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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 16:51 PM   11
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Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. I'm definitely going to try and get more organised and think making just one meal for everybody is going to be the way to go.

Quick question - if your children won't eat much of the dinner you've made, do you give them any supper later on? Dd1 is always asking for food at bedtime.



 
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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 17:14 PM   12
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Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. I'm definitely going to try and get more organised and think making just one meal for everybody is going to be the way to go.

Quick question - if your children won't eat much of the dinner you've made, do you give them any supper later on? Dd1 is always asking for food at bedtime.

My daughter gets one small slice of wholemeal toast with banana, spreading cheese or butter on top just before bed no matter what she eats. She's good at only eating until she is full and she's easier to get to sleep when she is well fed.



 
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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 17:15 PM   13
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What about crock pot recipes or frozen casseroles?

Can your daughter help you cook? Can you wear your other daughter while cooking?



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2017, 11:55 AM   14
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1) I have a kitchen diner so I can see the children while I cook
2) the children eat at nannys 2 days a week as we both work late
3) they have simple pasta with sweet corn, peas (all boiled in one pan) with grated cheese about once a week
4) I wing it!!
After reading this I've thrown pasta, sweet corn, peas and broccoli all in the same pan to boil this afternoon then just added soft cheese and grated cheese on top and it went down SO well with zero effort at all! Will definitely be doing it more often.

To the OP, I feel you. I struggle too honestly. I like to eat healthy, OH is ridiculously fussy and won't even look at a vegetable, Rio doesn't like anything with sauce over. So I'm constantly preparing and cooking 3 separate things. I rarely eat at the same time as them because I get their stuff sorted before mine and sort myself out after, which often involves me just settling for something quick so I can sit down! In the colder months for us the slow cooker is our saviour. But I honestly dread when the baby is older and weaned, I can't make 4 separate meals!



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 07:53 AM   15
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I hate it. My son is so fussy and my husband works nights so when he gets up he's not particularly hungry. I think it's just pointless cooking when it's only really me that will eat it! I'm trying to do one pot meals more but it's just a faff some days. My son needs so much attention as soon as he's home. I really need to use my slow cooker more.



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 17:29 PM   16
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I don't make different meals but I've learned how to separate a meal into what people like.
For example; I'll make a stew but serve it to my son without the sauce. I'll make a mixed salad but keep aside large chunks of plain cucumber and tomato for the kids. I'll make cous cous with tuna and salad but I don't mix the kids food up, so they have plain cous cous, and plain tuna.

I find generally separating the kids food works well to make them eat it. Sometimes they will only eat one part of it but it's better than nothing and saves on cooking time.

I also let the kids load readymade margherita pizzas with their own veg. They end up eating tonnes of veg because they 'made it'.



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2017, 21:17 PM   17
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I don't make different meals but I've learned how to separate a meal into what people like.
For example; I'll make a stew but serve it to my son without the sauce. I'll make a mixed salad but keep aside large chunks of plain cucumber and tomato for the kids. I'll make cous cous with tuna and salad but I don't mix the kids food up, so they have plain cous cous, and plain tuna.

I find generally separating the kids food works well to make them eat it. Sometimes they will only eat one part of it but it's better than nothing and saves on cooking time.

I also let the kids load readymade margherita pizzas with their own veg. They end up eating tonnes of veg because they 'made it'.
this is what i do too, and it really works! like if we're having fajitas, which DD turns her nose up at, i make her a 'snack plate' with some wholemeal wrap, cheese, quorn chicken, raw pepper, and anything else plus some fruit. she loves this. she'll eat anything off a snack plate gives her the control over what to eat first and stuff! she always has at least one meal a day as a snack plate, it's her favourite thing ever regardless of what's on it!

i struggle with mealtimes too though because my OH eats meat and i don't, though we are getting better and finding more shared meals! also we both work shifts so i find my meal planning quite complicated if all else fails i make my DD fish fingers with lots of different veg.



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2017, 21:18 PM   18
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oh and my DD doesn't get any supper if she doesn't eat dinner. she's not a fussy eater and never has been so when she refuses something then she must not be hungry or is just being awkward so that's up to her!



 
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Old Jul 20th, 2017, 03:05 AM   19
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The girls tend to eat early than me and OH on weekdays so I cook for them and then I cook for me and OH after they are in bed. On weekends though we all eat together and it's a case of you either eat what I've made or not but I do tend to stick to things I know that they like and I'm lucky because they aren't fussy kids and will eat most things or at least try them. Of course like all kids they go through phases of picking things out but it never lasts long.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2017, 16:19 PM   20
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I'm a take it or leave it cook. I cook from scratch everyday. I meal plan so I have a rough idea of the weeks menu. My kids will occupy themselves now (3 and 2) I just need to keep a loose eye on them. When they were tiny they'd be in the kitchen with me in bouncer, jymperoo, high chair or mat on floor. My go to menu items are chilli, slow cooked casseroles, slow cooked curry, pasta (sauce always made from scratch) etc. My kids will eat pretty much anything that's put down to them but I've always stuck to having at least one thing on their plate that I know they like, even if it's just a small amount of rice or something like that.



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