Making Food Fun: June's Recipe Naming Contest! | Veggiecation© a Culinary-Nutrition Education Program About Vegetables
Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:14

Making Food Fun: June's Recipe Naming Contest!

Picky eaters? Try making food food fun!

Getting children to eat vegetables isn't always easy and we often look for new ways to make healthy eating fun for our young ones. At Veggiecation, we promote an interactive approach that involves getting the kids in the kitchen with us as we cook. Now, that's the preparation portion of the meal, but what about actually getting the kids to eat the stuff?

A study by Brian Wansink, a leading nutrition education researcher, has found that kids are more likely to eat veggies when a fun name is involved. Calling peas "power peas" almost doubled the preference in young children. Rather than tricking or hiding vegetables in your children's meal, creating a fun and descriptive name game gets them to let their guard down.

Let's take it a step further! Not only can you and your kids make naming a vegetable dish fun, you also have the chance to rename one of Veggiecation's very own recipes!

The prize for the Best Recipe Name will be: A Veggiecation Tote Bag filled with an Activity Book, Family Recipe Book and set of Informational Veggie Posters.

Recipe of the Month:

Kidney Beans with Honey Mustard, Scallions, and Celery


Salad Ingredients:

2 ? 15.5 ounce cans Kidney Beans, well-­?drained

4 ribs Celery, sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup Scallions, sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup Carrot, peeled and shredded

2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar ½ cup Canola, safflower, or grapeseed oil

2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp. Honey Salt and Pepper to taste


In a bowl, place the kidney beans, celery, scallions, and carrots.
In another bowl, whisk vinegar, oil, Dijon mustard,
and Honey. Mix well.
Pour over the salad and toss well.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Chill and enjoy.

To Enter for your FREE Veggiecation Goodie Bag, complete one of the following or all three:

  • Leave your new recipe name on this blog post with the following information: your state, grade and email address (use this format: name AT email DOT com).
  • Like the Veggiecation's Facebook page for a second entry. Leave a comment on this blog post saying you did so.


Contest Rules:

Only separate comment entries will be counted for extra entries. The contest closes at midnight CST end of every month. The winner will be notified by email.

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