need some ideas...please

Sasha - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 2&1/2 and she is kinda a picky eater. we are in a rutt right now & i need some ideas for something different. most days she eats...pancakes & apple sauce for breakfast chicken nuggets, grilled cheese or mac & cheese for lunch & dinner, she does like fruit & veggies but i need some new ways to incorprate them into her dinner and maybe some ideas for dinner besides the same 3 things she wants now.....

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Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2009

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I was a picky eater too!!!!!!! If she gets hungry she will eat. Don't let it bug you

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2009

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Well it's not made on the stove but, you use stove top stuffing.

1 pound hambug 1/2 c ketchup 1box chicken stovetop

1 egg 1/4c diced onion (optional) 1/2 cup hot water

Pre heat the oven to 350,Mix All ingredients in a bowl and put it into a loaf pan, or small baking dish.(put an extra 1/2 cup of water on top of loaf before baking so it doesn't dry out. even when adding toppings)

TOPPINGS (optional)-Mix and match to change up dinner

Top with katchup and brown sugar-Just a thin layer will do

Sprinkle with any kind of cheese

Slice tomatos and bake them on top, or green pepper



Also another tasty thing to do is put half of your meat loaf in the pan then add a layer of sliced block cheese or shredded, Then put the rest of your meatleaf on top, and add toppings if desired.



Bake for 1hour

Novella - posted on 09/15/2009

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have you tryed to let her help you make dinner as it helps my granddaughter that is 3 and very picky .she loves that she helpped make it and will eat it or just try it and loves making papa happy.

Holly - posted on 09/15/2009

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let her know that your the mommy and tell her if she doesn't want to eat what you give her then she won't get ne thing.. my daughter went through the picky stage to not too long ago. she is 3 now and she didn't eat ne thing 4 2 days but i was giving her pedia sure to make sure she was still getting her nutrients and by the 4th day she ate what i put in front of her and no more problems since.. but you could make cheesey spagghetti and get some hamburger helper meals those things are wonderful cheap and easy..

Dottie - posted on 09/15/2009

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I use everyday stuff like hamburger helper and rice a roni. I add veggies to hambuger helper. To the rice a roni I add chicken or beef cubes and a veg. They love it. I also make spaghetti with garlic, chicken and cream of chicken soup. Try taking the food they eat and changing them a little at a time. Also when my kids were younger and would not eat what I made I told them they had to take however many years they were. 8 years was 8 bites. now they eat just about everything and loves veggies.

Niki - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hi! One thing that my boys love is Quessodillas, we do them all kinds of ways, the regular flour tortillas and cheese melted on the stove. But we change it up, they make whole wheat tortillas too, and you can put any kind of meat or veggie in them. My son's love Pizza Tortillas, we use the tortilla and put pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, and any kind of pizza topping, you could do pinapple, olives, peperoni any meat, veggie or combo, and we still fold them over and make quesodillas out of them, but my kids love these, so do me and my husband. also i agree with the moms that suggest letting your daughter help in the kitchen, my boys are 6 and 4 and they more openly try things when they have had a part in making their food. They never would touch tuna until we let them help put it together, now tuna and crackers is 1 of their favs. Even if u just let her be in the kitchen and help you carry things and stir a little, she will enjoy food more knowing how it was made. Good luck ;)

Erin - posted on 09/14/2009

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two of my three are terrible eaters I take containers of baby food veggies and add them when I'm cooking. I've put squash in french toast (they can't taste it at all) and added carrots or green veggies to brownies or homemade breads. Sneaky but better than nothing healthy at all.

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Make an apple crepe instead of pancakes, or try apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Chicken nuggets could be cut up and tossed into a salad or with some pasta. Grilled cheese with tomato soup, or (if she'll go for it) see if she'll try a tomatoe & mayo sandwhich.

Paula - posted on 09/13/2009

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When mine was that age he loved ravioli and still does sometimes i make the frozen kind and put cheese sauce on it instead of red sauce. I would let him eat it as finger food too lol.

