Meals to Make for Picky Eaters

Have picky eaters at your house? Here are some meal ideas that will hopefully please everyone!

I’ve found that with this many to feed each day (we currently have 10 regular eaters at our house), it’s almost impossible to please everyone at every meal. This doesn’t mean that I become a short-order chef and make different food to make everyone happy. No way.

But there are some very easy ways to set out meal options and let people build their plates the way they like. Here are some examples!

Meals to Make for Picky Eaters

1. Baked Potatoes

I bake a crock pot full of potatoes like this. Then I put out a variety of toppings for people to choose from like:

  • Chili
  • Diced Ham
  • Bacon Bits
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Steamed Peas
  • Steamed Broccoli

Our littlest will eat a buttered potato with diced ham and peas or broccoli on the side. Our seven-year-old won’t eat the potato but will eat a bowl of chili with cheese. Our nine-year-old will eat any or all of this. Our adults eat loaded potatoes with any variety of these toppings. AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY. Especially me. :)

2. Chili

Unfortunately, not everyone at our house likes chili. But if I make a pot of chili with hot dogs or baked potatoes, each person can make a meal from this that they will enjoy. Here are some options:

  • Chili in a bowl with cheese and sour cream and fritos, or
  • Chili over a hot dog with cheese, or
  • Just a baked potato with fixins, or
  • Just a hot dog with fixins

Again, everyone is happy.

3. Nacho/Burrito Bar

This is one of my favorite go-to meals for our large family. I can set out tortillas and/or chips along with the following fillings/toppings and everyone builds their plate or bowl the way they like.

4. Pizza

This one is simple, especially if you already have pizza crust frozen and ready to pull out out of the freezer for a quick meal. For our family, I make three to six pizzas, depending on how many of our grown kids will be home for the meal. I make a variety of pizzas with different toppings, making sure I have something that everyone likes!

Some with just cheese, some with meat and cheese only, and some with meat, cheese, and veggies.

5. Healthy Snack Meal

Our former foster son, age 4, visits regularly and is an extremely picky eater. While the rest of us eat the meal I prepared, here are some food choices I’ll offer him:

  • Spinach-Filled Smoothies (how amazing that our pickiest eaters will guzzle these down!)
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Fruit (he eats just about any fruit I have on hand)
  • Muffins (I try to keep pumpkin, apple, or zucchini muffins on hand so that the muffins I give him are more nourishing.)
  • Mudballs (I make batches x8 of these about every two weeks because our littles love them and they are great for snacks.)

TIP: I always serve each meal with a variety of fruit and veggie side dishes for people to choose from, so that helps accommodate picky eaters too. Here’s more detail about how this works at our house.

What are your go-to meals for picky eaters?

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