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Foost | Making Food Fun - Making Food Fun at home, school & work Call us 0412 395 283 Blog Recipes Colourful Salads, Soups and Sides > Colourful Soup Roast Pumpkin Soup Anything Salad Roast pumpkin salad Sweet Potato Chips Zucchini Fritters Veggie Gratin Japanese Pancakes Coleslaw with a twist Dinners > Nectarine Fish Healthy Hamburgers Healthy Sausage Rolls Home-make tortillas Salmon patties Frittata Wednesday Anything Sauce Coconut Fish Curry Spinach and Feta Gozleme Tofu burgers Veggie slice Snacks > Banana, coconut and date balls Muesli Cookies Monster and Dinosaur Smoothies Banana bread Fruit pancakes Green and Gold Fruit Salad Crumble Banana and raspberry bread Banana and Zucchini Pancakes Colourful Desserts > Apple and Rhubarb Crumble Banana mug cake with strawnana ice-cream Healthy home made take-away Party Food > Fruit Rainbow Sandwich Train Strawberry Milkshake Bugs on a Log Fruit Kebabs Watermelon Fruit Basket Facey Tomatoes Home Made Pizzas Bruchetta Fried Rice Sophie Salad Yummy Mango Salad Sticky Date and Pear muffins Crepes with Fruits Tully's Colourful Salad Kale Chips Rice Salad Carrot, Pineapple and Nut Cake Festive > Baked Latkes Apple salsa Festive Waldorf Salad Xmas tree platter Layered Christmas Dip Shop Team Wellness Kids Cooking Schools About Us Contact Us Traditions (just as sweet but with less sugar) 30/9/2014 0 Comments Growing up we were never allowed 'sugary breakfast cereals', well not often. During school term it was always weetbix and multigrain toast. But I remember as a school holiday treat my mum always let me and my brother choose a box of 'special' cereal. I have fond memories of lazy school holiday breakfasts, eating our sugary 'treat' cereal. This morning was a lazy day in our house. I didn't have to work and my kids didn't have any plans. I wanted to re-create my childhood breakfast joy, but without the sugary cereal. So we designed this recipe for chocolate and banana pancakes. The kids even helped me cook them! It was the perfect school holiday treat breakfast (without the sugar, in fact this recipe has no added sugar and we didn't even put anything on them). Another sugary tradition we have changed is taking a birthday cake to school. Now, I'm not as mean as you think, I let my kids have cake on their birthdays but I think one or two (if you count the birthday party) is enough. So to take to school on birthdays, they choose either fruit to share (have a look at the number 4 strawberries I made in it doesn't have to be unhealthy or the number 7 fruit salad) or a small gift (balloons, invites, puzzles, pencils). Special treats are fine sometimes but I think our world is over flowing with treats. Sometimes it is nice to think of more nutritious alternatives to some of our food traditions. What food traditions do you have? (of course we also have the tradition of having a traffic light of vegetables on our lunch and dinner plate each day. Read more on increasing colours). 0 Comments Fresh Ideas These School Holidays 23/9/2014 1 Comment Now that it's school holidays, I want to take some time to do some activities with my kids that support the things our family value. Here's what's on our "to do" list these school holidays. 1. Gardening Spring is here so it's time to replant the veggie garden. I have to admit that I don't have a particularly green thumb but I try hard, I'm learning and I believe in having a go at things! Growing veggies is a great way to get kids invested and interested in fruits and veggies. I remember my two year old son rarely ate tomatoes until we planted some cherry tomatoes in a little pot in our tiny unit. They are now one of his favourites! Choosing what to plant can also be a great activity. Funnily enough, my kids favourite part is always measuring out the distance between the seedlings and of course watering! Invest in a little watering can that is appropriately sized to your child. My 4 year old even likes to water the garden with his water pistol! 2. Meal planning and market shopping My 3 boys LOVE helping to plan the meals. I will often let them choose a meal to go on the fortnightly plan especially on the school holidays. Meal planning together gives me the opportunity to teach them about making sure they include a: - GROW food (meat, meat alternative including tofu, eggs, beans) - GO food (whole grains including pasta, flour, polenta, potatoes, rice ect) - and of course lots of GLOW foods (colourful veggies. Aiming for half the dish or plate to be different coloured veggies). I also like to take them shopping to the green grocers or market. They can be involved choosing the colours for the week (both fruit and veggies). This gives them the chance to interact with fresh produce away from the table. It's not about eating or tasting, it's about becoming familiar and comfortable with fresh produce. Learning what a ripe avocado is, smelling the cantaloupe to see if it's ready and checking the bottom of strawberry punnets for the best ones. I usually let them each choose something to eat as a snack after shopping, that's how my son first decided he liked raw mushrooms! 3. Cooking I'm looking forward to the time when my boys can cook me dinner but in the meantime, it's together cooking for us. From fruity baking (see our super snacks for inspiration) to lazy school holiday breakfasts (berry pancakes anyone?) to helping cook dinner (dinner recipes), cooking together is a lovely way to spend time together, get a 'chore' done, teach valuable life skills and create colourful and adventurous eaters! Activities kids love in the kitchen: - wash and scrub veggies - cutting, kids just love cutting!! (try our great kids safety knives) - mixing and blending - tear lettuce and make salad - roll meatballs - crumb chicken or fish - sprinkle seeds and herbs - just helping and spending time with you Make sure to teach your kids to help clean up afterwards too :) So enjoy getting fresh and colourful with your kids these school holidays. What fresh activities do you enjoy doing with your kids? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on our Facebook page. 1 Comment Don't be rude to food 16/9/2014 0 Comments (note: my blog was first posted on www.onehandedcooks.com.au) In our house we have a rule – be nice to food. Be polite to sweet potato, courteous to carrots and there’s no need to badmouth broccoli. This rule comes in handy when starting the experimental food phase with a toddler. Kids at this age tend to jump to extremes and exclaim they ‘hate’ certain foods, but it’s important to create a really positive vibe around food, particularly healthy foods, during this critical phase of establishing habits. The food politeness rule is very important to older children too, especially those who are role models to smaller siblings. We want our kids to keep trying and re-trying foods until they learn to like them. Being nice to food helps to create a positive vibe around the dinner table, creating a supportive environm...