The Lineup: Focaccia bread, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes
Make It: Fold Canadian bacon into quarters first; brush skewers with olive oil before you grill kabobs.
Serve with: Pizza sauce
The Lineup: Chicken nuggets, broccoli, baby carrots
Make It: Thaw nuggets and precook carrots in microwave for 2 minutes so they're easy to slide onto skewers.
Serve with: Ranch dressing
The Lineup: Snow-pea pods, shrimp, yellow-pepper strips
Make It: Brush with Asian sweet chili sauce and lime juice before you put them on the grill.
Serve with: Extra chili sauce
Strategies for Picky Eaters
Mealtime becomes a struggle when your little one has a very discerning palate. Learn how to handle a picky eater and some reasonable guidelines for what you should expect your child to eat.
Pasta and Meatballs
The Lineup: Cooked meatballs, cheese ravioli, zucchini, yellow summer squash
Make It: Boil ravioli until it's barely tender (undercooking the pasta helps it stay on the skewer).
Serve with: Pasta sauce
The Lineup: Pineapple, red-pepper strips, chicken pieces
Make It: Brush kabobs with olive oil before you throw them on the grill.
Serve with: Sweet-and-sour sauce
Berry Pound Cake
The Lineup: Blueberries, pound cake, raspberries, strawberries
Make It: Slice boxed pound cake, then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or a small round glass.
Fruity French Toast
The Lineup: Peaches, French toast
Make It: Cut toast into triangles; serve syrup in a small bowl so kids can dip their skewers right in.
The Lineup: Banana, strawberry yogurt, rainbow sprinkles
Make It: Dip chunks of banana into yogurt first, then skewer. Up the fiber factor by rolling bananas in crushed granola instead of in sprinkles.
The Lineup: Rice Krispies Treats, peanut butter, apples
Make It: You can pipe the peanut butter onto the RK Treats, or just spread it with a knife to save time.
The Lineup: Strawberries, marshmallows, fudge sauce
Make It: Put fudge sauce in a zip-top bag, clip off a tiny corner, and drizzle designs onto marshmallows.
The Lineup: Cantaloupe, honeydew melon
Make It: Marinate fruit in a mixture of lime juice, brown sugar, and mint; cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
Originally published in the July 2008 issue of Parents magazine.