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Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even The Toughest Of Tyrants Children

Jese Leos
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Feeding kids can often feel like a daunting task, especially if you have a picky eater on your hands. It can be frustrating to spend time in the kitchen crafting a delicious meal only to have your little one push their plate away in protest. But fear not, because we have a few tricks up our sleeves that will turn even the toughest of tyrants into adventurous eaters.

Creative Names and Presentation Are Key

One of the easiest ways to get kids excited about trying new foods is by giving them a catchy name. We all know that children love anything fun and imaginative, so why not tap into that? For example, a simple dish of broccoli and cheese can become "Dinosaur Trees with Lava Cheese." Use your creativity to come up with fun and relatable names for the meals you serve.

Additionally, presentation plays a vital role in enticing little ones to eat. Instead of just piling food on a plate, try arranging it in a way that resembles a smiley face or their favorite animal. Kids are more likely to eat something that looks visually appealing and interesting, so take the time to arrange their meal with care.

Dictator Lunches: Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of (Tyrants) Children
by Jenny Mollen (Kindle Edition)

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 145887 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Print length : 240 pages
Screen Reader : Supported

Make It a Family Activity

Involving your child in the meal preparation process can significantly increase their willingness to try new things. Make cooking a fun family activity by letting your child choose a recipe, help with measuring ingredients, or mix things together. By including them in the process, they will feel a sense of pride and excitement about the meal they helped create, making them more likely to eat it.

Hidden Goodness

If your child is one of those who turn their nose up at anything green, it's time to get sneaky. Hidden veggies are an excellent way to ensure your child is getting the nutrients they need without even realizing it. Blend spinach into pasta sauce, puree cauliflower into mashed potatoes, or finely chop veggies and mix them into meatballs or burgers. The options are endless, and your child won't even suspect that they're eating something they claim to despise.

Making it Interactive

Kids love anything they can play with, so why not apply that principle to meals? Make serving food an interactive experience by setting up a DIY taco or pizza bar. Lay out bowls of various toppings and let your child assemble their own creations. Not only does this give them a sense of independence and control over their meal, but it also adds an element of fun and excitement to the dining experience.

Imitating Their Favorites

If your child has a favorite fast-food item or snack, try recreating a healthier version at home. Whether it's chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, or pizza, there are plenty of recipes available that offer a more nutritious twist on these beloved classics. By imitating their favorites, you're more likely to pique their interest and get them excited about trying something new.

Cooking with a Theme

Another way to make meals more engaging is by cooking with a theme. Choose a country or event and plan your menu accordingly. For example, if you're exploring Mexican cuisine, you can create tacos, quesadillas, and homemade salsa. Not only does this approach introduce your child to new flavors, but it also opens up the opportunity for cultural discussions and learning about different parts of the world.

Feeding picky eaters doesn't have to be a battle. By using creative names, involving your child in the cooking process, incorporating hidden goodness, making meals interactive, imitating their favorites, and cooking with a theme, you can transform mealtimes into enjoyable and adventurous experiences. The key is to tap into your child's imagination, make food appealing, and involve them every step of the way. So get creative in the kitchen, and watch as even the toughest of tyrants become willing participants in trying new and exciting meals.

Dictator Lunches: Inspired Meals That Will Compel Even the Toughest of (Tyrants) Children
by Jenny Mollen (Kindle Edition)

4.2 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 145887 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Print length : 240 pages
Screen Reader : Supported

Jenny Mollen—New York Times bestselling author, media darling, and Instagram personality behind @dictatorlunches—takes the stress out of packing lunch with this fun and creative collection of lunchbox ideas and healthy recipes that are sure to please even your pickiest child.  

“Sid, or, as I lovingly refer to him, ‘the dictator,’ rarely finishes any meal, and that’s okay. My goal isn’t to stuff him like a foie gras goose, it’s just to expose him to things and, truth be told, to entertain him. That is how empires are won and salad eaters are made: brick by brick, seaweed snack by seaweed snack.” —Jenny Mollen


Lighthearted cooking with a heavy dose of love

Any parent will tell you that raising dictators… errr, children … can be challenging. Thankfully Jenny Mollen of @dictatorlunches takes the power struggle out of mealtime with this inspired collection of 40 recipes, from filling breakfasts to healthy snacks, dinners, and desserts—with a special emphasis on solving the age-old problem of school lunch.

Dictator Lunches will soon become your secret weapon in the kitchen. Mollen shares her foolproof method for packing winning lunches along with easy-to-master techniques that will transform ordinary ingredients into adorable edible art, like Strawberry Actresses, Cucumber Penguins, and Rice Pandas. With her trademark playfulness and whimsy, Mollen turns meals into feasts fit for any autocrat, no matter how demanding, featuring:

  • Insta-ready Avocado Toast
  • Better Than Alphabet Cookies
  • Logs. They Aren’t Just for Ants Anymore
  • Fruit-juiced Gummy Worms in Granola soil
  • Healthy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups on a Stick

Complete with international dishes for your jet-setting tyrant like Amateur Hour Japchae, Curry Chicken, and Coconut Rice and Beans, and holiday-themed boxes with Reindeer Celery Sticks, Baruch Atah Adon-Applesauce, and Spinach Frankenstein Quesadillas, Dictator Lunches has you covered for every meal, every holiday, and any dictator’s whim. 

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