Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

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This week’s challenge theme is bentos for other people. One thing that can be very difficult to deal with is if the bento recipient is a picky eater. Especially if the picky eater is YOU!

If you have to deal with picky eaters (including you), what bento-friendly foods can you think of that might, or do, get eaten by those pain in the… I mean, choosy people?

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Stephanie
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

My husband is one of those picky people, it is a battle getting him to eat vegetables. Who knew a thirty-some-thing-year old man could be so much like a five-year old.

Some of the safe bets are carrots, frozen peas, frozen mixed vegetables, salad (without what he terms to be weeds or anything other than green), broccoli, tomato, or asparagus. All of these have to be over cooked because he doesn't like things that take too long to chew.

As far as protein goes he is pretty okay with any protein I make him as long as it is either meat or egg, and the meat should be cooked in ways familiar to him (i.e. American or Italian style seasonings, or maybe a little bit of teriyaki with extra sauce for the veggies). And he always wants more meat in his lunches.

For the carb, he will no longer eat plain brown rice. He will eat fried rice (without too many extras in there), rice with soy sauce, and spanish style rice; but he prefers bread or potatoes (oven-roasted or mashed).

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

He sounds like your typical male - thinks his mother is the best cook in the world, and will only eat the sort of food she makes. Loves apple pie?

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Céline
Bento-ing from: Avignon or Lyon, depends › France
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

... My bro is just like that. I'm sure he would like some things I cook if he actually tried it without prejudices, but really that's the mere idea of some food he dislike, not the food itself.

Does it spread like flu, I wonder ?

Of course they don't sound like picky 5 years olds -not at all- they just are manly men :
You woman have your salad and yoghurt while I'll tear appart barehanded my raw piece of beef, rawr.

mosaica
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

I love raw beef ;-)

I am so So SO not a picky eater. Well, I do have fairly picky criteria such as fresh, real, un-fake, local is great, fresh, etc., but there's no actual food that I won't try just once. Even foods that I've had a less than enthusiastic response to, like uni (sea urchin roe) I will try over and over just in case I got a bad batch the first go 'round. Still no luck with the uni, but I will keep trying!

Back to topic. In my experience, picky eaters come in all flavors, shapes, and sizes, and so preparing food for them needs to be individualized to their particular issues. Grownups are harder than kids, I expect. With kids, you can do things like make mini-meatballs full of hidden vegetable and non-meat proteins. Same goes for meat sauces --I like to use even as much as half meat half veggie. So in a meatball forcemeat you might use your food processor to mince carrot, celery, cabbage, onion, etc., and then mix into your meat, egg, spices & herbs, and whatever else you put in. You can use blitzed whole oak flakes as a filler as well, instead of bread crumbs. Sauced with a yummy mix like Maki teaches on JB, these meatballs seem to be universally loved.

For grownups, wow. I suppose you could try sneaky stuff like the above. I guess I'm not much use here; it's really hard for me to empathize with super food pickiness! I'll ask my mom-of-7 friend if she has any clever ideas :-)

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Stephanie
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

The funny thing is his mother cannot cook, I ate her cooking once in the almost 6 years that we have been together and it was a disaster. She made a pre-seasoned roast with directions on it, broccoli, and rice. The roast had a nice thick char all the way around (did not bother to eat since I am a vegetarian), the was broccoli so over-cooked you could not keep it on a fork, and the rice was so burned that her husband had to go get some take-out rice. So I do not think being picky comes from his mother's cooking, or at least I would hope not.

As far as the apple pie, he does not really like it, it is a bit too fruity for him. He would rather have some ice cream or cake.

annenayne
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

My (picky) boyfriend's response:

"You can make me a turkey sandwich and shove it in a plastic box, if that makes you feel better."

Maybe I'll make lunch for a coworker. I have a few people around here who would appreciate my hobby (*cough*obsession).

Courtney
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

My BF's response would have been exactly the same. So I didn't bother.

Men.

maki
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

I am fairly sure your BF's picky eating habits came from the fact that he might not have been exposed to a lot of variety when he was growing up. Then again, The Guy was not exposed to a lot of variety growing up either, and he basically eats everything...even chicken feet, which I can't stand to even look at... so you never know I guess!

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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods
annenayne wrote:

My (picky) boyfriend's response:

"You can make me a turkey sandwich and shove it in a plastic box, if that makes you feel better."

you can work with that, what does he like on his turkey sandwich? if he is using sliced bread cut it catty corner twice so you have 4 points tip them on edge (Leave the crusts on so they stay Manly). sub bread? cut it in 4ths & pop in a pirate sword pick, keep the toppins sperate & use them as filler around the sandwich pieces.
Include a small instruction sheet labeld "sandwich, some assembly required" he wont read it but he may at least get a chuckle :)

annenayne
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

Hee hee. Yeah, that's a cute idea. If you knew my boyfriend, though, you wouldn't suggest it. ^_^

Oh, but for all of his idiosyncrasies, I love him so.

TiaLD77
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

I know what you mean, I cant get my DH to try diffrent food very often, even in disguise as little bites. He is a Meat & taters man, doesnt want any frilly stuff.

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BarbJ
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Re: Week 4 - Picky Eater Foods

My mom was a picky eater and a pretty good cook, but she only cooked what she liked, which wasn't much.
I didn't even taste cucumbers until I was about 10 at a friends house.
The guy who didn't want "weeds" in his salad cracked me up! That was one of her biggest complaints about restauraunts the last few years, she'd ask the waitress every time, "Are there any of those Weeds in the salad?"
Iceberg and romain lettuce were all she'd eat.
I think I learned to cook just so I could try stuff I'd heard of other places.

I used to hide the veggies in marinara sauce and meatloaf too for my kids.
But they weren't that picky. We had a rule in my house; You must try at least one full bite before you can declare you don't like something. If you still don't like it you don't have to eat it. But they couldn't just say they didn't like it if they hadn't at least tried it.
Then they could go make themselves a sandwich.
They eat all kinds of stuff now.

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