This Veggie Train Will Put Dinner On The Right Track

Getting your kid to eat their veggies is like, well, getting your kid to eat their veggies. No matter how much hiding, blending, (or begging) you do, your child is most likely going to want nuggs for dinner…again. But there just might be a way to get some cauliflower into your kiddo, and that’s by encouraging them to play with their food — literally. If your child is totally into trains, this veggie train can hopefully get your kid to chew-chew their food (ha).

Kale and carrots can be a hard sell when your kid is used to eating a very beige diet (think bread, potatoes, crackers, potatoes, and pasta). Still, you might encourage them to munch on mushrooms when you transform the veggies into a toy train of sorts. It actually doesn’t require much work to make this veggie train and your child can help out in the kitchen.

But before you begin assembling your train, take a trip to the supermarket to see what vegetables (if any) your child would want to eat. If they show an interest in green beans, be sure to put them into your cart. Curious about cucumbers? Plop them in your basket (it doesn’t even matter that they’re technically a fruit). As long as your child is willing to try it, the produce can become a part of the train.

You’re going to need a base to make your train regardless of whatever your child is interested in eating, A few bell peppers sliced in half horizontally can do the trick. Attach some cucumber “wheels” that can be secured with a toothpick and be ready to load up your locomotive with some healthy food choices.

So all aboard as you create this veggie train which can be served as a side dish for dinner or even as an anytime snack.

Finally, dinner won’t be derailed.

Veggie Train

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 bell peppers, sliced horizontally
  • 1 cucumber, sliced in 1-inch pieces
  • veggies of your choice


  • Wash all vegetables thoroughly. Pat dry. 
  • Slice peppers horizontally, removing the seeds and ribs. 
  • Take 1 slice of cucumber and secure it to the pepper with a toothpick.
  • Do the same for the other three wheels.
  • Repeat for the other halved peppers so that each pepper has four wheels.
  • Fill each bell pepper with veggies of your choice. 
  • Place veggie train on a platter with some dipping sauces such as ranch dressing or hummus. 
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword appetizer, dinner, kid-friendly
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