I promised I would follow up on my progress with getting my children to eat more foods. More specifically, me only cooking one meal for the family. Well we’ve had our successes and our failures. They definitely have different palates. What works for one doesn’t work for the other. Some dinners lasted For.Ev.Er. Seriously, 45 minutes to eat 6 pieces of a pork chop. Really!? But I stuck to my guns for the most part.
Here are some of our successes:
All three liked boneless chicken breast in the Crockpot with cream of chicken soup and half a cup of chicken stock. I was amazed. I have done everything I can think of with chicken. From sauteing, to baking, to grilling and I could never get them to eat more than one bite. They just wanted it ground up and pressed into a dino shape. I didn’t have to coax them. It was just “this is dinner and this is what you’re having.” The corn. Deacon ate it all, Logan ate it but swallowed each kernel whole, Finnegan… a lost cause. I’ll battle that one when he gets a bit older and more negotiable.
Chicken tacos. Usually when I make chicken tacos I make cheese quesadillas for the boys. Not this time. Chicken tacos, that’s what is on the menu. Logan loved them. He thought they were “awesome” and had “so much flavor!” Although he didn’t want tomatoes or lettuce…he loaded up on olives and cheddar with a side of cucumbers. Deacon didn’t like the spicy chicken, but at least he tried it. He ended up making a taco of olives, corn, and cheese. Not too bad. Finnegan then cried and went to the refrigerator and grabbed the package of hot dogs. Win some, lose some.
Logan tried a bite of Mahi-Mahi. I was so proud of him. I would have been happier if he really liked it. But at least he tried it.
Trying is the biggest part of it all. However, they sometimes think they can just try something, spit it out, and make their dinner request.
“Real chicken! Oh No.”
“Do we HAVE to eat the broccoli!?”
“Mom! Finn put his peas on my plate!”
“Ugh. How many more bites of this?”
“Can I have A1 on this, please?”
The key to getting Deacon to eat anything is offering some A1. Logan has rediscovered applesauce, and we now have something to get those pork chops down with.
List of Things I can put on the plate:
Peas, corn, broccoli, cous-cous, rice pilaf, cucumbers, olives, pasta, meatballs, chicken, & pork
List of things we are going to revisit:
Sweet potatoes, zucchini, shrimp, shaved steak, and lettuce! My kids need to find a salad dressing. Logan is so anti-dipping. The kid won’t even eat ketchup!
So there you have it. It gets a little easier day by day.