Fairy Tale-Inspired Recipes For Children

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I miss being a kid.  Life was care-free, fun and full of magic.  By magic, I mean imagination.  I think there’s something magical about imagination and how kids can pretend absolutely anything.  Their dolls and toys come to life in their hands and it is just really amazing to watch.  I miss being able to do that myself.  When I play with my children, I realize that I don’t have that imagination anymore; I just see a lifeless teddy bear being dragged around, smothered in a hug or tossed through the living room, while my daughter sees her teddy bear walking, talking, enjoying a big bear hug and jumping on a trampoline.

I hate growing up!

Something else I miss is the magic of fairy tales.  Like Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk… they seemed so real and magical when my mom would read them to me.  Now, I have to hold back my comments on how unreal and ridiculous the stories are!  How can Jack climb up that beanstalk if it’s so tall?  It would take him days and days to do that, he’d need to take food and other supplies, not to mention the fact that he couldn’t actually climb that high anyway because of the lack of oxygen!  Oh, and not to mention the fact that there is not a magical land above the clouds where a giant shouts Fee Fi Fo Fum and eats humans!

For kids though, it’s totally different.  My son planted “magic beans” outside to have them grow into a beanstalk so he can climb up it!  Well, let’s just say that those beans haven’t yet grown…

As we are currently on a fairy-tale kick in our house, I welcomed the latest issue of delicious. magazine because there is fantastic article full of fairy-tale inspired recipes.  Peter Rabbit, Jack and the Beanstalk, Princess and the Pea, Goldilocks, Hansel & Gretel!  And the recipes look fantastic – they are each cleverly adapted to their respective fairy tale.  I set myself on a mission to try each recipe.

In this post, I’ll show you the first two fairy tale recipes that I have made from this article.  They were both very delicious, and while my 4-year-old son wasn’t very keen on them (he’s not a veggie-eater!), my 6-year-old daughter gobbled them up.

The first recipe is inspired by Peter Rabbit.  These are Mr McGregor’s Winter-Garden Vegetable Pies.  These pies contain an all-veggie filling with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, brussels sprouts and corn and are held together in a golden shortcrust pastry.  Despite the look, these are quite easy to make.

The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

The second recipe we have tried is Jack and the Beanstalk’s Magic Bean Stew.  This is an extremely simple stew that have the kids thinking they’re eating magic beans and that a beanstalk will grow in their belly!  It’s very hearty and warming, making it perfect for a cold winter tonight.

In this bean stew, you’ll find celery, bacon, potatoes and tomatoes.  The beans are simply a mix of canned beans.  The parsley helps to brighten it up a bit.

If you love the idea of creating recipes inspired by fairy tales, keep a watch on my blog because I intend to try each of the recipes from the article in delicious. magazine and post about them here!

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  1. Tara Pearson says

    What a great idea! I look forward to seeing more… Now I’m hungry! Must be time for lunch. Perhaps I’ll try one of these recipes? :)

  2. says

    This is such a wonderful idea. I especially love Mr McGregor’s Winter-Garden Vegetable Pies. Yous came out great.

  3. Why shold i tell you says

    Wow these are perfect for a cooking compotition at my school, the theme is fairy tales :D


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