Picky Eater Syndrome

My son, Matt, is a picky eater. He has a palate out of this world.  He does not like vegetables. As a baby, we used mix in vegetables with his baby food. I was hoping that I was able to get some kind of veggies in his system for nutritional value. Nope, not a chance. You can’t fool him.  My son has the PICKY EATER SYNDROME! If there is the slightest change in color in his food, Matt will notice. It’s a done deal–he is not eating it. As he got older, we used to cook the veggies soft then chop it up to play hide and seek in his food. Matt would always find the vegetables. He must have a veggie radar or something. So, what do I do when I want some answers…Google it! Between Google and YouTube, you can find all of the answers–even if it’s the wrong answer. But, nevertheless, it was worth a chance to see if anyone else was experiencing the picky eater syndrome.

Below is a video of another child that was a picky eater.

A 13 year old preteen named Chase, who has autism, was an extremely picky eater as a toddler. His mother struggled chasebailey2with finding different types of foods that he would like.  Until one day, at age 11, he started watching the cooking channel.  It changed his world.  He is now a chef, who stars in his own show, “Chase ‘N Yur Face.” It is a comical cooking show where he teaches the audience new recipes and interviews guest chefs.  For a preteen with autism, this is amazing. He is overcoming obstacles and accomplishing his dreams.

This gave me, well not me, my wonderful mother in law an idea. She puréed the vegetables and put it in the spaghetti. I know a lot of you are saying “Duh! That’s nothing new! You should have tried that before.” Well, I’m not the best cook on the block. As a matter of fact, I don’t know how I have managed to keep my husband and kids alive for so long.  Thank goodness my husband had a mother that taught him how to cook a little something or else we would go broke from eating out so much. Needless to say, my cooking selection is very limited.

The puréed vegetables in the spaghetti worked!! He and the rest of my little minions ate it up like nobody’s business.  Now my next task is trying it at home.

Jessica Seinfeld, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, wrote a book called, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. Jessica discusses easy recipes that are stealthily packed with unseen veggies, puréed so kids will not suspect it was in the food.

It is worth a try.  How hard can it be?

To be continued….


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