Same foods every week???

Posted on: Fri, 07/16/2004 - 3:33pm
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Do you feed your PA child(ren) the same foods every week? I feel stuck...like I can't give my PA dd new foods. Am I the only one? It started a few months back when we ran into a cross-contamination food....wasn't labeled but caused a reaction type situation (thought the company was safe too).
Anyways, I want to feed dd other things because I know she's sick of the same things week after week, day after day, for the last few months but I don't know how to overcome this. Any advice?

TIA~Cindy

Posted on: Fri, 07/16/2004 - 6:45pm
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How old is your daughter? Do you have any other children? How old? Is your daughter, with the allergy, a picky eater kid?
(Sorry, usually questions before I can say anything [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 07/17/2004 - 2:56am
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lol Atm
my daughter is 2yrs old in a few days. She is my only child and she's not a picky eater at all. She eats almost all veggies and fruits and just about anything I give her. She even likes heavily peppered food & hot or spicy sauces (thanks to her father...lol).
Cindy
(edited because I left out a few things)
[This message has been edited by Mom2Sariah (edited July 17, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 07/17/2004 - 3:29am
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Cindy, well, I'm not the greatest one to give advice about variety of foods, only because I have one picky eater kid (my PA son, 8-1/2 years old) and my daughter who loves to eat (non-PA, nearly 7) but who will usually refuse to eat the stuff that her brother eats.
So, I find that we basically eat the same old same old. It also has a BIG thing to do with me not really being into preparing foods and making stuff from scratch. And also I've noticed a huge change in the way that we eat since my DH went back to Toronto to work nearly nine months ago. Cooking for two kids and one big person just isn't the same. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
What does your daughter eat now that you feel is the same stuff? What type of foods do you and your husband like to eat? Is your daughter PA only? Are you avoiding any other foods because of her PA?
I've really found that PA hasn't limited what we eat. If I was making a *proper* meal for dinner every night, I don't think I would have much of a problem - not PA wise. It's more about putting all the time and effort into something only to have kids not want to eat this or that or suddenly say that they're full.
What about tacos? The soft shell ones? Thinking that the hard shells might be a choking thing at 2, I don't know.
I still swear that the best days I had food wise were 25 years ago (great, eh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) after I took a vegetarian cooking course where you really learned all the basics - how to make a cheese sauce, etc. and I would make all of the stuff from scratch and have just absolutely wonderful meals.
If I could find that cookbook to-day (I do still have it, I remember typing it all out from the notes that we took in class), I'm pretty sure that I could make everything in that cookbook and not have to worry PA wise except for the one casserole that I really loved with sunflower seeds (I'm just weird about seeds now).
Are you into doing different recipes?
What was the company that you had an issue with?
I know even now, I must get five or more e-mails a week from different places with recipes in them. I never use them. I do think I've posted a couple here but that's about it. I'm just wondering if you found maybe one new thing each week or every couple of weeks, you might be able to expand things greatly.
Especially if your daughter loves fruits and veggies and even spicy stuff.
Last night, we just had spaghetti with plain sauce and parmaesan cheese. Even I find I'm getting sick of eating pasta the way I've been eating it for years.
The night before, I had bought a pre-packaged meal, kinda like a stir-fry that you do fry up yourself - penne, chicken, veggies, a sauce and feta cheese. Kids really wanted it and then by the time I served it, no.
If I do tacos, one wants hard shells. The other wants soft. One wants the hamburger with the seasoning (spicy) and the other one doesn't. I do all this chopping of things to find that maybe each child will have one taco each so again, it's like, okay, why bother?
Another night this week, seasoned potatoe wedges and hot dogs.
One other night, a barbequed chicken from the deli counter at the local supermarket, potatoes, and a macaroni salad.
I'm looking forward to in a couple of weeks when I have another big person to cook for again (actually he should be here this week to help me pack so I'm even looking forward to that).
Not great advice, eh? Sorry. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 6:36pm
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I find myself giving my kids alot of the same food... especially for lunch and breakfast. I can not imagine that they would want another jelly or ham sandwiche and applesauce. Lately I have been going to the farmers market and picking up fresh fruit like peaches.. but they cause problems of their own [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My son will eat anything his brother eats (which is just about anything) so there is no excuse for me not have some variety.. except for the allergy thing of course. So yes I find myself getting into a rutt about what foods I serve. I think what knocks me out of is the fear that if I do that too much he will start refusing to try new things. I dont know how picky eaters are formed (are they born that way or created??)
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Lalow
James 2yrs NKA
Ben 17 months PA,MA,possible EA, and SA

