I am having some friends stay with me next week and they have 3 kids ... all VERY very picky eaters. One won't even look at a vegetable, one no meat, and one no chicken ... you get the picture.
Well, I always when I cook for kids try to get the kids in the kitchen so they can see what I am making for them. I usually don't cook special just for them but I may alter my main ingredient or dish for them a bit to accomodate the younger tastes.
I remember a friend that stayed with us during the summer hated hamburgers. My mom used to make a long skinny burger, like a hot dog, she loved it. Me. I was off chicken for a while, not sure why ... Mom used to mix it in meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, etc. I had a neighbor that I played with that hated fish. Mom used to make this funny BBQ Honey sauce and my friend ate it with her fish. I went through a non corn stage for a summer. Well it is absolutely my favorite vegetable but as a kid, I guess I went through a summer of no corn. Who knows why. Well, Mom made fritters, pancakes, fried patties, soups, creamed anything to use it up. We had a garden so had tons of corn.
Ok fun shaped foods, pancakes, donuts, bagles, sausage, fruits. Hot dogs cut with arms and legs and then cooked. Mom did grits on the plate that looked like mickey. Etc.
My mom also purred herbs in a sauce for some of my friends so they would eat them. No grant it ... At a certain age, you just either ate it or you went hungry. I still believe in that unless there is a medical reason not to eat the food. Everything should be tried at least once. I hate those who say ... I don't like that ... but never tried it.
My mom was lucky, I was easy, but some of our friends and their kids were not.
SO ... What Foods did your mom make or change to make them kid friendly??