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Aug 26, 2013 02:16 PM

Sixteen years of vigilance pays off

My son started out as a very picky eater. He refused to eat fruits and veggies and wouldn't even look at something if it wasn't pancakes, chicken nuggets or pizza. When he was about 3 or 4, I had had enough. I started working very hard to expand his palate. Progress came at a snail's pace, but it came.

Today is his sixteenth birthday and he's completely excited about this evening's menu: duck breasts with raspberry sauce, baby potatoes roasted in duck fat and haricots verts with shallots.

And this from a kid who used to roll his green beans off the tray of his high chair.

I'm one happy mom tonight. Now, if I can just get him to cook. ;o)

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  1. Kudos to you and your chow-teen!!!

    1. Nice!! Congrats Christina!!

      I am having the opposite problem. My son was an extremely adventurous eater. Poached salmon with dill at brunch, chicken feet at dim sum, pepper jack on his grilled cheese, any and all veggies, spicy sushi, liver, you name it, he ate it. At around 11 stopped liking "spicy", then he stopped liking fish, then he wanted his burger cooked well and the only veggies he would eat were carrots, edamame, broccoli, brussels sprouts, corn and peas. When we ate out he wanted pasta topped butter and freshly grated parm. Begs for luncheables that "all his friends are allowed to eat". Little shit, LOL. Thankfully he had been cooking since the age of 3 or 4 so now if doesn't like dinner he can make is own AND clean it up.

      I am praying he outgrows this and goes back to eating a wide variety of foods.

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        1. re: Steve

          He just turned 12 earlier this month.

          1. re: foodieX2

            Oh, so this has not been going on for all that long..... kids are all full of turnabouts and food quirks: my son (now 18) will eat steak tartare but insists on his hamburgers well done. Doesn't have to make sense.

            My guess is that your son will go through many iterations on his list of likes and dislikes. Just keep on exposing him to different things and let him choose.

            The good thing is that you can get rice and/or noodles just about anywhere you go!

            1. re: foodieX2

              It's just a phase he's going thru. When I was 11-15, I suddenly turned nauseous whenever I see Chinese "dim sum". Just kills my appetite there & then. Strange, because I quite liked it when I was younger. Gotten over that since then.

        2. Tell him the easiest way to impress is to offer a home cooked meal. Worked for me in a school with 18 guys to every lady.

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          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            Yes, he's more than old enough to do KP and to learn some kitchen skills. This will save him money, help maintain good health, and impress friends and potential mates.

          2. I truly believe that expanding your child's palate does them wonders later in life. Not just from a nutritional standpoint, but from a social one, too.
            Like it or not, you kind of come off as an unsophisticated rube when you're ordering chicken nuggets at a business meeting!

            1. I'd be excited about that menu too!! Congrats on your un-picky eater!!