Breaking Picky Eaters: This is the first guest post of a mom sharing her personal experience raising a child who refuses more often than they sit down and eat a meal you prepared happily. This one comes from my dear friend Michelle of What’s Cooking with Kids. She’s sharing her experience with dealing with a “particular eater” in her oldest child.
First, I should say that I’m not the biggest fan of the term “picky eater.” And neither is my friend Christina, who explains the objection more eloquently than I can…But some families are plagued with a plethora of food preferences. And while I don’t always cater to a finicky child, I do make accommodations sometimes.
Dinnertime has been challenging at our house lately. Our daughter has always had a very sensitive palate, and lately, our son is copying her resistance to the foods on the table. He is a fantastic eater when we are alone, but when she is at the table, he mimics her rejection of foods. If she claims that something is too spicy, he’ll avoid what he would otherwise dive into head first.
When I select which recipes to cook, I often need to make some changes. Here are my main reasons for adapting a recipe:
- To use seasonal ingredients.
- Spice level.
- Cooking time to adjust for texture.
- Use whole grains.
(Head over to Michelle’s blog to read her coleslaw recipe and how she specifically adapted it that night, as well as how she continues to deal with her daughter’s “particular eating.”.)
|Michelle Stern is the owner of What’s Cooking with Kids and author of The Whole Family Cookbook – Celebrating the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods. She switched careers from a high school biology teacher to teach healthy and seasonal cooking classes and birthday parties to children of all ages in the San Francisco Bay Area.