Meal Cards

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!).

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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.

Disability consumer and activist. Pissed off since 1995... Mad as a hatter since way before that.

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4 comments on “Meal Cards
  1. Keep on blogging! I love your writings and thoughts 🙂

  2. Do you make these meals separate from the rest of the family meals?

    • Hi Lori 🙂

      Yes, we do make separate meals. I used to be a big believer in “you’ll eat what’s on your plate or go hungry”, and “I’m running a kitchen, not a restaurant”, but now I’m a big believer in “whatever works”. 🙂

      I also know now that there are some foods that I would rather die than eat. My survival instinct of “eww” overrides my survival instinct of “I’m really hungry”. Even if I AM really hungry, I simply can’t make myself eat these things – it is rather similar to when I really want to talk some days, and no matter how hard I try, I just can not get my mouth to move the right way. It’s not that I am being prissy or stubborn – it goes much deeper than that. I figure that this is the same for my kids for some things. Some times they are just being kids, but some times, we can tell (now anyway), that it is their brain kicking into some weird survival instinct, rather than their “I want pizza instead” instinct. I have wondered if these are the foods that make our tummies/brains go funny – much like when you have cravings because you are lacking in some nutrient or other.

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