I have mentioned before that my three-year-old son is an extremely picky eater. He refuses to eat meat, most vegetables and basically anything that provides nutrients. He turns his nose up to kid’s favourites such as: mac and cheese, tacos, spaghetti and even pizza.

As a mom who is also a student in nutrition, not only is it frustrating but it’s also worrying.

Then, the other evening, there was a inspiration. My “threenager” was helping my husband make grilled cheese and he had such a great time making it: he almost ate it. (I say almost because he doesn’t like sandwiches – see what I’m dealing with.) That’s when I had a picky eater breakthrough: a build your own pizza bar.

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The wonderful thing about building a pizza bar is that it’s flexible, you can use whatever toppings your family likes. I bought my pizza dough because I didn’t want this to be too time consuming but if you have a great recipe, then use it. It’s as simple as you make it, I even bought a store bought roasted chicken for my own pizza (but decided to opt for pepperoni at the last minute). This is a great time to use up those random veggies that are hanging around your friend. Here is what I used:

Pizza Bar Supplies:

  • Pre-made pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni
  • Green Peppers
  • Orange Peppers
  • Sundries Tomatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil

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Pizza Bar Directions:

It’s pretty simple: lay out the ingredients nicely, give your child the dough and let them build to their heart’s content. For my picky eater, presentation is king. So I just made everything look orderly and he totally went for it.

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Bake the pizzas as according to the dough instructions (in my case it was 425F for 13 minutes).

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Guess what? He ate half the pizza!

The build your own pizza bar (picky eater edition) was a success. Not only was he excited that he was cooking, but he had a lot of fun doing it. I just made sure to make it a big deal and you could see the pride in his smile.

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What was your picky eater breakthrough?


Randa avatarRanda is a work-at-home mom who resides on the North Coast of British Columbia. When she’s not chasing her two year old son and scrubbing crayons off the wall, she’s blogging over at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen. Along with the title of “mom” she’s also a student in nutrition, a lover of travel, and has a passion for health and wellness.