very fussy eater need help

April - posted on 10/18/2008 ( 24 moms have responded )

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my 2yr old has become very fussy with food but loves chicken rice potatoe and sausages anyone got any ideas as to what i can cook with these i have tried lots of things and im runnin out of ideas something that i can hide some veggies in would be great

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Elaine - posted on 10/31/2008

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u could do a mild curry if he or she likes rice sausage cassarole toad in the hole with mash

Lauren - posted on 10/31/2008

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My son loves a dish called Sausage, Shells and Peas...it is basically tomato sauce with italian sausage (cut up like coins), peas and medium shell pasta. I love it too! If you are interested in a true recipe for it, let me know.

Elaine - posted on 10/30/2008

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do a pasta sauce and the veg you put in there like carrots and aubergines and broccolli u can blend into the sauce she or he will never no

Tammy - posted on 10/30/2008

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Will your child eat pasta? I do this to my family and they do not know I do it! I make pasta sauce and I puree cooked carrots, great northern white beans (great fiber) pretty much anything I can in the sauce, they don't know it is there... As for potatos, did you ever try sliced sweet potatos, like french frys or mashed califlower and chicken broth for mashed? I hope these help, good luck!

Kerry - posted on 10/29/2008

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One thing I recently discovered was that if you cut squash or turnip in the shape of fries and bake then serve with a little ketchup they think they are eating fries. Also, canned pumpkin has a lot of vitmins and nutrients and is virtually tastless by itself, you can add it to all kind of things, spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, brownie recipes...etc..

Victoria - posted on 10/29/2008

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i make this great crock pot cambells meal...my fuusy girls loves it...crock pot on low 4 hours..4 chicken breast a cup of water or low sodium chicken broth...put in pot..take one can of cream of chicken soup spoon over chicken..than 2 boxes of stuffing 6 oz or so per box...mix with a 1/3c water and a 1/3 c of melted butter ( i add corn for veggie) spoon over chicken and let cook for 4 hours...

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2008

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I bought a book by Rachel Ray that has kid friendly recipes. One is a recipe for breaded chicken. You can't hide veggies in them, but I have always had good luck with my son eating more if he is more involved in the prep. So if you made breaded chicken and put it in ziplocks, let your little one "tenderize" it or shake it up. Otherwise, try growing some veggies where your little one can help water and pick them.

Kyrsten - posted on 10/28/2008

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I tried the hiding a sweet in the bowl of food thing too, and it was a great motivator, but also the love of candy should not be too attended to in this process. My 3.5 year-old thinks it's often easier to eat when I only put one bite at a time on the plate and say that she does a good job with eating slowly. Often she has to take a long time to finish a meal. However, we really have a picky eater here and we just now have been seeing some light at the end of this tunnel. Being insistent has been the biggest help for us, not changing what we offer for the meal.

Heather - posted on 10/26/2008

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My son was so used to eating hot dogs, and pizza, and things at the babysitter that he wouldn't eat at home. So I would tell him he had to at least try a spoonful, and once he tried it he usually liked it. I have gotten him to eat liver, onions, steak, all kinds of seafood and potatoes. Now my picky eater isn't my son it's my husband!

Eden - posted on 10/26/2008

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my four year old was really picky about food... I honestly just modified whatever i was making for the rest of us and if she didn't want it She had to wait until the next meal. It sounds harsh but the fact is she'll eat when she's hungry no matter what it may be, and catering to her pickiness just shows her you'll give her whatever as long as she puts up a big enough fight!

Heather - posted on 10/25/2008

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Hey there a quick recipe using sausage....brown sausage meat, and season lightly with any seasoning you normally use. Add about 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and mix. Boil any pasta and drain. Before tossing the pasta with the sausage meat, add about a half cup or more depending on how much you want, of either italian dressing or vinagrette. My youngest son is 5 and he has been eating that since he was 2 and a half. He loves it. Good luck, it stinks when dinner is a battle.

Maranda - posted on 10/23/2008

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I got my 5 year old to try new veggies by buy seed, letting her plant them in a pot and growing them herself. I was amazed with the things she would eat if she grew them herself, broccoli, spinach, squash, etc.

Kerry - posted on 10/23/2008

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LOL good one yvonne, use mushy veges to thicken casseroles of her favourites! The trees reminds me of my kids. They will still eat any vegetable i give them or will at least try it. I made sure i never ever said to them that i dont eat something, i always just left it off my plate. (then kids dont 'catch' your dislike of somethin) so my kids love "tree" and "baby cabbage" even choko, broccleflower (cross between cauliflower and brooccoli), one of them was adventurous and tried egg plant!
I was always fair and just calmy told them they couldnt say they didnt like something unless they had actually eaten it, and only after about the third time would i let them get away with that.

