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Little Peeps Eats – 1st Birthday Giveaway

Kid eating birthday cake

Little Peeps Eats is now 1 year old.  I still can’t quite believe it… and guess what… we are celebrating with an amazing giveaway with over $1,000 in prizes!!!

Before we get to the giveaway… I thought I’d take a moment to stop and actually think about what the past twelve months have looked like for Little Peeps Eats.  What started off as a humble little website sharing the occasional recipe, it is now something even more special.  Little Peeps Eats has grown to a website with a shop containing all my favourite mealtime products, blogs containing not only recipes but also specialist advice to help take the stress out of mealtimes, and not to mention our wonderful Facebook community where parents can come together for fussy eating tips, recipes and lunchbox ideas.

Reflecting on my highlights

As I reflect on the past twelve months, amongst all the hard work there have been some tremendous highlights.  These include:

  • Being featured on Channel 9 four times (the most recent being the A Current Affair special on Slow Cookers – did you catch it on Monday night?).
  • Having the opportunity to do sponsored work for fabulous businesses such as Australian Grapes, Hello Fresh, and Aldi.
  • Having two of my blogs featured by Kidspot.

I’m incredibly lucky to partner with the fabulous business who feature on our website.  Please take a moment to check out their pages.  Thank you to Adventure Snacks, Baby Bento, Bambino Love, Dr Jennifer Cohen, Kind to Kidz, ezpz, Foost, MashbloxReliv and Sinchies for all of your support, and being so brilliant to work with.

Thanks to the members of the Little Peeps Eats team:

  • my wonderfully dedicated VA Jacqui Dawson, who not only supports me but runs her own business Property Unravelled;
  • Mandy from Little People Nutrition, our Guest Contributor to the Little Peeps Eats blog (check out her amazing book); and
  • Marnie from Lunchbox Land (she is the lunchbox queen!!!) our other wonderful blog Guest Contributor.

Most importantly – thank you to all of wonderful followers!  Your support, loyalty and encouragement has kept me motivated in helping Little Peeps Eats continue to go from strength to strength.  You guys rock – seriously!

Little Peeps Eats Birthday Giveaway Cake

Now.. let’s celebrate with a Giveaway!

Up for grabs is over $1,000 in amazing prizes all designed to help take the stress out of mealtimes (which is what we are all about, right?).

To enter takes less than 30 seconds, and will be launched on our Instagram page at 8pm this Sunday 17 June.  Make sure you are following our account so you don’t miss out!

Here’s our amazing prize pool below.  Take a moment to check out the websites of these fabulous businesses – they all have so much to offer!

Adventure Snacks Make-at-home mixes

Cacao Nib Muesli Bars Cranberry, Fig & Seed Bliss Ball Mix, Oat & Carrot Cookie Mix
The Adventure Snacks make-at-home mixes are a mile ahead of traditional baking mixes – they’re all natural, organic and contain ingredients which are high in essential nutrients. They’re snacks and treats which are good for you! They are also super convenient, and easy to make.
Prize thanks to Adventure Snacks.


Baby Bento

$25 Baby Bento Store Credit!
Use your $25 store credit to choose from a fabulous range of kids lunchbox and bento accessories.
Prize thanks to Baby Bento.


Omiebox yellow

OmieBox
OmieBox is the very first insulated bento box that stores hot and cold food in one box. It has 2 temperature zones , your can keep your lunch warm while veggies and fruits stay cool!
OmieBox is stylist and unique. It has a built-in thermos food jar that will keep lunch warm for up to 4 hours. It uses two types of insulation, Air insulation, vacuum insulation plus an airtight seal. It keeps lunch fresh and yummy, your lunch is always served at the perfect temperature.
Prize thanks to Bambino Love.


Lunch Punch Farm Pair

Unicorn/Heart Lunch Punch
Dinosaur Lunch Punch Plus + Stix
Farm Pair Lunch PunchPrize consists of three Lunch Punch sets. Lunch Punch cutters cutters are here to create lunches fun! Make full size sandwich fun or bentosized sandwich bites to go, using:

  • Unicorn/Heart Pair
  • Dinosaur Pair
  • Farm Pair

The Dinosaur Pair comes with Stix! Create irresistible, edible combinations of fun stacked on a star topped kebab Stix, and in just moments turn lunch from dull to devoured!

Note:  prize depicts sandwich you can create using the ‘Farm Pair’.

Prize thanks to Bentoland.


