Our Two Week Veg Pledge with Ella's Kitchen and Pebble baby rattles giveaway

When Ella's Kitchen asked us as a family to eat a new vegetable every day for two weeks I said yes immediately.

14 days, 14 vegetables, 3 kids, 2 confirmed vegetable haters and a bad track record of trying new things. Never say I'm not up for a challenge!

The baby and children's food company are trying to encourage people to start weaning with vegetables, rather than the traditional fruit or baby rice, to encourage tiny taste buds to get used to having lots of lovely veg in their diets. To find out more about weaning with just vegetables visit ellaskitchen.co.uk/vegforvictory. They've also kindly given me some lovely baby rattles in the shape of vegetables by Pebble Child to give away. You'll find the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

When our crate of vegetables arrived the kids were as excited as I was - which made me hopeful that they might actually eat some of the contents.

Here's what was inside:

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There were parsnips, aubergine, green beans, butternut squash, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, courgettes, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, avocados and swede in the crate, as well as some pouches of vegetable puree and a sticker chart to help us to record our vegetable consumption.

So how did it go? Well here are some of the dishes we tried:

Well, we had some surprise hits - the swede and potato mash for example went down astonishingly well with the six-year-old. Baby S loves most veg, but especially squash and sweet potatoes so those got gobbled up too. Probably unsurprisingly no-one (apart from me) ate the sprouts, and the parsnips were another fail. Despite me going to the trouble to make an Ottolenghi recipe with them none of the kids would even touch them. Still all the more for me.

Baby S is pretty good at eating his veg anyway and out of the three kids he tried the most new things. I loved the challenge of thinking of ways to serve up new veggies to the kids that they might agree to try. And it was undoubtedly good for R & Miss R to be exposed to new foods - even if they weren't always up for actually trying them.

So all in all it went pretty well. Even if our sticker chart didn't get entirely populated.

If you're looking to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet challenging yourself to try a different veg every day is a great way to start. 

Take a look at the recipes below for some ideas if you're looking for some veg-based inspiration:

WIN! One of these four lovely Pebble vegetable rattles

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To help encourage little ones to love their veg, Ella's Kitchen has given me four lovely Pebble vegetable rattles to give away. The rattles are handmade in the shapes of broccoli, aubergine, cauliflower and carrot by community businesses in Bangladesh.

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Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post with Ella's Kitchen. All opinions are honest and our own.