These Rainbow Veggie Pizzas are a fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen, all while getting them excited to eat more veggies!
Raise your hand if you’ve got a picky eater at home. If you’ve got your hand up, I’m here to tell you that you are not alone! My son is a very picky eater, and there are many dinners at our house that end with him holding a plateful of semi-eaten food. My little guy is a total carb-lover (can’t really blame him there 😉 ), but veggies take a little longer for him to warm up to. He will always gobble up any kind of bread-related food before haggling with me over the more nutritional items on his plate. I tell ya, four year olds can drive a hard bargain!
In an effort to get kids to eat more veggies, Birds Eye Vegetables has teamed up with Celebrity Chef Melissa d’Arabian to provide tips and ideas to parents to help make meal time less stressful and more nutritional. I can always use new ideas for how to get my little negotiator to eat more colorful foods, so I found a lot of her tips to be very helpful!
Here’s a video from Melissa d’Arabian where she shares some of her veggie-eating tips:
One of Melissa’s suggestions is to introduce new foods slowly, and to pair them with foods your kids already enjoy and are familiar with. I definitely took that advice to heart when we made these Rainbow Veggie Pizzas, since pizzas is by far my son’s favorite food. He’s much more inclined to give anything a try if it involves mozzarella and pizza sauce. 😉
To make our Rainbow Veggie Pizzas, we used two packages of Birds Eye Recipe Ready Vegetables. My son loved helping with these, especially making the rainbow out of the veggies! He even thought to use the water chestnuts as clouds on his pizza! That was a proud mama moment.
Did you know that according to The State of the Plate report, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables? To help change this, Birds Eye has made a commitment through their Step Up to the Plate campaign to help reshape the way kids see veggies, with the goal of getting kids to like them for life. Setting a good example for our kids and eating colorful fruits and vegetables everyday (a “rainbow,” if you will), is a great way to get started.
Speaking of eating a rainbow, I have a little freebie for you… 😉
I made this free printable rainbow chart that you can use at home with your own kiddos to help them keep track of how many colorful foods they eat everyday! Hopefully this will help encourage little ones to choose healthier foods, and maybe even try something new! I simply printed ours out, slid it into a sheet protector, and mounted it on the fridge in a place that is easy for my son to access. I also keep a dry erase marker (or vis-a-vis marker) nearby for him to fill in the chart on his own. You can laminate your chart if you wish, but a sheet protector works just as well! That’s a little teacher trick there for ya. 😉
I do remind my son that we are only counting colorful fruits and veggies when he fills in his chart, that way he doesn’t think he can eat a handful of candy and call it a day! Since we’ve started using this, he has really enjoyed keeping track of what he eats. He was definitely excited to fill in his chart after we made our Rainbow Veggie Pizzas, since he got to fill in almost every single color at once!
So how do you get your kids excited about eating veggies? Share your tips below! I can always use some new ideas. 🙂
- 1 package Birds Eye Recipe Ready Tricolor Pepper & Onion Blend
- 1 package Birds Eye Recipe Ready Broccoli Stir Fry
- ½ cup sliced purple onion
- 6 miniature ready-made pizza crusts (could also use homemade crust)
- 1 jar pizza sauce (I used homemade)
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven according to pizza crust package directions. We set ours to 450 degrees.
- Open frozen veggies and spread out on a cookie sheet to thaw a bit. Don't worry if they are not completely thawed by the time you are ready to bake your pizzas. They will cook just fine.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly over crusts and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Arrange veggies in a rainbow shape over the top of each crust, using the colors red, orange, yellow, green, and purple. We used red peppers, carrots, yellow peppers, broccoli, green peppers, and slices of purple onion. My son also placed water chestnuts on his pizza to resemble clouds!
- Bake on cookie sheets in preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!
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