This is such a cool idea I gotta share it. The Great Big Vegetable Challenge
is a blog about one mother's efforts to get her veggie-hating 7-year-old son to try something new. I was bemused by what she says in her first post:All I want to achieve though in this challenge is to cajole, charm or even trick him into eating just a little more than potatoes. I read that there are 200 types to choose from and thousands of variations on those to try. There has to be something that he will like. And given all the pressure on us as a parents to get our kids to eat healthily it almost feels like a legal obligation to at least try. No doubt in twenty years time there will be newspaper reports of children suing their parents for failing to instill healthy eating habits in them. Maybe a passive-snacking law will be passed to protect the impressionable dears from being exposed to unhealthy eating habits.
They started back in November 2006 and - with input and recipe suggestions from other parents - they are working their way through the alphabet of vegetables. They've already hit artichokes, asparagus, aubergine, beans, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, and courgettes. Each vegetable gets sampled 2-4 times in different recipes. Freddy (the veg-hater in question) rates them as he likes. Every post includes a photograph of the food (and/or Freddy eating it) and all the recipes are linked on the site. They are particularly interested in finding other people to try the GBVC along with them.
What a COOL idea! And not just for kids - I can think of PLENTY OF ADULTS who could use the same challenge. (You know who you are...)[T]he GreatBVC is about a new approach. It's about trying to inspire change. Learning new ways of cooking. Going on an adventure to find out what works in other homes. And having a laugh in the process. Or not, as the case might be.
Anyone interested in taking the challenge with us? ;)