food tricks

Canada
July 30, 2007 9:35am CST
my daughter is usually a good eater but some days i can not get her to sit and eat much. she did not want much for lunch so i made a grilled cheese sandwich and used a person cookie cutter and made a kierrah sandwitch (her name) she loved it and made me make a second one. little tricks like this really helps them to be interested in their food and eat more. she even cut out the second one and she had a blast making it.
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9 responses
• United States
30 Jul 07
My kids dont like the crust on the bread, so I invested in a crustable sanwich maker by pampered chef. It was well worth the 6 dollars it cost me, for them to eat their sandwiches. I also use all kinds of different cookie cutters to cut grilled cheese, bologna and cheese, and pancakes too. They will eat them much easier.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
30 Jul 07
My children, too, this this is such a special treat. It's funny how something so simple can make them so happy! Here's another cookie cutter trick... Take the cookie cutter and press into a slice of bread. Don't go all the way through, but enough to make an indentation. Then, stick the bread into the toaster. The line created by the cookie cutter won't toast. Another simple thing for breakfast!
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• Canada
30 Jul 07
thanks, that's a great idea. i've seen the mickey and cinderella toasters that make the imprent in them but they are like $60. so this is way cheaper to do.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Thanks for the BR! I hope your daughter is enjoying her sandwiches!! :)
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Now thats a really good trick popp. Hmm I might try that thank you very much!
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
30 Jul 07
That is such a cute idea. I love that you named it after your daughter. I usually will cut off the crust because the kids don't like crust, but this is such a neat way to get them excited about taking the time to eat.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I have to do that for my son sometimes, too. He usually eats grilled cheeses without any problems, but we do have miniature cookie cutters that we use sometimes for vegetables. And the only way he will eat a potato is if it's in the form of french fries, or it's cut into some shape. Cutting food into shapes and making designs on his plate is the only way I can get my son to eat veggies sometimes. It really works most of the time.
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• India
30 Jul 07
My daughter loves cheese and i surely do use it my advantage. I use pieces of cheese to lure her into eating almost anything. Rice, fruits, soup, veggies...just about anything, i top it up with a chunk of cheese and she will eat it happily.
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
30 Jul 07
We do this. We use a butterfly cookie cutter. And things seem more fun to eat on a stick. Those popsickle sticks that come in the molds are always good to use. I stick half a banana on it and for some reason it taste better that way. I've also used it to freeze the other half of the banana and wrap it in plastic wrap. With meat I cut it up and put a toothpick in one of course she can't leave the table with it but she loves using the toothpick to eat with.
@Daelin (683)
• Brazil
30 Jul 07
I think the trick is not make the lunch or dinner time a big deal. Just put the food in front of the kid, without giving them many details. My nephew eats only healthy food. Sometimes he eats a chocolate or candies. He likes to drink soda, so we let him have his soda at lunch time. We never say things like "eat this so you will get tall" or "eat this and you will have an ice cream". It is just "eat this". He never questioned that rule. To eat his dinner or lunch is a rule like going to bed in a certain hour, going to school everyday, doing his homework.
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I remember vividly that whenever I had my children help prepare a meal that they ate the meal much readily. I would let them help peel potatos, pour ingredients into a bowl and stir for me, anything that I could possibly allow them to do! I even started making meatloaf in muffin tins so that they could press the meatloaf mixture (which they had helped prepare) into the muffin tins! As you described, we often decorated our food or prepared it in a cute way! Whatever it takes!!!