Need Healthy Meals my kids will eat too...HELP!!

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patience0406

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 18:47
I find myself having to cook my food and a seperate meal for my kids. It's wasting money and time. Are there any special healthy dinner meals that your kids will eat?
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TauchaMoniqu...

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 19:05
My kids eat everything with the exception of one who won't eat brussel sprouts and one who won't eat peas. I'd suggest small changes like grilled instead of fried, add a second veggie, more herbs less salt, whole wheat pasta and less processed foods. I know you asked for a meal, but I don't really know what a 'kid friendly' meal is since mine aren't picky. I hope you find something that works for you.
Canajun

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 19:17
In addition to the above, you can puree veggies into tomato sauce for the ww pasta and they won't know they're in there. A favorite in our house is chicken tenders dredged lightly in a salad dressing of your choice and coated with whole grain bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs, then oven fried. You can have them make their own pita pizzas. You can make ground sirloin burgers and serve them on whole grain buns along with oven baked fries.

Hide veggies wherever you can if they don't like them. If they do like them, make sure you capitalize on that! Smile


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patience0406

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 20:03
Yes my kids are picky and eat like birds. But, Thanks for the suggestions. I like that puree veggies idea to hide them. I've always wanted to try making my own chicken tenders too. Sounds Yummy!! I definitely need to get creative.
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sherilyn70

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 06:24
For the 4 year old. The basics, scrambled eggs are great any time of day. Grilled chicken (with ranch). He loves soy nuts! Anything I'm eating I just simplify for him. Less layers less spice. What could be called "deconstructed" in the cullinary world.

He drinks the Fruitables from Adam & Eve that have a full serving of veggies in them.
TheChunkyOne

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 09:24
I have a super picky 3 year old who up until the last few months lived off tyson chicken nuggest and easy mac.

I started with just putting veggies on his plate, whatever I was eating would go on his plate and i would ask him to try them. Sometimes he would, but most of the time he wouldnt. Then i took it up a notch and told him he could not get down from the table until he at least TRIED his veggies and that if he finished them, he could have dessert.

Its been a long process (that is one stubborn kid) but i have got him eating (and liking!) broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and fresh green beans.
patience0406

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 13:02
@Sherilyn - Great Suggestions! Thanks so much. I really think I need to plan ahead more instead of waiting until meal time to figure out what they can eat.
@TheChunkyOne - your member name is so not true by the way, you're doing great! - But I totally understand the frozen nuggets and mac-n-cheese meals because it's quick and brainless and gets the kids fed. But I decided if I'm making healthy changes, they deserve to be healthy too!
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skinnygirl13...

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 22:55
As a family we eat pretty healthy but I still like to add things here and there when they don't know it. Like the puree veggies. There is a cook book called deceptivly delicious it shows you what veggies to hide in the foods. I have a ton of recipes I will look at them when I get home and send some to you. One of the recipes from that cb is donuts with sweet potato puree and my kids love it! Anyways when I get back from vacation I will send some to you
patience0406

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 23:34
Awesome! I can't wait to trick my kids into eating healthy Wink whatever works right?! Look forward to seeing those recipes. Thanks so much and enjoy your vacation - Vegas?? Because that's where I live. LOL
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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 20:36
no, we went to Chicago and to Cleveland for a wedding and spent the extra days doing things with the kids and shopping. My husband and I have talked about going to Vegas... one day!
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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 20:39
My mom told me broccoli was a tiny tree from a magical forest and I have loved it ever since Smile
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fatlauryn

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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 20:45
You could pick up a vegetarian cookbook. I have one called 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes: Delicious, Easy-to-Make, Healthy Meals for Everyone that has recipes for all meal times. Some are a bit more involved than the title suggests, but I've found some really yummy ones that are low in calories and definitely provide the veggies.
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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 21:29
I fell for "spinach makes you stronger like Popeye." I have been eating and loving it ever since. With my son I just made him try every vegetable I ate at every meal-it took a long time but eventually he just started eating them.
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kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 21:35
Like Taucha, I don't have picky kids either so on days I'm serving veggies they're not fans of, I'll just put a small spoonful on their plates. They understand the health reasons for eating them & also understand that sometimes they have to eat things they're not crazy about because they are good for them & help them grow properly. So they eat them quick & it's over with. I don't make deals with them about it because it's not a choice, though occasionally if the veggies are truly horrid I will let them get away with just one bite (like if I grabbed a bag of something frozen that was on sale & turned out to be gross, lol). It's always been this way since they started eating table food so it's never been an issue. Whatever I cook, they eat. In fact, my husband is more picky than they are.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 23:11
I dont think all of you who have kids that eat well realize how lucky you are. When I was a kid I would not have called myself picky.. but there were things I just did not like. Onions were one of them.. one day my mom made scrambled eggs and she put onions in the eggs.. I did not want to eat the eggs.. she forced me and I puked it all up. Well let me just say that was not a lovely breakfast for our family.. My son... he is a puker as well. He has never heard the story of my puking up the eggs I have never even told it to my husband. And he has been like this since birth.. well ok that may be a bit much.. since about 9 months old.. if he had a food in his mouth he did not like and couldn't spit it out quick enough he just puked. He is 5 now and has gotten better because he knows it makes me crazy.. but there have been several dinners that ended with puke on a plate. I do make him try everything.. and there have been many dicey situations where he is gagging and I am ready to crawl up the wall with anxiety but yeah.. I have a picky eater. So I feel the pain of the moms of picky kids.. Now my daughter who is 4 would eat a tin can she is like a billy goat she eats anything and everything she will try new foods no problem... And for anyone wondering.. yes.. I have raised them both in the same house with the same rules.. one eats like a horse and the other also eats like a horse so long as the food is not veggies or chicken, beef, or uncured pork products.

