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My son loves to help me cook and we make some fantastic granola bars with honey and maple syrup instead of sugar. He gets to add all of the ingredients and stir them...it takes us about an hour but he loves it.

I bake root vegetable 'fries' in a little olive oil.
Salads with lots of feta and toasted nuts with lemon and olive oil for the dressing.
Fried mushrooms and onions
Quesadillas are a huge hit (I fill them with finely chopped veggies and cheese)
We make a lot of soups (mushroom, french onion, beef stew, lamb stew, borscht, chicken noodle, etc.)
We have nut butters with fresh fruit on top of rye crackers.
My son loves fish and we make it all sorts of different ways.
Curried rice with veggies.
We eat pasta with tomato sauce. I always make my sauce from scratch and add in carrots to sweeten it.

I find that any foods my son is adverse to eating are easier to get into him if I 'hide' the food for the first bite and then show him what he just ate after he's agreed that it's tasty.

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Heidi - posted on 10/12/2011

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My son and I usually cook together. We're vegetarian and we have a garden so meal time starts outside usually. I've found they'll eat anything they prepare themselves out of sheer pride...

- I make a lot of fried rice with lentils and mixed veg
- Salads with fun stuff in them like apples, raisins, nuts, cheese, pineapple, avocado etc
- our staple in Africa is mealie meal and that is so yum with gravies and sauces

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010

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One thing my little one loves is pita pizza. I use a whole grain pocketless pita and top it with a hummus (usually an avocado hummus) then a little shredded mozz some sliced tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. I put a little more mozz on it and then bake it at 400 for about 5 to 10 minutes (until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.) To make sure the pita gets crunchy you want to cook it either on a pizza stone/pan or just put it right on the oven rack with a pan underneath to catch any crumbs or cheese if it drips. She LOVES this dish. I also do it with ranch dressing as the sauce and sliced ham, mushrooms and spinach topped with the mozz cheese. You could modify it to use any of your child's favorites.

Nicole - posted on 07/25/2010

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The kids eat what we do, but in some cases, its not suitable for them, so I make chicken nuggets. 500g chick thigh (cook in frypan with a little water), 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and 1 egg (add any vegies they'll eat, silverbeat is good). Wizz all up in food processor, then make into patties. dip in four, egg then breadcrumbs and cook in frypan or oven. Kids love them, and you know what is in them!!

Simone - posted on 07/25/2010

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if my daughter wont eat what we are eating for dinner i cook some pasta and mix in tomato paste and a small can of 4 bean mix thats been rinsed or if you want something for the whole family ive found that if you make a platter of all sorts of healthy foods and pita pokets and get the kids to fill their own pita pokets that seems to work

Jeannette Torres - posted on 07/25/2010

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http://webrecipemanager.com/babycook/ind...
This website is great. VERY versatile and healthy something for everyone. I had the same dilemma and now I have a plan for future meals and I'm very excited about it instead of getting tense about what to make not just for him but all of us. Finally!!!

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We use sprouted garin tortillas.
First I put a layer of grated cheese on (we use mozza), this doesn't have to be a whole lot, just enough to make an even cover.
Then sprinkle on the Finely Cut veggies.
Diced tomatoes, zucchini, red onions, olives, sun dried tomatoes, red pepper are the usuals. I also add on a bit of beet greens or chard cut into little pieces and I space them out so he's not suspicious. If your child loves any veggies, give them a try. I put peas and bean sprouts last time with great results.
Since my son loves feta I also sprinkle some of that on.
Then we add a top covering of mozza and then another quesadilla shell.
Since my quesadillas are so full I can't really flip them easily on a stove top. So I've been baking mine in the toaster oven or conventional oven. I bake them at 300 until they're starting to brown. I take it out, squish the top layer down slightly and then let it cool a bit before cutting.
We dip ours in sour cream.

