TOTALLY sympathetic here! DS just turned 6. He used to eat, well, ANYTHING. All of my children's first favorite food has been Daddy's okra stew, which is this African thing with obviously okra, tomatoes, and meat--lamb or beef, cooked till soft. Also onion, garlic.
Now? Well, he *did* eat the chicken in the chicken fettucine alfredo I made the other night, which is huge
. Picked out the broccoli, IIRC, and did try the mushrooms.
Since he started preschool and ate lunch there, he won't eat chicken--which he used to *love*....unless it is breaded. So he will happily eat the chicken strips I buy once in awhile as a treat. His food of choice when his dad picks up McDonald's is the McChicken sandwich.
He will also eat their chicken nuggets of course.
But chicken at home? RARELY he will eat a bone-in piece of chicken. Like maybe one out of 10 times. He *will* eat my chicken pot pie where the chicken is small enough not to be noticed I think. He managed to pick the chicken out of chicken enchiladas last time I made them. He *sometimes* won't notice it in a pasta or rice dish, or just eats it anyway.
It's gotten to where for 6 of us I will make smaller amounts of 2 things, because DH also gets sick of always eating beef...like I'll use two pans and make ground beef taco meat in one and chicken fajitas in the other--not really more effort while I'm at the stove anyway, and I just reduce the amount of each. Then I just put it all on the table and everybody fills their tortillas with what they like.
I also for a night like that might allow an alternative like simply allowing DS to melt cheese in a tortilla and eat it with salsa if he won't eat the fajitas. It's all stuff I have on the table anyway.
Oh and he won't eat beans for the most part. DH made this fabulous thing the other day at lunchtime and DS would not eat it. (don't ask me what you'd call it, it was one of his creations from random stuff in the cabinet.) But he WILL eat refried beans in tacos and whatnot, so I do that.
I wish they'd serve their chili and fritos for school lunch on a tues. so i can see if he actually eats that, he says he does and does not request a sack lunch...
I think school lunch destroys them :P and I had no choice at his preschool, they didn't allow them to bring their own lunches. The school accomodates allergies.