Spring Solstice and Easter are right around the corner and if you know me – you know I love making themed food for my kids. When it’s this easy (really) and fun for all involved, why wouldn’t I? We had a blast last night with this 3-course meal  parade of edible vegetable and fruit animals. The time it took me to prepare this meal wasn’t any more than that in which I would take to prepare any other meal for my family (save PB & J perhaps), so.

First Up…

What You’ll Need: 

  • multigrain, flax seed rye bread (that’s what I used, you of course can use whatever you want, just remember that part of the idea is to make things healthy)
  • apples
  • dried blueberries (or raisins)
  • celery
  • red pepper
  • dried apricots
  • arugula
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • cream Cheese
  • culinary scissors
  • flower/scalloped circle shaped cookie cutters (Found at the dollar store or your local craft store)

How You Do:

Cut out out the bunny face(s)

Cut out the ears and body, (free-style, you can do it!) Save the trimmings for bread crumbs. Just sayin’.

Cut out the tail(s)

There you be. Ready for cream cheese application.

Pretty straightforward, yes?

Dress him up!

Get ye a good detailing knife and cut those whiskers nice, long and thin from celery.

Halve a strawberry, slice that half nice and thin and cut it into a little strawberry for the nose. This can be a bit finicky, but not overly so.

Do like that. Do nerdy little jig. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

Halve a blueberry for the eyes. (You may note that I was making two bunnies here, one for each of my toddlers, hence the two sets of eyes.)

Slice some red pepper, nice and thin in the same (but smaller) shape of the ears. Finish flesh side up, for the insides of the bunny ears.

Slice some apple and place skin side up for the bunny’s belly. Cut triangles from dried apricot to make a bow-tie, using a dried blueberry for the knot. Cut out 2 small rectangles from banana for the bunny teeth. Assemble your bunny on some arugula as seen here and you’re ready to rock your little peoples’ worlds!

Next Up: Eggtastic Crew!

What You’ll Need:

  • boiled eggs
  • dried blueberries
  • red pepper
  • dried apricot
  • celery
  • banana

How You Do: 

Boil up some eggs and chill, I did quite a few as I like to keep some in the fridge for quick meals and snacks!

Shelled and ready to go.

Wait! What? Where are all of my detailed instructions? Well -things started to get hectic for taking pictures and I also thought that maybe you’d be on my trajectory now with all that bunny prep. As you can probably tell, I used thin slices of red pepper for the feet and to make the Rooster’s crest. (making little slices on the egg head will assist you in the insertion, assuring they’ll stay in place.) Next, I sliced tiny pieces of dried blueberry for the eyes and rolled them in my palms to make teensy balls for the eyes. Finish her off by cutting a small triangle from dried apricot and you have a beak. Fiddle and assemble and you are done.

Much of the same occurred for the making of the chickadee and bunny. Dried apricots were used for the chick’s feet and wings and the face was made the same way as the rooster. Except I used thin slices of celery for the tufts of hair. The bunny: Halve an egg for the body and the face, then halve and quarter another egg, using to of the quarters for the ears. Thin celery slices do nicely for the whiskers and a small triangle slice of dried apricot for the nose. I made the same little balled blueberries for the eyes and a banana slice for the tail!

Too cute, right? Go on, admit it.

Lastly: Killer Bunnies for Dessert!

What You’ll Need: 

  • banana
  • deep purple grapes
  • apple
  • strawberries
  • dried apricot

How You Do:

So simple. I used long banana slices for the ears on the larger bunny and apples sliced into ears for the smaller bunny. The grapes were used for the eyes, with tiny pieces of apple cut into little squares for the eyes. I poked little holes into the grapes to make the apple pieces stay. Using more apple, this is where things get a little more detailed in cutting out the whiskers from a flat slice of apple flesh. Cut out some bunny fangs (what?) from strawberry and dried apricot for the noses. (Roll the little chunks around in your palms a bit to make nice round noses.) Assemble as shown and serve it up!

We had so much fun putting this food together and eating it. It took up much of the evening which is how I meant it to be. We talked about food  a lot and different types of fruits and vegetables. We talked about spring coming and planting our own garden and what kind of food we wanted to grow. We talked about the Easter Bunny and the beautiful coming of Spring. We laughed and took lots of pictures and somehow? Somehow I think this is how things should be most of the time. With or without Killer Bunnies & Co. Until the next. xo


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