I started to enlist help from my family because they were all so fussy. I had each person make a list of the meals they liked and used those as the beginning. I have used the spark recipe part of the site a lot as well. Most of the meals I pull off of there they love.
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For me, I made some small changes just for me. For example, my family loves hamburgers but I wanted to cut down on the fat and eat a healthier option. So I buy ground turkey for me and make my burger from that and they have hambugers. I add sliced tomato and lettuce which my husband also eats on his. I add cheese for them and sometime I have it on mine and sometimes not. For dinner, I make extra vegetables and add fresh or canned fruit to meals for me. It takes alittle planning and adjustments from time to time but so far it is working well for me.
I guess it depends on how different the food needs are. My tactic has been to move away from one dish meals to something that is more open to customizing. If I grill chicken breasts, I can eat it cut up on a salad, one kid can eat it with a knife and fork and other can put it on a bun. I long ago stopped making two different dinners. But I will try to make something that has enough variety that different people can come away satisfied.
(What I won't cater to is someone who insists on chicken nuggets or hot dogs or what have you that should be an occasional treat. Don't buy it, don't offer it as an option and eventually kid tasts will change.)
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Luckily I don't have any kids so I only have to worry about my husband and myself. Sure, I bet he would sometimes like to have some less healthy food for dinner. Basically, I make whatever I have scheduled for dinner that night and if he doesn't like it he's more that welcome to make his own food. If I had kids I think I would take the same philosophy.
Part of the reason for me is that I grew up as an extraordinarily picky eater and I have just started (within the last few years) tried to break myself of that bad habit. It's been a tough road and there are still a few foods that I'm not comfortable with (mushrooms, shrimp, and a few others). If I have kids, I do not want them to turn out like me. I'd rather they turn out like my husband, where he was raised not seeing a difference between adult foods and kids foods, and will therefore eat anything.
However, if you already have older kids it might be too late to train them to eat anything. In any case, you can either tell the family to eat what you make them or they can cook their own food, or if you're nicer than me you can always make foods that are more friendly to diverse (aka picky) tastes. Homemade tomato sauce with whole wheat spaghetti is a good one, as well as a cottage pie recipe I found on Sparkrecipes. They seem pretty safe for most picky eaters.
I will cook enough one day for freezing or having meal ready in refrigerator then when I cook for family I can heat up food that is appropriate for me to eat that day. I need to make enough so I am not tempted by what others are eating.
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Good Morning...There are a ton of Great and Tasty Recipes here on Spark. Italian, Mexican, Indian etc... Do check them out... Just because we are eating healthier, that doesn't mean No Flavor... Have them go thru the Recipe site and pick out what they would like to eat.
Here's the link... recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp There are also videos to watch...Maybe the children and hubby would like to cook with you if they have an idea of how to do it.
My mom always told me that the kitchen is not a resturant and you can't have it your way. You eat what you get or go hungry. LOL Now days it does not work that way. I hope for the best for you and good luck with your cooking.
Not everyone can spend the time to prepare special meals for individual family members, so once you adjust your menus to accommodate the allergies and medical requirements, just tell the picky eaters that they either eat what is made or make thier own dinner.....
I have learned to adapt what I cook to satisfy my family for the most part.
I am going vegan as I am allergic to dairy. Hubby is on a cardiac diet and is lactose intolerant. Daughter is lactose intolerant and a very picky eater. Son very much needs to lose weight, but is resistant. No special dietary concerns. Mother needs a high protein diet, but not too high. She has dementia and cirrhosis fo the liver from a bad blood transfusion.
For the most part, I plan healthy meals, and where they have meat, I have a different protein, and if it's a vegetable my daughter does not like, I always have baby carrots on hand. Also, for those few things the kids don't like, they use ketchup, mustard or some other sauce to drown the taste and eat it all. It's a lot of work on me, but as I have done ti for a while, it becomes rote and I'm okay with it.
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l find that I am in control . they eat what is served to them . I have to buy and fix the meals . they do not give feed back on what to serve . I used to give hubby choice and then buy what ever he wanted and fix the meals we talked about at the table . he was not interested in what to cook or what to buy and i was left to plan all the details . so my freaky control took over . they get no choice . i fix it they eat or not as they see fit . sure they might complain at first but they learn to eat meals as fixed .
Some times you just have to be selfish and do what's right for you. In my house, I tend to be the one to make the meals. When I first started trying to cook healthier and follow a meal plan, i got a lot of grief and whining about what I was cooking and a lot of turned up noses. As I kept cooking what I had planned the whining decreased and everyone just eats what I cook because its easier to just eat what's being made instead of making something for themselves.
Don't know. That makes it hard. In my house, dinner we eat what I make, with requests from others and fend for self some on weekends for dinner. Lunch and breakfast is more their own choice. I don't cook those, but we often have yummy leftovers.
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