Originally Posted by AngieB
This is pretty much what I do, but the part that really bothers me is that they wont eat it, they don't care if they'll be hungry until morning and I end up throwing away soooooooo much food. It's such a waste I feel like not even feeding them. Sometimes as I dish up dinner I think whats the point I'll just be dumping it in the trash in about 10 minutes.
Why would you dump it in the trash.
To reduce waste I would I only offer small amounts at a time. Like, a bite or two. Offer more as they eat it. What they don't eat can go in the fridge for your lunch tomorrow, or get frozen and used up later as part of another meal or as a quick dinner one night.
Try to plan "carry over meals", so that if you end up with a bunch of left overs you can re-create a new meal that is almost entirely different the next night. For example, tonight we're having grilled chicken and roasted veggies. I KNOW we're going to have left overs, so tomorrow I'm going to throw it all in the crock pot with some stewed tomatoes and pasta, and we'll have a sort of stew/soup/pasta dish tomorrow night. Throw in some garlic bread and dinner is practically done.
I would also get them involved in the shopping and cooking. Ask them what they would like, get them to right out a shopping list, let them help you pick out the veggies. SHOW them how to pick out veggies, teach them about food. "You can tell it's a good potato when...". Find jobs for them that include them in kitchen. I'm not sure how old they are, but using a safely peeler they could peel carrots or something.
Try themed meals - like a "mini" night. Mini carrots, mini meatloaves, etc. And you'd be amazed at how well you can hide a ton of veggies in a meatloaf. My daughter is on a meat kick right now, and I made turkey meatloaf the other night and it had carrots, spinach, zucchini, and red bell peppers in it. She scarfed it down.
Have a "restaraunt" night where everyone can take turns wearing an apron and serving the table. Be silly.. "would you like some pepper, mossier?" (Like the McCormick commercial
My sister was THE pickiest kid I've ever known, and this is what we did. Now though, she'll eat anything. ANYTHING!