This “10 Picky Eater Recipes” post is sponsored by One A Day with Nature’s Medley. I received product/compensation from OAD to write this post. All opinions are my own.
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As a food blogger and recipe developer with three young boys, you’d think my children would be amazing eaters. And while one of them is, the other two are of “discerning palettes.” Meaning, they are picky. Picky eaters. Ugh.
Needless to say, they’ve forced me to get creative, not only so that I can serve just one dinner to all, but also to ensure that they eat a well-rounded diet. Over the years, my picky-eater repertoire has gotten pretty expansive, so I thought I’d share my families “Best of the Best” Picky Eater Recipes with y’all.
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Forks and Folly’s Best of the Best: 10 Picky Eater Recipes
Set out a bunch of toppings and let the kids make their own pizza creations. My only requirement? You have to pick two fruits or veggies in addition to the other goodies.
2. Toddler Soup
Need to use a little trickery to get your kids to try something new? Chop it up into tiny bits and add it to chicken noodle soup. My youngest loves attempting to eat with a spoon, so serving soup adds a little extra layer of fun for him. And a little extra clean up for me. 😉
I LOVE mixing chopped up mushrooms into taco meat and meat sauce. I bet even picky adults won’t notice they are there!
I’ve learned that kids will eat (almost) anything if you put it on a chip and dump a bunch of cheese on it.
My boys love dinner on a stick. I’m including my husband in this, as well. The fun part about this recipe? The whole dinner is on the kabob AND it’s as easy as a sheet pan supper to clean up.
In a nod to “I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato,” we made Moonsquirter Pasta not too long ago. Involving the kids in the squishing of the tomatoes made them excited to try the end product!
Who doesn’t love Alfredo sauce? It’s a family favorite in this house. And, as it turns out, if you pour it over spaghetti squash noodles the kids are just as happy. (Side note: in the recipe attached I added mushrooms. If that’s taking it to far for your kiddos, just omit them.)
8. Carrot Fries
Charred veggies are kind of my thing. My kids love them too. I can even get my pickiest three-year-old to eat his carrots when I cut them up like fries and roast them in the oven. It may also be true that I tell him they are sweet potato fries.
Serve the kids a fruit bowl, they may not eat it. Serve it pizza-style and it gets demolished. You’re welcome.
My most successful attempts at getting my kids to eat their veggies come when I involve them in the cooking process. This recipe came about when I turned the recipe creation over to my oldest son. And you know what? They are delicious!