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 9:25pm
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I feel the same way! With my son also being allergic to chicken and eggs, as well as to nuts I am soooooooo out of ideas. I feel so limited as to what I can prepare!! I am so SICK of beef dishes!!

Posted on: Sun, 07/18/2004 - 11:23pm
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Well at 18 my son has been so fortunate. We have a chef in the family that does a lot of different things for Chris. For instance if I am feeling like Chris is being left out all the time he will come up with a reason to have a party and prepare a ton of food that is so safe for Chris that I don't worry nor does Chris.
My other kids are picky eaters and I just hate getting dinner because I always know it will not get eaten.
Last night we had a beautiful roast pork on the grill. MY DD and son were so busy picking fat and black parts off that I know they were still hungry after.
They would live on the mac and cheese and fries if I would let them.
Chris has such a wide variety of likes. He loves fish,veggies,fruits,and has always. His favorite being meatloaf which noone else ever wants.
I am so hungry for Ham and cabbage but i know the two of the kids will not touch it.
Chris would love it.
I get discouraged at the market when it seems as though there are no cookies that I consider safe enough for him.
Baking our own is best but it can take up time when we are buys. Luckily my dd is into baking for her brother these days.
So yes I guess it does seem like the same old rut at times but there isn't to much we can do about it when it comes to there safety first.
good luck Claire

Posted on: Mon, 07/19/2004 - 3:34am
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I'm right there with you guys. I rack my brain all the time trying to come up with new things because I definitely feel like I feed them the same stuff all the time. But b/w milk, egg, peanut, and pickiness of toddlers about textures, we eat the same old stuff.
When I compare notes with other moms of 2yr. olds w/out food allergies, sounds like they're in the same boat though. Their kids are only willing to eat certain things. So maybe this will get better as they get older? I hope so!
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Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Mon, 07/19/2004 - 8:49am
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Thanks everyone for your responses!! I think I figured out (after reading the responses) what my issues really are. lol....I'll get to those in a min. hehe
~Cindy~
ATM~to answer a few questions (I love how you are always full of them..hehe)
What does your daughter eat now that you feel is the same stuff?
I think it's a breakfast & lunch thing....because it's just me and her during the day....and I've been doing WW's for a few months....so it's just fixing "her" something. (Mac&Cheese, hotdogs...which I dont' like to feed her alot of, lunch meats/cheeses, alot of gerber cups...rice/veggie/meat type things)
What type of foods do you and your husband like to eat?
Like I said above I eat my own meals (so I'm more satified...I'm a picky eater..lol) because of WW's. Dh will eat anything and everything....dd takes after him. lol
Is your daughter PA only? yes
Are you avoiding any other foods because of her PA? we also avoid all tree nuts.
What about tacos? The soft shell ones?
she eats the soft ones for dinner w/ dh.
new recipes: yes....I figured it out to be a breakfast/lunch thing becuase there's no need to cook alot of food for just dd. kwim?
What was the company that you had an issue with? Green Giant....a freezer veggie/pasta mix.
Lalow~I wish I knew the answer to if they were born that way or created. lol My mom swears I wasn't picky when I was young...but about 6 or 7yr it started. My dd is not picky at all...and I encourage her not to be picky by feeding her all sorts of things. which means bringing veggies in the house..ROFL...I hate them but I'd rather her be healthy. lol
Ok...here it is:
I really had to sit down and try to figure out what to do. I realized alot of it is making sure she's eating healthy and getting enough of everything that she needs.
For breakfast instead of pancakes or oatmeal or eggs (which is all she was getting..lol)......I started giving her peaches and cottage cheese mix w/ some dry cereal or a yogurt w/ dry cereal, or applesauce w/ dry cereal.....this type of thing. She seems to be liking the change too.
For lunch...I made a big pot of pasta shells and I just give her some w/ parmasean (sp?) cheese or cheddar cheese on it (the shakable kind). She is a meat eater so she still gets lunch meats and cheeses. I'd like to come up w/ some more lunch ideas though....this one I'm still stuck on. lol
For dinner ...it's not an issue because she'll eat whatever her daddy eats. lol (Yes, a daddy's girl..lol)
I really have to get a grip on my paranoid moments......I'm working on it. Maybe I just needed someone to agree with me to make me think??? hehe
Thanks again ladies~Cindy

