Food ideas for fussy eaters

By Drum Digital
06 April 2014

Fussy eaters can drive any new mom crazy. With all the challenges that parenting brings, the last thing you need is a struggle at meal times. Here are some simple recipes that turn even the fussiest eaters into food fans.

“Mom, I don’t like this food!” “Mom, this tastes funny!” “Mom, I want something else to eat!”

Fussy eaters can drive any new mom crazy. With all the challenges that parenting brings, the last thing you need is a struggle at meal times.

Luckily, there’s help with simple recipes that will make even the pickiest little eater lick his plate. Make meal-time fun by transforming ordinary, nutritious meals into play-time with playful colours, shapes and themes.

Fishy salad

Serves 4-6

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 20 min

  • lettuce leaves
  • 250 g pasta shells
  • 125 ml (½ c) mayonnaise
  • blue food colouring
  • 400 g frozen fishcakes

  1. Arrange the lettuce on a serving plate.
  2. Cook the pasta and drain.
  3. Colour the mayonnaise light blue with the food colouring and stir lightly into the pasta.
  4. Spoon the pasta onto the lettuce.
  5. Fry the fishcakes until done. Cut into fish shapes and arrange on the pasta

Sandwich castle

Serves 8-10

Preparation time: 40 min

  • 2 loaves of brown or whole-wheat bread
  • 24 bread rolls
  • 2 tubes (125 g each) chicken spread
  • 1 tub (230 g) cottage cheese
  • 1 packet lettuce leaves
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 packets sliced ham
  • 1 packet (100 g) cheese slices

You’ll also need: kebab skewers, straws, coloured paper and ribbon

  1. Cut off the top crust of the loaves, halve horizontally and hollow out slightly. Cut open the bread rolls.
  2. Spread the bread and the rolls with chicken spread or cottage cheese.
  3. Fill with lettuce, cucumber, ham and/or cheese.
  4. Put the bread halves together on a tray to form a square.
  5. Cut off a piece at each corner.
  6. Stack four bread rolls on top of one another at each corner and put the rest on top of the bread.
  7. Fix each tower with a skewer and slip a straw over each skewer.
  8. Cut flags from paper and attach them to the skewers.
  9. Tie a ribbon to each skewer.

Mince pockets

Makes 10

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 15-20 min

  • 1 kg beef mince
  • salt and pepper
  • 45 ml (3 T) chopped parsley
  • 60 ml (¼ c) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • mustard sauce

You’ll also need: 10 kebab skewers, coloured paper and adhesive tape

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.
  2. Mix the mince with salt, pepper and the parsley. Add the breadcrumbs and egg and mix lightly but well.
  3. Shape around the end of each skewer and clean the exposed part of the skewer. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  4. Fold the paper to double thickness and cut out flags. Fold around the skewers, sticking the open sides together with adhesive tape.
  5. Serve with mustard sauce.

Macaroni and cheese

Serves 4-6

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 40 min

  • 500 g alphabet noodles
  • 500 ml (2 c) mixed vegetables
  • 250 ml (1 c) grated Cheddar cheese
  • 500 ml (2 c) milk
  • 4 eggs salt and pepper
  • tomato sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease two ovenproof dishes.
  2. Cook the noodles. Mix with the veg and cheese.
  3. Turn out into dishes.
  4. Whisk the milk, eggs salt and pepper.
  5. Pour over the noodles and bake for about 40 min. Serve with tomato sauce.

Yoghurt shakes

Makes about 1 litre (berries) or 750 ml (granadilla)

Preparation time: 10 min

  • 300 g berries or 1 can (115 g) granadilla pulp
  • 500 ml (2 c) natural yoghurt
  • 250 ml (1 c) milk
  • 30 ml (2 T) caster sugar

  1. Put the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Pour into bottles or glasses and serve.

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