What to Eat Struggles

The struggle continues and seems to be getting more challenging with our selective eater. He will not like or eat meat so chicken, bacon, turkey; hot dogs are all out of the question and he is allergic to nuts so that is another challenge. He wants nothing to do with cereals such as cheerios, frosted/corn flakes, cinnamon crunch etc. He now has found a love for fish so we have fish and tuna that we prepare for dinner and sometimes lunch. He will eat his fill of salads, all kinds of vegetables and fruits so I take advantage of every opportunity to give him his favorites.

Lately he has been even more selective and even his favorites are no longer options for him to eat. That had me a bit concerned so I consulted with his doctor and was told he is healthy and will probably grow out of it. Well in the meantime I am a bit concerned that he may not be getting enough protein and have been trying some fun recipes where I can ensure its packed with enough protein and other nutrients and tasty that he will eat.

I found a new favorite recipe by accident and now he is in love with the idea. I prepared an Acai bowl at home and he wanted to taste it and the rest is history. The difference with his bowl is that it does not have Acai included. It’s prepared with Silk Very Vanilla, blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, pineapples, sliced apples and half or a banana. I top it with blueberries and sliced bananas and he loves it and as far as he is concerned it’s an Acai Bowl. He gets everything in the bowl that would be challenging to give separately at a meal.

If he eats a waffle or bagel for breakfast then the bowl supplements for what he would be missing in other forms of protein. We use it also for dinner regardless of what he eats as a main course. The bowl is used as a dessert and puts my minds at ease knowing that he is getting an adequate serving of protein and other nutrients.

The story continues and I am ready for him to grow out of this phase and start eating or trying other foods. He doesn’t have to eat meat but it would be good for him to go easy on being so selective. Mommy would really appreciate the consideration.

All the best until next time!





Paella Recipe

I decided to try a new recipe and thought I would try making Paella. I love rice and seafood so decided to prepare shrimp Paella. It was really easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. The next time I will prepare the Paella with other seafood and chicken. I have seem a lot of recipes with various meats or seafoods so this should be fun.

Preparation Time: 30 Mins


1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional)        
2 tablespoons olive oil                                             
1 onion, chopped     
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped       
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup of mixed vegetables    
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes     
2 cups uncooked short-grain yellow rice 
1 bay leaf
½ cup of water         
1/2 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped        

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Boil shrimp for 5 minutes on medium to high heat until both sides are pink.
  2. Strain shrimp in cold water and place in a bowl on the side. Peel if preferred.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in Shrimp to coat. Cover, and refrigerate.
  4. Cook rice and add to the side in mixing bowl.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat.
  6. Stir in garlic, red and yellow peppers, mixed vegetables and pepper flakes, and rice.
  7. Add 3 tablespoon of water (more if needed), stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in bay leaf and parsley. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes.

Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with shrimp mixture.



All the best until next time!










Jerk Shrimp Salad

What’s for Lunch?

Well lately I find myself eating more salads topped with Boneless Chicken Beast, Shrimp, Fish, Tuna and Salmon. I have been using variations of seasoning to prepare the toppings and then add cranberries, shredded cheese and a vinaigrette dressing.

Preparation for 1 serving: 
1. Select preferred serving size for the meat you will use for the topping.
2. Use 2 teaspoon of jerk seasoning and add to the meat in a mixing bowl.
3. Bake or sauté the seasoned selected meat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in oven or saucepan until fully cooked or to your preference.
4. Prepare salad with you favorite vegetables, add the meat topping, dressing and enjoy.



All the best until next time!


Marinated Spanish Mackerel Steaks


I have been working on healthy and delicious fish recipes for my family as we look to completely remove all red meat from our meal plans. I came across mackerel steaks at our local grocery store and thought I would give it a try and see how my family would rate it overall.

I selected Panamei Seafood because it is supposed to have a delicate texture and flavorful. Suggested ways of preparing is barbecuing and smoking or frying and served with sauses. It’s easy to prepare and a great substitute if trying to avoid some or all meat. My family loved it all except for our son who refuses to eat any meat and has claimed he is a vegetarian. Well at least he eats tuna. Hope you can try it as well and let me know what you think?

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4-5


  • 2 lbs. Mackerel/steak cut
  • ¾cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium onion, cut into rings
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 green bell pepper
  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Pam Spray 

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a medium-mixing bowl combine lemon juice, soy sauce and pepper together. Pour over the fish and marinate in refrigerator for an hour.
  2. In a skillet, spray with Pam, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high. Once the oil is hot enough, fry fish until golden brown.
  3. Place the cooked fish on your serving tray or open pyrex dish. 
  4. Use a separate fry pan, add 2 tablespoon olive oil, stir-fry onion rings, red and green peppers with vinegar but not until soft. 
  5. Add onion rings and peppers marinade on top and arrange around the fish steaks.
  6. Fish steaks are ready to serve. Cover until ready or eat immediately. Not suggested to be left on the stove or it will dry out.
    Serve over white rice or steamed spinach.



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Hope you enjoy!

All the best until next time!





