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Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Unfortunately at this point he's convinced himself that eggs are inedible and I'd rather find other foods than try to fight him away from that view.

Jun 25, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

I didn't order it. I had a cup of chowder and a 1 1/2 pound steamed lobster, with a side of coleslaw. We like Summer Shack. It hits the spot when we want seafood and don't want any hassle, and it's very kid-friendly, which we usually need when dining out.

Jun 23, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

Summer Shack in Cambridge had a halibut special on the menu last night.

Jun 22, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

There's a TJs less than a mile from my house. I'm going to give this a try soon. It's something we'd all eat, too. We recently got him eating a salad oficeberg lettuce with cucumbers and shredded mozzarella with Italian dressing, so I wonder if we can add some tofu in there to make it more of a meal. Hmmmmm.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking
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Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I was just telling a friend I completely forget my Vitamix can make things other than frozen mixed drinks and smoothies and I think you're all onto something with the soup direction!

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He did actually like cheddar when we started with cheeses, as well as Havarti. Provolone and Swiss were too strong and unfortunately he's now in a rut with peel off wrapper Kraft singles.

I think proscuitto wouldn't work. It can be a bit stringy in some places and dry in others and I think both would ick him out. Maybe I'll try some salami on him when we have some around.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

So much great advice here. I'm sorry you're in this boat too. We had to use Ensure shakes with my mom, and those things are awful. I probably could get him eating them, but I'd really prefer to leave that as a last resort. Maybe for camp, though!

He hasn't eaten mashed potatoes and we haven't tried to introduce them recently, but I think that's a good idea. He definitely likes the taste of potatoes so there's a touchpoint there.

He will definitely eat sweets. I made these once http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011... and he enjoyed them, but I didn't tell him what was in them. I'm not above hiding protein if we get in a bind but I'd love to get him consciously making good and healthy eating choices without having to tart it up into a sweet format.

Funny you ask about cheese sandwiches. He had a field trip this week and was willing to try a cheese sandwich, but came back telling me it wasn't good, and "cheese and bread don't go together". (SMH and try telling that to the rest of the world, kid.) We just found a new brand of soy butter called WOW Butter and it's getting a trial by fire on a Boy Scout camping trip this weekend. He was pretty impressed with it when he tried it last night, so fingers crossed.

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

We got him to eat mac & cheese recently but just the powdered yellow box type. Even with that, it's not something he seems to really enjoy.

We tried ham & turkey cold cuts and he couldn't really handle them very well either. Pizza he'll do if it's cheeseless, and will eat shredded cheese on the side. He really can't stand the look or texture of gooey stringy cheese on a hot pizza. He's able to tolerate it when the cheese has cooled and congealed, but he's prefer to just pick it off and eat it without the cheese.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I feel like he's made his mind up about eggs for now but maybe I can try to reintroduce it in a quiche form later. That custardy texture could work.

Thanks to all for your suggestions. I was very encouraged last night when I was able to get him to eat half of a beer battered fish finger I'd made with flounder from my CSA. It was even a couple of days old when I cooked it, so a bit more fishy than I'd wanted, but with a bit of ketchup, he was able to eat the portion without any gagging at all. This is the first time I've gotten him to try a new food at home... the other new foods have been foods we've worked on with the food therapist. We followed the same process (smell the food, kiss it, lick it, bite it, chew it, swallow it) and he kept insisting he didn't like it, he was still able to eat it.

I'm so appreciative of all the ideas you've shared here. Lots of things I hadn't thought about, and you've all been very kind. It's a bit of a secret shame to be a Chowhound and have a kid who eats such a limited diet. I swear I did start him out right with making all his baby food from scratch and offering a varied diet. He ate really well as a baby but once the sensory issues kicked in, his diet became more and more limited. There's an intellectual awareness that it's out of your control as a parent, but until my eat everything in sight daughter came along, I still blamed myself for the situation. Anyway, this is all a bit far afield for Home Cooking, but again, thanks!

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

I think the texture of the white on a fried egg is too similar to the texture of the white on a hard boiled egg for him.

