Making fruit and vegies fun

Miss Three would live on a diet of cheese and bacon rolls if she could.

Cheese and bacon rolls and plain toast. Oh, and cheese sticks. How could I forget the cheese sticks? She begs me for them sixty times a day*.

With a distressed tone in her voice and a pained expression on her face, she’ll follow me around the kitchen begging for food.

Offerings of fruit or vegies are met with the utmost disgust.

‘Puh-leeeease mummy, I’m hungry, but not thaaaat hungry. Just give me the cheese and bacon roll and no one has to lose their shit.’

Of course she doesn’t say that, but that’s inevitably what happens. It’s either her or me that loses it.

The battle of mum versus the threenager seems to play on repeat at the moment and we’re all just hanging in there on this roller coaster ride.

When I was gifted the Kindy Kitchen kids’ recipe book last week, I clutched onto it as if it was made of pure gold. This, my friends, would be the answer to my woes.


The book is jam-packed with fun and delicious fruit and vegie recipes (30, in fact) for parents to create with kids, plus it’s peppered with entertaining and highly imaginative stories and illustrations.

Miss Five sat down with me straight away and we read the book from front to back in one sitting. While she deliberated over what we would create first, Miss Three remained disinterested.

Miss Five chose the rainbow serpent for our first creation and I set about chopping up watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew to make a fruity-licious snake.

Of course my rainbow serpent looked more like a poor excuse for a worm on its last legs. I was quick to realise that not only can I not replicate cakes from Pinterest, but my fruit sculpting also leaves much to be desired.

Kindy Kitchen

Nevertheless, my cheer squad thought it was the best dang thing they’ve ever seen in their lives.

As I placed the colourful worm serpent onto the kids’ table, Miss Three sauntered over from where she was lying dramatically on her Dora couch allegedly fading away through lack of nourishment, i.e, cheese and bacon rolls.

I didn’t even have to convince my darling little ratbag to eat the fruit. I gave her a fork and she jolly well tucked into that fruity serpent without any coaxing required.


Gone within seconds, the girls asked me to make something else. I opted for the very easy grape necklace – a quick win for a novice like me.

On a roll, I became cocky and upped the level of difficulty. I decided to try … the apple cockatoo recipe.

I busily cut, shaped, balanced and tooth-picked until I created, without much trouble at all, a pretty decent looking apple cockatoo. The girls liked it so much they nearly came to fisticuffs over who was going to eat it.

Fisticuffs … over fruit. Have you ever?


And if that wasn’t crazy enough, later that day Miss Three pulled a carrot out of our vegie patch, asked me to wash it, and ate it fresh from the garden. My world has gone mad.

I don’t know how long this is going to last, but I’m going to be pumping out these fruit and vegie creations as long as the kids keep lapping them up.


Oh and guess what? Thanks to HarperCollins, I have two copies of Kindy Kitchen to giveaway to two lucky Mummy, Wife, Me readers.

Kindy Kitchen is written by Jessica Rosman a qualified pre-school teacher and advocate of healthy eating. Kindy Kitchen is packed with illustrated rhymes and 30 juicy recipes.

All you need to do is tell me in the comments the funniest/craziest thing you’ve done to convince your child to eat fruit or vegies.

Congratulations to Amy and Ingrid, the winners of the Kindy Kitchen competition.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 14 December.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 15 December.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a copy of Kindy Kitchen to review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Linking up today with Essentially Jess.

*Exaggeration. It’s more like 50 times a day.

51 comments on Making fruit and vegies fun

  1. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    December 8, 2015 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

    This wouldn’t happen back in my day – lol. We were given a boring apple and told to eat it or else. Looks like a really cute book.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      I know. So was I. Cheese and vegemite sandwiches for lunch and an apple for morning tea 🙂

  2. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    December 8, 2015 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

    That’s an awesome looking worm! And the bird, too! So cool! Last night, miss 3 ate dinner in nothing but her knickers. She was loathe to eat her peas and corn until I accidentally dropped one in her belly button. THAT got her giggling and she plucked it out and ate it. So I dropped the next one in! We went through a good tablespoon of peas and corn, all eaten out of the navel! Hey- whatever works 🙂

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol! Exactly. I’m a great believer in that 🙂

  3. Bec Senyard
    December 8, 2015 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

    I need this book. Your creations look fabulous and my girls would love them! One funny incident I remember was taking Esther to a Japanese restaurant and ordering tempura vegetables. We told Esther they were colourful chips and very crunchy. At 3 she pulled the batter off and shook her head, realizing the ‘healthy chips’ were in fact veggies.

  4. Bec
    December 8, 2015 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, it really worked? I need this book! Though I’ll have to buy it – I have no funny or creative stories. Maybe that’s my problem:)

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Well this book should do the trick 🙂

  5. Lydia C. Lee
    December 8, 2015 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    They’re really cute!!

  6. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
    December 8, 2015 at 7:30 am (3 years ago)

    This is great, kid logic never ceases to amaze me! I love your serpent and cockatoo too. I just made some watermelon cut up like a Christmas tree, the things we do!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ve done that too 🙂 So cute.

