Cooking with Kids – the Fussy Eater

So in our household we have the foodie (11) and the fussy eater (8). Of course thats playing with words because the foodie only eats things he likes (nothing green or red) and the fussy eater isn’t fussy so long as he likes it. If you see what I mean. Combine that with the needs of the Pescatarian and you are seriously limiting the culinary remit open to you.

Solution: Tuna Pasta Bake – WITH NO BITS (thanks Dad)

If it doesn’t come with wine it ain’t worth it


  • One Child (not really an ingredient more a utensil)
  • Dried Pasta
  • Canned Tuna
  • Coleman’s Tuna Pasta Mix
  • Milk
  • Creme Freche
  • English Mustard
  • Tomato Puree
  • Sweetcorn
  • Grated Cheese

To serve:

  • Salady bits
  • Garlic Bread


Put the pasta on to boil in a big pan of salted water with some olive oil in it. Prepare the sauce. To do this first meaure out 3/4 pint of milk:

Then add a bit of milk to the packet contents in a pan and whisk to make a paste. Then add the rest of the milk and stir on a low heat until it thickens:

Kids love to stir things up…

Now add your tuna, tomato puree, mustard and creme freche (the pasta mix is a bit bland on its own) and stir it in.

Add the cooked pasta and put into serving dishes.

If non-fussy eaters like sweetcorn then add it to the pasta after you have put the non-sweetcorn pasta in a dish (see even tuna pasta can be complicated!)

Sprinkle the cheese over the dishes and stare longingly at your creation:

Staring makes the cheese melt

Get the garlic bread out and put everything in the oven for a bit. Now serve it up!

Adult version

4 thoughts on “Cooking with Kids – the Fussy Eater

  1. Lol at the post, but its one cooked meal adapted to suit all, brilliant idea.
    Lynda I would say your son eats a healthy diet, got every food group covered, I wouldnt worry. I use to take dry bread for my school lunch cos thats what I liked and my mother was mortified!!

  2. Mine will ONLY eat Danish Blue Cheese, strong cheddar, bread, baked beans, apples, bananas, and right now thats about it!
    Anything cooked is yucky, anything that deviates from the above list is…you guessed it..yucky!
    Makes school packed lunches interesting NOT

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