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

First trip to Boston

The Museum of Science doesn't have their private room open on the 4th. It's a ticketed event where people camp out on the top floor of the garage. They sell box dinners or you can BYO. They are $28 but you have to be a museum member to buy them. Tickets went on sale to members in early May, so might be sold out. If not, a museum membership and 4 tickets to sit on the garage are a lot cheaper than 1 meal at Top of the Hub!

Jun 20, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He's never eaten any soup (GAH) but I may be able to convince him in that direction. Because it's so warm here I completely forgot about that entire category of food :) Any specific recipes you like? I imagine for soups you want a softer tofu, right?

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

You know, this could work! He did seem to like bacon when we tried that, so it's not the taste that gets him, it's the texture. Thanks, this is something I've never even thought of! What a great tip to keep in mind for Alzheimer's patients too. My mother had feeding problems last year during cancer treatments and mealtimes felt like such a battle to get nutrients down.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

So I'll admit it... I've never stir fried tofu (hangs head in shame). Can anyone point me towards a guide to doing it? What type to choose, how to treat it, etc?

Hmm, I like the idea of croquettes or cutlets! I will definitely play around with those ideas.

We just got him trying white rice. It wasn't a huge success but it wasn't a failure either. I hadn't thought of fried rice, but that's definitely worth a go, especially with some tofu in there. Good tip about the egg, thanks!

I've eaten paneer but have never bought it or cooked with it, so I'll give that a look too.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

We just got him eating pasta and tomato sauce. Unfortunately the homemade sauce I pureed (no lumps!) and proudly presented to him didn't float his boat so we're going with jarred sauces for now. He doesn't like to see bits of anything, but I'm hoping we can introduce some flexibility in that area, and getting some veggies into him that way is a good idea.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He's had them all :)

The therapy practice is aimed at children with communication & feeding disorders. It's been really helpful. I should have had him there years ago, but better late than never.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He won't eat peanuts in other forms. We haven't really delved into other nut butters just because it doesn't really do much for us... if he has to be nut-free, they won't work, and if he doesn't have to be nut free, it's just as easy to delve into our huge stockpile of jars (Simply Jif!). We did get him to tolerate Sun Butter but it's definitely not something he'd eat if he had a choice.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

It's not always about what he can do... it's about what he will do. If he eats pretzels there should be no reason he won't eat nacho chips... but he won't. He won't do popcorn at all, never has. When we go to the movies, he takes a bag of goldfish crackers for his snack while we are munching away on popcorn.

I think smoothies may actually help for camp, there are some bottled versions I could send (they do have some refrigeration options, not sure how much). I suspect seeing green would shut him down, but I wonder if I could get it in with a colored straw and not letting him see the color of what he's drinking.

I tried frozen fish sticks once but he felt they were too fishy. Maybe I could try again with the fresh fish we're getting through our CSA. I don't think tartar sauce would work but ketchup would. Thanks!

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Smoothies are good for him, and he's happy to drink kefir out of the bottle, so that makes an easy quick option when we need one.

We eat a lot of hummus and I suspect the slightly grainy aspect might nix it, but it's worth some effort.

Baked Beans is actually what we are trying next, but now I'm wondering if I should jump refried beans ahead of that since it's easier to make a meal out of it.

He used to eat those potato "smiles" so the mashed potato patties are a good idea!

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking
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Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Sigh, yes. We started with scrambled, that was a total no-go. I tried more of a firm omelette consistency, also not any good. Then we tried hard boiled. The only way he was able to choke any down was diced into tiny pieces and drowned in ketchup, and only the whites. What he was so eating was so far from how anybody would actually eat hard boiled eggs, it didn't seem worth the effort.

You know, we haven't tried refried beans or tortillas but I think that's totally worth a try!

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

He's old enough, but not interested enough :) I do hope to get him working with me in the kitchen so he can take a more active role in being responsible for his food. I think the fried cubes of tofu would work (although if it's too crunchy, he might balk), could you suggest a bit more how to do that? I know there are different firmness of tofu.. which type should I get? Do I need to drain it?

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Yes, mushy and soft is most of what he eats. He can eat bagels, which are chewy. Gooey/stringy things like melted cheese just don't work. He's funny about crunchy. Crackers, pretzels, cookies can all be crunchy. He wouldn't eat cereal for a long time because it was too crunchy, but we may be over that hurdle. The crunchy outside of a chicken tender was too crunchy for him, or so he said.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

I picked up a quart at Wilson Farm yesterday. A bit on the tart side.

