In today's stressful life, where there are a million things to worry about, you really have no time to worry about dinner ideas for picky eaters as cooking for them is a daunting task. However, pleasing everyone on the table is not impossible. Also, children aren't the only picky eaters, some adults can be very picky as well.
It can be very frustrating for the cook of the family to decide whether to make something they like (which is often unhealthy) or make a simple, healthy meal. But now, you don't have to make this difficult choice. Here are some ideas which are sure to get you your daily dose of nutrients and also get your taste buds tingling with anticipation!
Whether you tell your child about the broccoli or not is a personal choice, but by giving it a creative name, it will be a sure shot hit with your children. Also, the best part is, it is very nutritious.
Besides being creative with recipes, there are certain simple tips which may help you pique the interest of your fussy kid/adult, thus, instigating him into trying out your new recipe! Here are a few of those pointers:
Grocery Shopping: The first problem that you come across is grocery shopping. It can be quite challenging to buy groceries that won't go waste. The easiest solution is to include the children in this chore. By doing so and letting them pick their favorite vegetables, gives them a sense of power of making decisions.
They will be intrigued by the new shapes and colors and will invariably pick out new vegetables, fruits, etc. Including the child while preparing the vegetable or fruit that he or she picked is a sure shot way of getting him/her to eat it.
Being Creative: Another way to get children to eat something they don't want to eat is by being a little sneaky. Being stealthy is not exactly the perfect solution, but it won't hurt them, right? Making a puree of the vegetables they don't like or dicing all those veggies in their favorite dishes like pastas, pizzas or even pancakes is an age-old solution.
It is not necessary for dinner to consist of the same repetitive dishes. Browse through some magazines, you will get tons of food recipes. Picky eaters won't try new recipes easily but the key is substitution. Including their favorite ingredients in any new recipe is incentive enough for them to try it, after all, they too get bored of the same food items.
Making Food Fun: Besides tasting good, food also has to be visually pleasing. Making the dishes attractive with the use of different colors and cuts is a added incentive for kids to try new dishes.
The point here is to use your creativity and come up with unique recipes that include the ingredients that are their favorite. However, try to avoid fast food recipes as vegetables often lose their nutritional value when they are deep-fried.
Try to strike a balance between fried and healthy food which will ensure that dinner will no longer be something that picky eaters avoid, but instead, actually look forward to.