My mom is in a nursing home for many reasons. She's okay with being there but her pet peeve is the stuff(doesn't look like food) they place on the plates for lunch and dinner. Breakfast they go for the basics so that's okay. But lunch and dinner. Meats are overseasoned, pasta not cooked well, things that look very unhealthy for someone on a diabetic diet.
I try to keep some options in her room so she doesn't starve. glucernas, v8 low sodium cans, canned beets, corn, & tomato, bag of spinach, kidney bean salad, green apples, a mix of raw veggies.
She isn't stubborn. She attempts to eat as much as she can from the plate. But some days if she didn't have her backups she'd have nothing. The majority of the residents don't touch the food either. I know they probably have a budget. But seriously is there no creativity.