Give Your Kid Who Hates Vegetables Some Frozen ‘Pea-Sicles’ Instead

Give Your Kid Who Hates Vegetables Some Frozen ‘Pea-Sicles’ Instead

Through the ages, parents have tried various tactics for getting kids to eat more vegetables — baking them into brownies, blending them into smoothies and brainwashing them with songs. But there may be a simpler way to get some green stuff in your child’s diet — no trickery required. Simply serve frozen veggies. A few kid-favourites: frozen peas, frozen corn and frozen edamame.

Joanna Goddard wrote about the magic of frozen peas on her website Cup of Jo. “Our boys hate cooked peas, but somehow they LOVE frozen peas”, she explained. “The cold temperature makes them taste less pea-like and a little sweeter. They gobble them up and ask for more”.

I was sceptical, but commenters backed up the idea. “Our kids eat them like popcorn for a snack”, one person claimed. Another added, “My mum used to do the same thing when I was little. She called them ‘pea-sicles.'” (Remember, when you’re dealing with sceptical children, never underestimate the power of good branding.)

You can typically serve frozen veggies straight from the bag, though some manufacturers have printed warnings to cook the product first, as there have been recent recalls due to concerns of Listeria. To play it safe, you can freeze low-acid fresh vegetables by blanching them in boiling water at the peak of their freshness and then quickly submerging them in ice water.

That’ll destroy any bad microorganisms while maintaining their flavour and nutrients. Then dry them with a paper towel, pack them snugly and freeze. Serve any time as a guilt-free snack.


  • My old dog used to come running when she heard someone open the freezer and pull out a bag of frozen peas. So it’s not just little kids

  • I’m a grown man & still enjoy munching on a cup of frozen peas on occasion!
    My wife thinks it’s weird, but she can just wait until our daughter starts asking for them too!

  • My sister has been like that her whole life. Hates cooked peas, has no problem munching on the frozen kind. Preferably mint peas/ Even in her mid 40’s she still prefers frozen peas. And knows fully well how silly it is.

  • I wouldn’t consider eating frozen peas but I like dried ones, especially with wasabi.

    My Mum’s usual method back in the day was condiments. Add a nice gravy or sauce to vegies and kids will eat them. Thinly shaved cheese melted over the top is another one.

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