Eat Them To Defeat Them!

From June 7 through to mid July, our primary schools are taking part in the Eat them to defeat them national campaign

The aim of the ten-year campaign is to encouraging children to eat their vegetables by defeating them!

We’re excited to partner with Tilda rice in 2021 to help make eat them to defeat them more fun in our schools. Children eat Tilda brown and white basmati rice at school, high in fibre and a great accompaniment to veg.

We will be having a cook along session with Tilda featuring each week’s veg; schools will be able to watch and stimulate conversation around growing and eating the veg. Join us for the first one on Tuesday 8 June live from 1:30pm to 2pm.

Prepare for battle logo Tilda logo

How HC3S are supporting Veg Power 

Each week, our catering teams will offer tasting tables with the veg of the week for children to try in different ways. We will reward children with stickers for tasting. We want to encourage children to try each of these vegetables three times so remember to join in at home. Help your child play this fun quiz and identify the veg from the picture.

We’ve also provided participating schools with quizzes and a fun Who Am I game to play in the classroom to encourage thinking and communication skills.

  • Did you know?
  • 80%
  • of children do not eat enough vegetables


Eat them to defeat them with our veg recipes. Come back each week for another recipe.

Tomato: Download tomatoes recipe, and watch the tomatoes video

Sweetcorn: Download sweetcorn recipe, and watch the sweetcorn video

Peppers: Download peppers recipe, and watch the peppers video

Carrots: Download carrots recipe, and watch the carrots video

Peas: Download peas recipe, and watch the peas video

Broccoli: Download broccoli recipe, and watch the broccoli video

You can also visit our recipes page and search the veg of the week! 

hand holding fork

Competition Time

Enter our exclusive competition with our eat them to defeat them partner, Tilda! Cook one of our veg and rice recipes to be in with a chance of winning a Tilda goodie bag.

Enter on Facebook with a photo of you and your meal and tell us which recipe you cooked. You must tag us @hc3seducationcatering and Tilda @TildaRice and use the hashtags #FoodToFlourish #ElevateYourPlate #PrepareForBattle

We will announce the winner at the end of the eat them to defeat them campaign. There will be one winner only and our decision is final. You can enter as many times as you like.

In schools

Schools will be holding veg assemblies, using veggie lesson plans, posters and decorations to help bring it all together and there is a national poster competition too. Every child in a school taking part will receive a fun activity book to take home.

VegPower resources for schools

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more ideas on how you can encourage your children to sample new veg and to find out the latest news. so, help us build a sense of collective achievement.