My Kid Wants To Eat The Same Few Meals For Dinner Every Night

2 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

After you bought groceries by swiping Mommy’s expired debit card on your high chair, you proceeded to bring a box of Annie’s macaroni and cheese to your Thomas the Train play table, along with two plates and two spoons.

“I make Jack and Daddy dinner,” you casually proclaimed.

You shook the closed orange box upside down and stirred the invisible pasta into a plate, then served me.

I ended up having seconds, then thirds.

To you, dinner means Annie’s whole wheat macaroni and cheese. Period.

It’s not that your parents haven’t tried to introduce you to other options. You’ll eat rice and beans, quesadillas, pizza, bananas, goldfish crackers, bananas, raisins, pureed fruit, cereal, and… well, actually, that’s pretty much it.

However, if we gave you macaroni and cheese every single night for dinner, you would never complain or ask for anything else.

Tonight, Mommy decided to mix things up by making Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes, based on a recipe she found online from Giada of The Food Network.

We substituted fresh carrots for the chicken that the recipe called for, meaning your macaroni and cheese for tonight was full of vegetables.

You liked the Mac and Cheese Cupcakes. We will be repeating this recipe.

So here is the takeaway:

Don’t be surprised if we start tossing broccoli, carrots, and zucchini into the other few menu items you eat, like your rice and beans, pizza, and quesadillas.

As your parents, we no longer have to feel slightly guilty about only feeding you the few select meals you will actually eat.

We will simply begin enhancing your “bread and cheese” meals with whole veggies. If you don’t like it… then you can eat cereal.









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  1. by Alisha Romesha

    On February 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    This is a good topic Nick. So have you and Jill tried to have him eat what you eat at dinner? Owen has always just had what we had and wasn’t offered something different. I wonder how this approach affects children; eating what their parents eat or getting a separate meal from what their parents eat. I tend to lean on the side that children may become more picky if they are allowed to eat only what they want? Maybe I’m wrong. But for my son he is not a picky eater and will eat what is given to him. I have several friends who eat something separate than their children because the children don’t like what is made or just want something other than what was cooked. Hmmm…again, good topic. Makes me think. Thanks and I always enjoy reading your blogs. You are the only blog I read the most of, you are doing something right!


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