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Old 05-17-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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DH isn't a veggie fan, and DD only eats carrots and broccoli.
They are both chicken fans, but rarely delve out of their comfort zone.

I need healthy options that aren't super outrageous so they will try it.

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Old 05-18-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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DO they like things like chicken pot pie? You can do a veggie pot pie- peas, carrots, green beans, potatoes, mushrooms. Mix and match. You generally don't taste much of the veggies in the sauce.

you can add veggies into stuff they already like- do they like rice? Seasoned rices are a great place to add veggies.

hmm- my kids aren't that picky. I am usually working around allergies rather then picky eaters. Most of my recipes probably wouldn't fly for you. How about roasted veggies? Have you ever tried them? What is there comfort zone? What do they normally like to eat? It might be easier to come up with meals if we know what their comfort zone is.
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Honestly never tried to make chicken pot pie. They dont normally do peas or beans but i could try.dh will literally pick the peas out of fried rice.

They love chicken and rice. Any kind of chicken usually.
They both eat broccoli and carrots. Dh will eat corn but it makes dd throw up. I've tried numerous times with her and she gags and pukes every time.
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Try a stir fry with chicken, carrots, and broccoli. Once both are okay with that - add something. Just one thing. Water chestnuts, edamame, mushrooms...
If they like broccoli, try broccolini? Or cauliflower (white broccoli! Wow!)?
Kale chips are a big hit here, as are roasted seaweed chips. LOL they are DDs favorite food ever
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My mom used to make this all the time when I was younger.

Creamy Primavera (Healthier version of Fettuccine Alfredo, can use low fat milk and sour cream, can add grilled chicken, probably double recipe for your family or for leftovers)

1/4 cup butter
2 c. broccoli florets
1 c carrot slices
1/4 cup flour
1 garlic clove, minced
6 oz fettuccine, cooked and drained
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream

Melt 3 Tbsp butter in large skillet. Add broccoli, carrots and garlic, cook 10 minutes. Remove vegetables mixture from skillet. Melt remaining butter, blend in flour, oregano, and salt. Gradually add milk, cook stirring constantly, until thickened. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients. heat thoroughly, serves 2-3.
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Honestly never tried to make chicken pot pie. They dont normally do peas or beans but i could try.dh will literally pick the peas out of fried rice.

They love chicken and rice. Any kind of chicken usually.
They both eat broccoli and carrots. Dh will eat corn but it makes dd throw up. I've tried numerous times with her and she gags and pukes every time.
This recipe can be modified with yummy results. Don't have puff pastry, refrigerated pie crust works great. Butternut squash or sweet potato is pretty yummy. Omit the veggies they don't like, add the ones they do. Using cooked chicken from grocery store is a super time saver, but catch whole chickens on sale and you can make a bunch and freeze them.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/qu...tternut-squash
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Try a stir fry with chicken, carrots, and broccoli. Once both are okay with that - add something. Just one thing. Water chestnuts, edamame, mushrooms...
If they like broccoli, try broccolini? Or cauliflower (white broccoli! Wow!)?
Kale chips are a big hit here, as are roasted seaweed chips. LOL they are DDs favorite food ever
Stir fry sounds good! And howdo you make seaweed chips?

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My mom used to make this all the time when I was younger.

Creamy Primavera (Healthier version of Fettuccine Alfredo, can use low fat milk and sour cream, can add grilled chicken, probably double recipe for your family or for leftovers)

1/4 cup butter
2 c. broccoli florets
1 c carrot slices
1/4 cup flour
1 garlic clove, minced
6 oz fettuccine, cooked and drained
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream

Melt 3 Tbsp butter in large skillet. Add broccoli, carrots and garlic, cook 10 minutes. Remove vegetables mixture from skillet. Melt remaining butter, blend in flour, oregano, and salt. Gradually add milk, cook stirring constantly, until thickened. Add vegetables and remaining ingredients. heat thoroughly, serves 2-3.
I think I'll make this. I was thinking of doing a white sauce spaghetti. Thanks for the recipe!

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This recipe can be modified with yummy results. Don't have puff pastry, refrigerated pie crust works great. Butternut squash or sweet potato is pretty yummy. Omit the veggies they don't like, add the ones they do. Using cooked chicken from grocery store is a super time saver, but catch whole chickens on sale and you can make a bunch and freeze them.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/qu...tternut-squash
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Re: healthy meals for a picky family

Have you tried raw veggies with dip? My kids are not picky but one son does not like cooked broccoli at all but loves it raw with dip like ranch or peanut sauce. What about purple cauliflower, raw beets, sugar snap peas. My kids are most likely to love pretty food than mushy over cooked veggies (not saying you do this!) I wouldn't worry about corn, it's not really that nutritious anyway. Maybe look over some superfoods (kale, spinach, blueberries, sweet potatoes) and see which seem like they might be good options, a small serving of blueberries is better than a whole can of green beans.
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Try a stir fry with chicken, carrots, and broccoli. Once both are okay with that - add something. Just one thing. Water chestnuts, edamame, mushrooms...
If they like broccoli, try broccolini? Or cauliflower (white broccoli! Wow!)?
Kale chips are a big hit here, as are roasted seaweed chips. LOL they are DDs favorite food ever
my 2 older LO's beg for seaweed!
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