Expand their PALATE
Start with the familiar
“Work with what they will eat and slowly vary that,” Stening suggests. “If someone doesn’t eat pineapple but does like cheese and onion, make a toasted sandwich or pizza with cheese and onion, then add a teaspoon of crushed pineapple.”
Take it slow
If your partner hates fish, add a teaspoon or two to a potato cake. Then, if they’ve accepted it, double the amount next time so that new foods are slowly mixed with those that are familiar.
Use well-loved flavours
If cheese sauce is a favourite on steak, try it with a new vegetable too. Or try adding half a can of lentils to bolognese sauce. It’s not about disguise, but giving a fussy eater an opportunity to access something unfamiliar.
Don’t go to extremes
Don’t start with outrageous flavours or super-hot spices. Go with things that are close to something they like already. If potato is a staple for your fussy eater, try a mix of white potato and sweet potato. If peas are acceptable, try serving them with another sweet vegie such as corn.
Don’t give up!
As with children, an adult fussy eater may need to try a new food several times before it becomes acceptable. Keep offering and be patient.
Relax — it’s just a meal!
Creating a pleasant and relaxing environment around food can make a big difference. Likewise, a fussy eater may be more likely to try a new food in a restaurant environment.
Turn the pressure down
Always respect other people’s limitations and understand that being pressured to eat can be extremely stressful, and that the attempt can sometimes backfire.
Don’t take it personally
Just because your loved one doesn’t like your carefully prepared risotto, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you. It’s only food!