Jill Duggar Says That Getting Her Kids to Eat What She Cooks Is a Challenge: ‘The Struggle Is Real’

If you’re the parent of a picky eater, Jill Duggar feels your pain. The Counting On alum whipped up a parmesan spinach mushroom quiche the other day, but her two kids, Israel, 4, and Samuel, 2, weren’t interested in her culinary creation. 

This was the first time Jill had made a quiche from scratch

In a post on her family’s blog, Jill shared that she’d “always loved quiche” but that she’d never tried to make her own.

She started with a from-scratch flakey pie crust, then adapted a few recipes to create one that worked for her. Jill ended up combining garlic, onion, mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, spinach, and tomatoes with eggs and milk for a veggie-packed meal. 

The recipe is “super easy and delicious to throw together, yet has that fancy feel,” Jill wrote. “You can experiment too with substituting for other veggies or throwing in some meat too!”

Jill’s kids weren’t sold on the quiche 

Mushroom quiche
Mushroom quiche | Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images

When Jill shared her recipe on Instagram, many commenters were impressed, telling her the dish looked “delicious” and “amazing.” But one mom wondered how it went over with the little ones. 

“Btw, did the kids like it? Meals are always a struggle with my boys,” the commenter asked. Jill admitted the quiche didn’t exactly earn rave reviews from her kids. 

“The struggle is real! ,” she replied. “The boys aren’t big on mushrooms…but hopefully they’ll like it the more they try it. I may sub some for bacon or sausage…I know they love those things lol.”

Several other commenters had an idea for how Jill might make the dish more palatable. Though the receips calls for either fresh or canned mushrooms, a number of people said using the fresh mushrooms would produce a tastier dish. Another suggestion? Finely dicing the mushrooms so the kids wouldn’t notice them. 

“Maybe try using fresh mushrooms and chopping them up really small,” wrote one person. “Canned mushrooms can taste kind of rubbery to some people.”

Jill’s been sharing more recipes 

While some people have slammed Jill’s cooking in the past, it seems like she’s stepping up her game in the kitchen. In addition to trying her hand at quiche, she recently shared a recipe for a healthy salad dressing made with olive oil, liquid aminos, honey, apple cider vinegar, and nutritional yeast. She’s also been baking her own whole-wheat bread and threw together a batch of pumpkin oatmeal cookies to surprise her husband Derick Dillard. 

As kids, Jill and her siblings grew up eating a lot of meals that were cheap and easy to prepare, like casseroles made with canned soup. But now that they’re on their own, some of the Duggars are branching out when it comes to food. Jinger Duggar, who has developed into quite the foodie since moving to Los Angeles, recently shared a recipe for eggs with sauteed kale and mushrooms and talked about embracing “clean eating.” And Jana Duggar has emerged as the family’s resident gardener, growing fresh produce like cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans for her family to eat. Perhaps it’s time to throw out the can opener ?