Thursday, August 24, 2006

Picky Eater

My toddler is a very picky eater. Some days she would not eat anything at all accept biscuits and milk. It makes me want to tear my hair out! Its supposed to be normal at this age though. I have read that they will go through food 'jags' eating only a certain favourite food and rejecting all others but mine seem to reject almost any food I give her.

Most books or aritcles say that it is not wise to scold, plead or cajole your toddler to eat. From my experience, its true. Its no use resorting to any of those tactics as it will not work anyway causing both you and your child to become stressed up in the process. So, I have learned to relax a little and let her eat WHAT she wants WHEN she wants.

Below are recipes of two of her favourite foods.

Mashed potato (with hidden fish and vegetables.)
Main Ingredients
- 1 potato
- fillet of fish (white meat variety)
- vegetables that will soften easily when steamed. eg pumpkin, peas, carrots and brocolli
- a sprinkle of salt, sugar and five spice powder
- cream cheese and mayonnaise (optional)

Method:
1. Boil potato with skin for 1 hour.
2. Season fish fillet with salt, pepper and five spice powder then steam together with chopped vegetable for 10 minutes.
3. Peel potato and minced together with the steamed fish, vegetable, cream cheese and mayonnaise
4. Cool and serve

Notes: Alternatively, fish can be wrapped up in aluminium foil and baked in the oven toaster for 10 minutes.

Toddler's pasta recipe
Main Ingredients
- 1 bowl pasta (small shells variety)
- 2 tablespoon minced beef/chicken
- 1 pip garlic (minced)
- 1/2 bombay onion (chopped finely)
- 1 tomato (chopped finely)
- 1 sliced cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoon pasta sauce

Method:
1. Boil pasta for 20 minutes till soft.
2. Saute garlic, onions in a pan for 2-3 minutes
3. Add minced meat and stir for 5 minutes
4. Add in tomatoes and boiled pasta
5. Add water to preferred consistency and slice of cheese to thicken the gravy
6. Simmer for 10 minutes
7. Cool and serve

Notes: I use sliced cheese so that it will melt and thicken the gravy because my toddler likes it that way but it can be substituted with sprinkled cheese instead

I wrote this when my girl was just a toddler. She is a preschooler now a little less picky these days.

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6 comments:

  1. I don't know what they do in school, after my children go to school, they have no problem with food. Ate my dinner some more.

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  2. Hello there...luckily my kids were never fussy about food. I realised most kids seem to love pasta and potatoes.....

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  3. michelle,
    Lol! They must be hungry from all the activity in school. Thats good.

    my rays,
    Hello and welcome to my blog. Oh how lucky you are to have non-fussy eaters. I'm envious! :)

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  4. Both my kids used to be very picky with their food and ate little. My son was very skinny and people used to comment that I don't feed them properly. I took him to my GP and he told me that I should not worry. He does not believe in force feeding. I felt better hearing that. Now, both my kids eat practically anything and everything, even salad and green peas, carrots...things they used to hate.
    Have you tried baked beans. I used to give my son that on toast when I don't know what else to make him eat. It was recommended to me by a nurse - full of protein and carbohydrate from toast.

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  5. newkidontheblog,
    Thanks for the tip. My girl loves baked beans but I can't make bake beans everyday can I? Lol!

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  6. Great resource. keep it up!!Thanks a lot for interesting discussion, I found a lot of useful information!With the best regards!
    Frank

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