Posted on: Mon, 07/19/2004 - 8:51am
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I guess I should add that I do always give her a veggie w/ her lunchs ...normally tomatoes or green peppers w/ her lunch meats and peas or green beans w/ her pasta....and squashs are noramlly w/ dinner.
Thanks again~Cindy

Posted on: Tue, 07/20/2004 - 1:49am
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Cindy, well, I think it sounds as though your daughter is getting enough variety. I don't know though, I'm a fine one to talk. It's just basically the breakfast and lunch thing that you feel like you're making the same things all the time for her for.
I remember my SIL. Her children, when they were toddlers, seemed to live on Kraft Dinner with a veg in it for lunch. Every day. It worked. Then, they would have a different dinner with Dad home every night.
I remember a time when my two seemed to live on Fiesta Vegetable Soup and Minestrone Soup by Campbell's.
Tonight, come he** or high water, I'm having a *nice* big people meal, whether there is another big person in the house to share it with me or not. I have a lovely Sirloin Tip roast, small red potatoes (not clear what to do with them yet), broccoli, and onions, garlic and jalapeno peppers to fry up. I think my kids will probably do okay with it. My son loves roasted garlic mashed potatoes (that's the problem I'm having now with the mini red ones I bought - do I peel them all and boil them, or boil them and then peel just the ones for him or what) and then my daughter, she's decided she doesn't like potatoes.
Last night, late, I decide to fry up an onion, couple of cloves of garlic, and a jalapeno pepper and darned if the kids weren't eating it too. With salsa!
No, really, I think you're doing fine.
I remember my step-son (now 20). His Mother didn't care for vegetable so she NEVER made them for him to eat. I don't know if he ever broadened his horizons and began to try different veggies or not.
Even when I think about the stuff I ate as a kid, it was pretty well the same thing day in and day out (of course in the dinosaur days we didn't have variety [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). But my Mom also based her dinner cooking on what my Father liked (makes sense) and he didn't like a lot of stuff.
We survived. Then, as we got older (teenagers and then our own lives), we got experimental with the different kinds of foods we would try.
But I do know the feeling. It's like blah, I'm having this again or that again. Given the choice, my children would live on McCain Pizza. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 07/20/2004 - 2:12am
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new foods?
yes. I'm probably accurate in saying my children will eat [i]new[/i] foods (foods or a particular dish they haven't tried before) in the future, maybe even tonight. They have before, probably will again. Just that the foods have to be a particular type.
Actually, what one may think they will like or dislike can be pretty much a crap shoot. Unless, of course, you have my [i]sixth sense[/i]. I borrow it to PappaBear sometimes when I'm feeling generous.
Mixed vegetable juice seems to be a favorite in the household right now. Even over soda pop. [i]Go Figure[/i].
Gotta say, in fairness to parents who may be thought of to be lacking in authority, initiative, creativeness, or [i]whatever[/i]............my cubs cannot be forced, coerced, manipulated, or rationalized into eating [i]what they [b]cannot[/b], for whatever reason..............eat. I respect that. It's rather easy, I just think of what I [i]cannot[/i] eat. I mean, some of it's what others crave.

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