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    Default Fail-safe fussy toddler dinner ideas

    My DS is OBSESSED with plain pasta. He eats ok at daycare but with me I struggle to get him to eat much for dinner other than pasta.

    If I do pasta in sauce, he just picks the pasta out & leaves the rest.

    Does anyone have any ideas for dishes I can try in order to get some more variety happening? - ideally stuff that is pretty simple to make & can freeze.

    I'm really sick of going to heaps of effort making nice & interesting dishes only for him to refuse to eat any of it unless it contains pasta.

    He eats well at breakfast & will eat sandwiches & fruit at lunch (but not much else). He apparently eats well at daycare 3 days a week though

    Veggies are a struggle, so ideas that contain concealed veggies are a bonus

    I already make spag bol - he won't eat any of it except the pasta

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    Our older two went through this at ages 2-4, we just kept offering other stuff.

    Fail-safes here were:
    hot dogs
    pizza (often the base was made of cauliflower)
    pasta bake
    toasties
    pesto pasta- almost impossible for them to get the sauce off
    lasagne (lots of hidden veg)
    soup- minestrone (you can put macaroni in it)

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    Home made nuggets were a big hit here for little and big people.

    I went through this for many years but kiddo is now 9yrs old and when i ask what he would like for dinner, he always says veges so dont lose hope. He got better at the age of 6/7.

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    Meatballs, meatloaf etc with hidden veg, grate really fine, zucchini slice? Scrambled eggs with spinach.
    I've just made a huge batch of Jamie Oliver's 7 vege sauce - you blitz it really fine. DD ate it straight off the spoon, and I've been chucking it in pretty much everything to get more vege in. Tonight it's just diced chicken, 7veg sauce & cheese over pasta. DD will pick out the chicken but at least she's getting some vege in the sauce

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    Will he eat ravioli? Could you get him to eat things inside the pasta?

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    These are some of the thing my fussy kids enjoy:
    Cous Cous and "meat with handles"'(also known as lamb cutlets)
    Chicken sausage rolls from Veggie Smugglers (they have lentils, onion, zucchini, carrot and mushrooms in them).
    Mild corn and tuna curry with rice (my kids love rice with worms which is basically rice and pasta)

    Good luck!!

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    If he eats lots at childcare he might not be hungry at dinner.

    Just feed him what you eat. As long as he is not a fussy eater then keep feeding him whatever you are

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    Just re-read your post.

    Honestly sometimes it's not worth the battle, and if he eats well at childcare and eats brekkie and lunch at home, then I would be fine with dinner being plain pasta. I would serve a small helping of what we are eating in case he suddenly decides to try it though.

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    Kids fight food because it's a battle they effectively control. The more you make a thing of it the more he will make of it. We went through this with my DD and after seeing the paediatrician the advice we were given is too put a small amount of whatever you want them to eat on the plate - like a mouthful size. They have to eat that before they can get seconds of anything or yoghurt or whatever you offer after dinner. Don't get into a discussion it's simply eat this or there is nothing else (allergies etc not referred to). If they don't eat it there's nothing more.

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    Please try to not make any arguments over food. Food is for nutrition, and it is important, but if meal times become a battle ground, no one wins. My policy was if you don't finish your dinner there is nothing else, if you do finish your dinner you may have an apple if you are still hungry. I think your little one is eating quite well, and it really doesn't matter if he prefers pasta. Sneak in the veggies, and add a little bit of any new foods just for him to try. Lots of good advice already here. marie.

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