Making Monsters with My Picky Eater + Giveaway

by jessicaturner on November 14, 2012

Elias is a picky eater.

Matthew says I have no room to talk. You reap what you sow.

{ahem}

I guess I am a bit picky myself…

Elias is worse though. :)

Anyway, motivating him to eat his veggies can be a challenge.

So I decided to jump in feet first when Birds Eye challenged me to make their new, kid-inspired “Yakimaniac Veggie Martians” recipe with Elias.

It was a hit!

A little background from Birds Eye: “This year, Birds Eye set out on a mission to inspire a new generation of vegetable lovers and became first company to go straight to the source, kids, to change the conversation about vegetables. In partnership with Nickelodeon and iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy, the goal was to empower kids’ creativity and encourage them to share their inspiration with others.

Kids submitted more than 16,000 veggie-centric recipe ideas through the Nickelodeon partnership, giving inspiration to several new recipes.”

Because Elias is so into monsters, I told him we were going to make Veggie Monsters and he was hooked.

He helped mix all the ingredients (in our Pampered Chef batter bowl that I love so much) and make the monsters.

His favorite part was using the glitter gel to make the monsters blue and green.

The finished monsters were adorable.

But, the best part was that Elias  actually ATE THE MONSTER he made.

And I basically felt like Mom of the year. :)

You can visit BirdsEye.com for kid-friendly recipe ideas featuring Birds Eye Steamfresh® products.

o   Green Monster Pizza Night

o   Grilled Cheesy Broccoli Pockets with Ham

o   Golden Dragon Lettuce Boats

o   Southwest Chicken Quesadilla Stackers

o   Yakimaniac Veggie Martians

Thanks to Birds Eye, I’m thrilled to be giving away a $75 American Express gift cards + a bunch of coupons for free Birds Eye vegetables for your family. Just use the rafflecopter tool below to enter. The giveaway will close Friday at 11 pm CST and the winner will be announced by Monday.

Also, don’t forget, today is the last day to order from my Pampered Chef party!

Disclosure: Birds Eye compensated me for this feature, but all cooking experiences, monster creation and thoughts are my own.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



{ 89 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle November 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

Love this. My 5 year old is sooo picky too! Thanks!

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Jessica November 14, 2012 at 6:48 am

I love Bird’s Eye’s frozen pasta things. We used to buy Bertolli frozen pasta meals all the time (and still love them) but the BE ones are so full of veggies, they are so much healthier and really tasty too.

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Bridget November 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

Great Idea – will have to try it – My favorite veggie is broccoli

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Andrea November 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

Is i like a Pot Pie? I love cauliflower. Luckily, my girls are veggie eaters!

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Ashley November 14, 2012 at 7:24 am

So cute! I love bell pepper. :)

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Kristina November 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks for the chance! That veggie monster is so adorable and so is Elias! :)

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Erica November 14, 2012 at 7:39 am

What a cute idea! My kids would love this. Our family’s favorite vegetables are tomatoes and red peppers.

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beccarayle November 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

Oh this is so perfect! My boys have a hard time eating veggies but they sure do love monsters!

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Kate November 14, 2012 at 8:07 am

My favorite is green beans, but my two year old loves carrots!

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Karen R November 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

These are so cute! I love corn, that is probably my favorite veggie.
My grand daughter loves vegetables and would rather have carrots or spinach for a snack than a piece of candy. Her school was doing a special event where the children had to try something new to eat each day to earn a reward. First up was vegetables and we couldn’t think of any she hadn’t tried, until we hit on brussle sprouts. So dinner that evening the veggie was brussle sprouts and she picked one up and took a bite and got the funniest look on her face. When asked if she liked them she said no and that they didn’t taste like pretzles at all! She thought they were called pretzle sprouts!

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Amanda November 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

My 2 year old use to eat anything we put on her plate but lately she has become super picky. These fun veggie ideas might be just what we need!

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LauraP November 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

I love this idea! It’s really hard to get anyone in my family to eat anything other than green beans! That would be their fave, but there are so many other awesome veggies out there that I know they’d love!

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Carrie Lee November 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

I hit the jackpot – my daughter loves so many food… including vegetables. As a toddler her favorite was spinach. But now she loves her veggies roasted. I’m so picky – her taste buds are a genetic gift from her father! Best wishes to all of you that struggle with your little ones nutrition.

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KC November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

I need to get my son to eat more veggies…will have to try this! :)

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Erin November 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

I’m definitely going to have to try this!!

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Jenn November 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

What a great idea!! Totally making some of those!!

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lyndsey November 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

This would be great to get my kids to eat more veggies… we love carrots in our house :)

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Jen @ Martymom's Musings November 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

I love asparagus!

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Shannon S. November 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

broccoli

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natashiha November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

we love corn and eggplant yum yum yum

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Kimberly W. November 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

My kiddos would love that! My favorite veggie – is sweet corn on the cob. A farm girl favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Andrea Darst November 14, 2012 at 11:32 am

Corn on the Cob or peas

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Leann E. November 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Sometimes there is nothing like a home grown cherry tomato.

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Leann E. November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Fresh locally grown corn on the cob.

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Jessie C. November 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I like kale.