  7. Andrea Phillips
    December 8, 2015 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    Priceless! I still don’t understand why one mouthful of something is perfectly fine but the next has apparently been dipped in poison so foul it must be spat across the room to emphasise just how much it disgusts the child. But the next one is fine. And yoghurt is always ok. Except if it has bits in. Or if it’s purple. On a Tuesday. Sigh… xx

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Ahhh so true. It’s total cray, isn’t it? Miss Three can be jumping around like a maniac just prior to dinner, but as soon as I say ‘dinner’s ready’ she claims her legs are broken and she can’t make it to the table.

  8. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    December 8, 2015 at 8:15 am (3 years ago)

    This book would be perfect for my sister and her fussy eating kids!

    One time I used a melon baller to create watermelon, honeydew and rockmelon balls and then I placed a small plastic doll of my daughter’s in the middle of her lunch box full of these melon balls and advised her it was the doll’s ball pit!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow! That’s thinking outside of the box!

  9. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    December 8, 2015 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

    This is awesome! Where on earth was this book when my kids were little??? I still have one child who refuses to eat cooked veggies, he will only eat them raw. The only exception to his self imposed rule is baked potato. Thank goodness all the other kids are not so fussy.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Apparently my husband would only eat raw vegies when he was a kid. Such funny little habits we have as kids.

  10. Glenda @ Healthy Stories
    December 8, 2015 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

    I love it! That is so cute that they were fighting over who would eat the fruit. The next step is to teach them to make the little animals themselves.

  11. Vanessa
    December 8, 2015 at 8:52 am (3 years ago)

    Don’t you wish that sometimes food would appear in front of you, all shaped and cut and clean and looking like an animal? It’s probably just me…. 🙂

  12. JF Gibson
    December 8, 2015 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

    Another area I fell down with in parenting – making food fun and creative. So glad I’m past having to do that, but whatever works I say!

  13. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    December 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to do all sorts of crazy things – but now I just use the threat of taking things away! x

  14. EssentiallyJess
    December 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    That is awesome that that worked!
    I have one that does not like fruit at all. She will eat some fruit at some times, but not a lot. But I don’t think this would work for her. She’s the kind of kid that will happily starve rather than eat something she doesn’t like. (Not unlike her mother really.)

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that’s interesting. Going to bed without dinner wouldn’t phase her then.

  15. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    December 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm (3 years ago)

    My kids eat so much darn fruit! I can’t keep it up. Believe it or not it drives me batty that I’m always having to restock. A fairly good problem to have I suppose.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, I wouldn’t mind having that problem 🙂

  16. Sarah
    December 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

    That book looks awesome. Thankfully I haven’t had to make too much – they either like them or they don’t but with a third baby on the way, I’m looking for anything to make my life easier.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh congratulations on your third. You’ll definitely have your hands full 🙂

  17. Hugzilla
    December 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Funnily enough I tried one of the gimmicky fruit kebabs once, and it actually worked. I was really shocked, because I’d already admitted defeat.

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Here’s a hot tip, put some marshmallows in with the fruit on the kebab and they’ll go completely bananas over it 🙂

  18. Sarah @ Bubsandbeans
    December 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this book, might have to put it on my christmas list. 🙂
    I am lucky my kids love fruit, i have a huge selection of fun plates to make them eat

  19. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    December 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s a win for the team! Yessss! I love your efforts. How cute are they??? I hope it keeps impressing your threenanger. They’re a rough crowd. Boyo I need some inspiration. I have 3 BOYS WHO ARE EATING ME OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME and I cannot keep buying rice crackers to feed them all day long. The supermarket cannot keep the supply up. They’re so set about what fruit they will and will not eat it makes it hard to serve whatever is in the fruit bowl up. Some craft fruitiness should do it! Help me out please! x

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep, I hear you. They can be a tough crowd and hard to please.

  20. JM Peace
    December 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the cockatoo!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you. It was a bit of fun 🙂

  21. Emily
    December 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

    My daughter will eat sultanas, but not grapes. I told her that they were essentially the same thing, and she didn’t believe me. We looked it up, and sure enough, ta-da! So I told her that if she ate grapes and went and sat in the sun for a while, they’d turn into sultanas in her stomach. She went and did it and DIDN’T MOVE for about an hour. Grape consumption AND an hour of silence. WINNING.

  22. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    December 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s one thing I don’t miss – the constant demands for food!!!!! Actually scratch that. Mr 21 still tries it on with the whinging and the moaning and the complaints of starvation, but I just tell him he’s lazy and to fix himself something. So he goes and buys takeaway. Whatever!!!!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT … coz we rock!!!!

  23. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    December 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm (3 years ago)

    In an effort to get her to eat veggies I made ratatouille which was met with the expected look of disgust and declaration of “yuck, mummy yucky no more” so I whizzed it up in the processor and pretended it was tomato sauce on top of pasta. Of course that only worked for one mouthful too. Sigh toddlers are so frustrating! The one thing that does work for me though is calling peas yummy green balls, for some reason that makes her eat them?!

    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      December 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! It’s all in how you promote it lol.

  24. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 10, 2015 at 8:01 am (3 years ago)

    How brilliant is that!!! Hahaha go you! Next thing you know you’ll be making a complete zoo!

  25. Heather
    December 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Well tonight took the cake, fried rice with veggies and the only way Mr H ate it was that we told him it was Nan’s eggs!! So this book would be a lifesaver.

  26. Heart
    December 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm (3 years ago)

    That book is fantastic! I’m also a health advocate. I know this book will help the little ones embrace fruits and veges.


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