Foods and recipes for extremely picky eaters

Updated: Mar 3

I wanted to challenge myself as a mom to find dishes that would be more appealing to "picky eaters" (what did I get myself into!). I can't say that I was a perfect eater all my life. In fact, I was the pickiest of them all in a family of 5 with 3 siblings.

My mom struggled with me growing up, trying to get me to eat everything, and then it turned into anything that she could think of. I would literally give my lunch away to the cute boys at school or hide them in my school bag for days on end. Yes, I was the worst of the worst, I would say.

Now as a mom, I cannot even imagine the struggles that my mom went through trying to get me to eat. I can definitely relate to any mom struggling with picky eaters as a result.

My boys are not the typical extreme picky eaters, as they do have an appetite. My eldest son will eat what is prepared, but struggles at times with vegetables, while my youngest son just loves exploring all types of food (his dad's genetics, not mine). However, sometimes they do have their moments and may like only certain foods, fruits, or vegetables.

My sister's kids on the other hand are a bit pickier with their foods, especially one particular niece who I would consider the extreme of them all. She does not like any dish prepared with a sauce, her eggs have to be perfect with no burns or cheese added, and she refuses to eat anything but chicken. She is my ultimate showdown when it comes to testing my chosen dishes.

These are a few of my favorites that you can try with your picky eaters. I will add more dishes as I explore other options, but for now, try these and let me know what you think.

If you have tried any of these dishes or have a few of your own, let me know. Please feel free to share your own experiences or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!

Food and recipes for the extreme picky eaters
“Recipes that I have tested on the extremely picky eaters!"


Now you may be wondering why I included macaroni and cheese. That's every kid's favorite dish, right? Not so much. Picky eaters are picky eaters and even the famous kid's mac and cheese have been rejected and thrown in the garbage several times.

This is my insider's trick to mac and cheese; not all mac and cheese are created equal. My kids and my sister's kids absolutely hate any box-prepared version of macaroni and cheese. They can identify it very well and will refuse to eat it. I have thrown enough of it in the garbage to get the point. Unless you decide to revamp the box of mac and cheese (throw out the cheese packet), which I have tried and gotten success on, don’t waste your precious time.

I recommend trying a good, from-scratch recipe that they will love. It is so quick and easy to make it from scratch, that it is a no-brainer if you ask me. You will never purchase any box version of mac and cheese ever.

Here is a really easy to prepare homemade mac and cheese that your picky eater will definitely love and ask for more.

Macaroni and cheese for picky eaters