Picky eaters

Sylenna - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Kids dont like onions and things of that sort and it seems like i cook the same meals all the time any suggestions to spice up chicken, hamburg and pork chops without the stuff my kids do not eat??

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Megan - posted on 04/15/2010

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When we make hamburgers and meatloaf we grate up carrot and zucchini into them. It gets the kids to eat some hidden veg and makes them a bit more tasty for the adults. My kids also love chicken kebabs - put on onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and capsicum. They are then tasty for you and the kids can eat the bits they like and pick off the bits they don't. We use a honey & soy type marinade with chicken, or if using diced beef we use a mix of Hoi sin Sauce, lime juice, ginger & garlic. The kids love it and gradually get used to more adventurous flavours. If you are interested I can also give you a delicious chicken fried rice recipe which my kids love (again, if there are any veg they don;t like they just pick them out, but I put it all in as all 3 boys like different ones).

Tracey - posted on 04/15/2010

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Chicken cordon bleu is one of my kids favorites. Cut chicken breasts in half, season w/chicken seasoning, salt, & pepper. Lay a piece of deli ham in the middle of the chicken half; sprinkle in some mozzarella cheese (true recipe calls for swiss, but my kids prefer mozzarella); roll up ham and cheese in the chicken and secure with 3-4 tooth picks. You can pan fry the chicken in some EVOO for a few minutes if you like to cook it a little faster and give it a little crisper outside or you can put it straight into a baking dish with chicken broth/veggie broth at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes (depends on how thick your chicken breasts are). About halfway through baking I cover the top of the chicken with more mozzarella cheese.

Marilyn - posted on 04/14/2010

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Soup! All of my kids, even those who hardly like anything, will eat chicken soup. Even if they don't eat the pieces of chicken and vegetables, they eat the broth they cooked in. Can puree or mash in some of the vegetables, too, if you don't go overboard. Add some whole wheat noodles or matzah balls, and I think it's a good meal. They like vegetable soup, too, and some will eat homemade split pea soup.

Maribel - posted on 04/14/2010

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Try sneaking up pureed veggies in sauces, etc.; they have the nutritional value they need while not being noticed at all. Also it helps to get the kids involved in food prep. Studies have shown that kids who are involved in the kitchen are more likely to try and eat vegetables. Start with veggies that are naturally sweet, such as tomatoes, red or yellow sweet peppers or carrots. Also is a good idea to serve raw or cooked veggies in dishes that include fruits as well, for example salads with dried cranberries, apple slices and pineapple bits, which are appealing to their sweet taste buds. Try to use the mildest greens, such as Boston lettuce, because dark greens tend to be a little bitter for their taste. Good luck!

Audra - posted on 04/14/2010

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I read in a parenting magazine that kids have about 10,000 taste buds compared to about 1,000 for the average adult --- hence why something that tastes 'good' to us usually makes my son gag. It's not that he doesn't like it per se, it's more that the taste is too overwhelming. When I cook with very little spice, salt, or pepper, I get a much better reception.

I also agree with the poster who recommended Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld - I have this book and its been veyr helpful to get my son to try different things. You can adjust the recipes over time so that you are gradually adding in more obvious veggies to their meals.

Amber - posted on 04/13/2010

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There are so many things you can do with those meats let me know some of the things you would prepare for dinner and i can give you suggestions on what to do to make them picky kid friendly :)

Samantha - posted on 04/08/2010

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When I was a child my parents insisted that I was a picky eater. Fact of the matter was that I liked most foods, I just had one huge hate and still hate it till this very day. ONIONS. Can't stand them and never could. And my parents put them in 95% of the thing that they make. You can't force your child to like something if his taste buds don't like it. That is a part of his body that he cannot change. Every parent I know tries to force their kids to like something they simplely don't like. It is like trying to force their eyes to change colors; it just can't happen. if he doesn't like onions try making the exact same recipes without the onions in them, you can always add them to yours and your husband's food separately. Not liking one thing is not being a picky eater, it is just normal.

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