I have a confession… I have a picky eater. Yea, she’s cute, but she won’t eat jack squat. I wish this post was all about how this awesome recipe I found was able to combat her pickiness but it’s not. I actually need YOUR advice about that part. But first, I will tell you an awesome recipe I found and tweaked to make the easiest, yummy dinner.
Sadly, I don’t have time or patients to chop a ton of stuff every night and buy fresh organic produce for each and every meal. I just don’t. Maybe someday, but not right now.
So when I found a recipe on AllRecipes.com called “Six Can Tortilla Soup” with great ratings, I had to try it.
The one thing I don’t like about that site (app, is actually what I use) is that in the reviews EVERYONE wants to add what they changed to make it so good. It’s overwhelming for someone like me who just wants to make it like the directions say and not have to remember a ton of different alternatives. I did find one consistent alternative though so I swapped out one can of chicken broth for a can of cream of chicken soup. Ok I lied… then I also added shredded cheese and tortilla chips.
I know if you’re reading my blog you’re not coming to find the latest and greatest fancy recipes. But I do know a number of you claim to be domestically challenged like myself, and I’m delighted to help in any way I can, while at the same time, improving my own skills.
Here’s the recipe I ended up with and seriously, the easiest thing you’d ever make.
1 10oz Can of chunky chicken (or half a rotisserie chicken you cut up)
1 Can of cream of chicken soup (10.5oz)
1 Can of chicken broth (14oz)
1 Can of whole kettle corn (15oz)
1 Can of black beans (15oz)
1 Can of diced tomatoes with green chilli peppers (Rotel)(10oz)
Shredded cheese mix
Step 1: Strain the can of corn, then dump that, and all the other cans in a pot and bring to medium heat. Once the chicken is warm it’s ready.
Step 2: Add shredded cheese and tortilla chips to taste and serve!
How easy is that?! My husband loved it, and I had three bowls myself. Lil’ J wouldn’t even TRY it, which drove me nuts. I still have her bowl sitting at the table, and I’m hoping she’ll eat some before bed. I made fruit salad sorta thing for our side and she’s eaten most all of that, and some milk so I know she won’t go to bed starving, but still, it’s frigging annoying.
She’s always been a bit picky but it’s gotten really bad. She won’t even taste something she doesn’t recognize. Last night my husband made tuna noodle casserole, and she LOVES noodles but was disgusted that there was other stuff in the mix. She loves pasta but doesn’t want pasta sauce. She’s like me, in not wanting things touching, but to the extreme, as in ketchup can’t even touch a fry. Eventually she gave in and ate some but tonight she won’t budge.
I remembered the words from our pediatrician that we shouldn’t give in and make her something entirely different because it starts a bad habit. In the past I just always made her things she liked at home because my husband and I were eating out or eating things I didn’t particularly want her eating. So now she just wants her usual foods.
As badly as I wanted to give in when she went to the fridge for the third time asking me to make her a quesadilla, or to the pantry, pointing to the pasta, I refused, and keep offering her her dinner, still at the table. There are huge chicken chunks in there I know she’d love but she doesn’t even want to try when I pull them out… I think because they’ve been “tainted” in the soup.
Have you dealt with a picky eater before? I’d love any words of advice/ encouragement. It’s hard enough to motivate myself to cook but when a third of our family won’t eat it (two thirds when my husband is working all night) it makes me want to give up before I even really get going. Anyway, I guess the good news is I cooked something, and I survived to tell you about it.