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john3 Nov 3, 2012 09:43 AM

Does anyone know of any recipes for picky eaters?

I don't like cheese, cream, egg yolk, milk ( dairy seems to make me ill), potatoes, tomatoes, lamb, beef, pork, fish or other seafood, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, lemon, nuts and mushrooms.
I like thin fries and pretty much every other veg. The only meat I really eat is chicken. I also like pasta and rice. I have had chicken fajitas, cheeseless chicken pizza, chicken jalfrezi, tacos and spaghetti bolognese and I like them but I'm getting bored of the same things all the time.


  1. p
    Puffin3 Nov 8, 2012 06:13 AM

    May I ask how old you are?

    1. m
      Maque Choux Nov 7, 2012 06:31 PM

      Since you like rice and spicy foods and you didn't mention not liking beans, I recommend you try some spicy rice and bean dishes.

      Cajun red beans and rice made with onions, garlic, green bell pepper, celery, and chicken sausage, seasoned with plenty of cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, thyme, a little oregano, would make a good variation on the classic version, which uses andouille sausage and tasso instead chicken sausage for the meats.

      Pinto or trout beans, cooked with leftover turkey drumsticks, seasoned with onions, garlic, some habanero peppers, and a little epazote, oregano, and cumin is awesome on rice.

      I don't eat a lot of pasta, but chopped grilled chicken with penne pasta and an alfredo-like sauce or a vodka sauce (sorry, it does have tomato) and some green peas and artichoke hearts is excellent.

      Just use your imagination, and look for recipes that feature the foods you do like. And be sure to take a daily multi-vitamin, since it is unlikely you will get all the minerals and nutrients you need on a limited diet.

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      1. re: Maque Choux
        Kontxesi Nov 8, 2012 05:55 AM

        +1 on the red beans and rice. Yum-o!

      2. r
        RBofSF Nov 7, 2012 06:00 PM

        You're a vegan who eats chicken too! Very healthy. (I wonder if you're lactose intolerant?). Here are a few ideas ... sorry not exact recipes but I usually look them up on epicurious...

        *Roasted chicken, with roasted veg on the side (broccoli, cauliflower are my fave's). Chicken could be seasoned with rosemary.
        *Skewers - cut chicken, bell peppers, zuchhini, onions into cubes. Marinate. Put on a skewer & roast in oven or grill. (Marinades can be varied to keep it interesting-- oil/vinegar/herbs; oil/orange juice/herbs; soy/vinegar/garlic*/ginger; etc. )
        *Ground chicken used in burgers (or have you tried ground turkey)

        *My son who seems to have the exact same food likes as you.... suggests .... garlic bread & caesar salad (with or without grilled chicken). He also recently tried making the PF Chang's lettuce wraps at home
        and loved them!

        *stir-fry using a simple sauce of half soy, half rice vinegar (garlic and/or ginger would add more depth). It could be chicken and any mix of vegetbales. Then turn the leftovers into fried rice.

        *different shapes of pasta give variety & hold sauces differently. How about pesto too.

        Indian recipes will also give you lots of flavor with just chicken. eg - tandoori chicken, saag chicken (spinach/chicken). Chicken biryani. If any of the recipes have you add cream at the end - just skip it - Indian homecooks don't use it daily. You might also like Indian daal. Look for daal and curries that don't have a tomato base, there are many. Lemon or lime is often used for tartness, but you can skip it if the flavor doesn't suit you.

        1. w
          wandajune6 Nov 5, 2012 09:52 AM

          I make a lot of soups in the winter.

          Chicken with wild rice is good. If you like a creamy texture, you can make a roux with a bit of butter and flour then thin it with chicken stock.

          I often make "healthy" (or, let's be honest, less unhealthy!) creamy soups without dairy. For instance, I love cream of broccoli soup. I'll boil broccoli in chicken stock then puree it all up wit a stick blender. I finish it with shredded cheddar but I bet it would be great with crispy fried/roasted broccoli or even a bit of bacon!