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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 23:29
@Skinnygirl - I grew up in Cleveland! Too funny, small world Very Happy

@Everyone else : You'll be proud to know that I made scrambled eggs for dinner for my kids with Chopped SPINACH and TOMATOES(very little granted but it was in there)...THEY LOVED IT!!! I was ecstatic! It worked Very Happy

@Ceebee - sounds like me eating Oatmeal as I child. YAK!!! lol But I do like my kids to try different things. Sometimes I'll put a veggie on their plates and before they even taste it, the moans and groans come out "Mommy I don't like this". So I convince them that mommy wouldn't feed them something yuckie. They try it and 50% of the time that frown turns upside down. Very Happy
Thanks for ALL the feedback!!! I appreciate you ALL!!!!
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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 23:51
Lol Ceebee I DO feel lucky that my kids aren't pukers! My stepson is almost one...when he was probly 8 we took him with us to have dinner with my parents for the first time at Red Lobster. DH talked him into trying shrimp or something & he sat there & let the chewed food fall out of his mouth onto the table. Super cute.

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Posted: 31 Jul 2010, 00:00
Small world yes, I live in Vegas! I do not really have picky kids, they eat like horses. I used to let them help me cook when they went through a phase of not eating... They loved that and always ate it. BTW, my mother told my kids that broccoli were tiny trees, since then, they wont touch them! LOL! My son was also a puker when he was younger.
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TauchaMoniqu...

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Posted: 31 Jul 2010, 08:43
Ceebee wrote:
I dont think all of you who have kids that eat well realize how lucky you are. When I was a kid I would not have called myself picky.. but there were things I just did not like. Onions were one of them.. one day my mom made scrambled eggs and she put onions in the eggs.. I did not want to eat the eggs.. she forced me and I puked it all up. Well let me just say that was not a lovely breakfast for our family.. My son... he is a puker as well. He has never heard the story of my puking up the eggs I have never even told it to my husband. And he has been like this since birth.. well ok that may be a bit much.. since about 9 months old.. if he had a food in his mouth he did not like and couldn't spit it out quick enough he just puked. He is 5 now and has gotten better because he knows it makes me crazy.. but there have been several dinners that ended with puke on a plate. I do make him try everything.. and there have been many dicey situations where he is gagging and I am ready to crawl up the wall with anxiety but yeah.. I have a picky eater. So I feel the pain of the moms of picky kids.. Now my daughter who is 4 would eat a tin can she is like a billy goat she eats anything and everything she will try new foods no problem... And for anyone wondering.. yes.. I have raised them both in the same house with the same rules.. one eats like a horse and the other also eats like a horse so long as the food is not veggies or chicken, beef, or uncured pork products.



My daughter tried this once with brussel sprouts. I still made her eat them, on that particular day. I could not let her think that she could pull this stunt of grossing everyone out at the table. She was 10 at the time so she does not have a sensitive stomache and was not really gagging, she does or used to do the same thing when it was time to clean up after her dog. That also stopped once she realized she had to do it or the dog was gone. Since the other two love brussel sprouts I'll steam them with another veggie so everyone can have a veggie they like...no reason to force her to eat the one veggie she hates. I don't force them to eat things I know they don't like.

@kstubblefield from a very young age I taught my children that I only cook 1 meal for everyone. You eat what I cook or you don't eat. If it is put on your plate you will eat it. I think sometimes the secret is variety. My kids will try almost anything. I try to give them choices when it comes to dinner. I'll ask them what they want or let them choose between a few choices or pick the veggies. We eat family style so everyone makes their own plate. The only rule besides leave some for the next person is you must eat some veggies. I think they like the control of being able to choose what goes on their plates. The first time my daughter ate calimari someone told her she was eating Squidward (from sponge bob). That didn't stop her, they all love it now. I've never had to trick them into eating something. I only cook poultry and fish, but my kids love ribs. I don't eat much meat, because I hated it growing up and was forced to eat it.

Funny story..one lazy night I fed my kids leftover tacos and there wasn't enough meat left for me. So I created a veggie taco with sauted zucchini, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. My youngest asked for a bite, then complained about why she didn't get one like mine...next thing I was making 3 more tacos for them. I really didn't think they would be interested, but they loved them and asked for them for dinner the next day. Sometimes they just want what is on your plate. My youngest used to be that way. We could both have the same thing, but for some reason she always wanted to eat off of my plate...meany mommy...I crushed that habit too...lol
TheChunkyOne

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Posted: 31 Jul 2010, 09:02
oh lord, i cant imagine having a puker!! I too have high anxiety with those kind of situations, i'm quite the 'pukaphobe' lol

the only thing my son has ever gagged at were sweet potatoes, i guess the texture grossed him out.



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