Meal cards. The latest of wacky things we will try in order to maintain some normalcy in our home.
The idea is that the kids OK each meal, which we then put on to a card. Each night they will pick which meal they want and we will prepare that meal. They eat it. They actually eat dinner. Then every now and then we will try them on a new meal to see if they like it enough to add it to the stack of cards. Gradually we gain quite the repertoire of meals… Plus, we aren’t stuck asking “what should have for dinner tonight?”. Win, win.
To make them, I started an Excel spreadsheet and figured out how big a business card would be, and made them a bit smaller than that. Then I looked for pictures of the meals I already knew they liked and added them, along with text as a title. After that I asked them if there were any they wanted to add, added those, and print them all out. I cut them out and laminated them into business card size laminate sheets. Last, I punched a hole in each and attached with a metal ring bought from a stationary store.
For some reason, we keep forgetting some of the meals they like, so this is good for us too (and honestly, I’m thinking of doing some up for us as well!).
As we get into it, and we start adding more healthy food, we will take out some of the less healthy options. For now though, as long as they are eating a meal, I don’t mind what they choose from the cards we have.