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My child simply won’t eat tomato sauce, including pasta sauces. Doesn’t like the taste. Any ideas? She still eats heaps of fresh fruit and veggies. This is especially problematic when out as most “kids meals” and tomato sauce based or deep fried (yuk!)

Posted anonymously, 4th November 2015

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  • Maybe it’s just a stage.

  • If your child is enjoying a healthy, balanced diet without tomato sauce, you don’t have anything to worry about. My son will eat it but prefers chutney and my daughter is a BBQ sauce fan.

  • My daughter didn’t like cheese and one stage and mushrooms at another, but she now eats both, so maybe it’s just a phase. If not, I guess you have to find alternatives.

  • As long as your child is eating a balanced diet, I don’t think it’s a problem.

  • Doesn’t sound like a problem to me when she still eats heaps of fruits and veggies.
    I don’t have tomato sauce at home.
    You can eat pasta with veggies, without sauce, if you really want to eat pasta.
    But even eating pasta isn’t a necessity, there are plenty of other nice dishes.

  • It might just be a phase. See how you go but there are some great ideas listed below.

  • My daughter didn’t like (still doesn’t like) tomato based sauces, except for the tomato sauce that goes on hot chips. So she refused to eat lasagne and lots of Italian pasta dishes. I just heaped up the veggies on her plate

  • Thanks for the ideas – it’s fresh and sauce that are avoided by her. Really like the ricotta cheese and broth options.

  • mine all like tomato sauce but won’t eat tomatoes raw or big chunks of cooked tomato….go figure!

  • If they don’t like tomato sauce, but will eat fresh tomatoes why not chop up some fresh ones and mix through some pasta?
    TBH I hate the smell of tomato sauce, and don’t like it all over anything, but I like it when I can dip something in it :)

  • lol my eldest was like this, always refusing tomato so i wondered if it was an instinctual thing as members of the family are allergic but as of last week, she started eating them lol. Maybe this will be the case for you, if not, it is no big deal. I was wondering (because of the first comment) that maybe you could do a creamy tomato dish and see if she would like that as it is not too tangy. Does your child not like the actual taste or just the texture?

  • My toddler is the same. It’s very frustrating

  • My son won’t eat tomato sauce especially pasta sauce. He loved it up until the age of two then he just got fussy and now refuses to eat it. When we are out if my son wants pasta I ask for it without sauce and with a little olive oil, it usually isn’t a problem. At home he has fresh ricotta with it. Another alternative is to make a veggie broth and once the pasta is cooked stir it through and drain it. It will just add a little flavour to the plain pasta.

  • I didn’t like tomato sauce or tomato based sauces as a kid unless it was spag Bol. I didn’t like tomatoes either.

  • Light creamy sauces can be an option for kids that do not like tomato sauce.

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