EZPZ HAPPY MAT
Silly Billyz Messy Eater Bib in Red and blue

ezpz Happy Mat – Coral
Silly Billyz Messy Eater Bib – Red/Navy
This prize includes:

  • ezpz Happy Mat in Coral, it suctions directly on to the table so tiny hands can’t tip it over. This means less mess and more fun at mealtimes!
  • Silly Billyz Messy Eater Bib in Red/Navy -it has all the features of the Long Sleeve Bib but with an extra-long and wide front. Clever side press studs clip together to create a food catching pocket so less mess at mealtimes! Perfect for painting and gooey games too!

Prize thanks to ezpz.


Foost Mini Chef Pack

Kids in the kitchen mini chef pack

A great way to get colourful kids started with family meal planning and preparation.

Contains:

  • Foost First Knife (can be used from ages 2+)
  • Chef’s hat
  • Apron

Prize thanks to Foost.


Toddler Chef Stool

Toddler Chef Stool
A safe way for your little ones to help, interact and participate in the kitchen. By raising them up to your kitchen Bench top height they can easily and safely join in.
Prize thanks to Hubby Made.


Girl fussy eater rejecting a salad

Understanding Fussy Eater Mini Course
8 Quick and Easy Videos to walk you step by step through the process of understanding your fussy eater.

The Fussy Eater Mini Course Workbook and Guide so you can start taking the first steps to meal time bliss.

Prize thanks to Dr Jennifer Cohen.


KIDKRAFT DELUXE COOKWARE POTS AND PANS SET WITH FOOD

KidKraft Deluxe Cookware Pots and Pans Set with Food

The perfect play kitchen accessory set. It includes 11 strong and durable mock kitchen items for hours of endless fun.

Prize thanks to Kind to Kidz.


Learn to Eat

Ticket – Fussy Eating Workshop
Join a 2.5 hour workshop facilitated by experienced feeding specialists. Learn how to reduce stress and frustration at mealtimes, manage common mealtime issues, and encourage your child to eat a variety of different food.
Prize thanks to Learn to Eat.  Love to Eat.


$30 PayPal CASH!

Use your PayPal cash however you please 🙂

Prize contributed by Little Peeps Eats


At my family table book

‘At my Family Table’ book

This book was written to start a conversation between parents/carers and children about food, family and the world.

Sharing a meal together is a simple tool that can foster a positive relationship with food in our children.

With the four international families, the child and reader also have the opportunity to discuss culture, language and cuisines from around the world.

Prize thanks to Little People Nutrition.


Harry's Busy Book

Personalised Busy Book

When you’re looking for the perfect distraction to keep your little peep entertained when eating out – look no further than a personalised busy/quiet book.

Each page has an activity or points of interest for your little one to improve fine motor skills and just to have lots of fun!

Prize thanks to Little Red Lullaby.

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Kabi White Marble drink bottle

Kabi Drink Bottle (white marble)
Kabi (stands for Keeping A Bottle Infinitely), is made from the highest quality double stainless steel. It keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours! Kabi bottles are double walled with 18/8 stainless steel and are fully insulated.
It’s a premium, insulated drink bottle that will keep your cold drinks cold, and hot drinks hot!
Prize thanks to Lunchbox Mini


Masblox self feeding blocks

4 x Mashblox Self Feeding Blocks
Mashblox® supports best practice in infant feeding, by engaging them with good food, and allowing your children to feed themselves only as much as they need.  Fill Mashblox® with healthy foods of your choosing, and let their playful instincts and natural curiosity to explore with their hands and mouth do the rest!
Prize thanks to Mashbox.
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Kyla Ringrose Mealtime Building Blocks

20 minute phone consultation
A 20 minute phone consultation to discuss your child’s eating habits.
Let Dr Kyla Smith provide you with the advice you need to take the stress out of mealtimes!
Prize thanks to Mealtime Building Blocks.
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Munchbox Munchi

Munchbox Munchi
The Munchbox Munchi is great for packing small sized meals with a lot of variety! The smallest of the Munchbox range, the Munchi has a 2 cup capacity, however still features the same generous depth of the larger lunchboxes. You can still pack your crackers standing up!
Prize thanks to Munchbox Mini.
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Cheeki Insulated Food Jar

480ml Cheeki Thermo Jar
The Cheeki food jar takes an amazing amount of food, and a great option for taking heated up leftovers to school or work. The item comes personalised with your chosen name on the lid. It is made of high quality double walled stainless steal so the outside of the jar will not be hot to touch when warm food is inside.
Prize thanks to Name My Stuff
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Skip Hop Zoo Kids Insulated Lunchie Bag

