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    pickiest child ever!

    Gamer Gal
    Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:50 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    i love my daughter but man is she hard to cook for! she is almost 5 and she will eat absolutely nothing i make. if its not in the forum of a chicken nugget, hot dog, or fish stick she will not even taste it. before she ever even takes a bite she insist its nasty and she doesn't want it.
    now first of all a kid can't live off of just fish sticks and chicken nuggets, well maybe they could but it wouldn't be that healthy lol but any way i'm starting to think maybe its just the way the food looks that makes her not interested, maybe if it was more fun looking she would be more inclined to try new things.

    my question is how do you get your picky eater to eat new things?
    **Jubes**
    Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:09 am
    Forum Host
    wave.gif Hi and welcome to the Kids Forum

    My best suggestion would be to have her help when you go shopping with putting items in the trolley or weighing your fruit veges.

    Then for meal time....have her help with the food prep.
    Even fun things like using English muffins and making funny pizza faces can help

    My girls will pretty much eat anything now.....or at least try it. My youngest has just turned six and is now interested in eating salads with us. Before she would have a 'kids' salad. She would just have a couple of cubes of cheese, some tiny tomatoes and cucumber.

    ANother suggestion is to just serve her the same meal as other children when you have friends over for dinner or lunch. She might just surprise you and eat cause the other kids are

    Maybe you could try something like fruit and vege kebabs. They look colourful and kids always think they are fun.


    Hope this helps

    Julie
    Gamer Gal
    Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:51 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    thank you for the welcome and the advice!

    she already goes to the grocery store with me every time i go shopping (i'm proud to say she is well behaved lol) and she does go through a pick things she wants or so she says she wants them icon_rolleyes.gif cause as soon as i try to give her what she picked out she says its nasty and she doesn't like it. which after a few times of that made me ban her from placing any thing in the cart lol

    she is an only child and unfortunately i don't have many friends or family members near by with kids so that kind of ruins that plan.

    how ever the kabobs sound like something that might bring her around, i think i will try them one night next week and see what she does.

    thanks again.
    **Jubes**
    Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:05 pm
    Forum Host
    I hope the fruit kebabs work icon_smile.gif

    My eldest was an only child until she was 7. She would always pull a kitchen chair over to the bench and help with dinner prep. When she said she didn't like somthing......I would still put it on her plate occassionally (just a little.....and I never worried if she didn't try it).

    Maybe your daughter would like to help make some home-made chicken nuggets. We recenly had Country Chicken Nuggets and it was really good. Still a chicken nugget.....but a bit much healthier than store bought.

    Would love to hear how you get on icon_smile.gif

    Julie
    Gamer Gal
    Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:13 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    well the fruit kebabs went over pretty well, she normally isn't that grumpy over eating fruit but its pretty hard to get her to try new fruits. but she seemed very excited about getting to make the kebab then eat it lol
    i hope maybe she will be as responsive if we do it with veggies.

    she does like to help in the kitchen a lot but maybe i have been getting just a little too worked up over her not trying any thing new. its just a little tiresome when you have to cook two different things so that she will at least eat something. but maybe i shouldn't worry over it as much as i do.

    thank you for the advice and the recipe i asked my daughter Dru what she thought of making our own chicken nuggets and she sounded really excited icon_biggrin.gif

    if you have any more kid friendly recipes you think would help i would love to hear them.

    ~Mandy~
    Momto3
    Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:04 pm
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    Mandy,

    I also have a picky daughter, she is 12 now but it started when she was a toddler and hasn't ended. I have figured her out though - it literally takes her eating something 10 times before she stops complaining. I don't know why it works but it does, when I want to do something new I just figure on making it once a week for a few months - resolving to ignore her comments the whole time. I don't know if it's her finally realizing it's good, her giving up, or just that she is so resistant to change.

    My DD has never been easy to please at the table but it's the plain things she likes - grilled meats (not roasted in the oven), plain veggies, unsauced noodles & rice.

    I would definately try to introduce new things in fun ways like you said. I make homemade chicken nuggets in 5 pound batches and the kids love them. You can make fish sticks the same way too - I bake both and use whole wheat crumbs, just controlling what I put in them basically. Fruit & veggie kabobs go over well in my house too but I am really lucky in that regard because my kids will eat any veggie, even spinach and brussel sprouts. I think the key there is that I have always had to serve things so many times for my daughter.

