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In looking for ways to get their kids to eat more vegetables, parents may be overlooking a key element – fun.
When Pinnacle Foods’ Birds Eye Brand partnered with Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series “iCarly” to launch the “iCarly iCook with Birds Eye” initiative, they asked kids to share ideas for a fun, silly veggie dish, and the response was a resounding success, revealing that kids have their own idea about what makes veggies both enticing and exciting. Generating 16 thousand wacky, out-of-this world recipe ideas from kids sparked enthusiasm about veggies among kids.
The number one finding that sparked the most veggie-creativity was mixing and matching different vegetables and ingredients, with the majority of entries including a medley of colorful vegetable blends. A second finding showed that more than half of the submissions included bite-sized ingredients that are easy to enjoy and allow kids to eat with their hands. Who said getting your hands dirty was a bad thing?
The kitchens at Birds Eye, led by Executive Chef Michael Christiansen, took cues from kids to create a special collection of kid-inspired recipes, including this recipe for Yakimaniac Veggie Martians, which uses Birds Eye Steamfresh products. And it’s a perfect example of a kid-friendly way to serve vegetables. From assembly to devouring – kids can have fun creating their own custom extraterrestrial side dish or snack.
For more kid-friendly recipes, serving ideas, tips and tools, visit www.birdseye.com/kids.
Yakimaniac Veggie Martians
Prep Time: 15 minutes . Cook Time: 15 minutes . Makes 8 Servings
1 bag (12 ounces) Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Broccoli Florets or Cuts, cooked according to package directions, divided
1 bag (12 ounces) Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Mixed Vegetables, cooked according to package directions, divided
1 package (16.3 ounces) refrigerated white or whole wheat biscuits (8 biscuits)
1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek style yogurt
3 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
Green glitter icing gel
Thin pretzel sticks
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In medium bowl, combine 1 cup broccoli florets and 2 cups mixed vegetables with Swiss cheese, yogurt and cream cheese, blending well.
- Separate biscuits in half into 16 pieces; roll or press each half into 4-inch rounds. On ungreased baking sheet arrange 8 rounds. Evenly top each with rounded 1/4 cup vegetable mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with remaining biscuit rounds. Press edges to seal. Brush each with glitter gel.
- Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- Decorate each “Martian” with reserved vegetables and serve with remaining vegetables.