Healthy Cooking, Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle

Those who know me will know that cooking is not my forte. To state it simply – I loathe it. For me, a meal is just something to get you through the day. Dessert, on the other hand, is something else altogether, but now that I have kids, that’s also a different story. I have to think twice before succumbing to a sugar craving because it attracts my two sugar babies who will believe that such indulgences should be a norm rather than the occasional treat.

As my other half so smugly pointed out, now that I have kids, it’s no longer okay to do a half-baked effort in the kitchen and call it dinner. I should make some attempt to get them to eat real food and learn to choose healthier options, to boot. And I agree. Really, I do! But I’m sure that most parents who cook for fussy eaters will understand when I say that it is terribly disheartening to spend hours in the kitchen cooking up what you anticipate to be a fantastic meal only to hear Aristotle’s petulant, “I don’t like it,” while Hercules spits it out then clamps his gob shut and insists he doesn’t want to eat.

I have in the past attempted to facilitate healthy eating with special recipes for Aristotle, such as the ones from sneaky chef and Annabel Karmel. Unfortunately it was to no avail. With Aristotle on a less than desirable diet, it was also too much to hope that his younger brother would not pick up his bad eating habits – although, in my defense, I must say that Hercules’ diet is still healthier and more varied than his older brother’s. Needless to say I gave up on the special recipes and decided to be grateful when they ate anything at all since I was under pressure to get them to eat. And if you missed the significance of that, let me point out that in a traditional Chinese family food is love so you can figure the rest out yourself.

Now that the boys are older and slightly more reasonable, it is time to refocus on their diet. So this is begins my effort to cook “easy, delicious, healthier” dinners for my three boys – with the emphasis on “easy”. Recently, we had “Gyu Soba” which was so well received that I have recorded the recipe in my cookbook for fussy eaters. The plan is to create a working menu of easy, delicious, and healthier dinners catered to the taste buds of my three fussy eaters so step aside Lapine and Karmel. I should add that it has been quite a challenge considering the barrage of inside jokes relating to my non-discriminate – even pariah – taste buds. Then again, my taste-testers are all fussy eaters so you can be assured that the recipes can’t be all that bad…


If you liked the Gyu Soba, take a look at the small selection of recipes I have already collated. They aren’t entirely healthy but they did make the taste-testers cut:

Easy Authentic Recipes for the Undomestic Goddess

Do you have fussy eaters in your household? What are. Some of your winning recipes?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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