Recipes for the Picky Eater!

So, Happy Monday! Hope the weekend went well for you! We always are in constant food battle with our toddlers. One day all they will eat is cheese or the next only grapes! Some days the little picky eater’s will only eat things covered in cheese or it seems like nothing at all. Even though it is discouraging to still see a plate full of food on your toddlers plate don’t worry too much. Toddlers will get the nutrition they need to grow in a weeks time if at each meal they are offered healthy choices. Also, we as parents have to watch their portions. A Toddlers serving is a tablespoon per age of the child. It makes mealtime more pleasant if the child can eat without pressures of “cleaning their plate.” We have found that it doesn’t make the child feel overwhelmed so they usually eat what they are given. Also, make meals more simple and they are more likely to eat. Journey had a tortilla with melted cheese and a turkey roll up one day and loved it! Even if it seems all is lost with your picky eater just keep in mind that when they are hungry they will eat! These are a few ideas for mealtimes today that come from http://www.wholesometoddlerfood.com:

Breakfast:

This was my first time making egg smiles! Brett was confused saying that he thought I had made french toast and was wondering what I did to it! lol Kalisha

Toasted Egg Smiles

Prepare a frying pan with either pats of butter of non-stick spray. You need; 1 slice of bread, 1 egg, 1/4 milk or water, small slice of cheese.

Take the bread slice and cut out 2 circles for the eyes and a long curved hole for the mouth. Butter one side of the bread and lay in warmed frying pan, butter side down. As the bread begins to gry, scramble egg and milk (or water) together. Pour scrambled egg over the bread. Flip the whole thing once the egg in the eyes and mouth have set. Fry for a few more minutes depending how you like your egg. Prior to taking out of the pan, place a strip of cheese over the eyes to give your toasted egg smile some hair!

Lunch:

Stuffed Pitas

You will need; 1 whole grain or oat bran pita pocket, different stuffings such as cheese, turkey, chicken, pb & j, hummus, veggies

This is a good recipe to let your child make their own. Let them fill it with whatever they want. You might be surprised at the combinations, but even more suprised when they eat it!

You can warm in the toaster oven or microwave if you want. Serve with fruit slices, yogurt and a drink.

Dinner:

TOMATO & HAMBURGER

1 cup cooked hamburger (use ground turkey for a more healthy meal!)
1 1/4 cup cooked macaroni noodles
1/2 cup ketchup – add full can of tomatoes instead of ketchup if you like
1/8 cup tomato sauce
1/2 can tomatoes (stewed tomatoes are nice!)
dash Worcester sauce
1/3 cup cooked peas
1/3 cup cooked carrots

 

Combine ketchup, sauce, tomatoes and Worcester sauce. add hamburger and
noodles, peas and carrots. Serve warm.

Enjoy your meals today! Here are some ideas to make mealtimes fun! At Reneca’s place they make eating vegetables fun by “making a show” out of it. For example, when Kaleah takes a bite of a veggie that she doesn’t particularly like then the whole family applauds her, saying “Bravo! Bravo!” Relishing in the attention Kaleah kindly says, “Thank you, thank you.” At Kalisha’s house they play monster. Journey and Daddy will pretend to be “carrot monsters” eating their veggies ferociously! We both use the “there’s a party in your tummy” from Yo Gabba Gabba! Whatever tricks you use always have fun and eat well!

Take Care, Kalisha and Reneca

 

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3 Responses

  1. I like these recipes (the eggs and pita in particular)! I’ll have to add it to my collection… (with your blessing of course). I have been struggling with my picky eaters for some time now and I find cookbook style recipes like yours very helpful. Thanks for a great post.

    Brian Kennedy

    PS. I have made a collection of my tips and recipes at Pick Eater Recipes website http://www.PickyEaterRecipes.com

  2. My son always wanted to eat strange things. Peanut butter crackers dipped in lemon pepper. Hamburgers or hotdogs, but never the bun. God forbid he should eat melted cheese. Even as a picky eater he’s managed to grow big and strong, though, so my advice is just don’t try so hard.

  3. You are so right–since writing this post and watching our children grow, we have learned to not try so hard!

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