Adorable vegetable creations

Claire Gallam

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Do you have really picky kids? Are they constantly pushing the vegetables off their plates? Instead of giving up on trying to get your family to eat healthier, why not make it more fun? These adorable vegetable creations are so cute, your kids will forget they are healthy. Serve each one with their favorite dipping sauce for an easy way to get them to gobble up good for them snacks.

potato cutouts

Cucumber flower gardens, eggplant tic-tac-toe boards and crispy potato cutouts make eating your vegetables a fun task, not a chore! To get your kids even more excited about these dishes, ask them to help you while you make them! Who said it was bad to play with your food?

Crispy potato cutouts

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Foil

Directions:

  1. Slice the potatoes into about 1/3-inch thick slices. Using a cookie cutter (we used mini hearts) punch out shapes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and cover with nonstick cooking spray. Place cutouts all around on the foiled sheet.
  3. Sprinkle the potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the potatoes, and bake another 10 minutes, or until browned and crispy.

Cucumber flower garden

Cucumber flower garden

Recipe inspired by Smiling Green Mom

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks
  • About 8 baby carrots
  • Beets or radishes, quartered
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • Leafy greens (we used beet leaves)
  • Your favorite dipping sauce

Directions:

  1. Assemble flowers by creating blooms with the cucumbers and radishes. Add a cherry tomato to the middle of the cucumbers to create a bulb. Use a celery stick for the stems for both the radishes and cucumbers. Add some beet leaves around the stem of the celery and add carrots around to create a colorful grass.
  2. Serve with dip!

Eggplant tic-tac toe-board

Eggplant tic-tac-toe board

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the baked eggplant: 

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into strips
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the pieces: 

  • Carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Directions: 

  1. To make the eggplant, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper together. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg and then into the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake sticks for about 15 - 18 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and let chill.
  4. To make the board, lay two sticks about an inch away from each other. Place two more sticks on top of the other sticks on both ends. Then, grab your playing pieces and play a game!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.