I thought I'd write about a little trick I use around my house to get my kids to try anything and everything. I call it the "No thank you bite."
The kids are expected to take one bite of everything on their plate. After trying something, if they don't like it, they just say "no thank you" and they don't have to finish the rest. This eliminates all the fussing, crying, whining, bargaining, arguing, etc. on their end - and opens a door for them to expand their pallets and find things they end up liking - and sometimes even loving - without all the fussing, crying, whining, bargaining, arguing on my end - haha...
I am an avid fan of "The Chew" a talk show on at noon that revolves around food - and last week Gwenyth Paltrow was a guest on that show. She mentioned that she does something called "the no thank you bite" with her kids and I about fell over in my chair. As far as I knew, the "No Thank You Bite" was an invention of mine that I started using about 7 years ago. Turns out this little trick has caught on... go ahead and try it!!
*Remember that I don't serve the same things continually - so there is always something new to try. If you serve something like green beans or mashed potatoes frequently, I would ask them to have a "No thank you bite" every 6 months or so - OR whenever they are prepared differently and leave it at that.
Good luck!! Let me know if this works for you!!