How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables with a Smile (Birds Eye Review & Giveaway)

by Beth Montgomery on November 7, 2012 · 18 comments

in Contests, Giveaways

I’ve been told I have some weird kids, since they happily eat salad and other foods not typically on the kid-friendly food list. I promise you though, getting our kids to eat their vegetables takes some creativity!

You see that delicious strawberry smoothie pictured above? It has carrots blended into it, along with strawberries, mango, and cauliflower. My kids know this, but love it so much they gobble them down. In fact, I always make too much, then put our left over smoothie in small containers and freeze them for lunchboxes. They keep their food cold and are just melted enough for them to enjoy by the time lunch rolls around. That way they are getting vegetables, dairy, and fruit in their bellies at lunchtime – guaranteed!

But, my favorite way to get vegetables in their belly willingly is to have them do the cooking (or at least the assembly). Not only does it give me a night off from cooking, but usually guarantees plates will be emptied without a fight.

Our favorite quick meal, especially for chaotic evenings, is Kiddie Kabobs. Basically, we lay out random foods from all the food groups and the children build their own kabobs, then enjoy them!

Kids Make Dinner Ideas

Taste Tester Corn Jalapeno Dip Recipe by Birds Eye

When it comes to my kids, everything tastes better with dip! We dip food in yogurt, cheese, and just about anything to add some fun to our  meal, but when dip becomes the meal it’s even better.

While I use to have to pull out my large steamer to get vegetables cooked in a more healthy fashion, it took so much time and wasn’t that much fun to clean. That’s why I love Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables.


Recipe Directions

Cook the Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables according to directions.

Mix 1/2 cup sour cream with the entire package of Birds Eye Steamfresh Broccoli Cuts or Florets.

In tortilla bowls or bowls, evenly layer Birds Eye Steamfresh Chef’s Favorites Lightly Seasoned Southwestern Corn, 1 cup of cheese, tomatoes, broccoli mixture, guacamole, remaining sour cream, and jalapeno.

When done, sprinkle with remaining cheese to finish.

Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dippers. You could use vegetables, like carrots for dippers or try something like pita bread or pretzels. Or crunch up the tortillas and make a taco salad out of it!

I have to admit, the thought of broccoli in dip didn’t sound appealing, but these were absolutely delicious! We all gobbled ours down, even my anti-vegetable husband who is more trouble than my kids.

Kid-Friendly Recipes from Birds Eye

You can get more Kid-Friendly meal ideas and tips to get your children happily eating in my Kid-Friendly Meals Series an find more delicious recipes for kids on Birds Eye Facebook page.

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1 Andrea D. November 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I add them to foods and they don’t get a choice of eating anything else.

2 Andrea D. November 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I like the Southwest Chicken Quesadilla Stackers.

3 Ken M November 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Lots of butter and seasoning salt!

4 Ken M November 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I would say the corn jalapeno dip – my kids love spicy!

5 Heather B November 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

pasta sauce

6 Heather B November 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

lasagna cups on the birds eye fb page look good

7 kelly h November 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Like you we add veggies to a lot of stuff like smoothies, soups, etc.

8 kelly h November 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Veggie Smoothie

9 emily November 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I use smoothies too!

10 emily November 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM

lasagna cups look good

11 Christina K November 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My 2 year old is in his picky stage (at least I hope its a stage). So I make muffins that have shredded veggies in them. He LOVES muffins so this works well. I may have to try the smoothie recipe because that might be up his alley also because he likes milk and yogurt. Thanks for the ideas!

12 Christina K November 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I’m hoping the Veggie smoothie from the Bird’s eye facebook page is also a winner.

13 Stacy T. November 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

My kids love vegetables so it’s easy, just make em’ and serve them!

14 Stacy T. November 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

My kids love quesadillas so I am sure they’d like to try the Southwest Chicken Quesadilla Stackers.

15 Ellen C. November 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I like to either put some cheese on them or give them a dipping sauce with the veggies. Thanks for the chance.

16 Ttrockwood November 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

The lasagna cups would be a hit!

17 Louis November 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

we blend in vegetables with their pasta sauce
and besides this they both love baby carrots so I let them snack on them as much as they want
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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18 Louis November 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

the iTasty Corn Pizza with Pumpkin looks yummy

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