EASY PEASY DINNER WINNER WITH GOOSE

Earlier this year, for school, Goose (grade 3) had to cook a healthy meal for the family and then present it to the class.  As we took photos of each step, I thought I might share this easy peasy three course meal with you and maybe your kids could give it a try! 

ENTREE
Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Cheese Skewers


MAIN
Baked Crispy Chicken Strips & Salad


DESSERT
Mixed Berries & Yoghurt


PUMPKIN SOUP
Melt 1 tbs of butter & fry one chopped onion in saucepan.
Add 500g pumpkin, 2.5 cups of chicken stock, a sprinkle of ground cloves & nutmeg, 1/2 tsp sugar, 2 drops of tabasco sauce to the saucepan & simmer.

When pumpkin is soft, puree with handheld blender.

Add lemon juice & cream to taste.
Serve in mug with mini toasted cheese sandwiches on skewers. 

BAKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS

Set oven to 230C.  Make the breadcrumbs by placing some frozen bread into the food processor.

Place breadcrumbs, flour & egg into three separate bowls. 


Lightly coat each chicken strip with flour, then egg & then breadcrumbs.

It’s messy work, but that’s half the fun!

Once crumbed, place on a lightly greased baking tray, spray with oil and cook at 230C for 30 mins or until golden brown.
 Serve with a salad & dipping sauce.
Although not particularly healthy we use a yummy dipping sauce that we make from 1/3 cup tomato sauce, 2 tbs American mustard, 1 tbs honey & 1 tbs brown sugar.
 BERRIES & YOGHURT

Self explanatory really, but we just popped some raspberries, blackberries, strawberries & blueberries into a bowl with a dollop of yoghurt on the top.

Do you let your kids loose in the kitchen?  Is it more trouble than it’s worth?  Or an important life skill?

For a long list of our other easy peasy recipes – we only do simple here – you might like to head over here.

A ROCKET PARTY {the food}

DRINKS


water bottles & ‘rocket fuel’ (punch) for drinks


SAVOURY

popcorn cones
 (retro rocket paper purchased here & idea from here)



pringle rockets (idea from here)

 hot dogs in rolls (& my beautiful sister Lou) 
rocket fruit sticks (they are meant to look like rockets…original idea from here)
cheese sandwiches in star shapes
 individual dip cups (idea found here)

Plus our favourite party food - egg & bacon pies & sausage rolls.

SWEET

After the rocket launching the sweet stuff came out!
Yoghurt coated apricot ‘planets’
Star shaped fairy bread*
 Rocket & star shaped shortbreads**
Alien spaceship cupcakes***
Chocolate coated grissini wands****, 


THE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

- Cake was originally planned to be something else completely, but after a few mishaps in the kitchen, at around midnight the night before the party it became a moon covered in edible glitter with an astronaut (candle) and some star shaped sparklers.  The birthday boy smashed open the chocolate layer at the party to reveal a cake covered in lollies underneath.  The excited & surprised look on the kids faces was so worth it!  Check this out for a fun animation of how to make a smash cake, or for detailed instructions look up every Aussie’s favourite birthday cake book.


Have you ever had a ‘mishap’ & then covered it up to create a last minute, flying by the seat of your pants, winner? 

For more details on the rocket party click here.
For more frog, goose & bear party ideas click here.

* made by sister Lou who even used star shaped sprinkles – how cool!
**originally on skewers these rockets and stars fell from a high shelf, around the time the cake mishaps were occurring, and the dishwasher decided to leak over the kitchen floor very late on the night before the party…. never mind – it worked out beautifully! 
*** idea totally stolen from an old Donna Hay mag.
****made by my clever friend Josie.  So simple and the kids LOVE them!  Bear specifically requested them after enjoying them at Josie’s sons party.  I’ll be having them at every party from now on!

FUN FOR THE FUSSY

Inspired by this post on Wild Things of Noosa, I thought I would share my favourite tip for getting kids to eat their food – it is certainly not a new concept (nor is it foolproof) but I need to be reminded regularly to give it a go.
It’s all about presentation.


Yesterday the vegemite sandwiches in the shapes of flowers were woofed down and it’s much more fun eating an eye or tree, instead of a piece of carrot or broccoli.
*As I can’t go past a good party tip – why not try healthy sandwiches cut in shapes, using cookie cutters, that match your party theme.
I have put this plate away for my kids for Christmas… the possibilities are endless!
Of course we don’t play with our food every day, because quite frankly, who has the time?!

Some more fun & healthy food ideas here.
Addition: Check out funkylunch where they take this idea to a whole new level! (thanks chic mother&baby for showing me)
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