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Old 09-13-2017, 11:08 PM   #1
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Help! what to cook for picky eater...

A friend has moved into our house, and we enjoy eating at least one main meal together. Early on, I discovered that he DOES NOT eat the following:
no vegetables except potatoes and carrots; nothing cold; no salads; no sandwiches; no cold cuts; nothing with sour cream; nothing with mushrooms; no left-overs. As for meats - only chicken, beef, and salmon, and pinto beans. We have always enjoyed casseroles and well-balanced meals with veggies as the main stars. Not any more. I am at a loss as to what to fix. I have tried everything from gourmet dinners to down-home cooking and am having to throw out most of the wonderful recipes we used down through the years all of which lean toward a very healthy eating lifestyle. And no, it is not an option to "toss him out the door." He will be with us for 4 years. And I might add is a joy to have as a guest....(except for the meal dilemma.)

Any sources, suggestions, recipes, etc. would be appreciated.


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Old 09-13-2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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Welcome fellow Dallasite.

Not sure what to tell you. I could not tailor my meals to always please somebody else. There would have to be some give and take.

Maybe think "modular." Meals that offer him stuff he will eat, that also incorporate stuff that you like.

Good luck.


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Old 09-14-2017, 12:24 AM   #3
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Boiled beef hot dogs in buns served with Boston baked beans? Who knows, right?

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Old 09-14-2017, 05:05 AM   #4
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Show him where you keep the peanut butter and jelly.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:27 AM   #5
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He is a guest in your house and should respect the fact that you cook and eat as you wish. If his eating habits are not due to a health condition, there is absolutely no reason to not eat what you offer.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:59 AM   #6
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Just out of curiosity, what does he eat the other 2 meals a day that he is not eating with you ?
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:58 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
Show him where you keep the peanut butter and jelly.
I was still on my first cup of coffee when I posted this and I stand by it but I think that you should keep putting a variety of healthy nutritious foods on the table in the hope that over the next four years you can turn your guest into a more adventurous eater.

If you see that he is being a good sport about trying and experimenting with new foods then toss him a slice of pizza or a French fry every now and then!

Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:33 AM   #8
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I agree with the other folks here.

Why are you catering to his weird food issues?

Cook healthy meals that you enjoy. If he wants to sit down and eat with you he can heat up a can of pinto beans and join you.

That would be the polite thing to do on his part, IMO
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:57 AM   #9
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Wow, is all I can say. 4 years. Is he a college student? I say serve him mashed or baked potato and grilled chicken every time he eats with you. For you add salad, bam you are done. The meal is still balanced, but everybody happy.

P.S. You are some kind of nice people, I have to say. 4 years. I have hard time with my son who comes visit for more than 4 days.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:08 AM   #10
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I agree with the basic sentiment here - I don't see any reason to cater to your guest's likes and dislikes to that extent. I think I would offer him a cupboard and refrigerator space for his own food and let him fix it himself - like I did when I rented a house with several other people in college. If he's at least a teenager, he can easily learn how to make a few simple meals. Maybe over time, seeing how you eat will have an influence on him, but I certainly wouldn't change my entire way of cooking for a long-term guest.

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