How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

It’s hard to believe that this is the third installment of Kids Cook with Books, our virtual reading and cooking club for kids.  This month, our featured book is How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.  It is a wildly entertaining tale of a little girl, who like many children, struggles with eating her vegetables.  But one day, when a band of green bean thugs comes to town, Martha has to act fast to save her parents…and she has to do the unthinkable.

Kids Cook with Books:  August, 2016:
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Simply fill in the form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Get a copy of How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans from the library, or by using the link here.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids).  Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
  6. Tune in early next month for September’s Kids Cook with Books.

Featured Recipe for How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

Our featured recipe may push your children’s boundaries a little bit.  The flavors are exciting, not subtle like most “kid food.”  Even so, these pickled green beans still retain their crunch, making them fun to eat – especially with your fingers!  Just in case you are eager to try some additional (perhaps milder) green bean recipes, I’ve included a list that your family might enjoy.

Martha’s Pickled Green Beans
Kids Cook with Books, What’s Cooking with Kids

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pickling spice mix
1 1/2 Tablespoons dry dill or 1/4 cup fresh dill
1/2 pound green beans


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Measure the water and vinegar and add them to a large microwaveable bowl.
  3. Heat the mixture on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Measure and add the sugar, salt pickling spices
  5. Stir the ingredients until the salt and sugar are melted.
  6. Measure the dill and add it to the hot mixture.
  7. Wash the green beans and cut off the tips with either a child-safe knife or scissors.  Or, you can break the tips off with your fingers.
  8. Add the green beans to the hot mixture in the bowl.
  9. Stir thoroughly and then refrigerate for at least two hours.
  10. If you don’t want your refrigerator to smell like pickles, you can pour the mixture into a mason jar (and then put the lid on) instead of keeping it in the bowl.

Want to Try More Green Bean Recipes?

2016 Kids Cook with Books, virtual reading and cooking club for kids

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More Cooking & Literacy Activities for Kids

If you have older kids, or if you want more book-themed recipes to make with your kids before September’s Kids Cook with Books is released, don’t fret!  I have more ideas up my sleeve.  These activity bundles are available at my online marketplace and are suited for children ages 5-12.

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7 Responses to How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

  1. Sarah says:

    We’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month! We homeschool our two girls and we love whole-food cooking so I think this will be great enrichment fun for them. Looking forward to getting the first book.

  2. Hi Michelle,
    What a delight to see my book “How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans” featured this month for your Kids Cook with Books Club! I am especially honored when I see the two books you’ve previously highlighted, which are two of my all time favorites. I am going to get some green beans from the farmer’s market and try your recipe myself.
    Best wishes,
    David LaRochelle
    P.S. Here’s a suggestion for another food-related book, and it ranks right up there as one of my all time favorites with “Blueberries for Sal” and “Little Mouse, Red Ripe Strawberry, and Big Hungry Bear.” It’s “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman. I think you will enjoy it a lot!

    • WOW! What an honor to hear from you!!!!!! The Apple Pie book is on my list for the 2017 schedule of Kids Cook with Books – thank you for suggesting it. I truly love your book and am really touched that you took the time to visit and say hello! xoxoxo Michelle

      • A follow-up note, Michelle. I made “Martha’s Green Beans” for picnic last week and everyone loved them! Very easy to make, even for a bachelor author like myself who doesn’t make much more in the kitchen than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and spaghetti. Thanks for the recipe!

        • Yay! That’s wonderful. Your input on this project has meant the world to me. I can’t tell you how many wonderful stories I have heard about parents reading this story with their kids. In our Facebook group, one mom shared a video of her son reading the book before bed. It was so cute to hear him say “I’ll eat you, Beans!” I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Please keep me posted if you write any other books that include foods in them! I truly loved this one 🙂 xo M.

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