Do you ever feel like you’re fighting an endless battle and you almost always walk away as the loser when it comes to eating?
If you answered yes, then I sympathize with you. If you answered no, welcome to my world, please join us for supper one night to experience this circus.
Being a fussy eater or picky eater is an understatement. We all have our likes and dislikes but can a list of dislikes really be THAT long? Especially when you haven’t really been on the planet for long?
In Danny’s case, yes.
Meal time, every meal time, is a fight. Most times we just give in and let him have his way and eat 2 min noodles (which take 3 ½ minutes to make) or a cheese sandwich or sausage, but other times we fight it out (sometimes not the best solution to the problem but it gets food into him). My other problem is that his list changes like the weather in Cape Town, something he ate yesterday and loved would be at the top of his dislike list today, to a point where he cries bitterly over this. And we’ve discussed it, is it the taste or feel of the food. Trying to identify any problems and he doesn’t know or understand how he should answer and then we give up and within 5min he is happy. I have tried to get him involved with cooking thinking that would assist but nope, I was wrong.
The reality is that I just can’t keep up. You never know what you’re going to get with him so I try my best to keep the peace and cook Danny friendly meals but with our attempt at eating healthier its been hard, prepping 2 meals for 4 people daily.
What do you do as a parent? Let them have their way and give in to whatever food they want or continue the food struggle?
There are a few favourites that he loves, good and faithful Mac and Cheese, Dance food (Sausage stew), Chicken nuggets with chips or veggies, Cottage pie and Sweet Chicken. The other recipes are old favourites in most people’s homes, but not so much the Sweet Chicken, anyhoo I thought I’d share the recipe
RECIPE BY XOLISWA NDOYIYA (Former President Nelson Mandela personal Chef)
½ tsp white pepper
2T mixed spice for chicken
450g chicken breast (sliced) or strips
325ml sweet fruit chutney
2T medium curry powder
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Combine the paprika, pepper and chicken spice and rub the chicken pieces all over with this mixture.
Place in an ovenproof dish and roast for 15 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, combine the chutney, mayonnaise, curry powder and water and mix well to form a sauce.
Remove the chicken from the oven and cover it with the sauce.
Lower the oven temperature to 160°C and roast the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Serve with rice, garnished with a sprig of fresh flat-leaf parsley if desired.
If you have any suggestions, recipes or anything which could make meal times a pleasant experience in our home PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THEM!