Vegetable Rain Forest


Rudy D. Radish says: Avoid forcing your child to eat new foods. Kids like foods less if they are forced to eat the foods or given bribes or rewards for eating the foods. Avoid using the “one bite” rule or making children “clean their plate.”

Imagine Together!

While you are preparing this recipe with your child, let them guide the creation of the Vegetable Rain Forest. Ask them questions about the forest. How old are the trees? What kinds of animals live there? Can the animals talk? What do the animals eat? Have them tell you a story about the imaginary forest.

Vegetable Rain Forest

Time to Make: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

2 paper plates
Mixing bowl
Mixing spoon
Measuring cups

4 thin carrot sticks
1 cup broccoli florets, cut small
2/3 cup cottage cheese
Green food coloring

1) Wash your hands with your child.
2) Do the following with your child:
– Mix together cottage cheese and 3 drops of food coloring in a mixing bowl.
– Arrange two carrot pieces side-by-side in the center of each plate.
– Arrange broccoli around the carrots to look like tree leaves.
– Spoon cottage cheese around the base of carrots to look like grass.
– If desired, plant other kinds of ‘trees’ in the grass (peppers, zucchini or cucumber sticks.)

-Enjoy New Foods Today for Good Health Tomorrow!