How to Deal With Fussy Eaters

Whether you’re dealing with fussy adults or picky children, trying to cook a healthy, well-balanced meal can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make things a little easier – as well as our top five recipes with hidden veg!

How To Deal With Fussy Eaters | Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

Hiding vegetables in meals is a great way to help sneak in those five portions of fruit and veg a day.

We’ve got lots of recipes that feature hidden vegetables and (in no particular order!), we’ve picked our favourite five!

Spicy Tomato Soup 

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This recipe is a spicy twist on a classic dish, and features celery and onions blitzed in with the tomatoes – but you’d never notice if you didn’t know they were there!

It’s fantastic when served for a filling lunch or even as a quick, easy dinner. You can also make this recipe as hot or as mild as you like, which makes it great for all tastes.

Mushy Pea Curry

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Mushy Pea Curry is one of our most popular recipes and it’s packed full with loads of different types of veg!

We’ve suggested some extra, unblended vegetables to add in at the end, but you can use any types of veg that you want – or you can even leave them out altogether if needed!

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Pasta 

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The only vegetables you’ll be able to find in our Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Pasta are the mushrooms that we’ve added near the end.

If you choose to leave these out, then the sauce is packed full of onions and peppers, so there will still be plenty of veggie goodness!

Katsu Chicken Curry

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Our Katsu Chicken Curry features a sauce that includes carrots, onions and potatoes, but there’s no way that you’d ever be able to tell!

This recipe is a really delicious, fakeaway version of the popular Japanese dish and, if you wanted to take it to the next level, then check out our Loaded Katsu Curry Fries as well!

Cauli Mac and Cheese 

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This Cauli Mac and Cheese recipe is absolutely PACKED full of tasty veg!

We’ve blitzed some cauliflower into the cheesy sauce to help make it really filling and super creamy – it’s the perfect way to get an extra portion of vegetables into your diet.

Our Top Tips and Tricks 

How To Deal With Fussy Eaters | Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

When it comes to creating healthy, well-balanced dishes for picky eaters, hiding veg in meals is a good starting point, but it doesn’t have to be the only solution!

If you’re cooking for picky children, then try to remember that their taste buds are a little bit different to those of adults! Their tastes and preferences also change quite regularly, so the key is not to give up and keep trying to introduce different vegetables to their diet.

Encourage children to get involved with the preparation of their food

The idea behind this is that if they can see and feel exactly what’s going into their meal, they’re more likely to give it a go!

Texture is also a really big factor for fussy eaters

For example, although we LOVE mushrooms, the slimy texture can put a lot of people off.

Why not try cooking vegetables in a few different ways or even dicing them up before adding them into your dish?

Focus on foods they enjoy

Finally, focus on the veg that your picky eater DOES like and make sure you’re including them in as many dishes as possible!

If you’re looking for more inspiration or support when it comes to dealing with picky eaters, then why not check out our Facebook group?

We’ve got the most amazing community that will help you every step of the way!



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