My kids’ school had a carnival last Friday. One classroom organized the game Family Feud. The children from this Fourth Grade classroom had surveyed 100 children from their elementary school about what food they disliked most at dinnertime. Guess what was the top answer? Veggies came in as the top answer once again. 47 kids said they hated veggies. Second came fish. And the third most unpopular food item was bananas.
It really depressed me to see that. How do we change the negative image of vegetables and get children to enjoy and actually love vegetables and healthy nutrious foods?
I have a recipe for string beans that my kids would eat every single day if I made it for them. They love it so much. Maybe you can give it a try too.
Green Beans with Mustard Dressing
- 1 1/2 pound of fresh green bean, washed trimmed
- 3-4 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
- 1/3 cup oliveoil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- pepper and salt to taste
Steam the green beans in some water until cooked but still a bit firm with a bite to them. You can give them a quick bath in icewater to retain their pretty green color after they are cooked.
While the beans are cooking, whisk the other ingredients together to make this delightful mustard dressing. It takes all but 5 minutes to put together. You can also use it as a regular salad dressing.
My kids like to eat heaps and heaps of green beans prepared way. They ask for seconds and thirds when I make them as a side dish! I supposed nobody asked them when doing that survey…