Kids Xmas Recipes


With so many preparations for Xmas breakfasts, lunches, dinners and all sorts of parties – it can be easy for us all to forget that this is meant to be a time of joy, relaxation and fun spent with loved ones and family - if not most importantly a time that’s all about the kids!

Some of my most treasured memories are of when I was a kid at Xmas.  It really is magical. An easy way to spread the holiday cheer and get involved as a family is create delicious and nutritious Xmas treats that not only the kids will love.

Bring out your inner child this Xmas and get a little messy in the kitchen with some fun and mostly nutritious treats!

 

Bagel Wreaths

What you’ll need:

  • Wholemeal bagels
  • Low fat ricotta or cream cheese
  • Zucchinis – grated and pan-fried till soft
  • Red capsicum sliced finely – grilled in the oven till soft
  • Yellow capsicum chopped finely
  • Cherry tomatoes/sundried tomatoes diced

Method:

  1. Slice your bagels in half and toast till lightly browned
  2. Spread the ricotta or cream cheese onto the bagel
  3. Sprinkle the grated zucchini over the ricotta to flesh out your bagel for the leaves
  4. Decorate your wreath with yellow capsicum lights and cherry tomato/sundried tomato baubles
  5. Place the finishing touch of a big red capsicum bow at the bottom.
  6. Voila!
 

Candy Cane Bread Sticks

What you’ll need:

  • Puff pastry sheets
  • Seasoned sea salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 18 degrees Celsius and place a piece of baking paper down on a baking tray
  2. Lay out the puff pastry sheets and sprinkle them in salt, parmesan and sesame seeds
  3. Cut thin, long slices of the pastry dough and twist the slices into spiral shapes
  4. Shape the twisted strips into candy canes and place onto the prepared baking tray
  5. Bake until light gold in colour (approx 10-15 mins)
  6. Voila!
 

Marshmallow Christmas Trees

What you’ll need:

  • 8 paddle pop sticks
  • 24 mega marshmallows (the white ones with the rounded top)
  • ¾ cup coconut flakes
  • 10-20 drops green food colouring
  • 1 ½ cups white choc melts

Method:

  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and thread 3 marshmallows (round top facing upwards) onto each paddle pop stick – leaving no room at the top of the stick
  2. Place coconut in a plastic bag with the food colouring – shake till the coconut is a light green colour.
  3. Spread coconut over a small plate
  4. Heat chocolate melts in a small microwave safe bowl till melted and smooth, stirring gradually every minute.
  5. Brush the marshmallow trees with the melted chocolate using a pastry brush and then roll them lightly in the coconut
  6. Lay tress onto the prepared tray and refrigerate till set.
  7. Voila!
 

Strawberry Santa’s

What you’ll need:

  • 500g Large Strawberries (or as many as you’d like to make)
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese – softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons powdered icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of blackened sesame seeds (can be blackened by pan-frying)

Method:

  1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry to make your hat
  2. Clean out the centre body of the strawberry with a small knife (mums and dads this is your part!) and set the strawberries aside with their matching hats
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered icing sugar and vanilla extract till creamy.
  4. Put the cream cheese mixture into a zip lock bag with the corner cut off and pipe into the body of the strawberry, leave extra mixture for the face of the Santa Claus.
  5. Place two black sesame seeds for his eyes
  6. Finish off by adding his hat to his head, and a furry cream cheese pompom on top
  7. Voila!

Enjoy these Xmas treats with your kids! Oh, and did we mention that carols playing in the background are an absolute must? Bing Crosby is a classic, and a swiish personal favourite.

Merry Xmas!

 

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