Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

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Isn’t it frustrating when your kids don’t eat the meals you cook?  Making dinner can feel pointless when everyone complains and no one eats. I’m always trying to think of tricks to get them to eat.

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

Here’s a little parenting/kitchen hack I do often.  Sometimes I call food by different names.  I may make fajitas, but I’ll call it tacos.  I will make a stirfry, but I’ll call it rice bowls.  I love to have chili when the weather is cool out, but my kids won’t eat it.  I just change things up and turn my meal into nachos and it’s a hit.

Here’s what I do. I head to the produce section and load up on all kinds of veggies: peppers, green onions, tomatoes, and jalapeños.  I go grab a can of WOLF Brand chili, sliced olives, and shredded cheese.  I do my grocery shopping at Walmart and everything’s pretty easy to find.

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

I make sure to spread out all my toppings.  This is very important!  The kids love to see a bunch of things that look colorful.  I never make their plate.  I always let them do it.  I cut up the peppers and slice up the green onions.  Everything is ready for them to add to their bowl.

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

I grab some chips, and what kid doesn’t want chips for dinner, and pour some WOLF Brand chili on top.

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

Then I just let them create their own meal.  I have two rules when we have dinners like this.  I make them get at least one of everything and most of the time they surprise me and get more. My second rule is that if they get it, they must eat it. 

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foodsLetting them fix their own dinner like this has worked for us.  I love being able to have a quick hot meal that everyone will eat!  You can find more great recipes at Yes You Can.  There is a Chunky Black Bean Salsa that looks delicious and I’ll definitely be trying that.

Try this tricky way to get your kids to try new foods

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  1. My kids absolutely LOVE nachos! What a great idea to get more veggies and protein into their diet by disguising it as nachos! Yum! -client

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