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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Posted By Jennifer McLennan

Tags: tips, on, dealing, with, a, picky, eater

Almost every parent has experienced a one time or another on dealing with a picky eater, or at least knows someone who has.  I am no different; my daughter was one of the pickiest eaters you’d ever meet.  I was so concerned about her eating healthy foods I turned to my doctor for some advice.  He told me to give her the food, and if she doesn’t eat it don’t worry because she will eventually, she won’t starve herself.  Well after five days of not eating I gave in and gave her the junk she would eat.  She was always a very tiny child and under weight, I had to come up with something else that would work.

I started mincing vegetables into hamburgers, sauces, casseroles, anywhere I could hide them.  I even hid bran into where ever I could so she would get fibre.  Fruit until this day she still won’t eat.  I know this is not a solution, but at least I was getting her to eat vegetables.  Then I bought a couple of kid cookbooks.  She always loved helping bake, so why not let her help me cook a few meals.  If she thought she made the meal she’ll be more likely to try it.  To my surprise it worked.  Give a child a mixing spoon, measuring cups and apron and they love that they are helping. I have a chopper that you just push down on over and over until you have the size you want, wow she just loved that.  After she chopped her first onion, I had no problem with her eating onions. The children’s cookbooks help too; they have great illustrations and kid friendly recipes.  My daughter is now 14 and still considers those cook books to be hers and still uses some of the recipes.

Here is a Recipe to tempt even the pickiest eater:

Turkey Sloppy Joes
1 pound ground turkey
½ cup diced onion
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 tablespoons chicken broth
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup ketchup
¼ tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
 A pinch of paprika
Salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns or hard rolls, toasted

Coat a large non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray (or a tablespoon of vegetable of oil). Add turkey, onion, optional garlic, and chicken broth to the skillet and cook over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink – 6 to 8 minutes – breaking up the clumps with your spoon as you stir.

Wisk together the applesauce, ketchup, tomato sauce, sugar, and paprika in a large glass measuring cup or bowl. Stir this mixture into the turkey and continue to cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Season to taste salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the rolls.

*This recipe is one that I could hide finely minced vegetables and bran.

Serves 4.

How kids can help

Cut up and measure ingredients for Sloppy Joes. Older kids (9 and up) can do most of the cooking (with adult supervision). Spoon mixture onto buns and prepare toppings.

Happy cooking!

Jen McLennan

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