Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pan fried Chicken Chop

This is another favourite dish for Terry. Done this yesterday for our lunch and dinner. I got to cook once and eat twice as hubs not having dinner at home due to back home / work late.

I used 2 de-bone drumsticks. Marianted it with salt, pepper, light soya sause, teriyaki sauce, a dash of sugar and mix with ginger, small onion and garlic. The last 3 ingredients blend and squeeze the juice out of it. When the marinated work done, put it back to the fridge for 2 hours.

Pan fried it in low heat till it turn brown. Important to know that, put less sugar, else it turn black fast before it well cooked. Before dish up from pan, sprinkle some rice wine with water and simmer for 2 mins.

With this delicious chicken chop to go with rice, with hope that the boy will like it and can finish up his meal fast. Who knows it is the same too. Last night, he took 2.5 hours to eat, not even finish up all. I'm feeding him till I almost want to fall asleep. I really fuming mad and blood boiling, I raised my voice and started to scold then I off the hall light and TV, left him sit alone with the bowl of rice and I went to bed. He started to cry and vomit out the food. Sighhhh...why is it soooo hard to finish the food? I continue to scold and nag till he finish up his bedtime milk.

I don't really know what he is up to recently or I really hope this is just a phase (this is not the first time already). He chew the food till very fine, keep the food inside the mouth and don't want to swallow. Can he be no appetite? I don't think so, drinking milk, Yakult, biscuits all gone in seconds. It has been a week more he being this way during meal time. Everyday he is testing my patient and I pull hair feeding him for the average of 1.5 hours.

It is not that I'm not patient enough, hard and soft way to deal both I've tried.

Feeding with small spoonful
Switch on his favourite channel, program or VCD
Play toys and do whatever he likes while eating
Cook his favourite dish
Change to cook noodles or porridge, try to make varieties in meal
Pack outside food or eat out
Let him take his own time to finish (can take up to 3 hours still not finish!)
Tell him something fun to do after meal (like going out, go shopping and etc)
Start to eat beyond the actual mealtime (so that he gets more hungry and can eat up fast)
Reward him with Yakult/snacks after meal
By punishment, put him outside the balcony and shut the door
Scold and beat till cried and vomit

All this I've tried, and ...... H e-- still -- eat -- slow...

Next I'm going to prepare a cane. Or may be I should start getting him some Multivitamin for boosting appetite?

Everyday during meal time, I'm nag and nag, scold and scold for eating fast, chew and swallow but still no slight change. I'm really so tension facing the kid finish up his meal.

This afternoon, prepare his favourite dish again. ABC soup and chicken meat (the meat used to boil with the soup and dip soya sauce to eat with rice). Amazingly he took 30 minutes only to finish up. What a big different to the previous night. I really hope it is just a phase and plss..boy, don't torture mummy like this everyday.

Pls share with me, how long normally does your kid took to finish their meal? How do you deal with them if they take too long to finish the food? Any other way to encourage them to eat fast?


Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

I think it's only a phase lah. Maybe eating is not his priority anymore and having fun is! As my paed says , don't worry they won't starve themselves :)

Mummy Gwen said...

Gwen takes 30 mins- 1 hour to finish her meal. If the food she likes, I let her feed herself and she finishes faster. She eats better when there's soup. I also threaten her with the cane..hehe. I scold too. She also chews her food till very fine. *sigh*

Did you try Pediasure? Gwen's taking it. It seems to boost her appetite. She only takes once per day before her bedtime.

khongfamily said...

Ohhh...tell me about it. It's very normal for my girl. She is just as same as your boy. They are just small eater. I just leave it as it is if she doesn't finish the food. Max 3 hours...that's it. So dreadful when dealing with her during meal times....sigh.

ChloeRuoyi said...

The chicken looks very yummy! I guess some kids are like that, it's not that they don't like the food. They just can't meet our "eating time frame" expectation. Take it easy ok, mummy!

little prince's mummy said...

Drooling! Looks so yummy!

Mummy Moon said...

The chicken chop looks tasty! You have done your part, don't worry too much. Hope this is just a phase for Terry.

Kristie said...

Judy, I've learned a very valuable lesson from my last visit to my paed, he mentioned that Jayden is growing very well and in fact, he's big for his age... so he said, don't worry so much abt feeding too many things... if he don't want to eat, or has had enough, just leave it.

Guess what? This advice from him has made both mummy and jayden so much happier and stress free. I've learned not to make him finish his meals when he has had enough and of cos no point stressing over mealtimes.

I am sure this is a phase that u are terry are going through. Try giving him small portions of whatever u are cooking instead, and eat more frequently throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals etc.

Hope this helps :)

p/s chill babe!

mommy to chumsy said... really do drive us up the wall at times. i really envy those who love to eat. Taking multi-vits is good. maybe terry doesn't like to chew very much and prefer softer rice with soup?