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Recipes for Picky Eaters

Feeding kids is not always an easy thing. This is especially true if they have gotten used to eating only specific food items. In many cases, they will not touch anything other than their favorite food! Worse, there are kids who simply are picky. Even if you try getting them used to eating a variety of food items at an early age, they might have particular preferences. What do you do then? After all, you cannot have your kids eating pizza day in and day out – even if it is now classified as a vegetable. ;)

Kid-friendly Recipes

Picky Eater

Does your kid look like that when meal time comes around? Do not be too harsh on her (or him). You just need a little patience and creativity. At some point, you will be able to figure out dishes that your kid will love to eat.

Let us help you out a bit. Here are some of the best recipes for picky eaters. There is, naturally, no guarantee that your kid will love all of them, but you can try and see which ones work!

Stick ‘em up!

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Fruit Skewers

Anyone who has tried feeding children would know that playfulness is a huge factor in being successful. Why do you think people made up those airplane games? Keeping kids engaged requires making them think what they’re doing is fun, and eating is no exception.

When it comes to fun with food, one of the best techniques is to put food on sticks. Even adults like the idea, actually. Not only does the food look better, it is also more convenient to eat from a stick. Some of the best recipes for picky eaters take into consideration the fun factor!

Having a hard time convincing your kid to eat fruits? Why not try Fruit Skewers? They’re guaranteed to work on adults, too. The recipe calls for specific fruits, but you can always use other fruits that are available. The trick is to use a stick!

How about vegetables? Kids are notorious for not liking veggies, but you can up the fun factor by making this Italian Salad-on-a-Stick. With some cheese thrown into the mix, the flavors should do well.

For meat, try Chicken on a Stick and Sweet-and-Sour Meatball Skewers.

Wrap ‘em up!

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Ham & Swiss Wrap

An alternative to skewering food is wrapping it up. I personally prefer sticks to wraps, but the latter is just as fun and convenient. For a more fun experience, you can even involve the kids in making the food. They can wrap up the filling themselves!

This Ham & Swiss Wrap is very easy to make, with no need to cook. You just have to lay out the ingredients and the kids can make their own snack or lunch. For a healthier alternative, use lettuce to wrap the ham and cheese: Ham and Cheese Lettuce Wraps.

Meatballs are hard to resist – even more so when they are wrapped nicely. These Tomato Meatball Wraps. The recipe calls for cheese and tomato puree, making for a balanced meal.

If your kid leans toward sweet food, these Slow Cooker Teriyaki-Sesame-Chicken Wraps might get them to eat more. You can even make the filling ahead to save you time.

Cookie-fy ‘em!

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Healthy Honey Carrot Cookies

Yeah, that is a made up word, but if you think about it, kids love cookies. It is a good idea to take advantage of this love for cookies – or even bread and cake if that’s what gets your kid going.

One of the most common recipe ideas for kids are zucchini cookies. This vegetable can easily be incorporated into cookies without changing the taste drastically. In fact, the zucchini adds an interesting texture! Try this Dark Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Zucchini Cookie. I am pretty sure that most kids will fall for this. Now if your kid likes lots of flavor, you can opt for Spicy Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies instead. It’s not really spicy as in hot, but more like spicy as in cloves and cinnamon.

If you want your kid to eat more carrots, these Carrot-Raisin Spice Cookies will do the trick. Alternatively, for fewer calories but with more sweetness, try these Healthy Honey Carrot Cookies.

For kids who are allergic to gluten, treat them to Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)

Make pizza out of everything!

Recipes for Picky Eaters

Angry Birds Mini Pizzas

You have to admit, the mere thought of pizza is usually enough to entice anyone to grab a bite. Even adults will give you a smile at the thought of pizza. All you need to deal with picky eaters is to come up with creative ways to make pizza. And we all know that when it comes to creative things, you practically have no limits!

I think that one of the best ideas is what Kathy Patalsky made: Angry Birds Mini Pizzas! This is what you need:

Pizza crust

  • 1 ball pizza dough (enough for 1 large pizza) – split into two balls
  • 1 cup white cheese, I used Daiya brand
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Toppings/Faces

  • red tomatoes
  • orange tomatoes
  • soy pepperoni
  • olives, sliced
  • onion slices, small
  • red pepper flakes
  • carrot slices
  • raisins
  • orange citrus beak

According to Kathy, this is a vegan recipe and makes 2 small pizzas. However, you can always substitute ingredients according to your preferences. Take a look at her photos to have an idea of what to do.

For a different kind of pizza, try this Fishy-dilla Kids’ Plate. The shape alone will make your kids want to sit at the table. Alternatively, this Funny Face Pizza will put smiles on everyone’s faces. For good measure, make these Veggie Pizza Faces. They’re a great way to get the kids to eat veggies!

With these recipes for picky eaters, you ought to be able to entice your kid to eat more than a morsel during meal times or even when snacking. Remember, your imagination’s the limit, and that means you practically have no limits!

Picky Eater photo via CarbonNYC

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