Five Healthy Meals for Picky Eaters

By Kristen Mccaffrey on

I am going to be honest, today's post scares me a bit. I have never really been a picky eater. In fact I was the type of child who pretty much refused to order off the kids menu. When we went out to dinner with my cousins as kids, they would order mashed potatoes while my siblings and I would ask for lobster or fried clams. My poor parents. And to this day, nothing has really changed. I am usually down to try almost anything once and there aren't too many things I don't like. So for today's post, I am channeling all the picky eaters I know and hopefully sharing at least a couple of recipes that will appeal to the picky eaters in your life. What are your favorite meals for picky eaters? Share them in the comments!

  1. Baked Ziti Bolognese, 7 PointsPlus®, 256 calories
  2. This baked ziti bolognese is a recipe I imagine would work for most picky eaters. The base is simply cooked pasta, ground beef, tomatoes, and cheese. You can easily adapt the recipe to only contain the veggies that your picky eater will eat, as well as change out the fresh mozzarella for shredded. Baked pasta and melted cheese - you may even be able to sneak in some veggies if you cut them up small enough.

  3. Barbecue Meatloaf Muffins, 3 PointsPlus®, 103 calories
  4. This simple barbecue meatloaf muffins are made with ground beef (chicken or turkey would also work), some very finely chopped veggies, BBQ sauce, and breadcrumbs. The fun cupcake size and simple palate pleasing flavors should work for most picky eaters. You may want to leave out the herbs if you decide to use the "mashed potato" frosting.

  5. Chicken Ziti Broccoli, 7 PointsPlus®, 280 calories
  6. If your picky eater likes broccoli, or any other type of vegetable, this pasta should work. Simple pasta with a like cheese and lemon sauce that isn't overly seasoned or spicy. Use their favorite pasta shape, chicken breasts, and their favorite veggies and it is a delicious and universally enjoyed dish.

  7. Parmesan Crusted Baked Chicken Breasts, 5 PointsPlus®, 200 calories
  8. For most picky eaters I know, chicken tenders are a regular part of their diets. Mix it up a little (but not too much) with these simple Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders and no one will judge if you serve ketchup on the side.

  9. Irish Nachos, 4 PointsPlus, 150 calories
  10. For the last picky meal, I wanted to choose something that was fun, healthy, and customizable. Since most folks like potatoes, consider making up a batch of these Irish Nachos with whatever cheese and toppings you like. These are also great because you can easily divide the recipe up on the baking sheet and make everyone their own serving with their favorite toppings. Picky eaters only want potatoes and cheese, no problem! The rest of us can stack them with whatever we choose.

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