One of my biggest success stories has been what I call the “tasting plate”. This is my most successful method for getting my little man to eat some variety (& a decent quantity!)
Don’t be deterred by the idea of mixing foods that don’t really go together, that is the beauty of a tasting plate. You don’t need to think about how in the world to combine the only 5 foods your child will currently eat into some kind of palatable meal, just dump them on a plate! Pick any foods your fussy eater will eat and make them pretty.
Some of the biggest hits in this house include carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cut up fruit, dips, sliced meats, sausages, sultanas, corn, mini wheat’s (yes I do regularly feed my child a dry breakfast cereal as part of his dinner tasting plate…), rice crackers and mini sandwiches cut into shapes. You can mix it up with anything you like. My kids can’t have dairy but you could include cheese cubes or yoghurt in a silicone cupcake holder.
Some other great ideas are corn fritters, veggie muffins, celery sticks filled with peanut butter or cream cheese, mini meatballs & crumbed chicken slices. The list is endless! Play around and make it look pretty, you may be surprised with what they eat.
I also use this technique when packing my sons lunch box. It works a treat!