RE: Recipes for picky Mom
Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM
And I Mean she is picky. She turns down my rice, chickpeas, beans, and all my veggies. She literally spit out my chickpeas when she tried it. She eats pizza and ice cream every night for dinner. Is there any recipes that she will like. So I can cook for her too?
How about pizza? Blend some veggies (like carrots or a little canned pumpkin - not the pie filling, the actual solid pack pumpkin) into the sauce - orange veggies blend well into red sauce , add toppings like mushrooms, red bell peppers, etc. Look for a vegan faux cheese to use (I think Daiya makes a decent vegan mozz sub that melts).
Look for things she likes that are already at least vegetarian and go from there. Chickpeas are a bit of an acquired taste and texture - I know the first few times I tried them, they smelled "weird" to me (kinda of like used gym shoes). Now I eat them cold with a sprinkle of salt in place of peanuts.
Think about mix'n'match type meals - cook a decent pasta (there are some white whole wheat pastas that look like 'regular' but have more fiber and such) - key is to not overcook ANY pasta, especially whole grain and alternative type (rice, quinoa, spelt). Then make a nice Italian sauce with tomato, herbs, etc. If she must have meat balls, cook a few for her and serve them on the side (like in some fancy Italian restaurants where the meatballs are a menu item on their own). Cook some mixed veggies as well. Then you can have a nice pasta primavera, lovely colors and textures, and she can have her 'standard' pasta with meatballs. Little to no extra cooking time involved.
Try text-mex (if she'll eat that) - burritos, tacos, etc are often just beans and rice with salsa/picante wrapped in a tortilla (corn or wheat depending). A hearty mild chili (unless she likes spicy) can be made without meat and no one the wiser (we have friends who are omnivores who request our veg chili!)
Start there, start small, start where she is. If she feels forced or pressured she'll resist. Just keep making colorful, interesting, wonderful smelling food. Either she will or she won't but you have no say in it.