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Fun and Easy Recipes for Your Picky Eater Child

Aparna Jha
1 to 3 years

Created by Aparna Jha
Updated on Dec 31, 2019

Fun and Easy Recipes for Your Picky Eater Child


I am sure you give your best to fulfill your child’s food needs, however, it can be a task to tackle their tantrums while eating. My child simply refuses to eat or hardly eats. We are concerned about our toddlers’ diet as their picky eating can lead to a lack of nutrition, thereby to inadequate growth. I have had 4 of the below recipes as my best allies while tackling with my toddler’s choosy eating behavior. I am sharing these fun recipes and I hope that your picky eater enjoys these.

1. Hung Curd Veggie (Egg) Roll

Ingredients: 1 whole wheat roti, 1 grated carrot, ½ shredded cabbage, ¼ beetroot chopped, 1 egg (for the omelette) – you can skip this in case your child is a vegetarian

For the Spread: 1 cup hung curd, 2 garlic cloves crushed, 1 tsp olive oil, ½ tsp black pepper powder, ½ tsp dried basil, 10 crushed mint leaves, ½ tsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp white pepper powder, Salt to taste

Method: Wash all the veggies, chop and place aside. Beat an egg, add black pepper and salt and make an Omelette. Now for the spread: Mix together all the above-mentioned ingredients. Now, take a whole wheat roti, place the omelette on it and then the spread – level the spread out evenly over the omelette. Add all the chopped veggies on one side of this loaded roti and start rolling – that’s it, your hung curd vegetable roll is ready.

Presentation: Serve the Hung Curd Roll with green chutney and chopped onions.  

Benefits: Eggs are a rich source of protein. Vegetables have dietary fiber, vitamins, iron, and calcium.

2. Beetroot Sandwich

Ingredients: Beetroots, potatoes, bread, salt, coriander leaves, chat masala, red chili powder, amchur powder.

Method: Boil and grate potatoes and beetroots. Mix them along with the spices properly. Spread the mixture on bread slices. Heat oil in the pan and roast the sandwich until it’s crispy. Or you could also use a sandwich toaster.  

Presentation: Serve it with chutney or tomato ketchup.

Benefit: Beetroot is rich in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants and aids in detoxification. It has an abundance of nutrients like iron, potassium, copper, and magnesium.

3. Masala Oatmeal

Ingredients: Carrot, beans, peas, tomatoes, 1 onion, water, oats, salt, chili powder, coriander leaves, oil, turmeric, salt, ginger-garlic paste, cumin, garam masala, green chilies.

Method: Roast the oats until they are golden. In another pan add a tablespoon of oil and roast cumin. Add ginger-garlic paste, onions and sauté the onions until they turn golden. Add vegetables, tomatoes, and all the above-mentioned spices and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes. Add water and oats, stir and cover it. Add coriander leaves and a dollop of ghee.

Presentation: Serve the masala oatmeal with chutney or raita.

Benefits: Oats are a rich source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and potassium.

4. Toddler Cereal: Nestle’ Ceregrow

Ingredients: It’s a toddler Cereal with grains like wheat, rice, corn and ragi, and fruits. This multigrain cereal is fortified with the essence of milk and fruits.

Method: Boil drinking water for 5 minutes and leave it lukewarm. Pour half a cup (130ml) of this lukewarm water in a bowl. Add 6 level scoops (50 gms) of Nestle’ Ceregrow and mix it well with the water. That’s it!

Presentation: Serve in any of the bowl art formats mentioned below to broaden the smile on your toddler’s face.

Children can be fussy about food, and that makes the food appeal even more important. This is why I focus on serving an attractive palette for my toddler. I really liked these handy Bowl Arts (shared below) and am sure these will help you too to serve an appealing bowl of nutrition to your child.

1. A bowl of green for cognitive development

Green fruits and vegetables are rich sources of iron and other essential Vitamins for your child’s cognitive development.

2. A bowl of white for a healthy stomach

White fruits and vegetables are fiber-rich that keep your child’s stomach healthy.

3. A bowl of red for stronger immunity

Red fruits and vegetables get their hue from antioxidants which along with Vitamin A and C help in building stronger immunity.

4. A bowl of orange and yellow

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy vision and cell growth.

Benefits: Each bowl of Ceregrow assures to provide protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron, which meets the daily nutritional requirements of your toddler, Plus very quick to prepare.

I have learned that it is possible to provide a diet that is delicious and enriched with nutrition. The above recipes are a big win, especially in case you are dealing with a fussy eater. I hope these recipes go on to help you in providing your toddler their daily nutritional needs. I would look forward to your views in the comments.

Disclaimer-  This Blog is supported by Nestle Ceregrow. A child needs more nutrition than an adult. Each bowl of Ceregrow contains the goodness of grains, milk & fruits and makes up for the lack of sufficient nutrition.

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| Jan 10, 2020

Yes easy and attractive options for child.

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| Jan 10, 2020

Nice aarticle . So good representation. Easy to understand with images

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| Jan 10, 2020

i liked Beetroot Sandwich...

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