Broccoli octopus

Having fun with veges makes meals really enjoyable. This fun food octopus is a great one to get the mini chefs involved with.



  • broccoli (or cauliflower)
  • peas (could use corn)
  • corn and carrots for the seabed (use any veges to hand)
  • cauliflower stems for the face and fish (or carrots or cheese)


Step 1 Cut a floret of broccoli for the head.

Step 2 Add a pea arm.

Step 3 And another.

Step 4 I gave her eight to be anatomically correct!

Step 5 I was going to add cauliflower to the seabed but it didn’t look great so I used the steamed stems for detail for the face.

Step 6 And added some little bits of broccoli as pupils.

Step 7 Use assorted veg to make up the seabed. I used corn and carrot.

Step 8 Then I finished up with some fish cut from carrot and cauliflower.


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find
inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids
big and small. Judith describes her mission as
“how to present healthy food creatively so it is
delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids
can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole
grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor
parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and
working on a budget.

First published: Sep 2014
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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