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Help, I married a picky eater!

Posted May 01 2009 12:00am
My picky eater (the one in the middle)

My picky eater (the one in the middle)

The phrase “picky eater” has always conjured up images of a stubborn toddler at the dinner table, hands pressed over his mouth in protest of the “gross green things” on his plate.  But these days, “picky eater” conjures up a new image.  It’s that of a grown man who scores 100 on his health risk assessment (despite his horrible diet), is young, fit and for all intensive purposes healthy, but who has what he likes to call a “sensitive palate.”  He is truly a meat and potatoes man.  Nothing fancy.  He even has a special order at McDonald’s if that tells you anything.  This man does not like vegetables.  He does not like fish or fancy cheeses.  When it comes to food he has zero sense of adventure and he pretty much refuses to try new things.  This man is my husband and he is a picky eater.  So as you can imagine, trying to live a healthier lifestyle, much of which involves our diet, has been a challenge.  After four months I’m running out of ideas. 

I’m bored with organic steak paired with a vegetable for me and the boys and a potato for him.  I’ve cooked chicken in every simple format I know…salsa chicken, lemon chicken, Italian chicken, and barbecue chicken.  I’ve tried hiding pureed frozen spinach in the spaghetti sauce to add extra nutrients.  That actually worked out ok.  But the problem is I love food!!!  and I want to set a good example for our boys by teaching them to eat healthy and try new things.  But most importantly, I worry that my husband’s eating habits will catch up with him as he gets older and it will be too late to change his ways.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem.  Maybe I’m just trying the wrong things.  So I’m wondering?  Has anyone out there turned a picky eater into an adventurous eater?  Have you had success introducing new foods and expanding a picky eater’s horizons?  If so, I would love to hear your suggestions, recipes, tips and tricks.  Meals are getting boring around here for everyone and cooking two separate dinners just isn’t an option. 

You know…when I met my husband he didn’t drink wine.  He said he didn’t like the taste.  Then I took him on vacation to Napa and we went on a wine tastings tours for three days.  He discovered that he actually really enjoyed a good Cabernet.  Since then he’s discovered a variety of reds that suit his “sensitive palate.”  Maybe that’s what I need.  A food tour.  What’s the equivalent of Napa wine country when it comes to food?  Can’t wait to read your tips…

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