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Yesterday I shared my fun edible pirate treasure map quesadillas tutorial and today I’m sharing the rest of the fun pirate bento box that I packed them with.  This fun pirate lunch makes a great lunch time surprise for a special occasion, especially if you have a little pirate fan on your hands!

Quesadillas make a great alternative to sandwiches for lunch boxes, they’re quick and easy to make, perfect for sneaking in some veggies and they’re easy to customise if you want to add some extra fun to your lunch box. From snowmen to book characters and reindeer to dinosaurs, I’ve used quesadillas to make fun food art a LOT over the years! Top of my boys’ favourites list for fun quesadilla creations are these edible fun treasure maps though, so when my 5 year old requested a special pirate lunch for pirate week at his preschool I knew just what to make for him!

In this lunch I packed the treasure map quesadillas, after making sure they were fully cool before packing to avoid them going soggy before lunch. On the side I packed cheese & carrot coins, an orange octopus and a small handful of raspberries, with a gold chocolate coin ‘treasure’ hiding underneath them. I finished the lunch with a pirate sword food pick and a fun pirate joke from our pirate lunch notes set. This lunch was packed in our favourite Yumbox panino bento box.

As I’ve shared several of these fun food ideas here on the blog before, I’ve linked to the tutorial for each one below (and to the free pirate lunch note printables, if you’d like to download and print your own copy).  Just click on the title or the photo to be taken to each individual tutorial, where you’ll find the full written instructions and video tutorials too.

Edible Pirate Treasure Map Quesadillas

Cheese & Carrot Coins

Orange Octopus

Free Printable Pirate Lunch Notes

Both boys loved their pirate lunches and I’m sure I’ll be making them again for them when the new school term starts in September!

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more packed lunch inspiration, head over to the creative bento lunches section here on the Eats Amazing blog where you’ll find over 450 fun packed lunch ideas, enough to keep you going all the year around!

You could also pop over and follow my lunch themed Pinterest boards for lots more fun and healthy lunch box ideas for kids; Kids Lunch Box IdeasBento Box Lunches for Kids & Packed Lunch Ideas.

Grace

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Serve up an edible pirate treasure map for extra special fun pirate party food for kids! These fun treasure map quesadillas are easy to make and perfect for popping in a lunch box as well as for fun pirate themed party food or snacks.

If you follow Eats Amazing over on Instagram you may have seen the pirate treasure map lunches that I made for my boys and shared in my Instagram stories a few weeks ago. I had so many positive messages and comments about them that I decided to make a tutorial video for these fun and easy pirate quesadillas.

Fun Edible Pirate Map Quesadillas Recipe - YouTube

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You don’t need to be fantastic artist to create these fun edible treasure maps, after all, pirates aren’t exactly renowned for their artistic skills! Just sketch out some rough coastlines, add some dotted lines for paths, squiggly lines for water, then simple features like palm trees, hills, mountains, rocks and a shark fin or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a compass and maybe a sea creature or two (my attempt was supposed to be some kind of octopus, in case you were wondering!).  Most importantly though, don’t forget to add your ‘X’ to mark the treasure spot!

Edible Pirate Map Quesadillas

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1/4 yellow pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 tortilla wraps
  • 1 Tbsp red pesto
  • handful grated cheese*
  • red food colouring
  • black edible food writer pen

Method: 

Cut a large slice from the yellow pepper. Using a mini circle cutter, cut round ‘coins’ from the pepper for pirate treasure.  Finely chop the leftover pepper scraps and set aside.

Top and tail the spring onion and finely slice, then slice the ham into small pieces.

Place one of the tortilla wraps in a dry frying pan. Spread the pesto over the tortilla, then scatter over  the chopped yellow pepper, spring onion and ham.

Sprinkle over a generous handful of grated cheese, ensuring that it is evenly spread across the whole tortilla.

Add a pile of yellow pepper coins for pirate treasure, then pop the second tortilla over the top to cover.

Dry-fry the tortilla for a couple of minutes until the base is lightly golden. Once the base is cooked, carefully flip the quesadilla over in the pan to cook on the other side (use a plate to make this easier!).  Cook for a few minutes more until the cheese is melted and the quesadilla cooked through, then carefully slide the quesadilla from the frying pan onto a cooling rack.

Leave the quesadilla for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.

