Guest Post: A Veggie Flower Garden

Even though it’s early March and the weather still hasn’t officially decided yet if it would rather be winter or spring, my thoughts have already turned to gardening. My garden consists of pots on my balcony, but still. It’s my garden! I can’t wait to try my hand again at planting some veggies and herbs in the pots. I was only partially successful last year, but I have high hopes for this year’s harvest!

You don’t have to wait for the official spring, though, to enjoy some vegetables and flowers. My friend Sheila, from Alice and the Mock Turtle, shares with us how to make some gorgeous flowers out of … vegetables! Sheila is a wonderful real life friend that I’ve been privileged to know for quite a few years now. I used to work at the school that she and her husband started, and I was always in awe of her creativity as a teacher, as well as her mothering skills. You’ll catch a glimpse of both these qualities in the post below of Authentic Simplicity: I can’t wait to try these with my Certain Little Someone (*mentally putting peppers and spinach on the shopping list*).

That’s enough from me. Here’s Sheila, with her Veggie Flower Garden

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My children enjoy eating fruits and veggies, sometimes. When we plan for parties though, they often expect ‘tasty’ food. I have found if I disguise veggies in fun, they think it’s party food any day.

I also enjoy playing with food and don’t necessarily discourage my children from doing the same. I think this helps them not only to enjoy it more but also be more willing to try something they may not have otherwise.

So my suggestion to get kids to eat more of their veggies and even try new foods is to have fun with ingredients and have them help. Here is a quick and easy, cheap and healthy idea for a kids snack or party food~ a Veggie Flower Garden. You can do the prep and have your child help with the building.

Veggie Flower Garden

bell peppers
baby spinach
fresh herbs (recommend parsley, cilantro, chives and/or mint)
green peas

Rinse and dry peppers. Slice from bottom of bell into rings, thin or thick. If you want to build more elaborate flowers, use thin slices.

Working on serving platter (a butcher block works well, or cover a piece of cardboard with blue wrapping paper and then protect with plastic wrap for a bright ‘sky’ backdrop), make a cross with spinach leaves, snapping off long stems as working. Over lap four more leaves just inside two intersecting leaves. Lay pepper ring on top of spinach leaves. Add a few green peas to middle to represent seeds.

Or add another smaller pepper ring before placing peas. If you have a few rings stacked, you could put a small piece from the bottom of the pepper in the middle to hold a the peas together and up higher.

Select a few stems of fresh herbs (I used parsley) and place to look like flower stalks.

Finish off the bottom of the platter with short pieces of chives to resemble grass. Also, use some of the pieces from the bottom of the bell to place as fallen flower petals. Use the top of a bell pepper (after removing seeds) to serve dip in.

What are some of your favorite fun kid foods?