“Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” by Emily Leary: Our Favourite Recipes [Gifted]

A few weeks ago, we received Emily Leary’s new book ‘Get Your Kids to Eat Anything’* which is a how-to guide to getting your children to eat anything using a gentle method of introducing new colours, flavours, and textures in to their favourite meals; from burgers to fish fingers.

Using Emily’s clever 5-phase approach, you’re also invited to explore new foods such as baked eggs, soda bread, and fondue, using a explanation of what you’re going to learn and achieve.

We’ve been pretty lucky with T in that he’ll generally give anything a go once, however over the past few months he’s gone off cooked mushrooms and anything remotely ‘leafy’ or ‘sluggish’ resulting in Sharon and I often having to dice certain textures really small if we need to include them in our meal.

Therefore, having Emily’s book on our shelf has been a welcome tool to reinventing new ways of introducing a certain food, or in this case, texture. You can read our full review of the book here, but if you’d like to know what our favourite meals have been so far, please continue below:

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Feeding a Three Year Old: “Get Your Kids to Eat Anything” by Emily Leary [Gifted]

Since we first started weaning T at six months, meals times have actually been a pretty enjoyable experience – surprisingly. We’d heard horror stories of six month olds refusing meals, gagging or choking, or turning your living room into a work of abstract art. As they get older, I’d read about two year olds demanding their sandwiches cut into triangles and NOT squares or avoiding anything that’s coloured green. With T though, probably because we chose to follow a Baby-Led Weaning regime, this hasn’t been the case. T will generally give anything a go at least once and will always want what we’re eating if we’re out at a restaurant.

That being said, over the past year or so, T has become quite sensitive to certain textures. Foods such as cooked mushrooms and onions, roasted peppers, and leafy substances such as spinach (cooked or raw) and lettuces are things he’s likely to pick out of a meal. It’s a very odd turn of events, especially as he’ll happily the eat raw versions of some of these. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me, as I know he’ll just pick it out and carry on with his dinner (thank the gods), but other times it can be quite stressful either trying to cut something up so small that he won’t notice or messing around finding all the mushrooms once he realises they’re in his dinner.

Just in the nick of time though, before it got out of hand, we received some help.

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