Using the red food colouring and a clean paint brush, paint an X onto the treasure map, marking the spot over the yellow pepper coins if possible.

With the black edible food writer pen, sketch out a treasure map over the rest of the quesadilla.

Once the treasure map is finished and all of the food colouring is dry, use a large sharp knife to cut the quesadilla into pieces.

Serve and enjoy!

*NOTES: I used grated cheddar, but other cheeses such as mozzarella or a hard goats cheese also work well.

The quesadillas can be served warm or cold. Make sure you cool them fully before packing if serving in a lunch box. (keep your eyes peeled for our full pirate lunch box tutorial coming soon!)

Feel free to switch up the fillings in your quesadillas –  alternative fillings you could use include;
Chopped veggies – red onion, red or green peppers, spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, peas, cooked broccoli, finely chopped cooked potato, sweet potato or squash.
Cooked meat – chorizo, pepperoni, shredded chicken, bacon or sausage.

For more fun food ideas and recipes like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog, or for more fun party food ideas and recipes for kids, have a look at our Party Food Recipes section or pop over and follow my Party Food for Kids Pinterest board for recipe inspiration all the year around!

Grace

Edible Pirate Map Quesadillas

Serve up an edible pirate treasure map for extra special fun pirate party food for kids! These fun treasure map quesadillas are easy to make and perfect for lunch boxes as well as for fun pirate themed party food or snacks.

  • 1/4 yellow pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 to rtilla wraps
  • 1 Tbsp red pesto
  • handful grated cheese*
  • red food colouring
  • black edible food writer pen
  1. Cut a large slice from the yellow pepper. Using a mini circle cutter, cut round ‘coins’ from the pepper for pirate treasure.  Finely chop the leftover pepper scraps and set aside.
  2. Top and tail the spring onion and finely slice, then slice the ham into small pieces.
  3. Place one of the tortilla wraps in a dry frying pan. Spread the pesto over the tortilla, then scatter over  the chopped yellow pepper, spring onion and ham.
  4. Sprinkle over a generous handful of grated cheese, ensuring that it is evenly spread across the whole tortilla.
  5. Add a pile of yellow pepper coins for pirate treasure, then pop the second tortilla over the top to cover.
  6. Dry-fry the tortilla for a couple of minutes until the base is lightly golden. Once the base is cooked, carefully flip the quesadilla over in the pan to cook on the other side (use a plate to make this easier!).  Cook for a few minutes more until the cheese is melted and the quesadilla cooked through, then carefully slide the quesadilla from the frying pan onto a cooling rack.
  7. Leave the quesadilla for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.
  8. Using the red food colouring and a clean paint brush, paint an X onto the treasure map, marking the spot over the yellow pepper coins if possible.
  9. With the black edible food writer pen, sketch out a treasure map over the rest of the quesadilla.
  10. Once the treasure map is finished and all of the food colouring is dry, use a large sharp knife to cut the quesadilla into pieces to serve.

*NOTES: I used grated cheddar, but other cheeses such as mozzarella or a hard goats cheese also work well.  The quesadillas can be served warm or cold – make sure you cool them fully before packing if serving in a lunch box.

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These shortbread butterfly biscuits are really quick and easy to make, so they’re perfect for fun party food treats or a cute tea party dessert for kids. Whatever your party theme, kids are sure to love these cute edible butterflies!

When preparing party food, especially for a large crowd, there’s rarely time for long and complicated recipes, so these pretty butterfly biscuits, which are made from mostly ready-made ingredients, are ideal for a special dessert that takes very little time to throw together. Apart from whipping up some simple buttercream icing (and you can even buy that ready-made if you’re really pushed for time!), it’s really just a matter of assembling ingredients to create these cute butterfly treats.

I used plain white buttercream, just as it comes, for creating my butterfly biscuits but if you have a little more time you could divide the icing up and colour it before piping for a selection of different coloured butterflies. I think pastel colours would be really pretty, and you could even match them up to your party colour scheme if you have one!

Easy Shortbread Butterfly Biscuits

Ingredients: 

  • 100g butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 shortbread fingers
  • 20 pretzels
  • 5 mikado sticks (or matchstick chocolates)
  • 1 Tbsp hundreds and thousands sprinkles

Method: 

First make the buttercream icing. Whisk the butter until soft and fluffy. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl with the butter, a little at a time, whisking as you go until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again until combined.

