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Old 11-06-2012, 03:19 PM
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Does anyone else live with others (spouse, siblings, parents, whoever) who are extremely picky eaters?

My entire family eats the WORST diet. My mom isn't as horrible as my dad and brother, and gets offended when you call her a picky eater, but she is. She'll eat any kind of meat, fish, whatever...but she doesn't like a ton of spices/flavorings, ethnic foods, etc. Won't eat any kind of grain that isn't basic pasta or rice - quinoa, barley, something like jasmine rice or saffron rice - nope.

My dad and brother, I can list what they eat on less than two hands probably. Plain chicken,
spaghetti or plain pasta with tomato sauce (no lasagna, ravioli, baked ziti, pesto, etc.)
hamburgers (my brother only eats american cheese and my dad ONLY eats cheddar, can't be melted)
chinese food - orange chicken, chicken and broccoli, fried rice ONLY
tacos (only beef, soft tacos, from a kit) or enchiladas (chicken only, from a kit). If I make these from scratch, they complain they taste funny and aren't good.
broccoli, green beans, carrots or peas. These are the ONLY vegetables they will eat.

And then a few thing they'll eat individually....my brother will eat pizza (dad won't), dad will eat a turkey or ham sandwich. He'll also eat mushrooms.

The list of things they won't eat is ENDLESS. Barbecue sauce, anything spicy (except buffalo wings???), zucchini, eggplant, sweet potato, whole wheat bread or pasta, avocado, anything with nuts or nut flavor (including cooked in peanut oil or with peanut butter), sour cream, most cheese, any soup that isn't from one or two cans they'll tolerate, peppers, anything with green flecks (herbs) on it, pumpkin, cinnamon, cajun, ETC.


Now, I do have the option of just cooking for myself...but it sucks. First of all I don't eat all that much and get sick of eating leftovers twice a day for a week straight, I can freeze stuff sometimes but there's not much room for that. I HATE spending an hour cooking a meal to have everyone complain about it or not eat it and then go to the diner and order hamburgers.

Our menu in this house is literally like three meals we rotate. My mom started making pancakes for dinner like twice a week because no one eats anything else. It's ridiculous.

Aside from NOT telling them what's in stuff and hoping they eat it (occasionally works. rarely. usually if it doesn't taste EXACTLY like what they ate three days ago they don't want it), is there anything I can do? Any dishes for people with an allergy to tasty things?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:33 PM
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:38 PM
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I deal with it daily and its just gotten to where I don't tell him whats in it (onions that I mince) or I find ways around what he doesn't like and keep meals for them

Its the guys though and there is a reason behind it so I work with it and if they end up not liking something they love grilled cheese and tomato soup or something equally as easy.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:16 PM
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Uhh I am the picky eater in the family. I have really bad texture issues (asperger's wheee) and I will literally gag with a lot of foods, to the point where if I make myself eat it, I will throw up trying to swallow it. Cooked vegetables of any kind are my biggest offender; I just CANNOT physically make myself swallow something that wet and mushy *gag*

I also can't eat anything with mayonnaise in it. Every single time I've eaten it, I've gotten deathly sick for up to a week. No idea what causes it, as I'm not allergic to eggs.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:17 PM
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Thats the issue here PP. I just cut the onions to the point he cant even tell though. Im talking McD's small. Morgan will not eat meat protein.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:34 PM
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LOL we're all picky here.

I'm pescatarian and can't eat certain textures.
My brother will eat pizza, chicken wings and hot dogs.
My sister will eat steak and chicken wings.
My dad will eat any meat that's burned to a crisp.

My mom's the only not-picky one xD We just make our own meals
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:49 PM
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I'm a picky eater. You name it, I probably won't eat it.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:57 PM
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When we were kids my brothers and I were awfully picky but the rule was, you had to AT LEAST like the "base" of meals. AKA: You will eat veggies, meat, pasta, rice, etc.. we will work with you when it comes to extras like cheese, sauces, etc.. that you don't like but otherwise, you eat what is put in front of you.

