Great food ideas for fussy eaters

by | Jan 8, 2020

Toddlers aren’t exactly renowned for their willingness to eat a wide variety of foods, especially vegetables. Mommy Blogger Reevana Govender has some delicious recipes to tempt tiny tastebuds.

We all know that kids – especially toddlers – can have their fussy food moments. And as much as mamas may try their best to expose their offspring to a variety of tastes and flavours, at some stage even the best eaters may have those picky moments. The one thing I have found the hardest to get my six-year-old to enjoy since her toddler years has been vegetables!

So I’ve had to get super creative to sneak in some green goodness!

Here are four of my failsafe recipes to sneak veggies into day-to-day meals.

Breakfast

Egg, spinach and corn fritters

This is a great and nutritious breakfast when your little one tires of the usual cereal options.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp brown flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp finely grated cheese
  • 5 leaves of baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp corn (I use frozen corn, which I thaw in hot water)
  • Salt to taste

Method

Beat together the flour, egg and cheese until well combined. Fold in the chopped spinach leaves and sweetcorn. Add salt to taste if necessary. Lightly grease a pan. Measuring 1 tablespoon, drop some batter onto the pan in a circular shape and press lightly to flatten. Fry on medium heat till cooked through and golden brown, and flip over to cook the other side.

Lunch

Chicken, zucchini and carrot meatballs with tzatziki dip

This is easy to eat and even better as an on-the-go, no fuss meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 minced chicken breast
  • cup of grated baby marrows
  • cup of grated carrot
  • tsp mixed herbs
  • tsp crushed ginger and garlic
  • tsp garam masala (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method

Add baby marrows and carrot to mince and combine well. Add ginger and garlic, combine well. Add all remaining spices. Shape into balls. Air fry for 20 mins at 180ÅãC, turning once, oven bake for 30 mins on 180ÅãC, turning once, or pan fry on medium heat till cooked through and golden brown. Uncooked meatballs can be frozen for up to a month. Serve warm or cold with tzatziki dip.

Simple tzatziki

Ingredients

  • cup Greek yoghurt
  • tsp chopped mint leaves
  • tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely grated cucumber
  • 1 garlic clove chopped finely
  • Salt to taste

Method

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Supper

Margherita Pizza

Pizza is always a winner in our household!

Dough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • cup brown flour

Method

Mix yoghurt with flour and knead well. Add additional flour and continue kneading until dough isn’t sticky. Shape into pizza bases and bake in the oven for 6 mins at 230 degrees.Tomato sauce with hidden veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • tsp ginger and garlic
  • cup veg of your choice (I used broccoli, pepper, carrot and zucchini)
  • cup tomato pur.e or tomato-based sauce for pizza/pasta

Method

On a stove top, heat the olive oil and add in ginger/garlic. Once fragrant, add in the vegetables. Saut. for 5 mins on medium heat. Add in tomato puree and allow to simmer on low heat for another 10 to 15 mins or until all veggies are soft. Once cooled, blend till all veggies are fine. Use this sauce on the base for your pizza. Top with cheese and bake for 5 to 8 mins at 200ÅãC.

Dessert/Treat

Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? But what about reduced sugar, wholewheat pancakes with hidden veggies? Sounds strange, but oh so delish!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tsp salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used amasi)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup finely grated baby marrow and carrot

Method

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together buttermilk/amasi, melted butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, until just combined. Fold in the carrot and baby marrow. Lightly grease a pan or griddle, and heat to medium heat. Use a spatula to pour out small circles of batter into pan. Once you notice numerous bubbles popping on the top surface, flip your pancake over. Cook until golden brown. Serve with syrup or honey, and fruit.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and that they help to get some veggie goodness into your little one’s meals!

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