Spoon the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a large closed star piping tip.

Pipe a line of icing stars down the centre of each shortbread finger.

Push two pretzels into the icing on each biscuit to form butterfly wings.

Break short lengths off of the mikado sticks and push two pieces into each biscuit for antennae.

Finish each butterfly with a pinch of sprinkles scattered over the top.

Serve and enjoy!

Notes: Try colouring the buttercream in different pastel colours before piping for colourful butterflies!
If not serving straight away, finished butterfly biscuits can be stored in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving if needed.

For more fun food ideas and recipes like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Fun Food Ideas for Kids Pinterest boards for loads more ideas from all over the web.

Grace

Easy Shortbread Butterfly Biscuits

These shortbread butterfly biscuits are really quick and easy to make, so they’re perfect for fun party food treats or a cute tea party dessert for kids. Whatever your party theme, kids are sure to love these cute edible butterflies!

  • 100 g butter
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 shortbread fingers
  • 20 pretzels
  • 5 mikado sticks (or matchstick chocolates)
  • 1 Tbsp hundreds and thousands sprinkles
  1. First make the buttercream icing. Whisk the butter until soft and fluffy. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl with the butter, a little at a time, whisking as you go until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again until combined.
  2. Spoon the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a large closed star piping tip.
  3. Pipe a line of icing stars down the centre of each shortbread finger.
  4. Push two pretzels into the icing on each biscuit to form butterfly wings.
  5. Break off small lengths of mikado sticks and push two pieces into each biscuit for antennae.
  6. Finish each butterfly with a pinch of sprinkles scattered over the top.

Notes: Try colouring the buttercream in different pastel colours before piping for colourful butterflies! If not serving straight away, finished butterfly biscuits can be stored in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving if needed.

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Today I have a new healthy breakfast recipe to share with you – a super easy porridge bread, the recipe for which has come from a fantastic new family friendly cookbook written by Ciara Attwell at My Fussy Eater.  This amazing no-knead bread takes just minutes to prepare and is naturally gluten free with no flour or yeast (use gluten free oats if needed).

I’m also giving away a free copy of the My Fussy Eater cookbook so be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to find out how to enter for your chance to get your hands a copy of this fab new book!

The My Fussy Eater cookbook was first published earlier this year and although I expected it to be good, given that is written by one of my all time favourite family food bloggers, I was seriously impressed with how much is packed into it.  This book is so much more than just a recipe collection – it has loads of brilliant tips for feeding kids (fussy or otherwise), some really useful meal plans, lunch box ideas, and of course the recipes – 100 delicious family friendly recipes covering every part of the day from breakfast to dinner, with lunch, snacks and treats in between.

As you can see over on her blog My Fussy Eater, Ciara’s recipes are always quick, easy and no-fuss to prepare, so they’re perfect for busy modern families. As a mum of two herself, Ciara clearly understands the need to feed children good, healthy food without spending hours slaving away in the kitchen, and her recipe book delivers on that promise with a fantastic array of simple but delicious recipes that you and your kids will want to make again and again.

After spotting this easy oat bread recipe in the cookbook I just knew I had to try it, and I’m so glad I did, it’s seriously one of the best new recipes I’ve tried in a long time. Not only is is really quick and easy to prepare, but it tastes amazing and is really filling so a perfect start to the day. The porridge bread also keeps for several days after making it so it’s a great recipe to bake on a Sunday afternoon ready for quick and easy weekday breakfasts for the whole family.

My Fussy Eater Easy Porridge Bread Recipe - YouTube

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My Fussy Eater Porridge Bread Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 400g rolled oats
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 500g plain yogurt (or dairy free alternative)
  • 50ml milk (or dairy free alternative)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp mixed seeds (optional)

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 4/400°F).

Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with baking paper.

Measure out the rolled oats, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix together in a large bowl.

Add the yogurt and milk to the bowl.

Lightly beat the egg and add to the bowl as well, then mix well until completely combined.

Pour the bread mixture into the lined loaf tin. Smooth out the top and draw a line down the centre of the loaf with a knife.

Sprinkle the seeds (is using) evenly over the top of the loaf.

Place in the pre-heated oven to bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, carefully remove the loaf from the tin then put it back in the oven, directly on the oven shelf, and bake for another 5 minutes. This will help give the loaf a lovely crispy crust.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Serve with butter and jam or honey for a deliciously filling healthy breakfast!

