I have picky eaters. All three of the male gender who live with me are very specific about what they will eat…and even more specific about what they will not eat. Ages 4, 8 and mid 30’s. Picky eaters are hardly bound by age. But, it is a reality in my house, and for years it has been a stumbling block in my meal planning.
I always felt like I was struggling to find something everyone could enjoy my stress level towards meal time was always very high. Then one day I just realized…why am I trying so hard? It’s not my job to please everyone…just provide for them. Only the littlest one is too young to get himself a meal, or truly understand the importance of a balanced diet.
My kids like raw vegetables. Unless they’re mashed potatoes…they want them raw. My eldest son eats frozen peas like they’re candy. Just loves them. So instead of forcing them to eat cooked veggies (and saving myself time cooking and money on the power bill) I have given in and let them eat it raw. As long as they’re getting everything they need…I’m happy.
So, I’ve been making meals like this a lot lately. Using our favorite deli meats for needed protien, cheese for dairy, and lots and lots of veggies.
Kid Friendly Salad
- Maple Leaf Deli Fresh Shaved Chicken Breast
- Baby Carrots
- Cheddar (cubes)
- additional ideas: snow peas, green beans, peppers, mushrooms, and celery
On a large plate, arrange rolled chicken breast around the plate. Cut all vegetables to finger food size (perfect for toddler/preschooler fingers), and layer (or pile by type) depending on the pickiness level). Top with cubed cheese and add a little bowl of dip.
Super simple and completely customizable to suite the needs, likes and dislikes of everyone in the family. What’s even better…very little clean up! I always use just one plate a knife and cutting board, and we all share!
It’s the perfect lunch time snack!