Skip Hop Lunchie Bag
This Skip Hop’s signature Lunchie insulated bag will make lunch time even more exciting for children. With adorable details and spacious space, it is the perfect size for parents, kids & even baby! Easy to use, easy to sort snacks and easy to clean. Winner can choose any Skip Hop Lunchie bag of their choice.
Prize thanks to Peekaboo Baby.
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Relive Nourish For Kids

2 x tins of Nourish for Kids
By the early teens, most children receive less than 50% of the RDI of key nutrients. Reliv NourishTM for Kids bridges this nutritonal gap with a broad base of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep growing bodies healthy, and to help boost energy and mental performance. Fortified with cell-protecting antioxidants, 5 grams of non-GMO whole bean soy, plus the “brain-building” nutrient Omega 3, one shake a day is all it takes. Ideal for children ages 2–12.
Prize thanks to Reliv.
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sinchies big kids lunchbox pack

Big Kids Lunchbox Pack
The Sinchies Big Kids Lunchbox Pack is perfect for litter free and nude food lunch days at schools, kindergarten and daycare centres! Supporting sustainable living and saving you money on your shopping bill. No more disposable ziplock bags, glad wrap or pre-filled squeezy pouches are needed. (Note lunchbag pictured not included)
Prize thanks to Sinchies.
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Shopping List Game

Shopping List Game
Be the first to fill your trolley with all of the items on your shopping list this fabulous memory game! It’s not only super fun to play, but also a fabulous way to help develop your child’s language skills!
Prize thanks to Speech and Language Sydney.
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Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese – the ultimate winter belly warmer!

slow cooker lentil bolognese

Full disclosure – this article ‘Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese’ may contain affiliate links.

This Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese recipe is ridiculously versatile. By changing the herb and spice profile it could be a pasta sauce, a taco filler or even a nachos or baked potato topper.

The kids will love it in their thermos with pasta for lunch during the cooler months too.  Just remember to heat the thermos before filling it with hot food.  This way the food will stay hotter for longer.  Another option is to use a lunchbox with a built in thermos, such as the OmieBox.

Why not get the kids involved with preparing the lentil bolognese by chopping the veggies with some kids knives?  It’s a great way to encourage fussy eaters to become more comfortable with new foods.  (Use code littlepeepseats10 and save yourself 10%!)

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

  • Serves 6-8 people
  • Prep time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 hours in a slow cooker. 

What you need:

  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of dried brown lentils
  • 3 cups of veggie broth
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • ½ zucchini finely diced
  • 2 tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano

What you do:

  • Dice up your onions, garlic, carrot, zucchini and tomatoes.
  • Place the slow cooker pot onto the stove and pour in the olive oil. Heat it slightly and then add in the diced onion and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes. Remove the slow cooker pot off the stove and pop it in the slow cooker holder.  (If your slow cooker can not be used in this way, simply use a fry pan to saute the onion and garlic before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Add in the carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, lentils, veggie broth, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, salt and oregano.  Stir to combine and then pop the lid on a leave it to slow cook for at least 4 hours.
  • 20 minutes before serving, remove half of the mixture and pulse it for a few seconds in a blender to bring the mixture together. Pour the pulsed half back into the main mixture and if there is too much liquid, leave the lid off and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with pasta, as a side for tacos or even as a topping of nachos.

Enjoy!

Mandy x

If looking for more delicious belly warmers?  You may enjoy our Roasted Pumpkin, Carrot and Cauliflower Soup!

Mandy - Little People NutritionMandy is the Founder of Little People Nutrition as well as being a mum to 3 little peeps of her own.  As a university qualified nutritionist and food scientist she is passionate about children developing a positive relationship with food. Mandy has written a book called ‘At My Family Table‘ to start a conversation between parents/carers and children about food, family and the world. She believes that a great way to build a positive relationship with food is to share a meal together.  Food is nutrition and health, but so much more!

 

 

Kids bento lunch box ideas with a Japanese twist!

Kids bento lunch box ideas sushi

This article ‘Kids bento lunch box ideas with a Japanese twist’ is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Baby Bento.

Bento boxes are fast becoming the most popular way to pack school lunches.  They are a fabulous way of providing a variety of foods in that look fun and interesting.  By making food more appealing, we can greatly increase the chances of kids trying new foods, and increasing their fruit and veggie intake.

The bento box originated in Japan, where back in the 5th century Japanese farmers, warriors and hunters would pack their lunches into multiple small boxes or sacks, to bring them into the fields.  Given this rich cultural history, I thought it might be fun to share with you some kids bento lunch box ideas – with a Japanese twist!  Here are a few simple recipes that you can recreate at home for your kids bento lunch box.

