Today I’m sharing my Vegetable train here on The Inspiration Edit. This Veggie train is a fantastic party food idea and was a real hit at my daughter’s birthday party back in 2015. In fact I’ve recently recreated the train for a second time and am sharing the new images and video here for you to enjoy!
Finding kids veggie recipes and getting children to eat vegetables can sometimes be tricky especially at a children’s birthday party.
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Vegetable Train Video
We made a veggie train video just for you to see. Enjoy!
I always find by making fruit and veg into fun creations I can encourage children to eat vegetables. I hope this super cute Vegetable Train is a big hit at your next party. I sure hope you love this creative food idea!
Creative Food Idea – Bell Pepper Train
You can call this a veggie train or a bell pepper train. Others like to call this a train party food idea or simply a pepper train. Either way it’s a fun party food idea and one you will love!
Originally posted in 2015 on my previous blog Days In Bed – Updated 01 August 2020
How To Get Your Toddler To Eat Vegetable Snacks
Getting your toddler or your older kids to eat vegetable snacks can be tricky. As a previous Early Years Teacher I recall sitting all the toddlers in high chairs and giving them tasty vegetable sticks as healthy finger food. The little ones loved it when we added peanut butter and raisins onto celery and we called this bugs in mud.
Four ways to get your toddler to eat vegetable snacks are:
- Start them young. By introducing vegetables into your child’s diet early they are more likely to enjoy nutritious vegetables in the future.
- Add tasty snacks with vegetables. For example, peanut butter and celery or carrots with a low fat dip.
- Blend vegetables and hide them in other ingredients. You may like to try our hidden veggie cream cheese recipe.
- Give your toddler colourful veggies. Maybe use broccoli to create trees and create a picture on your child’s plate.
What You Will Need To Make Your Veggie Train
- 4-5 Peppers
- 1 Cucumber
- Baby Carrots
- Plum tomatoes
- Dip – Optional
How To Make A Bell Pepper Train
To make this vegetable train you need between 4-5 capsicums or peppers.
They have different names depending on which country your from so for the purpose of this post I’ll call them peppers.
You simply slice off the top of the peppers and scoop out the insides.
Make sure you leave the pepper stalks on the outside as they can come in handy for connecting the trains together.
Use the tops of the peppers which you have cut off to make slices for the carriages.
Also chop some Celery, carrot sticks and 20 slices of cucumber for wheels.
Now you are ready to begin building your veggie train.
Building Your Veggie Train
You will need tooth picks to connect the cucumber wheels to the pepper carriages.
Add Wheels To Your Vegetable Train
The cucumbers need quite a bit of reinforcement so expect to use a few toothpicks per wheel.
Add Snacks To Your Veggie Train
Once the Veggie Train carriages have wheels, you simply need to stand them in a row to create your Vegetable Train.
Finally add the pepper sticks, celery, tomatoes, carrots and cucumber into the carriages for the finishing touch. If you’d like dip add your favourite dip to this creative train!
- 4-5 Peppers
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Carrot
To make this vegetable train you need between 4-5 capsicums or peppers. They have different names depending on which country your from so for the purpose of this post I'll call them peppers.
You simply slice off the top of the peppers and scoop out the insides. Make sure you leave the pepper stalks on the outside as they can come in handy for connecting the trains together.
Once the carriages have wheels, you simply need to stand them in a row to create a train of carriages. Then add the pepper sticks, celery, carrots and cucumber into the carriages for the finishing touch.
Do You Like This Vegetable Train Party Food Idea?
This was such a fun party food idea to make. My daughter had a lot of fun helping me to make this and it was a fun activity to do together. You can get the kids to help make their own veggie train or you may want to create it on your own. The choice is yours. Either way this is a fantastic way to get children to eat vegetables at a birthday party and will be a huge hit. I promise!
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who specialises in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and taught adults cooking skills. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!