Finicky Kiddos: 3 Easy Holiday Meals Picky Eaters Love

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Children are notorious for being picky about what they eat. They don’t want their peas to touch their mashed potatoes and heaven forbid that there is anything green on their plate. As a parent, you want your children to be able to sit down with you and enjoy eating with the entire family. Here are some ideas that will help you get through the holidays with much less fuss.


A hoagie is basically a glorified sub sandwich. Made with quality rolls like those you can get from the Klosterman Baking Company and great ingredients like fresh deli meats and cheeses and assorted sliced vegetables and condiments, hoagies make for minimal clean-up and are something simple that children actually like. You can even add in some of the turkey or ham that the rest of your family is eating to make it more festive. The great thing about this meal is that all you have to do is line everything up on the table and let the kids make their own hoagie just the way that they like! This is also a great idea for the entire family to do with all of the leftovers.


Tacos are another good option, because they are so easy and pretty much anything can be put inside a tortilla and rightfully called a taco. The Food Network has a great recipe for turkey tacos, which is a nice way to introduce this type of meat to your kids. Just leave out everything that you think your children may not like, such as jalapenos or onions.  

Another idea that is fun for kids to do is to make dessert tacos. Basically, these are made from sliced fruit and chocolate sauce wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. To make that more appetizing to adults, though, you can even try frying the tortillas in oil, sprinkle loads of cinnamon and sugar on top, and then put the fruit and chocolate sauce on top

Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are especially fun for children and are a great way of trying to get them to eat their foods. Just use the food that your family will be eating and be creative with it. If their favorite cartoon character is Spongebob, then you can be creative and make whatever is in their bento box look just like that. For the holidays, though, you may want to consider forming everything into turkey or Santa Claus shapes.

To make child-friendly holiday meals more fun for everyone, ask your kids to pitch in and help prepare what they will be eating. By seeing how their meal is prepared, they may be less picky about eating it.

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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.