Asem - posted on 07/25/2010

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my son loves pasta, once in a while I make him alfredo sauce from the scratch: melt 2-3 tb spoons unsalted butter+4tb spoons cream cheese, mix them well together, add some milk, parmesan cheese+black perpper

Crystal - posted on 07/24/2010

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My kids favorite thing to eat lately is:
Beef Nacho Casserole
1lb beef cooked, 1 can corn drained, 1 28oz jar mild salsa, 1 cup mayo, 1 bag corn chips, shredded cheese.
Cook hamburger and drain, drain corn. Mix salsa, mayo, corn, and hamburger in bowl and mix together well. Crush up chips and put on the bottom of a cake pan, then layer meat mixture, chips and cheese, until all is used or pan is full. Pre-heat oven to 350* and bake till cheese is melted and everything is hot (20-30 min)

ENJOY!

Tammy - posted on 07/24/2010

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We eat lots of pasta meals i.e. chicken alfredo, I just cut everything up a little smaller and use small pasta such as macaroni to suit the little guy.
Slow cooker meals are also great cause you can load them up with vegis and they are so tender they are perfect for little ones. Most supermarkets should sell slow cooker recepie bases (or any recepie bases for that matter, just use smaller cuts).

Phyllis - posted on 07/23/2010

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well my son actually eats what we eat..it saves time and money..he is such a great eatter. he loves rice, beans, mashed potatoes and not picky with the meats

Vicki - posted on 07/23/2010

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For a really quick meal - bake a potato in the microwave until soft and then cut it open and scoop out the middle to make mash. Then in a bowl put some raw salmon fillet, a splash of milk and a knob of butter. Nuke this for 1 min or until cooked and combine. I usually put some green veg in too i.e. peas or broccoli which I've quickly steamed or boiled - makes a quick fish pie.

Georgia - posted on 07/23/2010

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He honestly just eats whatever we eat. We eat pretty healthy and when we don't we make sure he does. Though every once and awhile he will get something that doesn't necessarily pass my health standards but hey in moderation I will let it slide. Life is about fun too.

I can't even imagine a world where I would have to make different meals for different people in the house.

Jazi - posted on 07/22/2010

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man - being disabled makes it hard for me to be in the kitchen on my feet for long periods. as I don't feel hunger, I don't eat - so the thought of food can and often does make me physically ill while i'm making food for my son. means I cook fast but healthy.

things that go well for Z for his midday meals (dinner he eats what we eat)

at least once a week Z and I have liver, bacon and onions, yeah, I can hear the gags now - but we like it. and I need the concentrated ANIMAL based iron in my diet. brocolii and spinich just don't cut it. and Z devours it - it's about the only beef he eats that isn't ground beef or stewed.

pasta is a biggie - finger friendly sizes, a bit of butter or olive oil to make seasonings stick, herbs, cheese (motzerella, cheeder, jack, whatever is shredded) veggies from the freezer steamed over the boiling pasta, either diced or grape tomatoes. Sometimes I will throw in a drained can of tuna or chicken - flaked up,

I will break down with my roomate at the begining of the month and make homemade chicken nuggets - so I can just grab a couple from the freezer and nuke them. and yes, I'm bad - they're fried not baked.

we always have small bags of seasond ground beef in the freezer - so will make up quesadillas with cheese and meat. which are super easy - just lay the Flour tortilla in a clean skillet put your cheese, meat and veggies in the center and let it heat up, fold closed, and slip out onto the plate. slice into triangles and walla!

