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First, I have to say that your kids are picky eaters because you allow them to be picky. I don't let my kids pick and choose except when it comes to snacks. When it comes to meals they eat what I make or they don't eat. (The only time this really happens is when they're tired.)As far as new meals go, start with what they already like and add new ingredients. If they like mac and cheese put some chicken and broccoli in it. From there you can get them eating steamed vegetables and other foods. Or, you can just make whatever you want and you can give them no other option for food. They may refuse a meal or two but chances are they'll start eating once they get hungry. Of course, this may not work if they're big enough to get into food in the pantry or refrigerator.
Have you tried oven fried chicken tenders? My kiddos love those. You take chicken tenders (patted dry) dip them in egg whites that have been lightly beaten and then coat them in Panko bread crumbs seasoned with salt and whatever else they like than bake for about 15 mins at 350.How about nachos? brown a chicken breast and than cut into small pieces. lay tortilla chips out on a cookie sheet and top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. After plating the chips top them with heated black beans, the chicken, some olives and a touch of sour cream.Than theres the tried and true spaghetti with cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas, I think theres a theme here of cheese which is not that healthy for them so try and mix it up week to week. Like V said they'll eat almost anything when they're hungry!
My daughter loves fruits and vegatables but when it comes to meats she says it looks weird. My son on the other hand likes meat and vegatables but won't eat fruit, I need meals that have all of that but it a healthy tasty way that they will eat it. Sometimes they refuse and say their not hungry so I put their food in the fridge and then thats what they have to eat when they say they are hungry.
It's normal for kids to go through phases where they don't like certain foods. My kids go through them all the time. Right now my son won't eat any meat in any form other than hotdogs. My daughter was the same way until she tried Trader Joe's mini meatballs and now she loves all meat, especially steak.For meals, your best bet is something that incorporates both vegetables and meat, like a casserole or lasagna. If your son doesn't like fruit, that's ok. He'll get enough vitamins and minerals from vegetables. (Fruits are basically vegetables with more water and sugar.) I love shepherd's pie (ground beef, mixed vegetables like peas and carrots, topped with mashed potatoes and a little cheese); homemade mac and cheese with with either chicken and broccoli or ham and cauliflower; lasagna with meat and spinach and maybe some sliced zucchini; pasta with white sauce, sausage and sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers and mushrooms (my kids LOVE it!); homemade soft tacos with some ground beef or beans, avocado, tomato, and a little cheese. Salads are a great way to add some vegetables to a meal if the main dish doesn't really call for them.