• Jenna van Bentum

4 Simple Recipes For Fussy Eaters

Having a fussy eater in the family can make meal times a stressful occasion. We find ourselves questioning everything and dreading the moment you place food in front of them only to put said food straight in the bin. We all need someone to come along side us and give us a helping hand at understanding why our child is like this and to give us some tools to help make meal times a win and not always a fail.

A good friend of mine, Simone Emery, is that guardian angel for many families. Simone is a Children’s Nutritionist Specialising in working with Fussy Eaters. She has many ways to turn frustrating mealtimes around for families and her recipes are designed to be shared by everyone. You can read more about Simone at playwithfood.com.au and follow her behind the scenes on Instagram @playwithfood_au. I personally have watched Simone come alongside parents as they navigate this journey and have seen them all celebrate the wins as their child starts to broaden their horizons when it comes to their food choices. We are so excited to share a few of Simone's favourite simple recipes with you today and if you have a fussy eater then please contact Simone to find out more about her programs and tools to help you.

Real Fruit Strawberry Milkshakes

A great afternoon Snack Idea for families on the move!

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 3-4 smoothies


• 250g Strawberries • 2 x Chopped and Frozen Bananas • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste / vanilla essence

• 2 Cups of Milk


1. Put all ingredients in the blender

2. Blend until you get a smooth and consistent texture.

(Originally Posted Here: https://www.playwithfood.com.au/strawberry-milkshakes/)

Pear Flapjacks

Looking for a freeze-ahead lunchbox filler that packs a Fibre Boost?

Don’t look past these pear flapjacks. Flapjacks are like a muesli slice.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 9 squares


• 1 1/2 cups of Oats • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1/4 cup sultanas) • 2 cored & chopped ripe pears (you don’t have to peel the pears & this way you keep more fibre) • Juice from half an orange • 1/2 cup Desiccated coconut • 1tbsp Honey • 2tbsp Macadamia nut oil (for nut free schools you can substitute this with another 2 tbsp butter or nut free spread) • 1tbsp Butter (or nut free spread)


1. Preheat your oven to 180oC & get out a 20cm x 20cm square cake tin. 2. In a food processor, whizz oats, dried mixed fruit, coconut, orange juice and pears to get a thick paste.

3. In a saucepan melt the butter together with the honey and macadamia nut oil. (OR to save on dishes, I make this in a pyrex dish that I can quickly pop in the pre-heating oven to melt). Pour this into your tin (this acts to grease the tin too) and swirl it around.

4. Mix in the oat mixture. Pat the flapjack mixture down into the tin & pop it into the oven for 20mins. 5. Cut it into squares once it is out of the oven. You can store these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

You can also freeze them in layers separated by baking paper in a freezer friendly container. They retain their appeal when go into the lunch box straight from the freezer in the morning.

(First Published on: https://www.playwithfood.com.au/pear-flapjacks-for-kids/)

Sweet Potato Crackers

These portable crackers team well with some cubes of cheese, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices for a fresh take on your weekend morning tea.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 8 mins

Total time: 18 mins

Serves: 20 crackers (depending on your cookie cutter)


▪ 1/4 cup buckwheat flour (or you can use wholemeal flour)

▪ 3/4 cup plain flour (or white GF flour mix) ▪ 1/4 tsp turmeric ▪ pinch of sea salt

▪ 1/4 cup Exra Virgin Olive oil ▪ 1/3 cup steamed sweet potato pureed with 1/4 cup cooking water


1. Preheat your oven to 200oC. 2. Mix the first 5 ingredients to make a crumb like consistency 3. Form a well in the mixture and mix through the sweet potato puree.

4. Roll out thin on a floured surface. 5. Use cutters to make them into your desired shape. 6. Bake 8 for minutes.

(First Published: https://www.playwithfood.com.au/making-fun-sweet-potato-crackers-with-children/)

Hawaiian Skewers

If you ever have a night when your dinner plans go out the window, plop the ingredients on the table for these Hawaiian skewers and dig in. You provide the foods and everyone gets to choose their combinations. Plus you have 4 food groups on offer!

Prep time: 3 mins

Total time: 3 mins

Serves: 4-6


▪ 250g block of tasty cheese cut into 1cm x 1cm cubes

▪ 250g punnet of cherry tomatoes ▪ 1 green capsicum cut into 1cm x 1cm squares ▪ 1 red capsicum cut into 1cm x 1cm squares

▪ 1 small tin of pineapple chunks ▪ 1 banana cut into circles ▪ 400g off-the bone leg ham cut into strips


Put all of the ingredients and some skewers in the middle of the table for everyone to load up their own Hawaiian skewer. Serve with jacket potatoes loaded with coleslaw for a more substantial meal.

This recipe is from Simone’s Book: Allergy Free Afternoon Tea – A book dedicated to making life easier at dinner with fussy eaters by starting in the afternoon with easy ideas for busy families.

If you are needing support and guidance on this journey with your fussy eater then visit Simone's website and find out the many ways you can get the support you need - https://www.playwithfood.com.au/support-for-parenting-picky-eaters/

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