I do major cooking sessions at the beginning of the month when I get my foodstamps & Z's WIC vouchers - and will make up veggie ladden marinara sauce, soups/stews that all gets packed into freezer bags and pulled out as needed, so I can just use it when I want - HE always has healthy choices so that I don't have to reach for the normal perservitive laden, sugar, salt, and empty-calorie filled overpriced shelf meals. Yes it takes more work sometimes, but he's worth it.

then with the marinara sauce - I always put it into a jar in the fridge, and can grab a couple tablespoons for some pasta - or slap a bit on some bread with a touch of cheese and slip it under the broiler and walla!, pizza! - and it's veggie loaded - not just tomatos, but zuccinni, carrots, onion, brocolli stems (more nutrition then the florets but as you're going to puree it, it don't need to look as nice) eggplant. the list can go on. if you like chunky - leave it chunky - otherwise, a quick couple of ladels into the blender (or better yet, a dip of the immersion blender,) turn of the head, (so you don't get splashed,) a click of the switch, buzz buzz buzz, and presto - smooth sauce with no lumps for the baby to pick out.

hope that this helps.

Adrienne - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son loves mac and cheese, but I add meat and veggies to it to fill it out. Left over taco meat, sloppy joe meat, diced ham, turkey, tuna, peas, carrots, corn, bell peppers, its literally one of the most versatile things. Also, quesadillas are huge hits, grilled cheese, spaghetti...anything that has a sauce you can add pureed baby food to add vegetables if you have a kiddo who doesn't always eat his veggies. I add green beans and carrots to spaghetti sauces all the time. I haven't really experimented with this very much, but so far you can't even tell the baby food is in the sauce. I imagine you could do it with anything that uses a gravy as well. The majority of the time my son gets what we eat. If you need some good recipes you can google different things, momswhothink.com, cooking.com, thepioneerwoman.com, tasteofhome.com, foodnetwork.com, etc. Subscribe to a recipe magazine, I love all of the great ideas, and most of them are kid friendly, or are easy to make kid friendly.

Madhulika - posted on 07/22/2010

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I prepare dalia (broken wheat) also known as Porridge with all the vegetables available at home. Just cook broken wheat with vegetables, water and salt. Add some butter when it is done.
It is easy to cook and very nutritious.

I also prepare Upma with Cream of Wheat or semolina

Here is the preparation of Upma
Ingredients

* Wheat Rava (Cream of Wheat / Semolina) (1 cup)
* Cooking oil (3-4 tbsp)
* Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
* Cumin (1 tsp)
* Ginger root (1/2 tsp, grated)
* Green chillies (3-5 med, chopped)
* Chopped onions (1 med, chopped) (some people may omit this for cultural reasons)
* Salt to taste
* Vegetables of choice: Peas,carrots,potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes,
* Grated coconut (3-4 tbsp, optional)
* Lemon juice (2 tsp, optional)

Method of preparation

* 1. Dry-roast rava until it just begins to turn brown, then keep aside.
* 2. In a large saucepan/wok, heat the cooking oil.
* 3. Add mustard seeds and wait for them to sputter. Then add cumin, ginger, green chillies and chopped onions and fry until onions caramelise.
* 4. Add vegetables, salt and 2 cups of water, and bring to boil.
* 5. Add the roasted rava, turn down the heat, and mix quickly to avoid lumps forming.
* 6. The upma is done when all the water is absorbed by the rava.
* 7. Garnish with grated coconut, chopped cilantro leaves and lemon juice.

Stacey - posted on 07/19/2010

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My girls love pasta salad. I buy Classic Suddenly Salad and add my own cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots ect It lasts all week and goes with nearly everything. The noodles are tri colored and I think that helps

Kristi - posted on 07/14/2010

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We like to have chicken breast with potatoes or rice and steamed veggies. We like hamburgers of all sorts as well, with fries or potatoes or rice ...
Meatloaf
Chicken pot pie
Lasagna

Louise - posted on 07/14/2010

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Shepherds pie made with minced beef and mashed potaotes with hidden vegetables in. My older boys loved pasta and they liked tuna pasta made with tuna, chicken soup, sour cream peas and sweetcorn.. My toddler loves pork casserole which is pork steaks cooked in the oven with fried onions and peppers in a light pork gravy and just before its cooked through add chopped eatting apples.

Kristi - posted on 07/13/2010

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I just cook everything that we eat ... we don't make special anything for Wes. We try to eat healthy and balanced meals all the time!

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