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Including fussy toddler meals and picky eater recipes for adults
Fussy eating is a huge issue is many UK family households and trying to find recipes for fussy eaters whatever their age isn’t easy or normally on budget.
Eating the same food day in and day out just so your kids eat something isn’t good for the moral of the whole family. You can only eat chicken nuggets for so many meals, right?
Regardless if the fussy eater is you or your children, finding meals that everyone eats not only saves you valuable cooking time but can also shave money off your food bill.
Putting healthy meals aside right now, just getting everyone eating one meal would be a real achievement, especially if you live in a household where it’s normal to cook three or even four different meals.
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Toddler Fussy Eater
We all now that when a baby starts to wean they will eat anything and everything. It’s built in. But when they start to realize what they are eating then comes the trouble. Most start at around eighteen months and start to reject food.
It doesn’t matter how to weaned or what you fed them. Kids (and some adults, including me) are just fussy.
This is totally normal. Nothing you’ve done or said to your kids has made them fussy. We’re all different and like different tastes and textures.
Here are my top 5 tips to getting your toddler fussy eater or older child trying more food.
1. Let them pick a meal for the week. When you write your meal plan and shopping list ask the whole family for one meal idea each. Yep, it may involve you eating a couple of very beige meals a week but the agreement is that everyone tries each other meals.
If you’re struggling to meal plan on a budget, then read our top tips on how you can halve your food shop here.
2. Watch those changing taste buds. As parents we all full into the trap of thinking that our kids like something because they loved it last week. Kids taste buds change so keep offering meals that they once hated to see if they now like them.
Anything not eaten can be boxed up into leftovers and eaten by the adults for lunch or frozen for another time. Here’s how we reduce our waste and budget by eating everything we can.
3. Kids love snacking. So let them. Put a bowl of healthy snacks on the side and let them decide. Pack it with a few already loved healthy alternatives and add some new ones too. Let them have the choice. As long as they are trying new foods then the plan is working!
4. Watch the signs. There’s no point trying to get your kids to eat a new meal on a Friday night after they’ve been at school all week or right before baby’s nap time. Pick your battle. Try a relaxed family meal on the weekend when everyone can chill out.
Try adding one food they love and three they don’t to a meal and letting everyone pick their own.
We have a huge selection of budget family recipes here for you to try.
5. Make it fun. However old your kids are try making new foods fun. For little ones, could you make the new food into a face or cut it into their favorite animal?
For older kids, could you get them involved in the cooking? Maybe you challenge them to a cook-off one night a week and the family votes?
Have a look at these meal ideas if you are struggling to fill up your meal plan:
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Meals for Fussy Eaters
As parents with a fussy eater, meal times are a real challenge especially if you need to keep the cost of your food bill down and stick to a budget.
Shopping and then meal times can become stressful for everyone and start to have an impact on how you all see buying food.
It’s ok if someone in the house is fussy. It’s not down to bad behaviour or being awkward. For many kids, it’s about learning what’s safe to eat and what’s not. For adults, it’s about having some independence and choice on what we eat.
You don’t have to let eating habits affect your budget. Yes, sophisticated meals may be off the menu but having your family-friendly recipes that you all know and love is key to getting any fussy eater to try new food.
Recipes for Fussy Eaters
The below 29 recipes are all easy and kid-friendly. They are perfect for fussy eaters of all ages and some will quickly become firm family favorites.
1. 3 egg omelette
2. Overnight Oats
3. Eggy Muffins
4. Vegan Pancakes
5. Fruity Bagels
6. Pasta meatballs
7. Breakfast fruit split
8. Breakfast oat bars
9. Homemade carrot soup with homemade bread
10. Cheese sandwich kebabs
11. Scotch fruit pancakes
12. Pizza roll ups
13. Lentil pasta sauce
14. Butternut squash lasagna
15. Healthy flapjack
16. Meat and potato curry
17. Vegan shepards pie
18. Homemade pizza
19. Mac ‘n’ cheese
20. Meat stir fry
21. Homemade chicken strips with chips
22. Chilli con carne
23. Katsu curry
These are very simple dishes that you can pick from if you’re struggling to get your family to eat the same meals. Pick a few of these to put into your budget meal plan and then ask the family for their suggestions.
Keep meals as simple as possible in till you’re only cooking one meal. Try to have a few ingredients or a side dish that the whole family will enjoy making it more likely for everyone to try the food they’ve never had before.
Using as many of your kitchen stapes as you can throughout the week will help you to reduce costs. We have our essential kitchen staple list here that will help keep your grocery down and on budget.
Kids Dinner Ideas for Picky Eaters
All of the recipes above are perfect for kids who are fussy eaters. Our top 6 kid family-friendly recipes are:
1. Spaghetti bolognese
2. Pizza toast
3. Turkey stir fry
4, Jacket potato with beans
5. Sweet and sour chicken
6. Cheap and easy pancakes
If you’re struggling to keep your grocery bill down while buying for fussy eaters then try:
1. Meal Plan Sheets – Depending on how comfortable you are, either find a spare pad or print out 8-10 copies of a weekly meal plan sheet.
You’ll need enough space to write down a simple menu for each day and a shopping list as you go.
You can make your own weekly meal plan or download my meal plans and shopping lists for free from the Resource Vault. Having several copies on hand will help inspire you to get started and keep up the meal plans for several weeks.
Before you know it, meal planning will become a natural part of your routine.
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4. Use an app like Plum* to keep track of your spending and to help you save. Using Plum* can help you build up your savings, pay off dent quicker and invest to make your money work harder. It’s free to join!
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