My son, now almost 6, has been a bit better since having hot meals at school but if he gets a choice he'll pick the sandwich option or jacket, beans and cheese! My daughter has just started being picky, which came as a surprise because she's always been a good eater. She would eat sausage and mash every night if she could!
So mealtimes have become a new kind of adventure in my house! I'm not really sure why... maybe I've let them get their own way too often, or been too quick to just cook what I know they would eat. Sometimes this can end up being two different meals, or dinners with different accompaniments!
Anyway, I reached breaking point this week - almost 2 weeks into the school holidays, trying to placate two kids with different tastes, three meals a day, without losing the will to live (or cook...)! So, I had a rethink and pulled out a Gruffalo themed cook book I bought on a whim last year! The children were instantly excited as they love the Gruffalo stories so they picked a couple of recipes they liked the look of. Good start!
We planned to make the Swirly Snails together, a kind of bready pinwheel with different fillings - We used green pesto/tomato puree with cheese.
|The kids liked rubbing the butter into the flour.
|Spreading and sprinkling was fun!
|We rolled up the dough and sliced it into snails.
|Swirly snails ready to eat!
|We have a ketchup fan... not sure about this combo though!
So, a pretty good result in my opinion! They were both excited and proud to be eating something they cooked themselves, and they ate enough to fill them up! To me this is a successful mealtime and now we're planning what they can make next!
What tips and tricks do you have up your (apron) sleeves to get your fussy eaters to try new foods? I'd love to know in the comments below! It might give me some ideas! If you enjoyed our post, why not follow us on:
Finding joy in the little things: I like to end my posts (where it fits) with something that made me smile. I think it's so important to find happiness in the small moments, to appreciate the little things in life. It reminds us to be grateful, even if things didn't go our way or achieve the desired outcome.
Quite simply, I was really happy that both my children threw themselves into cooking their own tea. They listened really well, tried very hard and enjoyed making their snails. My son even said he was proud of himself and he couldn't believe how good they looked! Okay, so they didn't eat everything but they tried most of it and ate enough to fill them up. To me, that is a step in the right direction!