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Rebecca Scott November 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

LOVE this!! My favorite veggie is peas : )

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Lauren November 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Love this! We love peas at our house :)

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Crystal November 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

My favorite veggie, hands down..potatoes. Especially mashed and made the way my stepdad does for Thanksgiving. And I’m equal opportunity..I love red skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes, regular old baked potatoes..mmm…

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Julie November 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

What a cute idea!! My favorite is carrots and sweet potatoes! Yum!

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Susan Roberts November 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

These recipes look like a lot of fun and tummy.

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Bethany November 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Would love to win this! I love my veggies… but my toddler is going through a picky stage!

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Bethany November 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

By the way, my favorite is broccoli!

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Cerise November 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My four year old would probably LOVE making it…and then look at me like I was crazy when I suggested he eat it. We have to smother stuff in pasta sauce for him to eat it. SIGH.
My favorite is Brussels Sprouts. Used to HATE them, but they kinda grew on me over the years and now I LOVE them.

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Sarah November 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I love vegetables so it’s hard to pick ONE. I really like corn so I guess I’ll go with that one. I like tomatoes too, but some people get very particular about “it’s really a fruit.” ;)

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Ashley G November 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Love this idea…my fav veggie is peas!

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C.C. @ I'm On My Way November 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

my favorite veggie is jicama!

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shannon j November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

This time of year, my favorite veggie is baked acorn squash with butter, brown sugar and salt & pepper

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Elena November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I like carrots

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Amorette November 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m making those for myself!!! Thank you for sharing! I have a 15 yr old picky eater (she never grew out of it….)

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Jenn Randolph November 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I actually love all veggies!!!

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Sharlene Piscitelli November 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I really like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, corn, and brussel sprouts.

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Amy November 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Hopefully it’ll help my son eat his veggies too!

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Mary Happymommy November 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Corn on the cob is my favorite!

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Hollie November 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Noms! I need to eat more vegetables in a more creative way.

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Hollie November 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Oh, and my favorite vegetable is probably cucumber.

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Angela November 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

My favorite vegetables are corn and peas.

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kristin November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Very Creative! My fave veggie right now is winter squash – any kind – roasted – yummy!

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Ellie W November 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

My favorite is green beans.

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Stephanie Hanes November 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I LOVE corn on the cob!

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Cindy R November 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

What great ideas to do with veggies!! :) My favorite veggie is corn!

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Kim J November 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I love veggies! My favorite are brussel sprouts…really, a favorite since I was a kid and choose them over cookies for dessert.

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Jessica B November 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

green beans and corn and carrots and avacados and I really like veggies.

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Jessica To November 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Potatoes are my favorite veggie!

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Tabathia B November 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love collards, squash and broccoli

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Jennifer Marie November 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

My favorite veggie are green beans.

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susan November 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I love eggplant but I wish my little one would love it too!

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Leslie November 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

My favorite veggie (right now) is black beans. :)

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Vickey E. November 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

My favorite vegetable is corn on the cob. Then broccoli, tomatoes, green beans, cauliflour, summer squash, peas — did I leave anything out? I love veggies!

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Cynthia Toone Riley November 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I love butternut squash.

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Lindsay November 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Our favorite vegetable is Brussel sprouts – if you are careful to not overcook, they turn out wonderful! Sautée in olive oil until lightly roasted – use low heat.

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Amanda Sakovitz November 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

my favorite is peas

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Jill Hartley November 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

My favorite is peas! I actually had them tonight for dinner!

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Kelly_S_ November 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What a creative way to get kids to eat veggies! My kids would love them!

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Allison November 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Asparagus is my favorite!

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Cody @ Solemn Sound November 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

My favorite is squash. I love all kinds. I find them sooo yummy!

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grace November 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

brocoli .. but also spinach .. so they are even in my list :) Thank you for this giveaway!

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Christy November 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Kendall’s new favorite phrase is I don’t like that! I am NOT a picky eater, but my husband is so this might be a great way to get her to eat those veggies:)

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Jen T November 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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Lindsay Woods November 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I love green beans and peas!

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Shelbie November 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Sounds like some fun things to try with my non-veggie eating guy! :) Thanks!

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Mary November 15, 2012 at 5:12 am

My favorites are those that came from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini!

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Roxanne November 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

My favorite veggie is the potato and leafy greens.

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Alyssa November 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

I love freshly grown asparagus from my dad’s garden or our CSA!

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Lydia November 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

Sweet potato!

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jodi November 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

Sweet potato!!!

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Katie November 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

Peas!

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Eve November 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Broccoli is my favorite

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Thomas Murphy November 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love corn

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Miriam Prantner November 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I realized that I don’t like cooked vegetables, but I will eat most of them in salad form. My favorite is probably red peppers.

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stephanie November 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

i love bell peppers

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Lillian November 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I’ve recently developed a new love for carrots. Maybe I learned it from my kids :)

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Sheree Griffin November 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Salad, all of ‘em, just load up a salad for me, :)

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Karen Davidson November 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Great ideas for getting kids to eat veggies!

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Renee H November 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

My favorite vegetable is garden fresh sugar snap peas!

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The Clines November 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm

corn on the cob is my favorite veggie

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shanna November 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

My favorite vegetable is asparagus. I just love your veggie monsters, very cute!

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Lisa Brown November 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I love asparagus

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Lisa Brown November 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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Birdie Skolfield November 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I fav veggie is Asparagus

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