How to Make Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Veggie Stuffed Peppers

Serving Size: 3 People
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Temperature: 375 Degree
Recipe by: GenMom

3 – Large Bell Peppers

½ – Cup Shredded Carrots
¼ – of Red Pepper
¼ – of Green Pepper
¼ – of Yellow Pepper
½ – Celery
½ – Cup sliced Mushroom
½ – Cup shredded cheese
1- Cup Sliced Broccoli
½ – Cup Sliced Onions
2 – Tablespoon of Olive Oil
¼ – Cup of water
10 – Ounces Marinara Sauce



  1. Wash vegetables and add to medium size mixing bowl.
  2. Cut vegetables into small pieces and mix together.
  3. Add olive oil to saucepan and place on medium heat.
  4. Add cut vegetables to saucepan with water and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
  5. Set oven to heat at 375 degrees.
  6. Add marinara sauce to saucepan over vegetables. Mix and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  7. Wash whole peppers, core out the top and remove the middle portion. Scoop out the mixed vegetables and stuff in the peppers.
  8. Place stuffed peppers in the oven in a deep dish for 25 minutes.
  9. Add the shredded cheese to the peppers and bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove peppers and cool on counter top on warmer or on stovetop.
  11. Add celery stalk for garnish.


Cooking with RJ!


Pizza Pizza!!

With our picky eater and self-proclaimed vegan RJ loves pizza. We try to get him to make them and have a little fun along the way. This time he only wanted cheese and sauce for his pizza so here we have it. He does not like the thick pasta sauces so i have to find sauce that is thinner and no so heavy….. I am always on skates trying to keep up with what he will and will not eat as sometimes it changes by the day.

I really don’t recall having these roller coaster moments with food for our daughter 22 years ago and know that I definitely didn’t go through these moments with not eating meat.

We just uploaded this to his YouTube channel and hope you enjoy viewing.

Our next recipe will be one that I have seen on a blog and will make sure to credit the blogger once we prepare.

Best until next time!

No More Meat!

No More Meat!

Well, since RJ has decided he is a vegetarian my husband  have decided to go on the journey with him and remove red meat, chicken or turkey from his diet and only eat fish and salmon. I am now scrambling to find delicious vegetarian recipes and fun ideas for lunch and dinner. I have found a few great recipes on blogs and now just coming up with others randomly. Let’s see if RJ will try some of the fish and add that to his menu.

My first attempt at a vegetarian recipe for dinner was not as bad I thought. Here goes!

Veggie and Pasta Medley


8- Baby Cabbage
8 – Med Baby Carrots
¼ Green Pepper
¼ Red Peppers
¼ Yellow Peppers
¼ Orange Peppers
4 – Sprigs of Asparagus
6 – Sprigs of Broccoli
½ – Zucchini
½ teaspoon of garlic salt or Mrs Dash
1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
1 – Box Penne Pasta |
1 – Jar – 16 ounces Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 – Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ cup of water  

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash vegetables and place in medium size bowl.
  2. Slice vegetables to size of your preference.
  3. Place large saucepan on stove on medium heat.
  4. Add olive oil to saucepan then add vegetables, Mrs. Dash/Garlic Salt and soy sauce.
  5. Place on low heat, pour in water as needed and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. If you prefer for your vegetables to be softer then leave on low for another 5 minutes.
  7. Boil penne pasta on medium heat until it is to your preferred texture.
  8. Drain pasta and add to large mixing bowl.
  9. Add marinara sauce and stir. Serve with mixed vegetables or prepare as meals and store.

    Recipe by: GenMom
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Bon a Petit!

Best until next time!


Our Vegan Toddler!

How does a toddler decide he is a Vegetarian?

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When I was growing up and with my daughter there was no option to decide if you were a vegetarian at 3 years old but my son is standing steadfast in his decision. He is now 4 years old and we are in the same place of him not eating any meat. It is one of the most puzzling things that I have experienced with my son and I think I have figured out how it happened. As we started teaching him about animals and watching videos of them and in his books we noticed that he started refusing to eat any meat. He kept saying he does not like meat.

We eat pretty healthy in our home with fruits and vegetables but we do not eat meat and stay away from fried foods. As a baby we would feed RJ homemade prepared fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, applesauce and then started adding chicken hot dogs, dinosaur chicken nuggets, broiled fish, spaghetti with turkey meat sauce, rice and ground turkey.

Well, I have had to get creative in making sure he is getting all of the required nutrition and not lose my mind in trying to figure out what to feed him. He now eats pasta with cheese, tuna sandwiches, boiled eggs, cheese pizza, salads, grilled cheese, yogurt, broccoli and every vegetable you put in front of him or almost anything that does not have meat. We also supplement with pediasure, vitamins and making sure he gets protein from other foods.

His doctors have assured me that he is healthy and ahead of his grown percentile. But I can’t help but scratch my head everyday trying to be creative in making sure he gets the right nutrition. He proudly says he is a vegetarian and not a meatatarian (if there is such a name). I have no idea how he came up with that name. His new saying now is that he is a herbivore not a carnivore. Who knew? I think we are in for run with him being more determined not to eat meat. I hear from some moms that they have had this experience and that it goes away after a few years and some say it continued through their teenage years.

Would appreciate hearing from other parents who have had similar experiences or going through it now. Please share any ideas on fun and tasty kids recipes you have tried.

Best until next time!