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Sports-themed lunch ideas

Do you have a soccer fanatic in your family? Perhaps your kids are rugby league mad? Then you can’t go past these great ideas for sports-themed lunches. You’ve come to the right place for sporty inspiration and ideas for lunch or a special treat.

If you’ve ever watched MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules, you’ll know that when it comes to food, presentation is everything. It’s even more important when you have fussy children. It can be a battle to get them to eat at the best of times, but with a little creative thinking in the sporting arena, they won’t be able to resist these tasty treats.

Football-shaped burgers

NRL and AFL-playing kids will get a kick out of football-shaped burgers. Any tasty mince rissole recipe will suffice. Once cooked, place on top of a toasted burger bun, along with lettuce, tomato, beetroot, onions and good-old Aussie tomato sauce. Use piped aioli or mayonnaise to draw the stitching.

Rugby hamburger

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Baseball mashed potatoes

Give your mash a makeover by turning it into a baseball. You’ll need an ice cream scoop, mashed potato that isn’t too sloppy and a red capsicum shaped to make the stitching.

Baseball mashed potatoes

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Basketball calzones

These calzone basketballs will be a successful slam dunk with the entire family. They are simple to make using pepperoni and pizza dough. Great for the wannabe Sydney Kings or Perth Wildcats players.

Basketball calzones

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Cupcake balls

Decorate you favourite flavoured cupcakes with icing to resemble basketballs, baseballs and tennis balls.

What you need: 

  • A dozen pre-made cupcakes
  • Shredded coconut
  • Green food colouring
  • Zip lock bags
  • Icing in different flavours — orange, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry and lemon

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Watch this easy-to-understand instructional video on how to ice your cupcakes and display them.

Optional: Baseballs can be made by using vanilla icing and using red M&Ms for the stitching.

Sports-themed strawberries

Delicious as a special after-school treat or dessert, these sports-themed strawberries will score a home run with the entire family.

What you need:

  • Strawberries (washed and dried)
  • White chocolate melts
  • Milk chocolate melts
  • Orange candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Piping bag or clean zip lock bag

Watch the short demonstration video clip below on how to make these chocolate-coated strawberries sporty.

Optional: Cheat and splash out on a couple of boxes of scorched almonds. Pipe white icing onto them for the stitching.

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