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Toddler teas and fickle foods

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As a working Mama, I’ve been struggling with ideas of toddler teas that Little Mr can eat for dinner when we get home. I usually have about 15 minutes to prepare, cook and serve a meal for him before he starts to get cranky and so he has time to eat it and let it rest before he goes up to bed and has his bottle of milk. I’ve been worried that he’s been eating the same foods and that he’s not getting a broad range of meals so I’ve been trying a few different things for him over the last few months to see if he likes them.

We’ve discovered that he likes the odd curry, he doesn’t like tomatoes so meals like lasagne, chilli and spaghetti bolognese are off the menu. He loves meat, especially sausages and chicken and he pulls his face at cheese one day then loves it the next! I suppose sometimes it’s just like us not fancying a certain meal after a busy day at work. He loves pasta and will eat that with no qualms but he won’t eat rice or cous cous.

Through the week when he’s at his Grandparents house, he usually does have a cooked dinner with lots of different vegetables and some of his favourite meats; roast chicken, sausages and gammon. I always supplement his lunch with a fruit pouch or smoothie and a yoghurt which he enjoys.

He’s been a bit of a monkey recently as he’s eaten some foods at his Grandparents house and won’t eat them at home. He won’t eat strawberries at home but will eat bowls full at their house. Same goes for courgettes, cucumbers and bananas! I have no idea why he won’t eat them at our house but at least he’s eating well with his Nanny and Grandad.

I’m not a fan of batch cooking. We are rubbish at getting the meat out of the freezer to defrost in the morning so I’m not sure how well this would work at home. Similarly, I would be gutted if I spent ages making a meal, dividing it up, freezing it and then defrosting it for Little Mr to give the dog an early dinner.

How do you get your children to eat a varied diet? If you’ve experienced anything similar I’d love to hear from you. 

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  • Reply Donna

    Could you cook slightly more of meals that you and Hubby have and freeze the extra? Maybe not even cook more but have slightly smaller portions yourself to leave enough over to freeze for Little Mr?
    When Hubby’s working in the evening I tend to have a ‘lazy’ meal with the kids. This tends to be something and toast – Omelette, tinned meatballs in sauce, spaghetti hoops, beans and sausages. They’re my type of junk meals but the kids see them as a treat – On these days we have a ‘proper’ meal at lunchtime before Hubby leaves for work x

    16/07/2014 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Leanne Edwards

    Grr I feel your pain. Getting my 4yo to eat is painful sometimes!! Had he is a cranky when hungry type. I love using couscous or microwave rice packets for quick carbs. And mixing with boiled frozen veg and then sausages or fish fingers or mince. As it’s quick and filling. And goes with most. Myself I am not a fan of tomatos but I do cook lasagne or such just without tomotos. I use lots of veg. Especially peppers!!

    16/07/2014 at 11:41 pm
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