Frequent commenter Mrs. Jen B left this in Monday’s post on meal planning:
I am absolutely stuck in a rut when it comes to side dishes – heck, even main dishes! My father in law is the pickiest, pickiest eater I’ve ever met in my life. Seriously. We need for him to eat, so I’m stuck making the things he likes. The worst part is, he has very little short-term memory, so he doesn’t even remember that I just made stuffing three times in one week. Or I’ll make something one night and he’ll like it, and the next time he won’t know what it is and won’t touch it. And sadly, unlike with a child, you can’t make a child eat something because you’re the parent!
Home Ec 101 readers come from all walks of life, some of you have been in her shoes; I have not. I suggested that she talk to a dietitian, who would have more experience in dealing with caring for the elderly. I also suggested that she prepare some of his favorites in bulk to freeze and serve as requested while she and her husband ate a more varied diet. An aging relative does not fall into the same category as a healthy child who needs to expand his or her horizons.
What advice to you have for Mrs. Jen B? How would you suggest she introduce variety into their diet without upsetting her father-in-law?
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