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

My son has textural sensory issues and as a result has had a really limited diet for a really long time. Most foods will make him gag and some will make him vomit. He's subsisted on a carb-heavy diet for years, with pancakes and peanut butter sandwiches as his mainstays.

He's almost a teenager, and is finally at a point where he's willing to expand his diet, and we're working with a food therapist. We have been able to add some new foods to his diet with limited success (pasta and sauce, yay!), but we're really hitting a wall with new protein sources. Eggs were a complete fail, as are hotdogs and cheeseburger sliders. He just can't get past the texture, even trying very hard to do so. Processed chicken nuggets have been slightly OK, but less processed (and more chicken-like in texture) nuggets & tenders haven't worked. I think he'd be OK with the texture of fish but he's really put off by the smell and the concept. We do get very fresh fish through our fish CSA so I'm going to keep trying to get him to eat fish. Cheese has been more of a success, although melty/gooey textures don't work for him. So, for example, he can eat pizza with just sauce and then a bowl of shredded mozzarella on the side.

Because the texture of meat has been such a challenge for him, we're looking to find alternate protein sources. I could use some help on ways to prepare tofu, lentils, beans and whatever you might suggest in a way that could appeal to someone with a really sensitive gag reflex. I don't have much experience in cooking tofu. I know that sauces and flavors are often the key to getting people to like tofu but again there's a bit of a wall with him in that area. He likes ketchup and garlic flavors. When we were starting to get him to eat chicken nuggets, we went to McDonalds and I had him try a bunch of their dipping sauces and none of them worked that well, although I think he was less opposed to sweet and sour sauce than the rest. He hasn't been exposed to spicy flavors and I suspect we won't get anywhere in that area, at least not at this point. Things that are gooey, very chewy or very crunchy don't really work well for him (although pretzels have never been a problem and he's recently had some success with cereal, so crunchy may not be completely off the table anymore.)

He won't eat most vegetables either (but we're having a bit more success in that area, so perhaps that will change). He's generally fine with fruits and doesn't have any problem with dairy. There aren't any allergies to contend with, but one of our goals is to get some peanut-free options for an upcoming sleepaway camp where nuts aren't permitted.

Help?!

Jun 19, 2015
Chris VR in Home Cooking

Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

I got some from Wagon Wheel Farmstand in Lexington about 2 weeks ago. They were from CT... Pell Farm, I believe. Pretty good for early season berries.

Jun 15, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area

What's your ??????????

Jun 11, 2015
Chris VR in Not About Food

What's your ??????????

Yes, but you can't use a cordless phone when there's no power. Both the base and the handset require electricity. Even if the handset has a full battery charge, it won't work unless the base station has power. You can use phone lines in a power outage, but you need an old-style phone that doesn't require electricity to operate.

Jun 11, 2015
Chris VR in Not About Food
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Arlington Greek Festival this weekend: June 4, 5, 6 and 7

Sorry Gretchen, I missed this and started my own thread. Yes, very sad to see no more spit roasted meats. :(

The most wonderful time of the year: Greek Festival Time!

Arlington's Greek Festival opened last night, not with the full menu but serving gyros, souvlaki and pastries. The gyro was great as expected, and the souvlaki was significantly better than expected, with very moist chicken. The loukomades were scrumptious, hot and sweet and sprinkled with a light dusting of chopped walnuts. We got some baklava and kataifi to go. I was hoping because it was the first night that it would be crunchier but it was on the soggy side, which is par for the course at these Greek festivals... my only disappointment. It goes through Sunday and I think the full menu is being offered all three days. http://arlingtonfestival.com/menu/

Woburn's Festival is next weekend! I thought one of them has roasted a pig in the past but I didn't see anything about that on either site. http://www.mygreekfestival.com/menu.html

Jun 05, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area
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Graham Central Station

I get it through Crescent Ridge Home Delivery but it wasn't on the list last time I ordered. It's on right now, though, so they must have it in stock at their Dairy Bar in Sharon. http://www.crescentridge.com/p-36-dai...

Jun 05, 2015
Chris VR in Greater Boston Area