using Bega Farmers’ Tasty Natural Cheese Sticks

Makes: 2 caterpillars
(1 lunchbox serve = 4 caterpillars depending on your child’s age and appetite)
Preparation time: 10 minutes


2 Bega Farmers’ Tasty Natural Cheese Sticks
1 small tomato + 4 cherry tomatoes
1 small cucumber
½ small yellow capsicum
1 tsp whole egg mayonnaise, optional
4 x wooden food skewers


  1. First, slice 1 x 2mm pieces of cheese off the end of each Bega cheese stick. Use the end of a drinking straw to press into the cheese slice to create 2 small round ‘eyes’, repeat with the second slice and set aside for later.
  2. Next, slice each Bega stick into 6 cubes. De-seed the tomato and cut the firm flesh into 8 cubes equal in size to the cheese. Cut the cucumber and capsicum into 8 equal cubes.
  3. Thread each skewer in a pattern of cheese, tomato, cucumber and capsicum leaving room at the end for the cherry tomato head. Repeat, and finish with a cube of cheese. Push a cherry tomato on the top to cover the end. Cut the tip off the sharp end of the skewer. Repeat with the remaining skewers and remaining ingredients.
  4. To create the face, completely dry the cherry tomato with paper towel and use the end of a skewer to dot on two spots of mayonnaise. Carefully stick the cheese rounds onto the mayonnaise to create your eyes – you can stick optional cucumber eyes on top to create a more realistic looking critter!

Serving Suggestion: pack the caterpillar sticks with a mandarin flower, tuna, avocado and salad pita pockets and passionfruit.

Storage: store caterpillars snuggly in an airtight container to stop them from moving around. An icepack placed in a cooler bag will help to keep these fresh.


Thanks to One Handed Cooks to this great recipe.