Recipes for Picky Eaters

If you are not a picky eater yourself, we are sure you know at least one such person in your life. Small children take the cake for being the pickiest eaters and catering to their needs is quite difficult, especially if you are trying to avoid feeding them junk food on a regular basis. Lucky for you, we have done our research and come up with these delicious recipes that even the pickiest eaters in your life will appreciate:

1- Spaghetti and Meatballs

Who doesn’t enjoy some well cooked meatballs? You can make these for a quick lunch or switch up some ingredients for the perfect dinner.

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 crumbed bread slices
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2lbs ground beef, preferably lean
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2tbsp parsley (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

Pasta and Sauce

  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1tsp oregano (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp leaf basil (dried)
  • 1 can Italian tomatoes (crushed)
  • 16 oz spaghetti (thin)
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (preferably Parmesan)

Method

  • Beat your eggs gently in a bowl before adding the bread slices and milk. Set aside the mixture for about 5 minutes while you prepare the meatballs.
  • Mix together the pepper, salt, garlic, parsley, onion and beef before shaping into 20-24 balls depending on size.
  • Thoroughly grease a big baking pan before placing your meatballs, taking care to space them out evenly.
  • Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes at 450 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Sauté the remaining onion in heated oil in a medium temperature Dutch oven until they are golden brown in colour but not overcooked. Once the onions are cooked, add all remaining sauce ingredients.
  • Allow the sauce to boil for a few minutes before covering the oven and simmering the mixture for approximately 30 minutes. Finally, adding the cooked meatballs and simmer for another 50 minutes or 1 hour if necessary. Take care to stir the meatballs occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Serve the meatballs with cooked spaghetti and garnish with grated cheese and parsley.

2- Applesauce and Oatmeal Pancakes

Pancakes are a fan favourite worldwide and the best part is, they can be customised to suit varying dietary tastes and requirements. You might be tempted to grab pre-made pancake mix but, we recommend making this following recipe for fresh, flavour filled results.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of plain oats
  • 1/2 all purpose flour (you can use alternatives like cake flour or whole wheat if you prefer)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk (again, you can substitute with full cream or even non-dairy milks like almond and soy)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar ( you can choose from white, brown, coconut etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1tbsp canola oil

Method

  • Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl.
  • Heat a pan or griddle to a high temperature before pouring in the pancake batter, 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Cook the pancakes evenly on each side until they are golden in colour and serve them hot with your favourite toppings like fruits, cream, syrup etc.

Cooking for picky eaters is quite a challenging task but with these two recipes as inspiration, you are well on your way to gathering a solid list of delicious recipes that they can’t resist.

 

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