When it comes to picky eaters now.. deconstructing the meal usually works well around here (where we have kids of all ages/kinds/eating habits) as in.. the main meat dish is cooked and we will make smaller portions of sauce/spice mixtures and put them in separate bowls so people can pick.
Then will be a big plate of pasta or rice or cuscus and whatever else...and side bowls/sprinklers of cheeses, sauces, salts, spices, etc..
and then of course all the veggies spread out and separated by type and cooked/uncooked.
PLUS at bigger family meals with especially picky kids we will also put out bread, wraps etc .. we have a few kids that will ONLY EAT NEW THINGS if it's in a sandwhich. weird.

as a result.. we have giant family dinners that look A LOT like fancy buffets lol but everyone eats and even the pickier younger kids work around it.

It takes a lot of time.
but..at this point my mom is really good at making smaller portions of different sauces and creating meals that can be enjoyed different ways and it's really cool to see what everyone ends up with!!
My brother likes to make wraps, my dad goes all big bowl of everything, my mom eats everything she cooks and I like to eat very simply.

Everyone is happy
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When we were kids my brothers and I were awfully picky but the rule was, you had to AT LEAST like the "base" of meals. AKA: You will eat veggies, meat, pasta, rice, etc.. we will work with you when it comes to extras like cheese, sauces, etc.. that you don't like but otherwise, you eat what is put in front of you.

When it comes to picky eaters now.. deconstructing the meal usually works well around here (where we have kids of all ages/kinds/eating habits) as in.. the main meat dish is cooked and we will make smaller portions of sauce/spice mixtures and put them in separate bowls so people can pick.
Then will be a big plate of pasta or rice or cuscus and whatever else...and side bowls/sprinklers of cheeses, sauces, salts, spices, etc..
and then of course all the veggies spread out and separated by type and cooked/uncooked.
PLUS at bigger family meals with especially picky kids we will also put out bread, wraps etc .. we have a few kids that will ONLY EAT NEW THINGS if it's in a sandwhich. weird.

as a result.. we have giant family dinners that look A LOT like fancy buffets lol but everyone eats and even the pickier younger kids work around it.

It takes a lot of time.
but..at this point my mom is really good at making smaller portions of different sauces and creating meals that can be enjoyed different ways and it's really cool to see what everyone ends up with!!
My brother likes to make wraps, my dad goes all big bowl of everything, my mom eats everything she cooks and I like to eat very simply.

Everyone is happy
we do alot of that as well glad I'm not the only one LOL.
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When we were kids my brothers and I were awfully picky but the rule was, you had to AT LEAST like the "base" of meals. AKA: You will eat veggies, meat, pasta, rice, etc.. we will work with you when it comes to extras like cheese, sauces, etc.. that you don't like but otherwise, you eat what is put in front of you.

When it comes to picky eaters now.. deconstructing the meal usually works well around here (where we have kids of all ages/kinds/eating habits) as in.. the main meat dish is cooked and we will make smaller portions of sauce/spice mixtures and put them in separate bowls so people can pick.
Then will be a big plate of pasta or rice or cuscus and whatever else...and side bowls/sprinklers of cheeses, sauces, salts, spices, etc..
and then of course all the veggies spread out and separated by type and cooked/uncooked.
PLUS at bigger family meals with especially picky kids we will also put out bread, wraps etc .. we have a few kids that will ONLY EAT NEW THINGS if it's in a sandwhich. weird.

as a result.. we have giant family dinners that look A LOT like fancy buffets lol but everyone eats and even the pickier younger kids work around it.

It takes a lot of time.
but..at this point my mom is really good at making smaller portions of different sauces and creating meals that can be enjoyed different ways and it's really cool to see what everyone ends up with!!
My brother likes to make wraps, my dad goes all big bowl of everything, my mom eats everything she cooks and I like to eat very simply.

Everyone is happy
That sounds awesome.
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