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Jul 10, 2014 01:32 PM

HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

Okay, so me and my boyfriend just moved in together about 2 months ago. He had lived on his own for about a year, but this is my first time. I do most of the cooking, with the occasional exception of when he grills or makes pulled pork. We are EXTREMELY picky eaters, and need some new recipes because we are tired of eating chicken fingers with fries and hamburger helper. Does anyone have any recipe suggestions? We don't eat any vegetables except corn and potatoes. We love love LOVE meat, excpet fish and any meat that isn't boneless. We also love most hamburger helpers, so meals floavored like that with pasta and meat are our typical go to meals. Also, neither of us like tomato sauce. PLEASE help us with recipe suggestions!!
Also, please hold back comments of just force yourself to eat vegetables or anything of that nature, because we've tried and bottom line we are both too stubborn to eat things we genuinely hate to eat.

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  1. Here's one thread:

    This is a pretty common topic here. So if you go to the top right corner of this page where it says "search" and enter "picky eater" you'll get a lot of suggestions. You may get all the info you need or come back and give more info. BTW, welcome to CH.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Thanks! I actually saw that post from an internet search, and it was the reason I made my post. We had been searching for 2 hours for recipes and had only come up with a few. We are by no means chefs and that's why we asked for help!

    2. Would carbonara work for you and your boyfriend? My little Nephew is an incredibly picky eater and even he will shovel my carbonara into his mouth and like it.

      1. Its hard to help people that won't even try, you haven't given anyone much to go on.

        Using c oliver's suggestion of the search box you could search things like "potato" and look for different ways of preparing them. I'm hesitant to suggest anything since I don't know what herbs and spices you do like or what you'd be willing to try.

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        1. re: weezieduzzit

          >>>Its hard to help people that won't even try<<<

          Unless the OP changed her post after I read it for the first time she clearly stated in her last sentence "we've tried".

          1. re: Fowler

            It's difficult not to be annoyed at super-picky eaters. My boyfriend is one, and it sucks. It really limits what I can make or where we can go together. But on the other hand, I totally sympathize with the OP, because I don't eat seafood, and a lot of people think I'm super picky because of it (note-I will eat any kind of meat, vegetable, grain, and all ethnicities, I'm NOT picky!!) I have tried so many different kinds of seafood- crab, shrimp, lobster, sashimi, sushi rolls, ahi, fish and chips, tuna salad, scallops, swordfish, fish fingers, catfish and I'm sure more than that, and I can only come to one conclusion-I hate seafood. But try to tell someone that, and all you get is either, "wow, you're picky", or "you just haven't tried the right thing yet. You should go to _____" or "Have you even tried ____?" It's SO infuriating.

            1. re: schrutefarms

              schrutefarms, I am not sure why you replied to me (RE: Fowler) but that is all good to know and I mentioned nothing to the contrary.

              1. re: Fowler

                I don't know either, was a slip of the finger. My bad. Wasn't starting anything.

        2. Are you OK with cream of mushroom soup? How about onions cooked with the hamburger? Are fresh or canned mushrooms OK?

          Easy Beef Stroganoff 375 degrees, bake 25 min.

          1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I use 1 lb, plus mushrooms)
          1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
          1/2 cup sour cream (fat free works fine, 1/4 cup is also OK)
          1/4 cup milk
          1 can cream of mushroom soup
          1/4 cup catsup
          (I also add 4 oz. canned mushrooms drained, or fresh quartered)
          (I also add 2 T. Heinz 57 steak sauce)
          1 tsp. salt ( I omit)
          1 tube refrigerator biscuits
          (if using Grands, use 4 cut in quarters, bake 4 separately)

          Brown beef and onion, drain off fat. Add mushrooms if using. Add sour cream, milk, soup, catsup, salt (if using), and steak sauce (if using). Combine. Pour into 2 quart casserole and bake 10 minutes. Top with biscuits and bake another 15 minutes or until biscuits are brown.

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          1. re: MidwesternerTT

            We love the flavor off beef stroganoff, we'll have to try this! Thanks!

          2. I suggest looking at the Pioneer Woman's website - lots of recipes that would probably appeal to you.

            That said, you're missing out on a lot, and probably not setting yourself up for long term good health. Why don't you try one meal a week to make something you think you don't like? A great taco salad (ground beef! cheese! and some lettuce, but it might not be so bad), Roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes baked with a little butter and cinnamon sugar, whole steamed artichokes, whole roasted chicken, ribs, BLTs, guacamole. Just one meal a week, not to force yourself, but to try it, and eventually maybe expand your palate. And then maybe go a little crazy - try something with Thai flavors, or something Mexican.The world really is your oyster, and you're young and have time to really grow to appreciate it.

            You might find you like things you didn't think you like, or you've only ever had prepared one way. And you might decide that there are some things you never will like. But the category of "vegetables" is long and wide and encompasses many different flavors and textures.

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            1. re: Savour

              [Whoops! Savour, I know you're not the OP, but your post triggered my remembering the information about introducing new food that follows and I simply hit reply.]

              I once saw an article about the surprisingly high number of times a toddler needs to try a new food before he/she will eat it. That number was 30!

              You might want to keep this research in mind before you give up on your efforts to eat vegetables. Pick one or two vegetables that have had some limited appeal and focus on them for a while. Prepare your regular meals so you don't have to leave the table hungry if the vegetable is still unacceptable, but also prepare a bit of a vegetable.

              Here's a recipe for carrots that may appeal if you're going to give vegetables another chance.

              Winemaster Carrots

              2 lbs. carrots
              3 stalks celery
              1/2 large onion, diced
              3/4 cup dry white wine
              1/3 cup sugar
              1/4 cup butter
              1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

              Peel carrots and cut in large julienne strips. In a saucepan, combine carrots with remaining ingredients. Cover the saucepan. Bring contents of saucepan to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat until the
              carrots are tender.

              If this recipe introduces too many new vegetables, eliminate as many as you want but keep the carrot/butter/wine/sugar base.