picks Thumbnail Round Silicone Cups Thumbnail Animal Faces Fork Picks Thumbnail Mini Bright Animal Fork Picks Thumbnail Glow in the dark spider on web cupcake rings Thumbnail Lettuce Silicone Cups and Dividers Thumbnail bright spider and web cupcake rings Thumbnail Eyeball Cupcake Rings Thumbnail Monster Zombie hands Halloween cupcake picks Thumbnail

Spooky Soup Ideas and Fun Food Friday #39

Good morning, and welcome to another Fun Food Friday! As usual, there is a linky in today’s post, so if you’ve written any foodie posts, whether it be toddler meals, creative cakes, lovely lunches or a yummy recipe you’ve blogged, do feel free to join in and add your link at the end of the post! I try to comment on and tweet every post that’s linked up, and I pin them all to my special Fun Food Friday Pinterest board too.

I have some more fun Halloween themed food for you today! Following on from the delicious Pea and Broccoli Soup cooked by Small Child that I shared with you yesterday, today I’m going to explore some fun ways that you could dress up a plain bowl of soup for your children at Halloween.

Eats Amazing UK - 4 fun and easy ways to dress up your soup -healthy kids food ideas for Halloween

First up is an easy way to add fun Halloween shapes to your soup – simply cut them out from a tortilla wrap using a cookie cutter and pop them on top just before you serve it.  I used a white tortilla to make ghastly ghosts, but any kind of tortilla or shape of cookie cutter would work – you could also use this idea year-around to add stars, smiley faces, animals, dinosaurs – whatever your child is into at the time! I added little dots for eyes to the ghosts using my trusty edible marker pen.

Eats Amazing UK - Fun Ghosty soup for the children at Halloween

Next up are cheesy pumpkin toasts.  I was really pleased with how these turned out, and Small Child loved them! He loves a tasty piece of cheese on toast and it’s extra delicious served up with a healthy vegetable soup!

Eats Amazing UK - Cheesy Pumpkin Toasts for decorating soup at Halloween

These were simple to make, I toasted a piece of bread, topped it with red Leicester cheese (its orange colour made it particularly good for pumpkins), and popped it under the grill until melted and bubbly.  Once the cheese on toast had cooled down a little, I cut pumpkin shapes from it using a mini Halloween cookie cutter.  I cut stalks from a mint leaf (any fresh herb leaf would work) using the same cookie cutter and popped them onto the pumpkins.  I finished them off by pressing the back of the knife blade into the cheese to make the lines on the pumpkins.

Eats Amazing UK - How to make pumpkin shaped cheesy toasts

Small Baby got to eat the next fun bowl of soup, which was full of edible eyeballs! The eyeballs were mozzarella pearls, which you can buy from most supermarkets (they come ready shaped).  I added the pupils by using a tiny circle cutter to cut a small hole in the top of each pearl, then the same cutter to cut into the side of a piece of cucumber, which made little plugs which I then popped into each hole, skin-side up.  If you don’t have a tiny circle cutter, the end of a drinking straw would do the same job.  I thought this fun monster spoon made the perfect utensil for eating this soup too!

Eats Amazing UK - Edible Eyeballs to float in a bowl of soup - fun and healthy food idea for the kids at Halloween

Last but not least was our favourite spider web soup! This is a technique I’ve used before to draw a spider’s web on soup, I think it looks really effective and it’s much easier than it looks!

Eats Amazing UK - Spiderweb soup with baked tortilla chip spiders - great food for Halloween

To draw the web, start by drawing a spiral with natural yoghurt on top of the soup.  I used a mini Sistema sauce bottle (I’ve still not managed to use them in a lunch, but I’ve had a lot of use out of them for my various creative food projects this month so far!), but you could also use a piping bag, or spoon the yoghurt into a plastic food bag and snip off the corner to use like a piping bag. Once you’ve drawn on your spiral, grab a cocktail stick, and working from the middle, draw it through the soup to create the lines radiating out.  Ta-da! One spider’s web!

Eats Amazing UK - How to draw a spiderweb onto any soup for Halloween

I served Small Child’s spider web soup up with some tortilla spider crisps.  I used a cookie cutter to cut spider shapes out from a wholemeal tortilla, brushed them with oil, sprinkled some of them with poppy seeds and baked them in the oven for 5 minutes or so. Small Child loved them!

Eats Amazing UK - Oven baked Spider Tortilla Crisps - fun party food for the kids at Halloween

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Cooking with Small Child – Pea and Broccoli Soup

It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘Cooking with Small Child‘ post, we have been cooking together, I just haven’t always got around to taking photos! Today’s recipe was something that Small Child cooked for a family tea at the weekend – ‘Green Soup!’ (or pea and broccoli soup, to the rest of the world!).  This is the perfect time of year for soups, and I’ve always found a hearty homemade soup to be a great way to get veggies into my children.  Small Baby is not in the slightest bit interested in eating peas or broccoli at the moment, but he wolfed this soup straight down, so well done to Small Child!

Cooking with Small Child ButtonAs with previous posts in my Cooking with Small Child series, I’ve attached a PDF copy of the recipe at the end of the post for you to print out if you would like to try challenging your own ‘Small Child’ to give it a go.  I’ve also outlined the recipe below, feel free to adapt it to suit your needs!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple Pea and Brocolli Soup - so easy that a child can make it - with free downloadable recipe sheet for cooking with your kids

Ingredients

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • Small Bunch of Fresh Mint
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 250g Frozen Peas
  • 500ml Chicken Stock
  • Black Pepper

Method

Gather together your ingredients (and try to look happy!).  Peel and crush the garlic (I didn’t realised until he had started cooking that we had run out of garlic, so he missed it out this time).  Chop the broccoli into florets.  Tear the mint leaves from the stems.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 1

Peel and roughly chop the onion (we only had red onions and they were quite small, so he used two).  Put all of the ingredients apart from the pepper into a large saucepan.  Stir to mix together.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 2

Heat on the stove until beginning to boil. Cook for 5 minutes until the broccoli is soft.  This should be done under complete adult supervision, or for very young children an adult could do this part.  This was the first time that Small Child (aged 6) had used the hob and I used the opportunity to talk to him about stove safety and impressing upon him the importance of never touching the stove unless an adult is present.

Allow to cool a little, then add black pepper to taste.  Whizz up with a stick blender until smooth (Small Child loved this bit!).  Again, use your discretion as to whether you are happy to let your child use a blender and make sure they are supervised by an adult.

Eats Amazing UK - Pea and Brocolli Soup cooked by Small Child - Step 3

Serve up with crusty bread for a delicious family lunch or tea!

Eats Amazing UK - Simple Pea and Brocolli Soup - so easy that a child can make it - with free downloadable recipe sheet suitable for cooking with your kids

Small Child was once again very proud to have followed a recipe himself and to have made a meal that all the family could eat!  If you’d like to print off a child-friendly copy of this recipe for yourself, click on the link below to download the PDF file.

Pea and Broccoli Soup Recipe

Do your children like getting involved in the kitchen? What do they most enjoy cooking?

Grace

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