We are working on this eating issue. We have successfully eaten a small frozen cube of pureed chicken/applesauce every night for dinner. It is chunkier than anything he has ever been able to eat before so it is definitely a step in the right direction.
We are also working on teaching him to pick up food and get it to his mouth. He shows NO INTEREST in this task at all. He will open his mouth like a bird and then scream at you if you don't shovel in food quick enough. So he obviously loves to eat. He just doesn't know how to do it himself.
After trying some mushed up pasta (which he HATED!), we gave him a Mum-Mum cracker. They are basically rice cakes for babies. They dissolve very quickly for less choking hazard. Perfect!
He loved it. Ate the entire thing! I use the word "ate" very loosely as I'm pretty sure that most of it ended up on his face, his tray, his hands, his hair........you get the picture. But huge success in that he picked it up by himself and put it in his mouth BY HIMSELF!!!