meal ideas

Posted on: Mon, 02/13/2006 - 10:34pm
tkmom's picture
Joined: 01/23/2006 - 09:00

Just wondering if anyone has some good recipes/ideas they would like to share? My 14 month old will not meat, of any kind. He pretty much lives off of safe pasta and homemade sauce, homemade mac and cheese, homemade bread with veggies and cream sauce and he does well with fruits and veggies, cheese and yogurt. Any ideas would be helpful and greatly appreciated. My son is PA, TNA, EA.

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Posted on: Mon, 02/13/2006 - 10:39pm
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Can you grind up meat and put it in the sauce so he does not know it's in there?
How about chicken, turkey or eggs for protein?

Posted on: Mon, 02/13/2006 - 11:23pm
shoshana18's picture
Joined: 02/02/2005 - 09:00

when my 3 year old was just trying meat, she didn't like anything. and then i bought a package of jennie-o turkey breakfast sausage. 2 years later she is still gobbling (no pun intended) it up! i mix it in with pasta and broccoli for dinner, serve it with breakfast as a side...anything you can do with any other meat. it's really flavorful and much leaner than beef or pork.
maybe it's just her quirky tastebuds, but it's worth a try.

Posted on: Tue, 02/14/2006 - 1:47am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Sometimes cold, very plain, very lean meats are the way to go. I'm thinking plain sliced turkey breast lunchmeat. (Not from the deli, obviously.) And maybe a sauce to dip it in? My daughter liked to eat little "kabobs" she speared with cocktail toothpicks (under very close supervision, obviously) but she's a real carnivore. Ham cubes and pineapple or peach slices were her favorites.
Cold makes the "smell" less obvious and also reduces taste.
I don't really like meat either and never have. The smell of most of it is awful.

Posted on: Tue, 02/14/2006 - 2:05am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I make homemade popcorn chicken and the kids gobble it up. My dd is very sqeamish about meat, and she will eat a pound(well, alot) of these.
I use little pieces of chicken breast, basically diced into bite sized bits.
Dip it in milk(use egg if not allergic, but we are), then in a combo of corn meal and bread crumbs. Corn meal gives a great crunch. Season the crumbs as desired. I have found the kids like just salt and a touch of sugar in it. I might brine the chicken sometimes.
Fry in olive oil. So, it is fried, but in healthy fat, and I have skinny kids. Trouble is dh and I love em too! becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited February 14, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/14/2006 - 5:30am
Edinview's picture
Joined: 08/25/2003 - 09:00

If you want to try to add ground meat to the pasta sauce try this method that I just saw on a tv cooking show. Of course the method has been around forever, but I just saw it and tried it and found that the ground beef in my sauce was really tender.
The trick is that you don't brown the beef before adding the sauce, you put the beef into a pan, then add about 3/4 cups of milk to the pan and kind of boil the beef in the milk. Keep stirring as the whole thing heats so that the beef breaks apart.
I remember my son wouldn't eat anything like meat because it was so tough and dry, it would dry out as he chewed and chewed on it. So we tried cooking methods that yielded moist, tender meat such as braising, or using meat with more fat. KFC seemed to go down pretty well and we had many a chicken breast from there, just the meat part, not the skin.

Posted on: Tue, 02/14/2006 - 10:21am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

Are you okay with legumes? Add lentils and beans and peas to any pasta dish you make. Peas go great in mac & cheese. Lentils are yummy in spaghetti. White beans go well with pasta, rice, and greens.
How about quinoa? It's tasty and nutritious. You can mix it with rice and beans for a hearty main dish.

Posted on: Tue, 02/14/2006 - 10:41am
dgood's picture
Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

Edinview, that is interesting how you cooked the beef. I want to try that! My kids are ok with beef sometimes but not consistently. How long did you simmer it in the milk?

Posted on: Wed, 02/15/2006 - 8:57pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Here's what I do for my 22 month old who is not a chewer (he's my 2nd "gagger")
I buy really premium ground meat, put it in a heavy saucepan and add water while stirring until it reaches the consistency of oatmeal (raw meat seen this way makes ME gag...) Then I put it over medium heat and stir it constantly until no longer pink. Shut it off, cool a bit, and pour meat and broth into dedicated icecube trays, cover with plastic and freeze. When frozen, unmold into freezer ziplocs.
These "meat cubes" will thaw in the microwave and can be mixed into just about anything: sauce, noodles, even oatmeal with steamed, chopped veggies.
You can do this with ground beef, turkey, or chicken.
Nice because no matter what the rest of the family is eating you'll always have some toddler protein in the freezer that takes 30 seconds to thaw!

Posted on: Wed, 02/15/2006 - 10:10pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

If you eat legumes, there are a lot of options: black beans in a tortilla (my kids like corn mixed with it), refried beans in taco shells (espec. good ith guacamole, and then you get a veg., too!), lentils, kidney beans, falafel (that's chick pea), etc. There's also couscous and quinoa. There are so many soy products out there: veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs, tofu mixed into stir fry or pasta sauce, etc. For lunch, I eat a lot of pita and hummus, slices of vegetarian lunch meats, yogurt with granola in it. I'm sure I am forgetting things, but that's a start.

Posted on: Thu, 02/16/2006 - 12:10am
cgroth's picture
Joined: 01/25/2006 - 09:00

I am having a similar problem. My dd is 13 months and doesn't want to eat anything! Part of it is my fault. I knew she was going to have allergies & was afraid to give her table food. She is still eating lots of baby food veggies & fruit. I have tried fresh fruit & pasta but she spits it out. Sometimes she will eat little pieces of chicken, toast, dried fruit and of course cookies that I make. She is allergic to dariy, peanuts, egg, soy, corn & pork so we are VERY limited as to what she can eat! Any ideas? I would really like to get her off the baby food but she know's if she cries during meal time after refusing what I give her, I'll get it out.


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