Cooking for your whole family is a big challenge. After all, it’s tough to find one meal that will satisfy everyone. But don’t worry, there are plenty of crowd-pleasing meals out there to make your family dinners a success. By following these tips and tricks, you’re sure to put together a feast that will be beloved by all, even your picky eater.
Roast Those Veggies
One of the easiest ways to make vegetables taste better? Roast them. It’s easier than you think. Place aluminum foil over a baking sheet, spread out your chosen veggies, drizzle with olive oil and bake. Within no time, you’ll have crisp Brussels sprouts, carrots and potatoes that your kids will love.
Create a Mini Buffet
There’s a reason buffets are so popular: People love being able to pick and choose what they’re going to eat. Create one for your next family dinner to see if your family loves it, too. If you’re making salad, for instance, lay out all the different veggies your kids might like, including cucumber, carrots, beets and whatever else you might have on hand. Chances are high your little ones will enjoy making their own food.
Give Your Kids Time
It might be frustrating at first, but kids generally don’t like a new flavors until they’ve had them 10 to 15 times, according to WebMD. This means you need to give your child a chance to develop a taste for a new food, even if it takes a long time for it to set in.
Enlist Your Kids’ Help During Grocery Shopping
Most children love when they get to help out during trips to the grocery store. They’re also more likely to try new things when they’ve helped pick them out. Aim for colorful fruits and veggies that appeal to them visually, and let them pick out their favorite color.
You also can try to mix up what you’re buying. For instance, if your children don’t like chicken, buy beef instead. If they don’t like celery, try carrots. In addition, it can pay off big to let them help cook. Many kids are more likely to eat something they’ve prepared themselves.
Don’t Offer a Second Meal
As tempting as it might be to prepare your kids a separate meal. Resist the temptation to do so because, according to the Child Mind Institute, this teaches your children that you’ll give in to their every whim. Instead, encourage them to at least try one bite of something before deciding that they don’t like it.
Let Them Make a Side
If your children simply won’t eat chicken or whatever else you prepared for dinner, let them create a side they like to eat. That way they can learn how to cook and enjoy their own dish without you caving in to make something separate for them.
Pick Easy Recipes
Even if you’re not the greatest cook in the world, there are plenty of easy recipes that make delicious meals. For example, Kraft’s Simply Lasagna is a nutritious and easy-to-make meal that is bound to satisfy all the picky eaters in your family. Best of all? You can whip this up in less than two hours, giving you more time to spend with your family.