          A chicken shepherd's pie-like dish could work too: shredded chicken with peas and carrots in a gravy topped with mashed potatoes.

          Good luck1

          Lentil soup is always a hit as well.

          1. k
            Kontxesi Nov 5, 2012 07:52 AM

            I second a chicken stir-fry. You can change up the ingredients enough that it doesn't get boring even if you eat it often. Broccoli, carrots, cabbage, spinach, bean sprouts, snow and snap peas... lots of veggie options. And you can eat it with either rice or noodles.

            Why are people assuming that this person just decided they don't like these items without trying them? I hate raw tomatoes, I don't like lamb, arugula is the nastiest thing ever, and I'm trying to learn to like mushrooms but failing. If I came here looking for ideas that don't include any of these items, I wouldn't want to be told I need to learn to like them. I just don't.

            Why waste calories on something you don't absolutely love?

            1. m
              merrua Nov 5, 2012 06:13 AM

              they say you should try a food 6 times and different ways before saying you dont like it. might be wrth forcing yourself to do to make life easier for you

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              1. re: merrua
                melpy Nov 7, 2012 02:00 PM

                I have been re trying food and it has taken many tries in most cases for me to like new foods. I'm still adding things to my repertoire.

              2. melpy Nov 3, 2012 08:21 PM

                Spaghetti squash with sage and brown butter
                Acorn squash stuffed with chicken sausage based stuffing
                Salads of all kinds

                There are a lot of annals missing on your protein list. Have you tried bison, rabbit, duck, turkey goat, etc.?

                Roasted eggplant and other vegetables in phyllo dough bundles
                Chicken Milanese
                Chicken pot pie
                Chicken saag
                Black pepper chicken
                Ajo blanco soup
                Fruit salad
                Pasta with chicken and vegetables
                Pesto without the nuts

                1. c
                  Chowrin Nov 3, 2012 08:00 PM

                  Chicken stirfry meets the bill.
                  Garlic Bread.
                  Jheera rice.

                  1. GraceW Nov 3, 2012 07:42 PM

                    Haha, I think you have a very developed knowledge of what you like. I am also pretty picky--so I don't think you necessarily need to change anything or step out of the box--unless you want to. I do think you might like some vegetarian meat-substitutes or vegan recipes. But regardless, you might take some of the things you like and play around with spices and condiments to make them seem more 'new' to you.

                    1. chowser Nov 3, 2012 07:25 PM

                      If you like rice and chicken, try this, leave out the cheese at the end. It comes together quickly in under half an hour.


                      Try braised chicken things. Start w/ a basic recipe like this, add what you like, take out what you don't.


                      And, now that it's getting cold, chicken soup and chicken pot pie.

                      1. tiffeecanoe Nov 3, 2012 07:25 PM

                        Honestly, I do think you should try other proteins. My sister is to be 35-years-old this December, she spent her whole life thinking she hated pork... until I convinced her to try my pork tenderloin. Guess what she makes quite regularly for her family now... pork tenderloin! She's also been able to branch out to pork chops occasionally now! Why don't you get some friends together who know about your likes and dislikes and see if they can impress you and help you learn to love things you thought you once disliked - could be fun!

                        My brain is a bit fried, so I haven't much to offer as far as recipes go! I'll try to think. :)

                        1. juliejulez Nov 3, 2012 06:57 PM

                          What about chicken sausages? Chicken sausages mixed in various pasta/sauce recipes are tasty as is for toppings w/ pizza, and I think they'd be good in tacos too. They also come in a variety of "flavors" so you get some variation.

                          Also I agree w/ Gansu girl that everyone here is being so judgmental. There's plenty of things he can make/eat without including things he doesn't like. Unfortunately this problem seems to run rampant on chowhound... give up the food snobbery people.

                          1. gansu girl Nov 3, 2012 05:47 PM

                            Wow. Maybe I'm a sucker, but I find it distressing that instead of stepping up and giving this guy some suggestions, Hounds have just lambasted him for being so picky. Sure, life would be easier and more exciting, but I say kudos to john3 for stepping up and asking for some advice. Who knows what Chowhound might lurk inside this picky eater?

