My Boy Loves Broccoli {Birds Eye Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids}

There is nothing that my boy loves more than spending time with his mommy and daddy. Mommy is the one who plays and makes crafts, but Daddy is the chef and when they get together to make a meal or snack, they have a blast!

I'm always on the lookout for something fun to inspire them to cook together and since my boy is telling us that his favorite food now is broccoli, I looked to Birds Eye Vegetables for some inspiration.

Kid-inspired kid-approved #veggiekids

Family Friendly Recipes from #veggiekids

Kids shared wild and wacky creations showcasing their love for veggies in awesome fashion, generating 16 thousand recipe concepts gleaned from a virtual kitchen (crammed with kids) as part of the "iCarly iCook with Birds Eye" initiative.

We looked through all of the veggie kids recipes, but we just kept coming back to this one. We knew our boy would want to make it and it's just so colorful! Hubby and I are on a no-carb weight loss program so we thought this looked like something we could share with him as well. (turns out this isn't carb-free, but we could eat the outside – regardless, it's not for us, but for him)

Yakimaniac Veggie Martians (as seen on iCarly) 

Martian-ize dinnertime by letting kids add personality to these delights with edible glitter, pretzel antennas, and veggie faces.

Last night was the night we decided to decorate for Christmas so while the boy and I started on the Christmas tree, Daddy did all the "prep work" including cooking the veggies, rolling out the dough, and making the veggie filling for the martian's face. He helped hang the last few ornaments on the tree and then it was time to make the martians!

Daddy teaching boy to make a Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

Daddy demonstrated to our boy how to scoop the filling into the biscuits. The filling is probably the yummiest part of the snack!

Boy making a Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

Our boy is very serious about getting things just right. He kept asking if he was doing things right and we were very impressed with how well he actually was doing! He scooped about two and a half spoonfuls into each biscuit and then stuck his finger in the bowl to taste the filling. 😉

Boy making a Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

The next step was to cover the filling with the other half of a biscuit. I think this was his favorite part because he likes to make sandwiches out of food. He kept saying he was making a martian sandwich!

Boy making a Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

After Daddy cooked the martian heads for about ten minutes, it was time to create the face. Daddy put on the eyes and mouth and then our boy did the rest. He said the broccoli was ears and then grabbed the antennae off to eat it!

Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

This was such a fun snack to make and after we got lots of pictures, we let him eat it. He loved the martian head and said we could share his ears with him (because he knew we couldn't eat the face part, such a sweet boy). He asked Daddy to wrap up the extra martians so we could have snacks for after school. I am so proud of my boy for being excited about veggies!!

My boy's Yakimaniac Veggie Martian #veggiekids

You can find the full recipe for a Yakimaniac Veggie Martian on the Birds Eye Vegetables Kids Page, along with TONS of great kid-friendly recipes. Find out more by visiting Birds Eye Vegetables on Facebook or following @BirdsEye on Twitter!!

Which recipe would your kids love to make?!!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Birds Eye. I received product coupons to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.


  1. Lisa R says:

    I love cooking with kids, they have such an imagination.

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  2. That looks like so much fun to make, kids love to play with their food!! My little one loves broccoli too…Whenever I make it for dinner she eats so much, that I usually wind up having to give her mine to because she wont stop reaching for it 🙂 I hope that when she’s a little older she enjoys helping in the kitchen too!

  3. This looks like so much fun to make and to eat. It is wonderful that your son likes to help cook.

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