Nora’s Food (1 year and up)

We are in toddler territory. Nora has rejected many of the things she used to eat. This list is much shorter than her baby food list.

Need to Try Again

  • oatmeal
  • walnuts

One-Stop Meals

Our new strategy is to cook a big pot of stew that we know she’ll like, eat it with her the first night, and let her eat leftovers for the rest of the week while sampling (and rejecting) whatever we cook for ourselves. I didn’t like the idea of only offering bread or yogurt if she rejects the offered meal, because I don’t think it’s nutritionally complete, but this guarantees that she’s at least eating veggies with her meat.

  • salmon stew with carrots, celery, onions, carrot tops, and brown rice
  • chicken stew with tomatillos, peppers, and onions

Mom’s Food

This needs its own bucket because my mom loves to bring her food from her home, and Nora generally loves that food. I’ve been frustrated because Nora ends up eating an entire meal of meat and getting constipated when she rejects veggies and grains, so I’d rather stick with the one-pot meal approach until Nora is more reliable about eating from all buckets.

  • pork meatloaf with veggies
  • egg patties


These are in roughly decreasing order of reliability.

  • yogurt
  • avocado
  • fruit
  • bread
  • crackers
  • eggs
  • cheese

Love at First Sight

These are things that Nora loved immediately, but which she’s only tried once or twice.

  • strata
  • Rosita’s veggies on top of their chili Relleno (how do we replicate this?)
  • sweet potato fries
  • French fries
  • Chinese restaurant lobster with noodles in lobster sauce

Sometimes Eats

  • bean stews
  • chicken stews
  • millet or barley in stews
  • smelt
  • leafy greens with yogurt
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • eggs with veggies

Sampled Voluntarily

There are a few veggies which Nora has sampled surreptitiously after the meal when no one was looking, after repeated refusals during the meal.

  • carrot peanut soup
  • peas
  • cucumber
  • eggplant

Sampled and Rejected

Nora allowed these to be put her mouth, but then decided she didn’t like it and spit it back out.

  • goat stew (too tough)
  • tofu
  • tomato-bread soup
  • cow’s milk

Rejected Outright

Nora wouldn’t let these items near her mouth.

  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • stir-fried apples and cabbage
  • plain rice