MONSTER Chef!

Make mealtimes a nightmare – in a good way!

Written by James Murphy

Do mealtimes turn your kids into monsters? Don’t worry! To celebrate Halloween we’ve dreamt up 5 ghoulish meals to make mealtimes fun. Your kids can help you create ghostly bagels for breakfast, clever jack-o-lantern tortillas for lunch, and eyeball pasta for dinner – eugh! These quick ways to get kids cooking are suitable for children aged 3-plus. And the most terrifying thing? We’ve hidden some healthy veg in nearly every one. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

1) Spider Web Pizza: spooky slices

What you’ll need: Pizza bases, passata (tomato sauce), strips of cheese, toppings (optional)

What to do:

1. Lay out the pizza bases. Ask your little monster to spread passata onto each one.
2. Now they can help you put the strips of cheese on top of each pizza in a spider web shape.
3. Bake and serve!

2) Spaghetti and eyeballs: disturbingly delicious

What you’ll need: pre-made meatballs or meat-free alternative, spaghetti, passata, basil, mozzarella, olives

What to do:

1. Cook the meatballs in the oven, according to the pack instrutions.
2. Once cooked, turn them into eyes. Ask your little monster to add a small circle of mozzarella on top of each one, and pop a slice olive on top of that. Place back in the oven until the cheese has melted (a minute or two).
3. Cook the spaghetti. Warm the passata in a saucepan. When ready, toss together. Ask your little one to tear some basil and add that in.
4. Dish up the spaghetti. Place a few of eyeballs into each dish.

 3) Sausage Roll pals: very yummy mummies

What you’ll need: ready-rolled puff pastry, sausages, dipping sauces, an egg

What to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6.
2. Cut long, thin strips of the puff pastry.
3. Crack and beat an egg. Brush a sausage with the egg.
4. Wrap one strip of pastry around the egg. Ask your little one to wrap another two or three around it, until it looks like an ancient mummy!
5. Brush the pastry with egg. Place on a baking tray and cook until golden (about 15 minutes).
6. Once cooled, add a dollop of ketchup or mustard to give each mummy scary eyes!

4) Ghost Bagels: a ghostly lunch

What you’ll need: Bagels, cream cheese, bananas, blueberries

1. Cut each bagel in half. Spread cream cheese. Then chop two slices of banana and pop a blueberry on each piece.
2. There you have it, a ghostly snack!

5) Jack O Lantern Quesadillas: tortillas of terror!

What you’ll need: soft tortillas, grated cheese, tomatoes, sliced peppers (or another veg of your choice), lettuce

What to do:

  1. Lay out the tortillas on a clean surface. Help your child to cut out a classic Jack O Lantern face into a tortilla. Try triangles for eyes, and a big toothy smile.
  2. Get the other ingredients ready. Add grated cheese to a bowl, then mix in the chopped vegetables of your choice.
  3. Put a frying pan on a medium heat and lay a plain tortilla in the bottom. Add a sprinkling of the veg-cheese mix to the tortilla. Place the Jack O Lantern tortilla on top.
  4. Transfer your quesadilla to a grill, and cook for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.
  5. Ask your little one to add a leaf of lettuce to the top of their Jack O Lantern. Then gobble him up!

Find more spooky Halloween recipes for kids from BBC Good Food here.

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