Getting Kids to Eat Their Veggies: Yummy Cheesy Corn Casserole

It’s no secret that Trent is picky. In fact, most toddlers are picky to a degree and I would consider anyone lucky that had a child that was up for eating anything…especially their veggies. Luckily, Trent loves fruit and will eat bananas, grapes, strawberries and blueberries all day, every day, so at least he gets some healthy foods that way. Veggies, on the other hand, are a different story. So how do we get Trent to eat his veggies?

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One tactic we use is to take a veggie he will eat and offer it different ways to keep it interesting.

He likes corn, so one of our go-to recipes that we all really enjoy is Cheesy Corn Casserole. This recipe also employs another tactic…add cheese to the veggies! This dish is on the sweet side, so that’s another plus on our side.

Here’s how to make Cheesy Corn Casserole.

Ingredients:
1 can (or 11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can cream-style corn
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 egg
1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

 

For the whole kernel corn, we used a package of Birds Eye Steamfresh Super Sweet Corn. We like eating this corn alone because it’s so sweet and delicious, so we figured it would be great in this recipe too!

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl combine whole corn, cream-style corn, sour cream, egg, dry corn bread mix, and 3/4 cup of Cheddar cheese.

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3. Mix well and pour into prepared dish.

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4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for another 20 minutes.

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Look at that yummy golden cheese!

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As the main dish, we used a Birds Eye Voila! bag, which is full of veggies too!

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We like using fun dinnerware for Trent’s dinner…kids may find it fun to eat their veggies in order to see the characters underneath!

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Here are some of our tips to get kids to eat their veggies:

-Try offering veggies in different recipes. Just because they don’t eat it one way, doesn’t mean they won’t eat it another way.

-Continue offering veggies they do like.

-Add cheese or other toppings/flavorings to keep it interesting.

-Use fun plates/forks.

-You can always sneak veggies into other recipes using purees!

-One tip we like from Melissa d’Arabian in the video below is to pair new vegetables with familiar favorites and to introduce new foods slowly.

This year, Birds Eye has partnered with Melissa d’Arabian, celebrity chef, mom of four, and host of FoodNetwork.com’s web series The Picky Eaters Project, to make a difference and help moms with the dinnertime dilemma. Everyone knows it can be tough to get a balanced meal on the table every day and Birds Eye is here to help. Birds Eye frozen vegetables helps mom by providing nutritious, tasty veggies that kids will love. Together, Birds Eye and Melissa are combining their expertise in getting children to eat more veggies, one bite at a time.

Step Up To The Plate is Birds Eye’s long-term commitment to reshaping kids’ veggie perceptions and getting children to like veggies for life. Today, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables, according to The State Of The Plate report. Birds Eye continues to make eating more vegetables a reality by showing families how to fill half the plate with veggies in fun and simple ways moms and kids will both like. By providing moms with more than 40 unique vegetable blends year round at affordable prices, Birds Eye continues to be her ally in the dinnertime dilemma.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

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