We have two kids (almost 5yo and 20 months). Both are very picky eaters, eating some carbs(noodles, pasta, or bread, all plain; no potatoes/rice!), and fruit of all kinds, but nothing or very little else. We as parents enjoy a varied diet (including fish, veg, meat, all home cooked) and we give whatever we are eating to the kids at dinner time. If the dish is spicy, we will prepare an plain version for them, but otherwise we would like them to eat what we eat (within reason).
Unless the meal has some of the preferred carbs (noodles, pasta, or bread), the kids will eat very little, even a forkful. So for example, lasagna or stir-fry is out, as the pasta or noodle are 'tainted' with sauces. We usually end up feeding them 'properly' with fruit for dessert.
So while we would like them to have a varied diet,the never ending struggle at mealtimes to get them to eat what's put in front of them is starting(understatement!) to wear on the already overworked parents.
After several years of trying to do the right thing (the 5yo has seen green beans on his plate at least 100 times), we are about to give in. What is the worst that will happen if they ate pasta/noodles and fruit everyday?
If it relevant; the kids eat porridge for breakfast, with a little honey OR dried dates. The 5yo will always have a second bowl (wheatabix or cornflakes), I assume because he hasn't had a proper dinner the night before. We've tried not serving the 2nd bowl of cereal, but it hasn't led to better dinnertime habits and has led to tears all around.
Also relevant is that we have tried all kinds of persuasion (with the older one); bribes, cajoling, timeouts, shouting, pleading, so if you can come to my house and get him to eat a bite of lasagne within 15 minutes I'll give you $100, except you are not allowed to use new toys as a lever!!
Also possibly relevant; both will eat somewhat more readily at their grandmothers house(food we have prepared at home!!!)