Meal Ideas

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Registered: 11-13-2005
Meal Ideas
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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 4:12pm

I have a 2.5 year old that only wants to eat cake and cookies!!!! I need some meal ideas that he ill eat so I have at least one thing at our family dinner that he will eat.... Any one have suggestions?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
In reply to: mylace
Mon, 11-07-2011 - 8:54pm
Hi Amy,

Welcome to the board! I know it can be super frustrating when your child is picky- and many kids this age are!

I know this may not be a popular opinion, but I make one dinner per night, and I don't make certain that every single person likes what is being served. Unless there is a dietary reason why they need to have a certain number of calories, I personally feel that my kiddos need to try what is being served.Especially at this age, I feel like they need to be exposed to a variety of foods and just feeding them PB&J or the like will only make life difficult for a long time. I serve one thing and my kids either eat it or they don't. I don't force anyone to eat everything on their plate but I do ask that they try everything or they miss their evening snack.

That being said, I do try to make sure that the things we eat are fairly child friendly. No crazy stuff served around here! We eat a lot of tacos, spaghetti, hamburgers, grilled chicken, breakfast for dinner, baked ziti, chicken alfredo, etc. I always serve some kind of side with the main dish- perhaps you can try adding Mac and Cheese as a side?

Wishing you lots of luck and hopefully the other awesome ladies here will have some more suggestions for you.

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Registered: 11-08-2011
In reply to: mylace
Tue, 11-08-2011 - 10:36am
I'm with Kristy on this one. I'm not a short order cook. I've had a lot of success with a large variety of colorful foods, with lots of choices.

If you give him cake, that's what he'll eat. Time to keep the unhealthy stuff off his plate. If he gets hungry enough... he'll eat.