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For more delicious and healthy breakfast ideas, check out the Healthy Breakfast Recipes section here on the Eats Amazing blog or follow my Healthy Breakfast Ideas Pinterest board for fresh and seasonal inspiration all the year around!

The My Fussy Eater cookbook is available now in all good book shops and to order online, with an RRP of £14.99.

Win a copy of the My Fussy Eater Cookbook!

If you’d like the chance to win a copy of this fab book for yourself, all you have to do is comment on this post with your answer this simple question; Which meal would you most like some new recipes for – breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks? and then enter via the rafflecopter below. Please make sure you both comment and enter via the rafflecopter otherwise your entry won’t count!

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Please note the following giveaway terms and conditions: 

  • Entries closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 22nd July 2018
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only. Entrants must be aged over 18.
  • The winner will be notified via email within 48 hours of the closing date. If no response is received from the winner within 28 days, then an alternative winner will be selected.
  • The prize will be supplied by Eats Amazing
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  • If extra entries are earned by following Eats Amazing on social media, the winner must still be following Eats Amazing when the giveaway ends in order to claim their prize.

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My Fussy Eater Porridge Bread Recipe

This amazing no-knead porridge bread from the My Fussy Eater Cookbook is perfect to bake ahead for a quick & easy healthy weekday breakfast for kids! 

  • 400 g rolled oats
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 500 g plain yogurt (or dairy free alternative)
  • 50 ml milk (or dairy free alternative)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp mixed seeds (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 4/400°F). Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin with baking paper.

  2. Measure out the rolled oats, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the yogurt and milk to the bowl.
  4. Lightly beat the egg and add to the bowl as well, then mix well until completely combined.
  5. Pour the bread mixture into the lined loaf tin. Smooth out the top and draw a line down the centre of the loaf with a knife.
  6. Sprinkle the seeds (is using) evenly over the top of the loaf.
  7. Place in the pre-heated oven to bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, carefully remove the loaf from the tin then put it back in the oven, directly on the oven shelf, and bake for another 5 minutes. This will help give the loaf a lovely crispy crust.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  9. Serve with butter and jam or honey for a deliciously filling healthy breakfast!

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Make packed lunches fun with these free printable lunchbox notes for kids! Send messages, jokes and doodles to make your kids smile with these fun sets of lunchbox notes, which are blank with plenty of space for you to write your own.

If you’re a regular reader of the Eats Amazing blog you may have spotted the new series of free printable lunchbox notes for kids that I launched here on the blog recently. Every week over the next few months I will be sharing a new set of themed lunch box notes for you to print out and use for your own children’s lunches. We started with unicorn lunch notes, then I shared some fun pirate lunch notes last week, but this week I’ve got something a little different for you – two sets of blank lunchbox notes that you can fill in and customise with your own messages to your kids.

Whether you want to send jokes, quotes, doodles or just a quick message, these sets of printable lunch notes make it fun and easy! Just print of the set you would like (or print both if you’re keen!), cut into individual notes and fill in yourself for fun personalised notes your kids will love!

You’ll find two different sets of lunchbox notes to download in this post, the first set is completely blank so you can completely customise them by adding your own doodles and text, and the second includes a mixture fun images, so all you need to add is a quick note or joke.

To print set one of our free blank lunchbox notes sets, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

To print set two of our free blank lunchbox notes sets, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

For our full collection of ready-made themed lunchbox note sets, all of which are completely free to download, head over to our Lunchbox Notes for Kids page.  I’ll be sharing a new set of themed lunchbox notes every week this summer, ready for the new school year in September, so why not bookmark the page so you can easily find it again and check back to see what it new.

I really hope you and your children enjoy our fun lunchbox notes sets! If there’s a particular theme or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list.

Happy lunch packing!

Grace

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Today I’m sharing how to make a fun monkey themed bagel lunch for kids. This simple monkey bagel looks impressive but is actually really easy to make with no elaborate equipment – all you need is a set of round cookie cutters.

This cute monkey bagel is perfect for popping in a bento box but it’s so easy to put together that it would be great to make in bulk for party food too – a platter of monkey bagels would be perfect for a jungle or animal themed birthday party!

