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How to teach a kid to eat more foods

I recently moved in with my boyfriend who has a 12 year old daughter. She has a very limited range of foods that she'll eat. She won't touch a vegetable. She likes Easy Mac, lasagna, hot dogs, burgers (although she refuses to eat McDonald's because "it's gross"), white bread, and pizza.

I love to cook and want to make things she'll eat that are also healthy. I'll modify her meal, but want to avoid making something completely different. Like, tonight I'm making bipimbap with grilled steak - she'll eat just the steak and maybe some plain rice.

I'm looking for ideas of things to make that might get her to try a vegetable, or start to broaden her palate just a bit. I know kids are picky but she's getting old enough to eat more than pizza and french fries, right? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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