All Kinds of Fruit and Vegetable Recipes

Getting children to eat more fruit and vegetables can sometimes be a little difficult to say the least. But getting them interested in fruit and vegetables and encouraging them to prepare the fruit and veg themselves might help them be more adventurous.
Try blending fruit and veg into their food, or better still let them help you do this and give them a chance to use some of the tools in the kitchen.
Get them to create some fantastic dips and help them cut up some veg to dip in them.
Smoothies and yummy drinks. A great way to encourage your children to choose their own fruit and veg to go into a smoothie.
Making their own choices - pizza toppings are a great way to do this. Pop along to the bread page to find out a basic pizza dough recipe.
And don't forget that tinned fruit and veg count towards their daily intake. Open up the tinned beans - now most children love them. 

Beans on Toast


Apple Crunch

What you will need:

Two slices of bread

1 Tin of Baked Beans

Butter or margarine for your toast

For extra toppings ( a little grated cheese )


  1. First put your slices of toast in the toaster

  2. Next open the tin of beans and put them into a bowl

  3. Cover the bowl with clingfilm

  4. Put the bowl into the microwave for 2 mins on high. (you might need to add more time to this depending on your microwave - ask an adult to help)

  5. Butter your toast and cut it into triangles or squares and put around the edge of the plate.

  6. Carefully take the bowl out of the microwave, or get an adult to help. Spoon the beans into the middle of your plate.

If you want you can now add some grated cheese on top.



What you will need:

One nice eating apple

1 to 2 tbsp of peanut butter

(some water in a bowl with a few drops of lemon juice in to stop the apple slices going brown)


  1. First, ask your adult to slice the apple for you

  2. Next, use a biscuit cutter to cut out the core of the apple on each slice

  3. Put the apple slices into the bowl with the lemon water

  4. Take out one piece of apple at a time and spread some peanut butter on top

  5. Put the lovely apple slices on a plate until you have finished all of them.

Now enjoy your apple slices.

Pear Penguins


Stuffed Tomatoes

What you will need:

6 BIG tomatoes

2 balls of mozzarella
12 basil leaves
4 pieces cooked red peppers from a jar
2 tbsp pesto 
or red pesto
6 slices ciabatta or crusty bread, toasted and brushed with olive oil

  1. First, ask your adult to turn on the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6.

  2. Carefully cut the tops off the tomatoes (you might need a bit of adult help with this one) Make sure you keep the tops. Scoop out the insides of the tomatoes and put them into a sieve - make sure you put the sieve over a bowl and collect all those lovely juices.

  3. Cut the mozzarella into chunks and snip or tear up the basil leaves.

  4. Sit the tomatoes in a baking dish. Add a few chunks of mozzarella into each tomato.

  5. Put a few torn basil leaves into each one.

  6. Tear or snip the red pepper into pieces, then add a piece to each tomato. Add more mozzarella, basil and pepper in layers until each tomato is full.

  7. Put a blob of pesto in each tomato, then put the tops back on. Pour over the juices from the tomato insides. Ask your adult to put them in the oven for 20 mins.


This recipe is taken from


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By  Ellie and Sophie

Each chef will need:
2 mini chocolate chips
2 white chocolate chips
1 pear
3 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted
1 thin slice of baby carrot, cut into a small triangle
1 fig, cut in half diagonally
1 Pastry brush (to share)

1. Your penguins need eyes to see how cute they will become! Push the mini chocolate chips in the center of the white chocolate chips to form eyes. Now waddle like a penguin twice around the table.

2. Even though penguins can't fly, they still need wings. Use a butter knife to carefully cut a slice in both sides of the pear to form wings, making sure to keep the tops of the slices attached to the pear. Use a peeler to shave the pear skin off in between the wings in an oval shape. This is the penguin's white tummy.

3. Use a pastry brush to paint chocolate on the penguin's body, everywhere but his stomach. Use a toothpick to notch a spot for each of the chocolate chip eyes and the carrot beak. Insert the eyes and carrot beak. Balance the pear penguin on a plate and place the fig halves for feet. Dress up in black and white clothes for this frosty feast!

From the book Bean Appetit by Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen, with Carisa Dixon

Fruit Stick Pancakes

What you will need:
1 cup Self Raising Flour 
1 cup of Milk
1 Egg

4 strawberries, cut widthwise into thin slices
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced widthwise into circles
¼ cup blueberries

maple syrup
4 skewers

  1.  First, mix the ingredients for the pancakes and beat until smooth

  2. Ask your adult to cook the pancakes and leave them on a plate to cool

  3. Use a small biscuit cutter to cut out some small rounds in the pancakes

  4. Layer the pancakes and fruit on the skewers. Dip in maple syrup and eat one layer at a time.

From the book Bean Appetit by Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen, with Carisa Dixon