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Old 02-05-2007, 12:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi there,

I am trying to get into the habbit of cooking healthy for my children (ages 3 and 17 months). They are both pretty picky, so I was wondering if you would care to share your toddlers favorite meals. Both of my girls really like chili so I find myself making chili and brown rice one night a week. It is also a great way to give them extra veggies chopped up and mixed in. Also, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions for (sneaking in vegetables) - I like to throw chopped spinach or pureed carrots in red sauce to give the girls a little extra veggies. Overall though, I am looking for nutritious meals that might appeal to picky toddlers.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:37 AM
 
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Here are some ideas.
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I would add extra veggies to sloppy joes and love them on Pizza- chop it up smaller and they won't notice. We like Broccoli on ours- carrots are a bit too juicy.

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Old 02-05-2007, 03:21 PM
 
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Not a specific recipe idea, but have you tried having your older toddler "help" make the meal? She is still a little young, but I think at about 18 months, I was already having DS help mix things and pour things with me. He'd eat just about anything if I made a big deal about how he cooked it! Right about that time, too, he started really responding to having a choice in what he ate, so if I held up 2 veggies, and he got to pick one, he'd usually eat it.
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One thing that's worked for us is to offer the veggies as a snack before meals - ie carrots and dip, edamame, peas - stuff like that. We always offer fruit with meals and if someone is hungry *right* before dinner (as I'm preparing it) or at bedtime, "grow foods" (our word for healthy stuff) is the only option - yogurt, cheese, nuts, etc. I offer our meals to them at dinner, just keep trying, even a bite is great!

Those are my ideas for getting the healthy foods into them. Our meals our healthy, but mine tend to pick. Although, both love soups, so I work a lot of good stuff in that way...

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Old 02-10-2007, 12:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I ordered Pretend Soup - a book specifically geared to cooking with a toddler, it was on the list of suggestions with the link above. It has a written recipe for adults and a pictoral recipe for the kids. I will post about how well it works! Thanks for the ideas!
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I don't know if it works with girls or not (mine is too young) but with the boys renaming things something gross helps... like blackeyed peas = lizard eyes, steamed or sauteed greens (they'd only eat them raw as salad, but sometimes you have not so pretty leaves to do something with) = swamp muck, they also like to pretend black rice is coated in bug guts and so on. Maybe with girls fairy/mermaid etc type themes would do the same thing?
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