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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Thanks guys, some great ideas here. As I said, he's happy to eat cooked veg, but i find it difficult to manage anything much more than a sandwich for lunch atm, I don't have time to cook him something and then sit him down at the table and get him to eat it. We try to go out in the mornings and by the time we get home DD is due a nap, so i usually have to plonk him in front of the tv and throw a sandwich at him before I deal with her. But i think i might start trying to make him more veggie based snacks and finger food type things that he can eat for lunch.
    I often make meatballs in a large batch and freeze them. My meatballs are about 50% meat, 50% veg, and DD actually really likes them, as does DS. I also recently found a recipe for hidden veg sausage rolls that I am going to make up and freeze for quick lunches for the kids. I find it quicker to grab and reheat a couple of meatballs in the microwave than to make her a sandwich, it just means I have to remind myself to actually cook them in the first place.

    Does you DS like corn? I make baked potatoes with tuna,cheese and corn, it can all be made in advance and then just chucked under a grill. DD LOVES them, it is a favourite standby meal in this house.

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    You could do a big zucchini slice, freeze it and give that for lunch when you get home.

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    Seriously I think your doing well your little ones diet looks very much like my kidlets. Maybe try getting dp and mil to curb the treat a little but otherwise I think that's pretty good.


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    I make in batches and freeze:
    - meatballs with grated carrot/zucchini
    - carrot/zucchini slice
    - meatloaf with loads of veg like broc, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, potato, capsicum, basically anything
    - chicken patties with grated carrot/zucchini
    - fish patties with hidden veg
    - muffins with veg

    I've only just started having to do the hidden thing, I was getting cocky with the thought of not having a fussy eater

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    Here is a recipe you may like FL.

    Dry ingredients:
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1 cup wholemeal flour
    7/8 cup plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda

    Wet ingredients:
    200mL low fat soy milk
    2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    100mL vegetable oil (I use the stuff from the jar of sun dried tomatoes for extra flavour)

    Other ingredients:
    2 zucchini, grated - about 1 3/4 cups
    8 large basil leaves, shredded
    2 TB (40mL) water, or as needed
    oil spray


    Directions
    1. Heat oven to 190 and spray a 12-hole, half cup muffin tin with oil spray (or line with liners)
    2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
    3. Combine wet ingredeints in a jug.
    4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until partly combined (still streaky with flour is OK). Add the 2TB water (or more) if it's too dry. Do not mix excessively or the muffins will be tough.
    5. Add the zucchini and basil and fold through - it should now look combined.
    6. Spoon into muffin trays and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from trays promptly and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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    I think your DS is doing great. I find veggie muffins and spinach and cheese scrolls in the freezer are great, also I make some cupcakes out of cannellini beans and cashews which I freeze. DS is dairy free at the moment though which is hard.

    Today he had:
    Breakfast - banana smoothie (banana and oat milk), some maple crunch cereal and half a piece of toast with peanut butter and jam.
    MT - Anzac biscuit and a "mum mum" snack (looked like some sort of rice cracker, a friend brought them over)
    Lunch - rice cake and peanut butter, bliss ball, cucumber, snow peas, grapes. Then eggs on toast an hour later.
    AT - diluted juice (my dad gave him - I only do oat milk or water) and a couple of strawberries.
    Dinner - half a pie DH brought home, then teriyaki chicken, rice, and cabbage and noodle salad with the family about 7pm (late dinner).


    Probably too much sugar, oh well.

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    I have been making green smoothies for my kids which they love, call it shrek juice and it will be a hit big handfuls of english spinach with half a cucumber and a handful of frozen grapes/pineapple made with coconut water. Loaded with goodness! I make it for when we are going out in the car usually

    And another thing to try is a kitchen gadget thing that makes carrot spaghetti or zucchini zoodles. If I have time I serve a sarnie with a side of raw veggie like that and for some reason the presentation makes a difference!

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    ^ That's a great idea! Will have to do that for my kiddies.

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    Today my ds (4 in June) ate:

    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, baked beans, an orange

    MT: yoghurt, home made Anzac biscuit

    Lunch: sweet potato chips (home made), ham, peanut butter on celery, some vita wheat crackers with dip - it was a bit of a smorgasbord today.

    AT: berry smoothie, an apple, 2 pikelets

    Dinner: plate of steamed veg (asparagus, broccoli, carrot, zucchini), then brown rice and grilled salmon

    I haven't read the other replies yet, so unsure what has been suggested yet. I always have ds eat his veg portion of dinner first, before he gets the rest on his plate. If not, he won't eat it and tells me he isn't hungry anymore. Have you tried steaming the hard veggies to make them a little softer initially? And gradually changing the texture over time?

    I do think your ds has a good diet. My ds probably ate more veg today than he does on an average day, and he has 'treats' most days, too. I worry as well, though. It is hard to know if they are getting the right portions of all the good stuff.

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    I think he is eating well at home, especially if you say he eats a lot of junk at other people's houses - I would probably suggest adding a yogurt to his meal plan ( get one with a pro biotic) or even making a yogurt smoothie for afternoon tea with berries and spinach plus I would lose the jam (too much sugar) and vegemite ( way to much salt and msg) and try avocado , almond or peanut butter ( buy 100% nuts) or cottage cheese or tuna or hummus as spreads for whole meal toast or rice cakes, swap the dried apricots for goji berries (more nutritious less sugar) add chia seeds ( protein/iron) to pizza bases, eggs, meatballs, breadcrumb mix and smoothies , try quinoa instead of rice. ( very high in protein/ iron)

    As you mentioned add spinach or kale to his eggs, add spinach or rocket on sandwiches , I put peas or spinach in any rice or pasta dish , same with fresh herbs ( just as nutritious as green veggies!) add spinach to homemade breadcrumbs for snitzels etc, keep trying raw veggie sticks ( capsicum/ carrot/celery/beans ) with tzatziki or guacamole , DS loves raw peas , we peel them together but end up with none as we eat them all!

    I'm very lucky as DS eats all veggies ( except potato and sweet potato which he has never liked!) but from 6 months I made a bowl of steamed veg a staple at every dinner meal that we all eat together so it's more a habit I think now ( I always add olive or coconut or flax seed oil to the veg) plus I believe in packing as much nutrients into a meal while you can , I don't hide veggies I just pretty much put them in everything and ways have so even a cheese toasted sand which has always contained spinach and he has never had eggs that didn't contain fresh herbs or rice that didn't have peas or spinach in it , we don't have junk food in the house , unless we have guests we may have chips or chocolate and I make muffins or desserts maybe twice a week , he drinks only water at home but has plain mineral water when we go out and the odd fresh carrot and apple juice if we are at a shopping centre

    Today he had:

    Brekky - 2 egg pancake with fresh basil , feta and tomato and a pear
    Mt- big tub of yogurt
    Lunch- mini brioche bun with chicken, swiss cheese, avocado and rocket ( we were out for lunch !) and scoop of pineapple sorbet and plain mineral water
    At- 2 brown rice cakes with avocado and an apple
    Dinner - Grilled sweet chili salmon with steamed broccoli, carrot and corn
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