Kimberly - posted on 09/12/2009

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have your child help you in the kitchen prepare food using cookie cutters. PB&J star shapped sandwiches, Tuna fish sandwich in the shape of a fish etc... Some vegie ideas would be a stalk of celery with peanut butter and put raisins on it to look like ants. We call that ants on a log. I used bologna and had them make a face on it using raisins, green beans for the mouth, shredded carrots for hair etc. It so much fun eating what they created. GOOD LUCK!!

Sasha - posted on 09/12/2009

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thank you everybody for the help! i am really excited about trying all this new stuff!



today we tried hot dogs, i made them into cute little octopuses & everything! (but if she thinks she wont like it she makes herself gag as soon as it reaches her mouth!) needless to say i will never make hot dogs again or even eat them after cleaning up the hot dog vomit all over my couch!

Faith - posted on 09/12/2009

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Keep introducing new foods to her. Did you know it takes all of us, kids included, up to 20 times to try something before we can really determine if we like it or not.

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Try offering different vegetables fixed in kid-friendly ways. For instance, you could try zucchini crisps with a little ranch dip or ketchup. You can always make your own ranch dip too that is much healthier than the bottled version.
2. Sneak vegetables in already kid-friendly meals...pasta is great for this.
3. Let your daughter pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try. The farmer's market is a great place to try this because everything looks so enticing!

You can find the recipe for the zucchini crisps, and other kid-friendly recipes, on my website at www.faithfuldinners.com. There is a sample menu complete with a week's worth of meals. Let me know what you think!

Rachel - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting sasha:

need some ideas...please

my daughter is 2&1/2 and she is kinda a picky eater. we are in a rutt right now & i need some ideas for something different. most days she eats...pancakes & apple sauce for breakfast chicken nuggets, grilled cheese or mac & cheese for lunch & dinner, she does like fruit & veggies but i need some new ways to incorprate them into her dinner and maybe some ideas for dinner besides the same 3 things she wants now.....


I'm going through the same thing with my daughter. I have found she'll eat anything though if I let her help me prepare/cook it. Last night, I measured out seasoning for 1 piece of chicken and put it into a bowl. She got to put the chicken on the pan and sprinkle the seasoning on top. After it baked, she ate it. However, the other night when I made chicken (without her help) she told me she doesn't like chicken!!

Stacey - posted on 09/12/2009

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there are lots of sites like kraftfoods.com, recipes.com ect. that you can find lots of new recipes. i sometime buy the frozen meals in a bag for something different, they are cheap and easy to make. they usually have a pasta, meat and veggies with a sauce. i hope you find somethings that work for your family.

Krystle - posted on 09/12/2009

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my daughter loves it when I make chicken&rice and Zitti! They're so easy for her to eat and easy for me to cook! chicken and rice is just boiled chicken pieces shredded into cooked rice and cream of mushroom; zitti is just cooked zitti noodles (or whatever kind you have) mixed in with ground beef, motz. and parm. cheese and meat sauce add extra cheese on top and broil in oven to melt - yum!

Sasha - posted on 09/12/2009

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i like the idea of the timer, shes the same way, excuses all day! i guess i never really thought of hiding the veggies....sounds like a plan!

ps she HATES meatballs & any red sauce...uggh picky kids!

Karina - posted on 09/12/2009

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what about spaghetti and meatballs (i hide pureed vegies in my meatballs) with a tomatoey sauce OR I make home made mac and cheese with pureed cauliflower in the creamy sauce (not too much or the kids might dtect a new flavour). what about fruit toast for brekfast OR cereal with honey on top.

my son loves grilled cheese sandwiches and also spaghetti bolognaise, sausages etc.

a good trick we have learnt for our son (who is picky) is to put the kitchen timer on for say....25 mins and if he hasnt eaten all his dinner by then he has no treats and goes to bed...(other wise he would sit there half the night and make all excuses why he wasnt eating...too hot, too cold, loves gravy, hates gravy...you name it we have heard it...LOL)



good luck, karina...australia.

Sasha - posted on 09/11/2009

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i think i will try that...im not a big fan of tuna myself but if it will give her something a little different im willing to try it! i get tired of making the same stuff so im sure she gets tired of eating it!

Renee - posted on 09/11/2009

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Have u tried hamburger macaroni? My kids love it. If she likes solid white tuna try mac & cheese with tuna (solid white kind) and peas.

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