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Any Tips for Dealing with a Picky Eater?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I came across a vegetarian magazine and am thinking of starting to cook some of the recipes that I found, especially the Miso Tofu Bok Choy that I found. I adore bok choy and miso soup is wonderful. All of the nutrition facts are added after the recipe too, which is awesome. There are some other soups and dishes that I would love to try, a few of them might need to be tweaked a little so that my mom can eat them (she's diabetic, so she needs to watch carb intake).

I've been thinking about starting to fix a vegetarian dish for the family once a week. Mom thinks that it is a great idea. I think that my sister would be okay with it after she got used to the idea of not having meat for a meal (and if I just substitute the meat with nuts, she should be fine, because she loves cashews, almonds, etc). The only one I'm worried about is Dad, as he isn't particularly fond of vegetables and is a bit of a picky eater. Mom did bring up that for dad we could probably just put together a grilled chicken breast for him to eat along with the vegetarian dish, which could work.

To expand on how picky my Dad can be about foods: Dad used to love the chicken curry that I made. He said that the spices were just right and everything tasted good. Then one day when he got home, he saw me preparing everything to go into the curry, which included zucchini. He hates squash. However, he didn't know that zucchini was a squash until recently. And he has been eating zucchini in mom's spaghetti sauce for years and only now has he seemed to develop a vendetta against it. So, knowing that there was zucchini in the curry, he still came out of his room to get his plate, and took it back. Apparently, when my sister then left her room to get a second helping, he called my sister over and gave her his untouched dinner. He then made a sandwich. Until he knew that there was something that he thought that he didn't like was in the curry, he had loved it. I'm not sure what to do. I guess I could make a smaller batch for him, without the zucchini, and only with the mushrooms, tomatoes and onions for vegetables/fruit in it. Or I could go with my mom's option of just letting him be unhappy and eat the sandwich. :| I'm not sure what to do. I want everyone to be happy but working on two dishes that have certain time issues would be a little difficult.

So, that is why I am a little uncertain about the vegetarian meals. Or, I guess I could fix them during the day when Dad is at work, so that my mother and I can eat them (and my sister if she wakes up early enough).

Any ideas?
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    Sounds good, thanks for the tips! Sweet Potato in beef stew sounds good, hopefully I can try that some time. Also the tofu. I have discovered recently that I love tofu, and that putting together an egg and tofu can make some really good scrambled eggs that despite only having one egg in it and the rest is tofu, it still tastes remarkably like eggs (at least when made for two people).
    2002 days ago
    GREAT idea!!!!

    I've been a vegetarian for over 25 years. There are a couple of vegetarian meals I can get my meat eating family to eat.

    Where your dad's concerned, you're just going to have to be sneaky! When cutting zuchini, dice it up as little as you can. It should absorb the flavor and color of the tomatoes.

    I add tofu to my chili. I get the extra firm tofu, crumble it up, let it drain and then squeeze the heck out of it. When added (all crumbled up) it takes on the flavor of the sauce and you would never know it was in there. Just make sure there aren't any big chunks that might alert Dad.

    I put butternut squash and sweet potato in my beef stew. When it's cooked, I smoosh the heck out of it and it gets incorporated in the broth. I guess it adds good flavor as it's my family's favorite dish.

    Remember, cut up as tiny as possible is the key.
    2003 days ago
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