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Will you please help me with some easy to make food ideas? I am a picky eater AND hate cooking. Not a big fruit/veggie eater. Most veggies taste bitter to me, I do better with some fruits.<br><br>
Now that DS (almost 14m) has been eating solids regularly, I'm becoming very concerned that he is not giving enough variety. I am the sole food provider, I get all his meals ready. He usually has:<br><br>
Grapes<br>
Apples and applesauce<br>
Strawberries although I have to mix it with applesauce<br>
Banana<br>
Chicken<br>
Pork<br>
Turkey<br>
Asparagus w/ honey mustard sauce<br>
Cottage cheese<br>
Cheese<br>
Green beans<br>
Baked beans<br>
Corn<br>
Sweet potato or yam<br>
Scrambled eggs with cheese and tomato<br><br>
Occasionally:<br><br>
Yogurt<br>
Spaghetti with sauce and cheese<br>
Breaded products<br>
Cantaloupe although I'm not sure if he's really eating it<br>
Rice<br>
Pizza<br>
He had a salad for the first time last weekend<br><br>
AND he has either a wheat sensitivity/allergy or celiac, so neither of us can have any gluten. All pasta and breaded products I get are gluten free. If you can think of some easy things to give him more variety I would be grateful. Would also be nice to have more variety to send with to daycare for his snacks and lunches, and something easy cleanup for snacks.<br><br>
I know avocado is good but I have no idea if I am supposed to give it raw or cook it.<br><br>
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hey mama, I'm with you! similiar situation w/veggies for me.<br>
you're doing better than I am, DS won't eat veggies, so I resort to hiding them in spaghetti sauce or pumpkin bread w/zucch w/limited success.<br><br>
re: avocado, we use it raw, I actually have never heard of cooking it, now that I think about it. let it ripen, and then mush it up, you can add it to sandwiches, quesadillas, or my ds LOVES guacamole & chips, add spices to it, or for quickie guac, I just mix avocado w/our favorite mild salsa.
 

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It is hard, I am a picky eater too, and pretty much DD won't eat a new food unless she has seen me eat 5 or 10 times first. I try to pick one new thing every time I am at the grocery store and then look it up on the internet to figure out what to do with it. Now I don't always do this, but I try....but I agree it is hard. Your list sounds pretty good though.<br>
You could add more beans, lentils, other berries, frozen blueberries straight out of the freezer are a big hit here, try pears, broccoli, potatoes, frozen mixed veggies to get some more veggies, they are easy to prepare and already the right size, other melons like watermelon, my DD loves kiwi and clementines and mango as well.
 

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It seems like you're doing really well! As the pp said, avocado can be eaten raw, either cut in cubes or mashed. I have used it as a sandwich spread for dd before. I completely understand your fear of passing on your picky eating to your dc. I am repulsed by tomatoes, but know that they are so healthy, and according to other, delicious. So, I just was persistent about giving them to dd and now, at 2 yrs., grape tomatoes are, hands down, her favorite food. Success! You are doing great, though!
 

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I guess I am giving more variety than I thought, but I would still like to throw some more fruits/veggies in there.<br>
Trying to pick out one new thing each time at the grocery store is a great idea, I'm going to try that.<br>
Oh, I forgot to add carrots to the list also. I cook baby carrots for him.
 

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My son loves anything he can dip, for example celery, asparagus, mushrooms. My dad has the same bitter sensitivity, he pretty much only will eat a salad with lettuce and red onoin nothing else, and mushrooms, sometimes asparagus lately. Brocolli and carrots are way out for him, our family loves those though, and various sqaushes
 

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My mom is a picky eater (largely for health reasons, she has something like IBS and a lot of foods aggravate her stomach) and there were a lot of veggies I never knew I liked until I lived on my own. So I applaud your efforts!<br><br>
Your ds is still young but it sounds like you're doing great.<br><br>
A lot of dehydrated fruits and veggies preserve the flavor of the food but are easy to carry and clean up. At that age, my ds liked dehydrated corn and peas, apples and berries. I just saw a site with a huge variety <a href="http://www.justtomatoes.com" target="_blank">http://www.justtomatoes.com</a>
 

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this may or may not be a good idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: but if you ever eat out at those buffet-type restaurants, just let ds point to whatever he wants for his plate--he'll probably end up with 25 spoon-sized samplings. I used to do this with my middle dd and she loved being able to have so many diff things all at once <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> she's 5 and has always been less picky than me or any other kid I've met. As a matter of fact, many of the foods she's tried were not from me offering them, but from seeing someone else eat them (like grandpa at thanksgiving for ex)<br><br>
my firstborn was my picky child, and still is. I tried to get him to eat more adventurously when he was tiny, but the pickiness seems to have come thru in spite of my efforts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> he'll try new things here and there, but he never really ends up <i>liking</i> any of them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><br><br>
I think your list of what you feed your ds is good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You could always try to add more things, but i think picky eaters are born rather than made. JMTC! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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