I don’t have time to make super intricate bento lunches every single day, to be completely honest most of the lunches that I make for my boys are really simple and just decorated with bento food picks or cupcake rings and picks. I do love making themed lunches when I can though but even when I put a bit of extra effort in, I almost always still keep them pretty simple so that they still don’t take a lot of time to make. This fun monkey lunch falls into that category – quick and easy to make but perfect for a special occasion!

Monkey Bagel Bento Box

Ingredients (makes 1): 

For the monkey bagel:

  • 1 bagel
  • sandwich filling of your choice
  • 2 gouda cheese slices
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 slice red pepper

On the side: 

  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 2 pieces baby sweetcorn
  • handful blueberries
  • handful raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp dried fruit
  • 1 tsp dark chocolate chips

Method: 

First make the monkey bagel. Ssplit and fill a bagel with a sandwich filling of your choice.

Next, make the cheese features from ready-sliced cheese. Using a small circle cutter, cut two circles of cheese for the ears. Use a medium sized cutter to cut a circle for the top of the face, then use a large cutter to create a rough oval for the bottom half of the face.

Lift the top of the bagel and add the cheese ears, so that they stick out on on each side. Replace the top of the bagel.

Place the other two pieces of cheese on top of the bagel to create the face shape.

Add two blueberries for eyes, then cut a sliver of red pepper and add on top to finish the mouth.

Place the bagel in a bento box, then add the fruit and vegetable sides to the lunch box too.

Finish the lunch with monkey themed bento picks to decorate.

Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this post and would like some more packed lunch inspiration, head over to the creative bento lunches section here on the Eats Amazing blog where you’ll find over 450 fun packed lunch ideas, enough to keep you going all the year around!

You could also pop over and follow my lunch themed Pinterest boards for lots more fun and healthy lunch box ideas for kids; Kids Lunch Box IdeasBento Box Lunches for Kids & Packed Lunch Ideas.

Grace

Items used to create this lunch:

   

Monkey Bagel Bento Box

How to make a fun monkey themed bento box! This quick and easy cute school lunch idea for kids is packed in the Yumbox bento box. 

For the monkey bagel:
  • 1 bagel
  • sandwich filling of your choice
  • 2 gouda cheese slices
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 slice red pepper
On the side:
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 2 pieces baby sweetcorn
  • handful blueberries
  • handful raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp dried fruit
  • 1 tsp dark chocolate chips
  1. First make the monkey bagel. Ssplit and fill a bagel with a sandwich filling of your choice.
  2. Next, make the cheese features from ready-sliced cheese. Using a small circle cutter, cut two circles of cheese for the ears. Use a medium sized cutter to cut a circle for the top of the face, then use a large cutter to create a rough oval for the bottom half of the face.
  3. Lift the top of the bagel and add the cheese ears, so that they stick out on on each side. Replace the top of the bagel.
  4. Place the other two pieces of cheese on top of the bagel to create the face shape.
  5. Add two blueberries for eyes, then cut a sliver of red pepper and add on top to finish the mouth.
  6. Place the monkey bagel in a bento box, then add the fruit and vegetable sides to the lunch box too. 

  7. Finish the lunch with monkey themed bento picks to decorate. 

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Today I’m sharing a really simple gift idea that kids can make themselves – Strawberries & Cream Giant White Chocolate Buttons. This alternative take on the traditional mendiants recipe is really simple and makes a lovely teacher gift for the start of summer!

Even the youngest of children can help to make these yummy treats – from breaking up the chocolate for melting to spooning out the melted chocolate and sprinkling the strawberries on top, there are lots of simple tasks that they can get involved with.

Strawberries & Cream Giant White Chocolate Buttons

Ingredients: 

  • 150g good quality white chocolate
  • 20g freeze dried strawberries

Method: 

Line 2 baking trays with grease-proof or baking paper. Check the tray sizes first to make sure they will fit in your fridge!

Break the chocolate into pieces and place it in a microwave safe bowl.

Chop the freeze dried strawberries into small pieces if needed, then place in a separate bowl until ready to use.

Melt the chocolate pieces by cooking in the microwave for 30 second bursts, stirring between each one to ensure it melts evenly. Be careful not to overheat or burn the chocolate, heat only until just melted and smooth.

Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate onto the lined trays, swirling each one into a circle with the back of the spoon to create each giant chocolate button.

