Meal ideas for picky eaters

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Find inspiration for healthy family meals, that appeal to fussy eaters as well. You can ask for advice and share tips on helping kids to enjoy a variety of foods. Our goal is to have healthier, happier little diners.
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Nicola

Nicola

Is your toddler a fussy eater? If so - what do you do? I find myself getting anxious when my toddler refuses foods and don't know what to do. I'm sure I'm making things worse but am a bit stuck. Any tips?

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Nicola

Nicola

AnaGarcia

AnaGarcia

My Mum cooks the same menu every 24 December for dinner , I think for me is the most important night of Christmas as is the night that I do remember the hole family together, the aroma of that menu bring me home every 24!!! so now I am a mother I do keep the tradition and looks like it works !!! My daughter ask me this week if Mum is cooking that food again this Christmas!!! Nice to feel home when you can not be home those special days ..

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AnaGarcia

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marialev
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marialev

That's so nice! My mum used to celebrate Christmas day on Christmas Eve as it was their tradition so they would make almost like a Christmas lunch.


What does she make for 24th December?

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Laura
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Laura

That's a lovely Christmas Eve tradition.

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Keri

Keri

Does anyone have family food traditions or rituals that have helped your kids appreciate that food is about more than just eating?

We've been choosing one country a week (the kids choose) and I cook a dinner from that country. When they were smaller we had a map that we put pins in.

My kids are older now, but they still love this. I've seen great side benefits too...my daughter discovered a love of Korean food and she's been practicing speaking Korean for over a year. My son loves Mexican and has planned his dream holiday on his iPad already. I think it really opens up the world a bit more...

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Keri

Keri

emily_l
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emily_l

What a great tradition to have! We were just talking about getting our kids to try foods from different countries. The only thing stopping us is my son who's a bit picky with foods he doesn't know so I've been too scared that he'll eat nothing at all!


We make Tacos once a week now and they love it - not very adventurous but it's a start!


Where do you get recipes for each country's food from? Do you have a book or look online?

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Keri
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Keri

Mostly just off the internet. It's really fun and encourages more adventurous eating. I try to choose fairly simple recipes with not so exotic ingredients.

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Laura

Laura

Is anyone preparing for Thanksgiving? I'm American and I've hosted Thanksgiving every one of the 20 years I've been here. It's one of my favourite family holidays...about sharing food and talking and spending time together and much less commercial than Xmas.

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Laura

Laura

emily_l
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emily_l

I celebrated it one year with my aunt as she's American too and it was so nice, so much more about family and appreciating them. Are you doing a Thanksgiving dinner this year?

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Keri
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Keri

We're off to an American friend's house in London. I will miss cooking the big feast, but in a way it's great to be a guest!

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Keri

Keri

I've been experimenting with labneh, which is basically just strained Greek yogurt that gets really thick, like cheese. If you strain your yogurt through cheesecloth (or even just a mesh strainer) for about 12 hours it gets really thick and creamy. Roll it into balls and roll the balls in spices. I've tried adding things to the yogurt for different kinds of labneh balls...so far I've added preserved lemons and mint, pomegranante and oregano and garlic and tarragon. The taste and consistency is a bit like cream cheese. It's a great way to get yogurt into the diet!

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Keri

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Sophia N
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Sophia N

I'd never heard of that thanks! They sound delicious

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Keri
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They are, and so easy to make. You spread them on bread like cream cheese. I'm going to make these as Christmas party food.

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AnaGarcia

AnaGarcia

Many years working with children did teach me to be a magician hiding vegetables, fruit , even protein when cook , one of the easiest is to make a bolognese with all vegetables I got around the house , make chicken soup with noodles where i do blend some chicken for the fussy eaters ?, yogurt and fruit lollies too . Do you have secret recipe for fussy eaters ? .

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AnaGarcia

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Sophia N
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Sophia N

Thanks for the great ideas. We do a hidden veggie tomato sauce with everything blended in. I've never tried chicken noodle soup with them before, I might give that a go. Does it have grated veggies inside it?

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AnaGarcia
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i do blend some veg and bit of chicken with the stock , then add noodle on the stock . If they are not so fussy I do add some small pieces of chicken and the vegetables ( chopped very very small ) .

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emily_l

emily_l

What's your child's favourite family meal? Ours could eat chicken nuggets and pizza every night for the rest of all time 🙈 I was wondering if other kids were more adventurous!

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Carselea

Pizza or sausages, beans and chips! The old favourites. Having said that they do love my 'Sticky chicken' (which is a chicken dish with a honey sticky glaze). I'm not sure they'd add it to their list of favourite foods but it always goes down a treat.

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My daughter loves sushi , I think at the moment stop to be obsessed with it so we don’t have it as often , she loves my tuna pastry and chicken noodles , she never like pizza now she is at the school, she try hard to like pizza as her friends loves it 🙂 . She likes a lot healthy food but she loves chocolate so she get a bit here and there as a treat , she used to eat dark chocolate but not at the moment , she says that caramel sea salt is her favourite !!! Have to say mine too 😂 ...

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Keri
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Keri

My daughter loves sushi and my son likes a traditional burger:)

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Keri

Keri

What's your favourite cookbook for everyday meals?

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Keri

Keri

marialev
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marialev

I love Gordon Ramsay's books - he has one called Fast Food that's great for quick dinners.

Now we have kids we use recipes from all over.

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Laura
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Laura

My newest favourite cookbook is Dinner by Melissa Clark, the New York Times food editor. There's tons of creative, but not too complicated dinner ideas.

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Keri

Keri

The average Brit spends over 72 hours a week in the kitchen! With that in mind, let's talk about the kitchen gadgets that have earned some real estate on your counter. I've recently bought a Morphy 3-in-1 digital kitchen scale. My old digital scales have moved to back of my cupboard and the 3-in-one has taken it's place. I use it every day, which is key for any new kitchen tool that's taking up space in my rather small kitchen. No more separate jugs and bowls for measuring different ingredients; with the 3-in-1 scale you can weigh, measure, mix all your ingredients in one handy bowl. It has a variety of settings that allow you to measure the volume of milk, water or oil. No more washing bowls, just toss it all in and you're set to go! The bowl comes clicks out and can be washed in the dishwasher. It's a time and space saver and is my new favourite kitchen find! You can find one here: https://www.morphyrichards.co.uk/blog/win-a-3-in-1-digital-jug-scale/

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Keri

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Holly B
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Holly B

Sounds fab. I might have to try one. My go- to gadget is a slow cooker. Especially in this season. I bung all the ingredients for a casserole or stew in the morning and it's all ready for teatime. I even do roast chicken in it.

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Keri
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Keri

I love my slow cooker too! I must use it a few times a week. I also love the yummy smell of a stew cooking.

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Laura

Laura

I haven’t tried a meal subscription kit, but have been thinking about it! One thing I did do was start ordering from the local milkman. It’s been great as a few days a week we wake up to fresh milk,eggs and orange juice! I never realised how many morning essentials you can order from the milkman and mine has no delivery charge and delivers at 6:30 am.

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Laura

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