I am the chump who recently spent $2000 trying to “cure” my son of extreme fussy eating. Each week he and some fellow-fussy-eaters would sit down with two qualified occupational therapists and discuss foods – their tastes, their shapes, their textures.
It was 12 week course during which Giovanni, 8, tried one new food (and immediately rejected it) and at the end of the course his eating was just as narrow as before.
I ended up involving him in not only the shopping of the food but in the cooking as well. He was so excited to help me cook, and although he didn’t try anything new at first, he was eventually tempted to taste some of his own creations, and now he is eating a few new foods (which is an incredible relief).
Children, particularly fussy eaters, need to see how dishes are made and feel as though they are part of the process. They don’t just want food placed in front of them – well, sometimes they do – but they want to know what has gone into it.
Getting your children to eat proper foods doesn't have to be such a challenge. Image: Revolution Studios (Daddy Day Care).
I will always be grateful to be born Italian because pasta is my go-to for most meals, because it’s so affordable, versatile and healthy, and my kids love it.
Here are three go-to pasta recipes that my children and I cook together.
Jo’s Traditional Spaghetti Sauce.
You can use any meat to make spaghetti sauce and have a great base for a dish. I use mince, sausages, beef, chicken thighs, whatever I have on hand. I even throw leftover meat into this basic yet delicious sauce to create an amazing meal every time.