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How do you deal with fussy eating

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create Fri 12-Aug-11 19:43:35

from your DH?

I always thought I'd be the sort of mum who provided food on a take it or leave it basis. I didn't account for DH refusal to eat so many things though.

He won't have anything to do with fish and no meat that requires "faffing", which basically restriicts us to steak or chicken breasts. There is a very short list of veg that he will eat, no breakfast cereals, no wholemeal rice/pasta. It is very frustrating. The DC actually eat pretty well and DS1 loves to try new foods, but unless I cook a seperate meal for DH (or DH does, which he would if I didn't) we're basically retricted to about a dozen different dishes and those are all much the same.

Annunziata Fri 12-Aug-11 20:47:49

You make a meal for the family, if he doesn't want it, he makes himself something else. He's definitely old enough!

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 12-Aug-11 22:16:43

I'm really intolerant of fussy eating from adults. If it's not an actual allergy or some genuine aversion I really find it annoying. I have a friend who doesn't eat fish - fair enough. Another that can't eat dairy for medical reasons - fair enough. But my mother is the world's worst picky eater and, if I had to cater for her all the time, it would end in tears. I agree with Annunziata... make a nice meal for everyone and, if he turns up his nose, point him towards the cooker or the chip shop.

dreamingofsun Sat 13-Aug-11 17:25:22

i thought this thread was about a young child when i first read it. agree with the others. hopefully those people in another thread a few weeks ago who were saying it was OK for kids to be fussy are reading this.

givemushypeasachance Sat 13-Aug-11 19:55:24

Non-faffing meat ideas - doesn't he eat mince? And is it an "on the bone" issue with the "faffing"? If so then what about things like strips of pork done in a stir fry, or chunks of lamb and beef slow cooked in a stew, tagine or curry? They practically melt in your mouth and are bite sized - if he eats steak then he has to eat those.

Does he eat pulses? Chick peas, lentils and various beans are very versatile and are a good source of protein. Other ideas could be thick spanish omlettes, vegetable fajhitas, thick veg soups served with crusty bread, rissotto, sausage casserole, tuna pasta (if he eats white pasta), veg lasagne, or just give him a cheese sandwich and let him get on with it!

create Wed 17-Aug-11 12:58:08

Thank you all. DH would definitely cook somthing for himself if I 've cooked something nice for the family which he won't eat (he's actually quite useful grin ), but I don't want DC to think it's Ok to substitute my healthy meal for a frozen pizza or something from the chip shop.

happygolucky0 Sat 20-Aug-11 22:54:27

Hi I am reading this thread and thinking .........that could be my son (who is 14 yrs at present, in years to come. He is difficult when it comes to food too. I understand your frustration completly. I usually end up doing two differant meals each day too. It is quite stressfull as well I find, to be juggling everything in the kitchen.
I don't know the answer only wish I did ...if you find one please remember me lol I am willing to pay .... I know in my case that I should just say take it or leave it ...which I have many times but he will just go to the shops and buy a packet of biscuits or some other crap.

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