Maybe I was a strange kid as I liked everything. But even picky kids I knew liked pork & beans. And most loved baked beans, expecially when sweetened with either brown sugar or maple syrup.
And veggies that can be made into desserts are favorites as well.
Try making individual fruit pies with fresh fruit and whole wheat flour. Use Sunflower oil for the fat in the pie dough.
Cheese macaroni made with sharp cheddar cheese, milk, and whole wheat elbow macoroni, or shells is another favorite.
Pigs-in-the-blankets, whole hot dogs or sausages wrapped with a soft whole wheat bread dough and baked until golden brown.
Pizza with plenty of flavorful sauce, lean ham strips, pineapple, and any veggies you can throw in. Or make lean homemade itallian sausage, replacing the pork fat with reconstitued TVP granules. Trow on a bit of EVOO for flavor and top with jsut enough cheese to know its there. Cook over charcoal, with just a stick of hardwood to provide a hint of smokey flavorand all on a whole wheat crust.
I'm a firm believer that kid-approved food can be gourmet when a little effort is thrown into the recipe. After all, the love of good and healthy food is a learned thing for most people. And if we don't teach it, then our children will be just another generation of unhealthy fast-food addicts.
Hide carrots in carrot cake. Put winter squash and pumpkins into pumpkin pies and puddings. Just replace the sugar with Splenda. I like to bake acorn squash after cuttin a whole in the top, like when making jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins, removing the seeds, and coating the inside flesh with a mixture of Splenda, mollases, ginger, and nutmeg, all mixed together. I've even bought the miniature pumpkins and done this after carving a jack-o-lantern face on them, and serving them up on Holloween.
Most everyone likes soups, and they are so healthy, especially the brothy ones.
In the workds of some guy I don't know, YOU CAN DO IT!
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North