Kid-Friendly Fruits & Veggies Recipes

May 31, 2016

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month and the perfect opportunity to look into summer outdoor farmer's markets to find great deals on fresh items for your family to enjoy.

Below you will find an assortment of kid-friendly recipes featuring fruits and veggies that your little chef can help you make in the kitchen.  Most of these options have been previously featured in the right-hand column of our monthly menu - so be sure to check out that area for kid-friendly snack ideas.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This cute, creepy-crawly treat is loads of fun for kids to make and then eat! from FunFamilyCrafts.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 celery leaf
  • hummus
  • smal pimento-stuffed olives
  • 2 thin strips of sweet red pepper
  • curly pretzels

Directions:

  1. Kids: Wash and dry celery
  2. Adults: Trim celery into sticks. 
  3. Adults: With a vegetable peeler, shave a thin slice off the curved side so the celery sits without wobbling. 
  4. Adults: Cut red pepper into small strips.
  5. Kids: Fill celery stick with hummus. 
  6. Kids: Place 2 small pimento-stuffed olives in hummus at end of celery stick for eyes. 
  7. Kids: Stick 2 thin strips of red pepper just behind eyes for antennae. 
  8. Kids: Prop a celery leaf in hummus at opposite end for a tail.
  9. Kids: Make 6 legs from pretzels by breaking off 6 long curved pieces and sticking in hummus along both sides of celery stick.

 

Banana Dolphins

It's a cute, fun and quick way to eat healthy!  What kid would be able to resist these?! from TheBananaPolice.com

Ingredients & Items Needed:

  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Edible Marker
  • Shallow bowls for serving
  • Optional: Cream cheese

Directions:

  1. Adults: Use a sharp knife to cut the stem all the way to the banana and a little past (to make the smile and be able to open them)
  2. Adults: Take the knife and cut the bottom half off a little past the middle
  3. Kids: Optionally use a spoon to put some cream cheese in the bottom of the bowl you will be serving the banana dolphin in to help it stay standing up
  4. Kids: Put grapes around the dolphin and one into the mouth opening
  5. Kids: Add eyes by drawing them on the banana with an edible marker

Parent Safety Note: If you will be serving this snack to younger children, be sure to cut grapes in half to avoid the choking hazard they may provide.

 

Stop Light Snack

Enjoy this traffic light themed snack with your child after reviewing road safety, including watching the traffic light, looking for a  safe place to cross, and looking both ways before walking.

Ingredients & Items Needed:

  • celery sticks
  • cream cheese or any Laughing Cow spreadable cheese varieties
  • red, yellow, and green bell peppers
  • small circle cookie cutter (approximately 1/2" - 1" in diameter)

Directions:

  1. Kids: Wash and dry celery stalks
  2. Adults: Cut celery stalks into 3 inch sticks
  3. Kids: Spread a small amount of cream cheese onto a stick of celery
  4. Adults: Cut peppers into large sections big enough that your child will be able to cut a circle using the cookie cutter
  5. Kids: Cut circles out of the peppers using a small round cookie cutter
  6. Kids: Arrange your circles on the celery like a stop light

 

Patriotic Popsicles

Keep these frozen treats in mind for Fourth of July celebrations next month!

Ingredients & Items Needed:

  • 4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 of a small container of fresh strawberries
  • A popsicle tray/mold
  • Popsicle sticks, if the mold does not come with handles

Directions:

  1. Kids: Decide what order you want the colors to be on your popsicle, specifically what color you want to be on the bottom.  To match the "saying" - the popsicle should be made in the order of "red, white, and blue."
  2. Kids (with adults' help): Blend strawberries or blueberries in your blender.  You may need to add a little bit of water to reach a "soup-like" consistency.
  3. Kids (with adults' help): Pour this mixture equally into the popsicle molds.
  4. Kids: Cover the popsicle molds with parchment paper or plastic wrap and place into the freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Kids: Next, add yogurt into each mold evenly.
  6. Kids: Cover the popsicle molds again and place in the freezer for another 30 minutes
  7. Kids: Add the other berries (whichever you haven't already done) into the blender and mix with water to correct thickness.
  8. Kids: Pour this mixture equally into the popsicle molds
  9. Kids: Insert popsicle sticks or the popsicle handles that come with the mold and freeze for another 30 minutes or longer.

Parent Note: If you have an older child that is patient enough to spend the time, they could make skinnier stripes of red and white and a larger section of blue to match the stripes on the flag or whatever other options they would like.  Other options are to mix the berry mixtures with the yogurt to make a tie-dye effect and include larger pieces of fruit such as whole blueberries or strawberries cut into star shapes.

 

Fruit Rainbow

from AdventuresofaGlutenFreeMom.com

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries - hulled
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges - cut into slices, removing membrane
  • Pineapple - peeled and cubed
  • Kiwi - peeled and sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red grapes
  • Optional: Fruit dip

Directions:

  1. Adults: Wash and dry fruits as needed and peel and cut as noted above.
  2. Kids: Arrange in the order of a rainbow on a large serving platter

Parent Safety Note: If you will be serving this to younger children, consider cutting grapes in half to avoid the choking hazard they may present.

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