                            john3 - here's an explanation of what quinoa is: http://www.rd.com/food/what-is-quinoa-and-how-do-you-cook-with-it/. It's a great blank slate for lots of recipes. Here's a good citrusy (orange, no lemon) quinoa salad with chicken: http://www.semisweetonline.com/2011/02/18/citrusy-chicken-quinoa-salad/.

                            Bulgur is also a great, neutral platform for lots of different flavors. It comes in different sizes - I tend to like a coarser bulgur for this chicken, broccoli & bulgur recipe: http://www.semisweetonline.com/2009/09/21/super-fast-recipe-chicken-with-broccoli-bulgur/, but you can use whatever you can get at your local market. This is a 20-minute recipe, and if you won't eat lemon zest, you could try it with orange zest. This recipe is meatless - but has a good amount of protein from chickpeas & bulgur - http://www.semisweetonline.com/2010/09/16/bulgur-with-red-peppers-chickpeas-spinach/.

                            Asian food might appeal to you - no dairy, lots of chicken options, varying spice levels, and might be a good way to try tofu. This Thai Red Curry recipe can be made with chicken or tofu - might be a nice way to try tofu: http://www.semisweetonline.com/2010/06/15/thai-red-curry-with-chicken-or-tofu/.

                            I hope this gives you something to work with . . . you might find that if you start plugging search terms into Google, you'll start to come up with some of your own ideas.


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                              Harters Nov 3, 2012 10:04 AM

                              Chicken recipes litter the internet. It's pretty much common to all communities across the world (except for certain African/Caribbean folk who regard it as an unclean meat).

                              Another way forward, as you like most vegetables, would be to go down the vegetarian route. Again, internet will find you many recipes.

                              I can certainly understand why you're bored with eating such a restricted diet. Must be awful for you. My sympathies.

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                              1. re: Harters
                                Bacardi1 Nov 3, 2012 05:03 PM

                                Ditto here.

                                Geez, your dining life must be boring as hell. Are all of your dining preferences due to health issues, or just because you frankly don't like trying new things. If the latter, & you're an adult, I find it difficult to believe that you just can't start trying new things outside of your current comfort zone. Saying you simply "don't like" - "potatoes, tomatoes, lamb, beef, pork, fish or other seafood, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, lemon, nuts and mushrooms" is just a little bit juvenile. And I don't say that to be offensive, but just to point out to you that you couldn't even remotely have tried all the various dishes involving these items. With all the different cuisines out there, I think you just haven't taken the time to try.

                                But what the heck. As Harters said - My sympathies. Food should be more than just fuel - it should be a celebration of flavors. I doubt anyone here can help you unless you decide to step out of your box.

                              2. gansu girl Nov 3, 2012 09:50 AM

                                Have you tried quinoa? Bulgur? What's your take on tofu? Beans? I'm thinking a good way to branch out might be to try chicken w/something other than rice/pasta and to try some vegetarian meals. Do you like to cook? Need fast ideas? Give me some more info. and I'm sure I can think of some ideas for you . . . I have a 20-minute chicken w/broccoli & bulgur recipe that's healthful & tasty and doesn't seem to run into any of your stated dislikes, for example . . . .


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                                1. re: gansu girl
                                  john3 Nov 3, 2012 10:02 AM

                                  I've never heard of quinoa and never tried tofu or bulgur. I usually don't like to spend more than an hour cooking. I don't mind trying things that I havn't before. I also like spicy food. Thanks.

                                2. tiffeecanoe Nov 3, 2012 09:47 AM

                                  what is it that you don't like about other meats? So is this all texture issues, cheese/cream/milk all make you ill - or just milk? To be honest, I can't really wrap my brain around such pickiness... I hope others have some suggestions for you.

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                                  1. re: tiffeecanoe
                                    john3 Nov 3, 2012 10:05 AM

                                    It isn't the texture, it's the taste of it. But all of them, the cheese/cream/milk makes me feel ill.

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