    I don't have this problem by my niece will only eat raw veggies with the exception of corn. Maybe you could offer veggies with a hummus dip or ranch dressing with meals or snacks?

    Cindy
    BumblingB's
    Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:52 pm
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    Mollie Katzen of Moosewood fame has a couple of kid cooking recipe books out that are really sweetly done, with kid appealing graphics and clear parent-child instructions. My library has them. A lot of the recipes are snack-y, but there are dinner things as well.
    Recipes where the child has some choice seem to work well. Mollie has one for individual pizzas, and you can put out small amounts of different toppings and let your child have that control of decorating their own pizza.
    With vegetables, sometimes it's a case of establishing it in one fun form and then it will start to be accepted in different ways.
    Oven baked sweet potato fries are pretty healthy, and once sweet potatoes are an ok food you can try a sweet potato casserole or something else.
    My son would not eat zucchini. Then he started eating oven baked zucchini "coins" dipped in egg wash, bread crumbs and parmesan. Then, zucchini pancakes were ok. OK with me, too, they're really low fat. Now, zucchini is not looked at with much suspicion in any form.
    Raw carrots were the easiest to go down in my house. The baby carrots, cut even thinner into four strips. Sure, they were dipped in ranch dressing, but lowfat homemade ranch usually. Now the "little farmer's plate" is popular, with lettuces, carrots, black olives, spinach, ranch, fruit, chunks of cheese and whole grain crackers.
    Just don't go down the path of giving them junky food because you desperately want to see them eat something,. That's a really slippery slope to back out of.
    Soup Lady
    Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:52 pm
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    It seems we have some things common, same name and same picky child issues! My almost 4 year old sounds very similar to your daughter. She will eat chicken nuggets, french fries, peanut butter sandwiches, applesauce, peaches, yogurt, fruit snacks, chips, crackers, cereal and nutrigrain bars. And she loves desserts like cookies and candy, but obviously those are given to her in moderation. That is literally all she eats. She was eating spaghetti, but last night we gave it to her and she wouldn't touch it. We gave her the left overs for lunch today and they still went untouched. It is so frustrating! I have talked to several different doctors about it and they all say, she won't starve, she is growing fine... I have tried the Pedia-sure drinks and she won't drink them. I buy the juice with veggies in it, V-8 fushion and she loves that. I also just got the new goldfish crackers that provide like 1/3 a serving of veggies in them (I know, not much, but every little bit helps when you have a kid like this right?) and she liked those. Sorry I'm not much help, but sometimes it's just nice to know you're not the only one!
    Mandy
    SoupCookie
    Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:07 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I don't have children of my own yet, however, working as an Early Childhood Educator I get to interact with a good share of "picky" eaters!
    Everyone's given great advice (ie- help with shopping & prep.) A great deal of children go through a phase of eating some pretty specific foods.
    Some examples:
    > The child who only eats soft foods because she does not like hard textured food
    > The boy who only eats raw veggies because he likes to hear them crunch.
    >The numerous children who only eat room temp. fruits and veg. because cold hurts their teeth.

    ~Sometimes it takes making the food 4,5,6 times before they're sure of it
    ~Sometimes they're just never going to like that meal ~Sometimes you gotta hide foods in clever ways, and ~Sometimes it's a control thing (not saying thatz the case here just giving scenerios)
    Compromise by making at least one thing for dinner they will eat (be it buttered bread, veggies and dip). Role model by trying a new food or one you haven't eaten in years cause you thought you hated it.
    Remember, preparing an entirely different meal for one child may 1) be stressful on you 2) make other family members feel less important and 3) give your child the impression that he/she can control you like a robot!

    *If you are very concerned though that your child's missing out on essential vitamins & minerals, perhaps talk with a nutritionist.
    Chocolatl
    Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:27 pm
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    Sorry, but I do have a child, and I don't buy #3.

    There may sometimes be medical reasons why a child doesn't like or won't eat a certain food. Very small children can't always articulate what's wrong. The important thing to remember is that children will not willingly starve themselves. If your child is healthy and growing normally, there's nothing to make a fuss about. Continue to provide healthful food, and don't make an issue of it.

