I have a picky eater! Does anyone have healthy recipes that I can try?

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Nohblee - posted on 02/27/2011

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I try to stick to the rule of whatever we eat they eat, my older boy has always dreaded eating and we fight most meals about him not wanting ir or hes not hungry and as he gets older hes getting more reasons and excuses, the best thing i can suggest is plan the meals so that they are hungry each time, (cut out all milk during the day and juice to a minimum). Dont let them snack too much, this kills my sons appetite and offer them a drink of juice or something to have after but only if they eat all their food, try not to fight with ur child but be firm and remind them that if they dont eat they will get sick and mummy will be sad. Plus they shouldnt really get too many choices at a young age, this confuses the child and can make children too worried about what they eat, just serve them food and sit with them all the while encouraging them to eat and eat urself aswell to encourage them

Carrie - posted on 02/26/2011

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There's a book called Deceptively Delicious that has recipes where you hide healthy foods in other foods. For example the book's recipe for brownies has you put spinach in it. It doesn't make the brownies taste any different, but does make them healthier. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes as well as dessert recipes. My picky eater doesn't even know he's eating healthier things in the foods he likes.

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2011

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My kids have all gone through that stage at one time or another. I do what my Mum did, cook one meal that isn't too spicy etc and everyone has the same.

How old is your little one? Just remember that kids won't starve themselves and will eat if there are no other options. The main thing is don't give in and give them what they do like because then they just learn that eventually they will get what they want.

My boys are older now and if I make something new they will screw up their noses. I just tell them I will never make anything that will kill them!! They do at least try everything now.

Marcy - posted on 02/25/2011

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We make rainbow pasta at our house at least once per week. My son picks out the pasta at the store (any kind he wants) and the sauce (which of course always has to be on the side). We then go to the veggie section and pick out veggies in all the colors of the rainbow. I dice then up super small and we put them on the counter to make a rainbow. We then add them to a pan with a little olive oil and stir fry them for a few minutes....once its done he takes the mixture and adds it to his pasta. Its time consuming to cut up all the veggies but worth it. Easier things are turkey meatballs in the crock pot with sauce, tomato soup with wagon wheel pasta etc. As fas as recipes go I am hard pressed for time after work so if it doesn't go on the grill or in the crock pot I typically don't go nuts during the week. if he eats eggs my son likes eggs in a basket. Take a small cup and use it to cut a circle in the center of a piece of bread. Butter the bread on both sides and put it in a pan on top of the stove. Crack the egg and add it to the middle and cook. Take the leftover circle of bread and put it on top to make a basket...my Grandma (she is now 93) used to do this for us all the time. Go buy some cookie cutters and use them to cut out grilled cheese shapes. You can always puree veggies in to sauce as well. have fun.

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My son loves Pizza, so I make home made ones, on pita bread, and no matter what I put on it he eats couse he thinks it's pizza. (Tuna pizza, chicken pizza, even broccoli pizza, or grated carrot on pizza...) I found I can broaden his horizons by hiding food in other foods.

Queen - posted on 02/25/2011

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What kind of foods does your picky eater like. can't give you good recipies without knowing the food your lil one perfers. Though I did try something new last night that your lil one might enjoy. Take some thawed chicken and cut it into small pieces (kinda like nuggets), coat it in flour (i use a zip lock bag and just shake it), wisk 2 eggs and coat your chicken with the eggs (i use a plastic container and shake it, you can use a zip lock bag if you like), then coat the egged chicken with plain bread crumbs, drop coated chicken into hot oil and fry til golden brown and you have some healthy home made chicken nuggets. They came out great.

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