It’s the Summer holidays which for most parents means more time at home and more meals to make for little ones.
Making meals fun is one of my big recipe hacks for little ones as I find it really helps with my two fussy eaters. There is something about cutting a meal in a different way or serving it in something different that can capture their imagination and help them feel happier about trying something new.
The summer also brings lots more variety in what little ones can eat with lots more locally grown fruits and vegetables in stores or if you’re lucky in a local PYO field. It’s the perfect time to create some fun recipes for little ones and hopefully, encourage them to try more.
We are really excited to be working with Breville over the next few months and have been testing out lots of their products over the last few weeks. In the first of a series of posts I am creating with them, I wanted to share some of the summer recipes I have been trying with the girls using some of the Breville products we are testing.
Here are my three fun summer recipes for little ones
Delicious fruit lollies
We have had a seriously hot summer so far, so having something cool in the freezer for the girls has been essential. Until now we’ve just been having ice in our drinks and have been buying lollies but I am so conscious of both the cost and what’s inside the shop bought ones so when the Breville Blend Active ColourMix Family Blender arrived I thought I would try something different.
I bought some ice lolly moulds, bought the girls favourite fruit and started prepping with Amelie…
What you need:
- A handful of strawberries
- A handful of blueberries
- 300ml of water
Using the Breville Blend Active ColourMix Family Blender we took the ingredients, put them in one of the cups and got blending.
Amelie was so excited to help me and had the biggest smile on her face as we blended the fruit up!
Once the fruit and water were blended it was a simple pour into the moulds and then putting them into the freezer for later.
The blender is fantastic with a different coloured bottle for everyone in the family, so if you’re making these for the kids you can double the quantity and then take the rest in your cup to work or pop in the fridge for a fresh smoothie later in the day.
Butterfly toast bites
What you need:
- Wholemeal bread
- A small avocado
- Cream cheese
- A playdoh cutter
When you have little ones who can be fussy there are definitely strategies to help them eat, one making food fun, but also hiding the good stuff if needed! This recipe is great as the girls love cream cheese but don’t always like avocado so by hiding it under the food they like and making a shape they never notice it’s there!
To make the butterfly toast bites the first step is to toast the bread. We are using the Breville Flow Toaster in Mushroom. This toaster is perfect for family life with four toasting sections and all the features and performance you’d expect with a stylish, unique textured design which really stands out in our kitchen.
Once the toast was done I then got to work cutting out my butterflies with my Playdoh cutter.
Once my butterfly shapes were done I mashed some avocado and spread a thin layer on my shapes. When that was spread I topped with some cream cheese to hide the avocado. At this point, Amelie came to help me with the blueberry topping. Amelie loves helping me in the kitchen and had great fun doing this job for me!
The girls loved these and had so much fun serving each other and giggling at the butterfly shapes!
Toasted sandwich boats
What you need:
- A playdoh cutter
- Ham & cheese
The final recipe is my toasted sandwich boats! Both of the girls love sandwiches now and they also love cheese on toast so I thought I would combine the two using the Breville Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster to make them their first toastie! This toaster is amazing if you’re short on time (which I usually am when I have two hungry little ones) as it makes delicious sandwiches in minutes. It also has a clever Cut and Seal technology which makes a perfectly formed toastie every time – perfect if you have little ones you want exactly the same thing and in perfect triangles!
To make the toasties fun I decided to simply cut them into four triangles so they were boat like and then add a ‘sail’ with a straw and cucumber. My sail was butterfly shaped as I used the same cutter from the toast earlier but they girls had no idea and bought into my story of the sandwiches being boats!
To make these you first need to cut out your sail – you could use any cutter here but I used this butterfly one. Once the cucumber is cut into a shape push it onto your straw and set aside.
Then its onto making your toasted sandwich. We made a simple ham and cheese sandwich and it looked so delicious!
Once the sandwich was out and slightly cooled I cut the triangles into another half and then put the sails (straws) into the middle of the triangles to make our boats.
Amelie was thrilled with the creation and couldn’t wait to get eating!
So there you have it three fun summer recipes for little ones which my girls really enjoyed.
Which recipe would you try?
*This is a sponsored post with Breville*