He doesn’t like this and he won’t eat that. What do I make for dinner because it seems there is nothing that I make he likes? He is so fussy that everything I have made so far he turns his nose up at. His Mother tells me he eats everything, really? Does this happen in your Billet Home? If it does you must be feeding a picky eater.
We have had our share of picky eaters. Feeding your Billet Son is a very important part of Billeting but cooking for a picky Billet Son can be a real challenge.
Throughout our years of Billeting here are some of the situations we had to deal with and the challenges we faced trying to prepare meals.
Give Me Canned Spaghetti And Ground Beef
We had one Billet son who loved canned pasta and wouldn’t eat homemade. As I didn’t have canned pasta of any description in my pantry his Mother would bring it for him. He would heat it up and eat it as a snack. It always disgusted me that he preferred canned over homemade. We are still trying to figure this one out. Although pasta was usually requested by most of our players for this particular play I made him chicken and rice for his pre-game meal.
For meat we had one Billet Son that believe it or not would only eat ground beef. Those box dinners that you make using ground beef were among his favourites. There are only so many ways you can serve ground beef. “Yuck” was all I could say to myself every time I served this Billet Son one of those boxed dinners.
My Billet Son Says “No Vegetables, Thanks”
Another Billet Son just plain didn’t like vegetables of any kind except lettuce. The first time I put a garden salad on the table he picked all the vegetables out and ate just the lettuce. Needless to say from that day on I only put a bowl of lettuce out for him. I served the vegetables seperate so everyone else could add them to their salad.
Throughout the years we had several Billet Sons who didn’t like vegetables. If I was making tomato sauce I would just mash up carrots, onions, peppers and zucchini and add them to the tomato sauce. This way they got their vegetables and they never knew the difference.
Plain Spaghetti, Please
Yet another Billet Son would devour pasta plain, yes plain with no sauce on it, no cheese, no salt and pepper. Just a plate of plain pasta. Actually this particular Billet Son didn’t like tomatoes but when I offered to make a cheese sauce he didn’t want that either.
I Can’t Stand Potatoes
Who doesn’t like potatoes whether they be baked, roasted, boiled or fried? Not many people that I know, but we had one billet son who wouldn’t eat potatoes of any kind. I have to admit I made a lot of rice that season.
For another Billet Son he liked potatoes but not mashed. Every time I served them he would refuse to eat them and make up an excuse. After several times of excuses I finally clued in that he didn’t like mashed potatoes. This wasn’t so bad though as there are many ways you can serve potatoes.
No Onions, They Make Me Cry
I had several different Billet Sons who wouldn’t eat onions. Unfortunately for me onions were a staple and added to many of my dishes for flavour.
Billet Parents are lucky when they get a Billet Son or Daughter who will eat everything. It makes things so much easier for meal planning and shopping.
If you have a picky eater in your house I can totally sympathize with you. There is nothing that makes it tougher on a Billet Mom then having a picky eater.
10 Suggestions To Help You Plan Meals For A Picky Eater
- Find out his or her dislikes right away. The day they arrive sit down with them and go over what they like to eat and what they don’t. This will save you many headaches.
- Do not do a big shopping until they are moved in and you have sat down with them and gone through the don’t like list with them.
- If they don’t like vegetables at all find out what they will eat. You have to feed them something. If they won’t eat vegetable just what will they eat. Here is an article on why fruits and vegetables are so important for athletes.
- Make sure you know what kind of meat they eat and what they won’t eat. There is no sense in purchasing a beautiful roast of beef if they don’t eat beef or buying pork chops and they don’t eat pork. Meat is one of your biggest expenses so buy what they like and save what they don’t like to have when they are on a road trip.
- Not only find out what they don’t like but what they do like and how they like it prepared. Finding out how they like it prepared is important. For example how do they like their potatoes cooked. What type of pasta do they like and what sauce do they want on it.
- Don’t have a lot of snacks on hand. Snacks like chips, pop, candy become an easy fill in for a real meal. They will fill up on this stuff if you have it on hand and not eat their meal.
- Don’t have a lot of baked goods. Sweet treats are not good for them and again an easy fill me up.
- Give them alternatives to choose from. You don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen making a specialty meal every night. For example try serving a meal buffet style with all the fixings for a salad, a baked potato or a hamburger on the side. This way they can fix it their own way.
- Check with their Mother as to what they really like to eat or a favourite meal or dish she prepared for them and ask her how to make it.
- Write it down and work together with them on the grocery list. Have them write on the grocery list healthy items they like to eat.
Check out these recipes for picky eaters:
- 12 Weeknight Diners for Picky Eaters
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- Dinner Recipes for Picky Eaters
- 20 Dinners Your Picky Eater Will Actually Eat
- Quick Dinner Recipes for Picky Eaters
- 10 Healthy Recipes Even Picky Eaters Will Eat
- A Meal Plan for Picky Eaters
- Healthy Lunch Ideas for a Picky Adult