Kids bento lunch box ideas with a Japanese twist!

Japanese Curry

Featured bento box:  OmieBox

I usually like to cook things from scratch but when it comes to our curry… I love using a Japanese curry mix.  These can be purchased from any Asian shops or even Woolies and Coles in Asian section.

There are different spice variations to choose from, I get mild for the kids and spicy for myself.  You can mix them to make the spice level to your liking as well.
You can serve it with Chicken Katsu (if so, you don’t need to add chicken to the curry), boiled eggs or cheese on top too.

kids bento lunch box ideas Japanese curry

 

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Water : see the package for the amount of water
  • 1/2 box curry sauce mix

Method

  •  Cut vegetables into bite size pieces (I tend to cup smaller for kids curry)
  • Heat oil and brown chicken in a pot
  • In the same pot, cook onions until soft. Add carrots and potatoes for a few minutes
  • Add water to the pot.   After it boils, skim fat and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 45 minutes until the veggies are cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and add curry sauce mix. Stir well until the pieces of the mix dissolve.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes (cook longer if you’d like it thicker). Pour the curry over rice.

Kids Bento Lunch Box Ideas - Japanese Curry

Sushi Rolls

Kids bento lunch box ideas sushi

Featured Bento Box – Munchbox

Traditionally known as ‘Maki’, a sushi roll is typically made up of a combination of meat and/or fresh vegetables in rice, wrapped with roasted nori seaweed.

Sushi rolls are becoming a popular inclusion for a kids bento lunch box for good reason.  Nutritionally, sushi rice is a great source of carbohydrates and has negligible fat. The seaweed wrapper nori is rich in iodine.

You can experiment with different fillings to suit to your child’s preferences.

Many people are daunted at the thought of making their own sushi rolls, but the process is actually quite simple.   Here’s a short instructional video to show you how easy the process is, and I highly recommend this sushi maker to make it even easier!

Some popular sushi fillings for kids are:

  • Teriyaki Chicken & Avocado
  • Prawn Katsu, Carrot & Lettuce (recipe below)
  • Carrot, Avocado & Cucumber

Add a squirt of Kewpie Mayo (traditional Japanese mayonnaise) for extra flavour (optional).

Note:  Sushi rolls are not suitable for freezing, should be consumed the same day they are prepared, and kept cool in a good quality lunch bag and ice brick.

Prawn Katsu

Kids Bento Lunch Box Ideas - Prawn Katsu

Featured bento box:  Bentgo

Prawn Katsu is a popular Japanese dish that is versatile and very simple to make.  They are so tasty and morish, I find there is never enough of them!  These are a popular kids bento lunch box addition in Japan, and freeze very well too.

To make them is simple:

Ingredients

  • 1 kg large green prawns (shelled)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Method

  • Start with a clean and organised workstation, have your prawns, flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs in separate bowls.
  • Dip each prawn into flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, and place into a bowl.

kids bento lunch box ideas prawn katsu

  • Shallow fry at medium to high heat until golden brown.

kids bento lunch box ideas prawn katsu

  • Place on paper towel to absorb any excess oil.

To include them in your kids bento lunch box, you can add them as is with a little dipping sauce (kewpie mayo or sweet chilli sauce both work well, or alternatively I love to add these to sushi rolls.

Chicken Karaage Pops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured bento box:  Munchbox

Chicken Karaage (otherwise known as Japanese fried chicken), are deliciously tasty bite sized pieces of fried chicken that can be enjoyed in a number of ways:

  • With rice for lunch of dinner
  • As Karaage Pops – on a skewer (or ‘Stix‘ as shown in the photo) as part of a kinds bento lunch box
  • In sushi rolls, on it’s own or with cucumber or avocado

The process to make Karaage Pops is simple:

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken thigh fillets
  • 3 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 table spoons of cooking sake
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 table spoons of potato starch (can get this in any Asian grocery store)

Method

  • Cut chicken fillets into bite size pieces
  • Place chicken, garlic, soy sauce, sake and good pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl.

kids bento lunch box ideas chicken karaage

  • Mix well and put aside to marinade for 30 minutes
  • Sprinkle potato starch over the chicken and mix to coat well
  • Deep/shallow fry* in vegetable or canola oil (no olive oil or sesame oil) 180 degrees until golden (in the photo, they were cooked them in an airfryer – non oil cooker)
  • Place on to paper towel to absorb excess oil if necessary
  • Cut the cooked chicken into smaller pieces and place on a skewer or Stix

These are delicious served warm or cold, so a convenient kids bento lunch box option.