User - posted on 10/22/2008

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Make it fun. We have make Ranch Salad Dressing a staple with almost every meal. If she can dip it, she might eat it. Also, try letting her use plastic chop sticks. I've been able to place cooked veggies on a chop stick and for some reason, my son thought they tasted better. As far as hiding veggies. Try cooking them down in the microwave & putting them in a food processor. When the veggie is much like baby food, you can add it to almost anything. One final thought. If my son didn't try it and like it in it's somewhat orginal state, he wouldn't eat it if we were out somewhere. Encourage your daughter to try it (by making it fun...we call broccoli "trees"). That way, eventually she will try it in other things. Good luck.

Joanne - posted on 10/22/2008

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have you tryed makin spag bole but puraing the veggies i had the same problem with my daughter and now she cant get enough

Kerry - posted on 10/21/2008

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amandas post reminded me of what a friend of mine used to do to her kids years ago. She would make blue mashed potato, next to yelloow bright pumpkin it looked tasty and he kids ate it all up. food colouring int the veges? all sorts of possibilitys there. sprinkles on honey on toast. good old aussie vegemite thats a dose of vitamins!

Kerry - posted on 10/21/2008

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amandas post reminded me of what a friend of mine used to do to her kids years ago. She would make blue mashed potato, next to yelloow bright pumpkin it looked tasty and he kids ate it all up. food colouring int the veges? all sorts of possibilitys there. sprinkles on honey on toast. good old aussie vegemite thats a dose of vitamins!

Kerry - posted on 10/21/2008

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amandas post reminded me of what a friend of mine used to do to her kids years ago. She would make blue mashed potato, next to yelloow bright pumpkin it looked tasty and he kids ate it all up. food colouring int the veges? all sorts of possibilitys there. sprinkles on honey on toast. good old aussie vegemite thats a dose of vitamins!

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2008

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Oddly enough, a friend of mine makes a dish for her finicky husband that she calls Chicken Delicious. You just layer sliced chicken breasts, diced tomatoes, then sausage, put some butter on it and maybe some garlic, and pop it in the oven at 350 til done, about 35-45 mins. When my daughters started to get picky, corn was the only veggie they'd eat. I found out that my daycare lady got the kids to eat canned carrots by telling them she put candy in it! Hey... it worked!

Lucy - posted on 10/20/2008

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Try this cookbook: Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. It hides all sorts of healthy foods in recipes kids WILL eat! (like vegetables in brownies!)

Lucy - posted on 10/20/2008

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My sister in law bought a cookbook for fussy eaters written by jessica seinfeld. It's called Deceptively Delicious. It has all sorts of recipes where the hard to eat foods are "hidden" in foods kids will eat. They don't even know that the stuffs in there! It has crazy stuff like carrots and spinach hid in things like brownies! Look it up! I hope it helps!

Demetria - posted on 10/19/2008

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Have you thought about letting your 2 year old help you make the next meal with a few of the fav's and some new items that they have pick out? My daughter was extremly picky.... I tried this with her and it made meal time fun and an adventure, she also felt like she was in control; which every 2 year old wants; however I had already chosen 2 recipes and would tell her the list of things to pick from @ the store. Then we'd go home and she'd help me make our meal. Give it a try...... and don't give up..... they all go through a fav food stage even @ 10 years old :)

Kerry - posted on 10/19/2008

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have you tried a milky sausage curry? i used to make it for my kids, who have always been fussy, their fussy thing is due mostly to being tactile with food and the feeling of it in the mouth. I had one who would not eat any minced meat. The feeling of it in his mouth actually would make him feel physically ill.
but back to the point i would make the curry base first by frying onion in small amount of real butter. then add mild curry powder, then s r flour (make the roux) then instead of adding water or stock add milk. as this thickens you can then add partly microwaved vegetables for colour (wink). cut the cooked sausages into rounds mix it all together and warm the sausages back up. serve with rice.
I dont have any amounts for you sorry, as I always just make roux by the way it looks and thickens. the same as you would for white sauce or cheese sauce when you make it from scratch (no cheating).
no 2 successful idea i used was to par boil pumpkin, cut it into chip sizes, then fry in oil. viola pumpkin chippees. the kids love them. especially if you hide them by mixing the potato chips with the pumpkin ones, add sauce or grated cheese and bbq sauce over the top is still a favorite of my kids. This is a great way to make sure that pumpkin is eaten at least once a week, and its disguised as a kid fav food. I deep fry using rice bran oil, which is slightly more expensive but has no taste a higher boiling point and no saturaated fats *healthier alternative.
good luck
K

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