i wish i could say that having my brood makes me an expert at picky eaters… but not so much. every time i think i have it figured out, the next one is picky in a totally different way. for instance, my oldest, ozzie required dippy to eat during his toddler years. while my youngest, griffey is choosy about ev.er.y.thing…. child doesn’t even eat fruit right now unless it’s in smoothie form. same song for the middles, too. just a different tune.
the good news is that my older three have (mostly) come out of the picky eater stage to the other side, healthy and still opinionated, but willing to try just about anything. (persistence pays off!)
while I don’t have a foolproof plan to share there are a few tricks and yummy recipes i’ve learned and this mexican lasagna recipe is the perfect example of both.
* if your little ones enjoy helping out in the kitchen, this recipe is the perfect fit for them (and you). lots of prepping and assembling to keep their hands busy and kids love to eat what they helped make. usually.
* it’s colorful, which is a good distraction.
* i’m not one to hide veggies in my kids food, but this recipe is full of yummy carrots that are grated so they won’t even notice. (mom – 1, fussy eater – 0)
* the greatest advice i’ve received is to have my kids try something multiple times before deciding to scratch it off my recipe list. this recipe makes a big enough batch that you’ll have plenty of leftovers to offer to little ones if they don’t like it right away.
* lastly, it’s a total crowd pleaser…. hasn’t failed me yet and even gets rave reviews at yoder’s (my hubs) fire station!
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doesn’t it look good? in a messy sorta way?
we’d love to hear about your little eater(s) in the comments below…. or perhaps a tip you might have to share!
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<3 . rae
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