mm, for a while we had a heck of a time getting my son to eat meat.
the break through came with veal and peppers in tomato sauce.
my son loves tomatoes, and pasta with tomato sauce. so one night, after months of struggling to get him to eat meat, i made a small pot of sauce, then browned some veal cubes, sweated peppers, and tossed it in the pot. the veal was simmered until it was falling apart.
ryan ate a little, but then just started sucking the sauce off the meat, and would keep a wad o' meat in his cheek like chewing tobacco, eventually spitting it out (where ever he pleased
so one night, i made ziti, mashed up the veal and some peppers, and filled the "tubes" of ziti with it. he ate the whole thing, i was thrilled! mini veal and pepper cannelonis.
since then, he's gotten used to eating more types of meat. strangely, he'll only eat luncheon meat like balogna if the girl at the counter gives him some. he avoids it at home. he'll eat fish sticks, or chicken fingers, so he's finally trying more stuff.
but if he gets difficult, i mix mashed meat into saucy pasta or risotto, and he eats it every time.