Working quickly, scatter the freeze dried strawberry pieces evenly over the white chocolate buttons.

Place the trays in the fridge and chill for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate is completely set.

Carefully peel each chocolate button from the paper lining then store in an airtight container somewhere cool until ready to serve.

You could also pop the buttons in gift bags or boxes to give as gifts.

Note: If the weather is very hot, as we are experiencing with the current heatwave, these buttons are best stored in the fridge until ready to serve or give as gifts.

For more delicious treat ideas and recipes like this one check out the Desserts and Sweet Treats section here on the Eats Amazing blog.  You could also pop over and follow my Desserts and Treats Pinterest board for recipe inspiration all the year around!

Grace

Strawberries & Cream Giant White Chocolate Buttons

Yummy strawberries and cream giant white chocolate buttons – a great easy recipe for kids to make for teacher gifts or treats this summer!

  • 150 g good quality white chocolate
  • 20 g freeze dried strawberries
  1. Line 2 baking trays with grease-proof or baking paper. Check the tray sizes first to make sure they will fit in your fridge!
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place it in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Chop the freeze dried strawberries into small pieces if needed, then place in a separate bowl until ready to use.
  4. Melt the chocolate pieces by cooking in the microwave for 30 second bursts, stirring between each one to ensure it melts evenly. Be careful not to overheat or burn the chocolate, heat only until just melted and smooth.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate onto the lined trays, swirling each one into a circle with the back of the spoon to create each giant chocolate button.
  6. Working quickly, scatter the freeze dried strawberry pieces evenly over the white chocolate buttons.
  7. Place the trays in the fridge and chill for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate is completely set.
  8. Carefully peel each chocolate button from the paper lining then store in an airtight container somewhere cool until ready to serve.

You could also pop the chocolate buttons in gift bags or boxes to give as gifts.

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Today I’m dusting off my spiralizer and sharing a super simple side dish recipe – garlic stir fry courgetti. This easy summer recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is a great way of using up a glut of courgettes if you have them growing in the garden. I like to serve them under bolognese sauce or just as a simple side dish with any family meal.

I created a new Side Dish Recipes section for my recipe index when I was overhauling the Eats Amazing website earlier this year, and noticed recently that it’s looking a little bare of recipes. With this in mind I’m planning on sharing some of the simple side-dishes that I cook regularly for our family meals over the next few months, hence this recipe today!

A note on spiralizing courgettes for courgetti – don’t peel the courgettes before spiralizing. It’s best to spiralize them unpeeled as they will have more flavour that way and most of the nutrients are in the skin too.

This year we’ve got a yellow courgette plant in the garden (which my boys are very excited about!) so I used the first yellow courgette we harvested to make this yummy courgetti. My boys can usually be persuaded to try some courgetti by renaming it ‘worms’ or ‘snakes’ – that doesn’t sound quite as appetising to me but they love it! They really enjoy getting involved in spiralizing the vegetables too – under close supervision of course.

Garlic Stir Fry Courgetti

Ingredients: 

  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Method:  

Wash the courgettes, then chop off the ends and spiralize (unpeeled) on the thinnest noodle blade.

Peel the garlic cloves and cut into thin slivers.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the garlic and sizzle in the oil until just starting to turn golden around the edges.

Add the spiralized courgettes to the pan, then stir fry for 3-5 minutes until they are cooked but still have a little bite.

Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper to taste.

Serve as a side dish with any meal, or under Bolognese or pasta sauce.

Enjoy!

Do you have a spiralizer? After you’ve given this recipe a go, check out these yummy spiralizer dishes:

Spiralized Sweet Potato Curly Fries from Eats Amazing

Spiralized Salad for Kids from My Fussy Eater

Brazilian Gaucho Potato Salad (with spiralized apple & carrot) from Veggie Desserts

Spiralized Butternut Squash with Sweet Chilli Chicken from Eats Amazing

Spiralized Courgette Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing from Planet Veggie

Spicy Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing from The Veg Space

For more side dishes like this one, check out the Side Dishes section here on the Eats Amazing blog, or for more easy family friendly dinner ideas and recipes have a look at our Family Friendly Meals or pop over and follow the Eats Amazing recipes Pinterest board for fresh and seasonal inspiration all the year around!

