I11 is another story. He has food 'issues'. He LOVES mashed potatoes and really, potatoes in any form. He is getting better and more adventurous, especially since he wants to be a chef when he grows up and I told him he needs to be willing to try new things if he is a chef. He has some issues with textures. He won't eat bread with 'stuff' in it such as nuts, seeds and wheat berries. He eats whole wheat since that's about the only kind I have in the house but I'll admit, I spoil him by buying a separate loaf of bread for him so he will eat it. He has recently started eating tomato sauce with chunks of tomato in it but still doesn't really like fresh tomatoes but then, more for me!!!
K8 does well. He HATES potatoes, especially mashed ones, and has since he was a baby. You know, mashed potatoes are often the first food 'off the table' that is fed (at least at our house). He spat it out the first time he had it and hasn't liked it since. He barely even tolerates french fries. I have stopped trying to fight this one. If we are having potatoes for dinner, he has the option of having bread and butter instead. The one thing we're still fighting with him about is tomato sauce. He doesn't like tomatoes either. He will eat pizza with red sauce and ketchup but fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce he doesn't want. He would rather eat his spaghetti as plain noodles. He did eat the lasagna I made last night so I guess we're making progress. He does LOVE cucumbers and started eating the stuffed chili peppers I make in the late summer.
All the kids like broccoli and carrots and corn. Getting them to eat their veggies has never been that much of an issue. The boys each have their dislikes and I'm always tempted to not make that much of a fuss about it. They aren't starving and they always have to try something new (at least 2 bites) before they can decide they don't like it. They're much better than some of their friends who have been over: I remember a friend of J14's several years ago who was over to play. I made them sandwiches for lunch. She pronounced the cheese 'nasty'. It seems the only cheese she had ever eaten was processed cheese singles. Now that doesn't even count as food in my book. My kids all grew up with 'real' cheese and love it. They really don't even get that much junk food (unless you count rice cakes and tortilla chips). We occasionally have soda in the house but it is a treat, not a staple. They drink milk, juice or water.
I really don't think we've done too bad....