Tuesday, 28 May 2013

148/365 feeding picky kids is mince

Another month, another campaign to get the boys to eat properly. This time I mean business.

Boy One has some sensory issues associated with his Aspergers and he really can't eat certain textures. He's game though but you can see when something isn't for him and there's no point in making him eat stuff. Mainly his problem is with bits, unpredictable irregular bits.

Boy Two is just plain picky. For so long he got away with whatever limited, regular, processed stuff his big brother was having. Plus lashings of ketchup.

Boy Three is nearly four. With picky role models.

Lately I've noticed that both big Boys' skin as been bad - rough, dry and sore. As they are both on different parts of the journey through puberty with all the huge nutritional demands that brings, I figured some proper nutrition was needed.

There have been some successes too.

Tuna burgers. Put tuna steaks in food processor with a slice of bread, some spring onions, an egg and whatever else you can get away with. Whizz. Make patties (floured hands help), chill then grill or fry.

Salmon burgers. As above.

Mincey mince. Whizz the other stuff you'd put in spag bol or shepherds pie mince into a purée. Fry mince, add purée and cook. Thus my boys ate their first courgette.

Chicken and sweetcorn with a sauce made from melted Philly went down well too.

Though I must confess I'm running out of ideas now.

I'd love to hear your suggestions.



  1. I find that the slow cooker is great - my youngest doesn't like chewy meat but the slow cooker makes it melt in the mouth and if you add lots of veg it cooks down to a sauce almost. Sausage Casserole, beef casserole and even venison casserole have all been hits. You could try adding beans or lentils as well but that might be a step too far to begin with !
    What about fajitas - they could make their own ?
    Good luck with the journey x

    1. Actually we did do fajitas one night - it was fairly successful although more chicken and cheese wrap. Slow cooking might work if I liquidised the veg.

  2. I have a scam going with a big plate. I feed them using an enormous dinner plate so it makes a normal of portion of food look minute. Add to this the fact that a child's stomach is only about the size of their fist and you can see that it doesn't matter if they don't eat massive amounts anyway.

    Maybe you could get them involved in cooking or deciding the menu so they'd feel more in control of the process?

    1. That sounds cunning. I'll give it a go.


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