Optional sauce

I like mine served as is but you can dip them in Mayo (kewpie Japanese mayo of course!) or try Nanban sauce (sweet, sour, chilli sauce).

To make Nanban sauce, just mix below ingredients and poor them over your hot karaage!

Kids bento lunch box ideas chicken karaage

  • 3 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 2 table spoons of sugar (I use brown sugar)
  • 2 table spoons of vinegar (I use rice vinegar)
  • 1 table spoon of cooking sake2 spring onions finely chopped
  • Chilli – as much as you like (I used one birds eye chilli)

All of the lunchboxes and bento accessories featured in this article can be purchased from Baby Bento.  Use code littlepeeps to access 10% of all products!

Looking for more mealtime inspiration?  Check out my top 10 recipe websites for menu planning!

Rachel Cassidy - Owner, Little Peeps Eats

 

Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

 

Flower Pot Craft – the DIY Mothers Day Gift guaranteed to melt some hearts!

Flower pot craft

Mothers Day is fast approaching so mark in on your calendar, the second Sunday in May.  There is nothing more special and personalised than a homemade gift.  These are the presents that we remember for years to come, the presents we ooohhh and ahhhh over and the ones that bring a tear to our eye.  We hope you enjoy our Flower Pot craft idea! Continue Reading →

9 ways to bring your healthy lunchbox to the next level

OmieBox Healthy Lunchbox

This blog ‘9 ways to bring your healthy lunchbox to the next level’ is a collaboration between Bambino Love and Little Peeps Eats.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with packing lunchboxes, and choosing pre-packaged items that are convenient to pack. Unfortunately many pre-packaged items are high in salt, sugar, and other nasties, making them not always a fabulous option.  Whilst there is nothing wrong with taking a shortcut once in a while, the good news is there are some simple healthy lunchbox swaps you can make to help your little peep reach their daily nutritional requirements.

I’d like to share with you some simple ideas and switches you can make to help your little peep meet their daily nutritional requirements.

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Homemade Easter Eggs with Coconut Caramel Filling

Homemade Easter Eggs

At Easter time, there are easter eggs and chocolate just about everywhere you look!  As a parent with young children, this used to cause me a bit of grief. How much sugar is in them?  What other nasty ingredients are lurking?  How can I keep them from a sugar binge and subsequent meltdown? Learning to make my own chocolate Easter eggs solved my problems and these homemade Easter eggs filled with a delicious coconut caramel are no egg-caption.

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How to deal with the onslaught of chocolate this Easter

kids onslaught of chocolate at easter

Disclosure: This post on ‘How to deal with the onslaught of chocolate this Easter’ may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my link.

Whether you buy vegan organic chocolate or your local supermarket variety, it can be tricky to manage the onslaught of chocolate this Easter.

There are many styles in handling this scenario with kids and some better than others, which ones, might surprise you.

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Homemade Cacao Nib Muesli Bars – A tasty lunchbox snack!

homemade cacao nib muesli bars

This article Cacao Nib Muesli Bars – A tasty lunchbox snack is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eat and Adventure Snacks.

Confession time. Sometimes the thought of cooking from scratch, wondering if I have all the ingredients, etc just hurts my tired mumma head. I just want someone to tell me YES!  This is healthy. YES! You have all the ingredients. YES! It’s lunchbox friendly.  That’s where these Homemade Cacao Nib Muesli Bars come in….Continue Reading →

Cheesy Vegetable Muffins – Kid approved and full of goodness

Cheesy vegetable muffins

I’m always on the hunt for ways to get extra veggies into the boys.  Whilst I always serve up vegetables at dinnertime, I don’t think they eat quite enough to meet the daily nutritional requirement.  For this reason, I’ve been getting creative with how I can incorporate veggies into other meals of the day, and most recently these Cheesy Vegetable Muffins have been a favourite lunch option.Continue Reading →

Mini Wholemeal Pizzas – a tasty lunchbox treat or dinner for the kids!

Mini Wholemeal Pizzas on a tray

Disclosure: This post on Mini Wholemeal Pizzas may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my link.

Julian and Orlando both love pizza, we often make up a batch for dinner and freeze the rest to pack in lunchboxes!  This recipe for Mini Wholemeal Pizzas is so easy and a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen helping to make.  We love our Foost Knife or getting the boys involved in the preparation of these!

Feel free to be creative with your toppings!  Other great toppings include capsicum, mushrooms, olives, spinach, feta, sausage.Continue Reading →