    (And I don't blame the kids for not liking Pedia-sure. Have you tasted that stuff? yuck.gif)
    SoupCookie
    Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:30 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Chocolatl wrote:
    Sorry, but I do have a child, and I don't buy #3.

    There may sometimes be medical reasons why a child doesn't like or won't eat a certain food. Very small children can't always articulate what's wrong. The important thing to remember is that children will not willingly starve themselves. If your child is healthy and growing normally, there's nothing to make a fuss about. Continue to provide healthful food, and don't make an issue of it.


    I work with many differnt family and child dynamics.
    You're right to point out that a young child won't always be able to articulate whatz wrong and that they won't starve themselves. My post was merely a brief breakdown of scenerios and situations i've encountered in my experience as an Educator in the Childcare field.
    Hayley_11
    Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:07 am
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    Well i don't know if this is going to help you at all, but when i was a kid, and i was being picky and screwing up my nose at certain foods, my parents said i wasn't allowed to leave the table until i had finished everything on my plate, and if i still refused to eat it then i would have to finish it for breakfast the next morning! Ofcourse they only did this when they knew i was being picky and ridiculous, and i have to say, it worked pretty well, and i've always been adventurous with food since (i'll atleast try something before i say i don't like it!)...although i have been scarred for life with pea soup! (yuk!) My parents and i now have an agreement that they will only make it once a year, haha! icon_biggrin.gif
    WI Cheesehead
    Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:30 pm
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    I usually tell my kids, this is all we're making for dinner. If they don't eat, they can wait until morning for breakfast. My 7 yo has recently started to refuse any meat dish I make, even before trying it. I tell him this is it and midway through the meal, he usually eats it. I made something new that was pretty good, and he pulled his usual. After he finally tried it, he said, "This is pretty good!" icon_smile.gif Sometimes it can be a texture or feeling thing. My 15 yo DD doesn't like certain foods bcz of the texture.
    jln's mom
    Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:58 pm
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    Not sure if any of this will help, but these are a few tricks I have tried, but my children really weren't that picky until it came to new food. When my daughter was young.. maybe 3 she decided she wouldn't eat green food because she didn't like the color...well she always got a no thank you portion on her plate which she had to eat(one or two bites) but the thing that really worked was we went to the store and she picked out seed packets peas, beans , cukes. she planted them watered them she was responsible for them well she sure took pride in those veggies then when it was time to go outside and pick them she had her basket and filled it up then wouldn't share . We laughed so hard, she carried that basket everywhere and munched on veggies all day long.On day 3 she decided to share we all praised her for her great gardening skills and she glowed with pride.Ever since then she has eaten any and all veggies no matter what color.
    other things I've done is put veggies in other things like tacos, burgers,chili etc. we drink alot of V-8 fusion (our 2 year old has decided he is picky depending on the way the wind blows.
    I also cut up ham, chicken, veggies ,fruit whatever I have on hand and put it in little snack sized baggies in the frigde in a section everyone knows is a up for grabs section, I keep dip or salad dressing in small containers too. but I also offer peanut butter and fruit wraps or sandwiches a few times a week. Good Luck...hopefully it's just a stage.
    RubberDucky AU
    Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:55 pm
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    Mandy, I understand your pain icon_wink.gif Our youngest is now 14 and has been phenomenally picky, flatly refusing most salad, vegies, pasta and fruit. His complaints varied from just not liking it, to making his legs feel funny. It was beyond the allergy level, and each night I wondered what performance we would get.

    However, over the last month his understanding of the link between good food and a healthy (and physically attractive icon_lol.gif ) body has kicked in. This week he asked for a healthy lunch - and took a salad. AND ate it. Vegetable quiche last night was eaten without a complaint. Breakfast he is using far less sugar than he always has.

    Hang in there. I'm all for including with the food preps, but sometimes what they don't know won't hurt them. My son has refused to eat carrot cake because it contained carrots...

    I am enthusiastically looking forward to this new era of healthy eating, as one picky eater often affects the whole family.

    It's great that you are trying to work your way through it while your daughter is only 5.

    It may not happen overnight. But it WILL happen

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