Grace

Simple Garlic Stir Fry Courgetti

This quick & easy garlic stir fry courgetti recipe makes a great side dish for family meals. Kids will love helping you to spiralize the courgette noodles!

  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Wash the courgettes, then chop off the ends and spiralize (unpeeled) on the thinnest noodle blade.
  2. Peel the garlic cloves and cut into thin slivers.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the garlic and sizzle in the oil until just starting to turn golden around the edges.
  4. Add the spiralized courgettes to the pan, then stir fry for 3-5 minutes until they are cooked but still have a little bite.
  5. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve as a side dish with any meal, or under Bolognese or pasta sauce.

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I’m celebrating summer and the amazing weather we’ve been having recently with another fun beach themed recipe today – super easy cheese and tomato croissant crabs! This fun recipe makes great party food for a beach or ocean themed party, or you can pack them in lunch box for a fun lunch time surprise.

I filled my croissant crabs with cheese and tomato before baking in the oven but you can use any filling you like. Ham and cheese is always a hit in our house too or you could stick with the ocean theme and serve them cold with prawns or tuna mayo.

This recipe is really quick and easy to make, so perfect for making in bulk for a party! You can make them up in advance and bake just before eating, or bake ahead and serve them cold.

I used my favourite googly eye picks to add eyes to the crabs – you can find them in the Eats Amazing Shop here: Eye Picks Set 1 & Eye Picks Set 2.

Cheese & Tomato Croissant Crabs

Ingredients (makes 6): 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

Split the croissants and place the bottom halves, cut side up, on a baking tray or sheet.

Cut the cheddar cheese slices into quarters, then place two quarter slices on each croissant half.

Slice the tomatoes and place one slice on top of the cheese on each croissant.

Pop the croissant tops back on.

Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the croissants crisp.

Serve warm, or leave to cool for later.

Just before serving, add the googly eye picks to turn your filled croissants into crabs.

Enjoy!

For more fun food ideas and recipes like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog, or for more fun party food ideas and recipes for kids, check out our Party Food Recipes section or pop over and follow my Party Food for Kids Pinterest board for recipe inspiration all the year around!

Grace

Cheese & Tomato Croissant Crabs

Turn these quick and easy cheese & tomato filled croissants into fun crabs for a cute beach or ocean themed party food idea for kids!

  • 6 croissants
  • 3 cheddar cheese slices
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • googly eye bento picks
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Split the croissants and place the bottom halves, cut side up, on a baking tray or sheet.
  3. Cut the cheddar cheese slices into quarters, then place two quarter slices on each croissant half.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and place one slice on top of the cheese on each croissant.
  5. Pop the croissant tops back on.
  6. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the croissants crisp.
  7. Serve warm, or leave to cool for later.
  8. Just before serving, add the googly eye picks to turn your filled croissants into crabs.

Feeding a crowd? Just double or triple the recipe quantities!

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Ahoy there mateys! Following on from the launch of my new printable lunchbox notes for kids series and the cute rainbow unicorn lunchbox notes I shared earlier this week, today I have another free set of themed lunchbox notes for you, this time with a fun pirate theme!

These swashbuckling pirate themed lunchbox notes are perfect for popping into a lunch box, lunch bag or school bag for a fun surprise in the middle of the school day! If you’re pushed for time in the morning, they’re a great way to add fun to your child’s lunch with zero effort – just print off the sheet of notes, cut them up and pop them somewhere in your kitchen so that they are ready for whenever you’re packing a lunch.

You’ll find a mix of both pirate jokes and fun pirate facts in this set, along with some lovely pirate illustrations for cabin boys and lasses, yarrrr!

To get yer scurvy hands on a copy of our marvellous pirate lunchbox notes, click here or on the image below to download the full sized version.

If you have a little pirate at home, they may also love these fun lunchbox treasures from the Eats Amazing Shop!

  

Not a pirate fan? Don’t worry, I’ve got LOADS more different lunch note themes on their way and will be sharing a new set here on the blog every week this summer, so you’ll be all set for the new school year by the time September arrives. You’ll find all of my lunch box notes over on the Lunchbox Notes for Kids page – why not bookmark it so you can easily find it again and check back to see what it new.

I really hope you and your kids enjoy our new themed lunchbox notes sets. If there’s a particular theme or topic you’d like me to create a set for, please comment below and I’ll add it to my list!

Happy lunch packing!

Grace

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