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Edible gift ideas for teachers

M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar - Edible Gift Ideas

Have you been looking for edible gift ideas for teachers? Well, hunt no more. We’ve got you covered in this post!

Firstly, how is it almost the end of the year already? I probably ask myself that same question every year, but I definitely think time goes soooo much quicker when you have kids. Don’t you agree? Family life is ridiculously busy. 

This is the second year that I’ve wanted to give gifts to my big boy’s kinder teachers. Last year I had NO idea what to get (plus I had a baby, and decision-making wasn’t my strongest trait then!), so I picked up some chocolates along the way to kinder on the last day of the year. 

This year, however, I want to make a bit more of an effort. I recently started digging around Facebook groups for some edible gift ideas for teachers. I keep hearing how much they loved receiving something homemade/handmade. Definitely time to up my game then! 

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Easy cheesy bean burgers with homemade tomato sauce

Easy cheesy bean burger recipe

These easy cheesy bean burgers with a wholesome homemade (cheat’s) tomato sauce are a yummy meat-free dinner option. Burgers are a big hit with a lot of kids, probably because they can assemble them themselves, and add whatever they like. Oh, and let’s not forget about the fact that they can eat them with their hands!

So, if you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative to your usual burger repertoire, these bean burgers are super simple to make, freeze well, and are awesome lunchbox fillers. The homemade tomato sauce recipe is optional, but if you’d rather not use commercial tomato sauce, you can whip this up and keep it in the fridge for about a week. We’re using tinned tomatoes for convenience, but you could always use fresh and simmer it for longer. It’s sweetened with a little apple, so your kids should love it!

 

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How to make food fun and enticing for kids

How to make food more fun and enticing for kids

This How to Make Food Fun and Enticing For Kids post is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Kind to Kidz. Images are of the Re-Play range, which can be purchased here.

Kids eat with all five senses, and usually eat with their eyes first. You probably know the scenario: they come to the table, take one look at the meal, and declare that they don’t like it before they’ve even tasted it. So, a great way to make a meal more appealing to kids is to make a habit of serving it in a fun, colourful way. 

Little peeps are drawn to bright colours, and young children especially equate eating with playing. To them, it’s all one and the same. It’s great if we can encourage a playful and positive attitude towards food, and allow them to view it as something interesting and fun, rather than overwhelming and stressful.

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Best toddler approved snacks to pack for the plane

Yumbox MiniSnack Cannes Blue with toddler snacks

This blog post, Best Toddler Approved Snacks to Pack for the Plane, is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love. The snack box images are of the Yumbox MiniSnack, which can be purchased here.

As a mum who is preparing to go on a long-haul flight with a toddler in a few weeks, I want to be armed to the teeth with all of the best toddler approved snack ideas for the plane. I also want to know as many travel tips and tricks for keeping sane. Twenty-four hours of being confined is not a two year-old’s idea of fun…for anyone on the plane!

So, please share any extra tips you have over in our group, we’d love to hear them. 

It’s definitely not my first time flying with a toddler, and after our last flight with my then three year-old, I learnt a few things about what food I should be offering, and what I shouldn’t (more on that later!). 

I’ve put together this list of healthy and toddler approved snacks to pack for the plane to help you if it’s your first time flying with kids, or you’re just looking for some inspiration for next time. It really does pay to plan ahead when you travel with kids. Like anything we do as parents…we get caught out if we don’t prepare for every scenario. There’s not so much room for spontaneity these days…how dull is adulting! 😂

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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe – Thermomix and Conventional Cooking Methods

chicken enchiladas feature image

Thanks to our lovely friend Isabelle from Yummy Lunch Boxes for contributing her fab Chicken Enchiladas Recipe to our blog!

Mexican food has long been a family favourite in my house.  Whilst I’ve certainly been through my mealtime battles, come Taco Tuesday there are never any complaints!  This is how my chicken enchiladas recipe was born.

I think it’s something about being able to provide a range of tasty toppings!  Some of our favourites include diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and of course the all important glug of sour cream that in my kids eyes (and mine actually!) seems to make everything taste better!

I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine.

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Asian Style Sausage Fried Rice – Quick, Simple and Kid Approved!

Asian Style Sausage Fried Rice

Thanks to our lovely friends at Home Cook Love for sharing their fast and simple Asian Style Sausage Fried Rice recipe with us!

Growing up in Singapore in a foodie family means that I was pretty spoilt when it came to food choices. This Chinese Sausage Fried Rice recipe is one of my favourite childhood recipes passed down by my late Grandma.

Lup Cheong otherwise known as Chinese sausage looks like a shrivelled up English sausage made of pork and fat. The sausage is marinated, salted and smoked with sugar, rose water, salt and rice wine added to it to give it a distinctively smoky sweet taste. It’s quite an indulgent ingredient so it’s not something that you would want to eat regularly!

Chinese Sausage Fried Rice recipe has been a long time family favourite, it brings back a lot of fond childhood memories and nostalgia for me when I make it for the family. It’s definitely a recipe that I would be passing onto my girls as part of their heritage, and in remembrance of their late Great Gran.

I hope your family will enjoy this as much as we do!

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Healthy chocolate crackles – a kids party favourite!

Healthy chocolate crackles recipe

This delightful Healthy Chocolate Crackles recipe has been kindly contributed to Little Peeps Eats by the lovely Jen from Happy Little Minis 

Kid’s parties are fun but they can easily get out of control with all the sugar, not to mention the
artificial colours, flavours, additives and preservatives, which are seriously not good for little
tummies. With a few simple ideas and recipes up your sleeve, it is possible to create a party for
the little ones that is fun, delicious AND healthy.

First things first – keep it simple. There are a lot of interesting things you can do with fruit and
vegetables that will catch the eye of little party go-ers, and you really need to add just a couple of
savoury and sweet (healthy) treats, and you have satisfied little minis and happier parents who get
to avoid the sugar crash!

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A quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

Quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes

This Quick Guide To Packing Healthy Preschool Lunchboxes is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love. Lunchbox images are of the Yumbox Original (6 compartments) and Little Lunchbox Co Bento 5, which can both be purchased here.

Is your little peep about to start preschool or kinder? Whatever you might call it where you are, I’m referring to the year that kids do before they start school. The year of play that prepares them for big school. If you have to pack preschool lunches, you might be wondering what on earth you’re going to give them, how much they’ll need, and what a good sized lunchbox might be for the three to five year age group. I’ve had fun testing out two lunchboxes from Bambino Love lately with my preschool-aged kids (well, one of them’s not quite two years old, but he sometimes eats more than my 5 year-old!), and I’d love to share my quick guide to packing healthy preschool lunchboxes with you.

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Learn how food chaining will help your picky eater

Food chaining

Food chaining is a simple method to help kids try new foods.

If you have a picky eater or two in your house, you know how stressful introducing new foods can be. They haven’t even seen, smelt or felt it and they’ve already decided that it’s “disgusting”.

There is a large component of picky eating that’s in their head. Especially if you have anxious children.

But knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it easier. You can’t “argue” with them that they would just like it if they actually “gave it a go”.

Telling them to put aside all their negative thoughts and move on, isn’t going to work.

Most adults have problems doing that so it’s hardly reasonable to expect kids to.

In fact, the more you “argue” and “coerce” the more they dig their heals and “know they really hate it!”

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