I am looking for healthy, easy toddler meals to prepare for my fussy 3 year old. Any recipes please!?

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Cherish - posted on 06/24/2012

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Hi,
Have you read "the sneaky chef"? That book basically tells you how to "hide" fruits and vegetables in the food your kids already eat.Like you can put pureed sweet potatoes(baby food) inside a grilled cheese sandwich,or you can put just about any pureed vegetables in most of the things you bake or cook

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Alida - posted on 06/26/2012

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Hi there all,

Thanks so much for responding so fast to my post, really appreciate all the advice.

Will keep you all posted on how things are going, guess it will take a while of trial and error, so I'm buckling up!

Cheers

Alida

Gina - posted on 06/25/2012

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I forgot to mention on my previous post; most toddlers love hearty soups. I find that some days my toddler refuses to eat solids and dry stuff (like rice) but if I mix it in as part of a soup he will devour it. Sometimes it's not so much that they are picky eaters it's just that they are full from constant snacking so don't feel too discouraged...Good luck!

Gina - posted on 06/25/2012

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Toddlers still like most of the same things as babies, like mushy foods (such as mashed potatoes, mashed beans, mushy carrots etc). you can always make something like mashed potatos and thrown in the veggies, that way your toddler will eat them without even noticing, (I find that this is the only way to get my 2.5 year old to eat meat as well). Toddlers also love pasta/noodles so you can get away with adding other stuff to it and they will eat it when it's all mixed in. Try to sprinkle some fresh cheese on top of any meal and you'll be surprised how much more he/she will eat.

Cherish - posted on 06/24/2012

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Hi,
One of the things in that book said to do was put a tea bag into the water when you are cooking pasta,that way they get antioxidants.Another thing you can do is give her stuff to dip.Like she can dip a cooking into yogurt...
My son had feeding issues,he did not chew food until he was 4.5,he drank a bottle until he was 8 and he lived off pedisure..lol
So we had TONS of books on eating and he was in feeding therapy for years.
Does she eat soft foods?Does she have any sensory issues or is she just the typical picky eater?
Here is a link to the sneaky chef web site,they have some free recipes on there.
One of the things the feeding therapist told me to do is put like A single pea(or what ever) on his plate,that way even if he did not eat it,he would not be put off by looking at it.

http://www.thesneakychef.com/free_sneaky...

Alida - posted on 06/24/2012

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Hi Cherish, I have read a few reviews on the book. It sounds like a great idea, I will definitely give it a go.

Thank you so much for responding. I am at a point of just losing my mind with my daughter. She's not a bad eater, she's just a bad healthy eater. She prefers pasta and rice with little or no sauce, so putting in any vegetables immediately puts her off eating her meal, which is strange to me, because I try and incorporate vegetables in all the meals I cook, so it's not like she doesn't know what it is.

Thanks a lot for the heads up, I am ordering that book tomorrow!

Kind Regards

Alida Bengner

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