Kids: What's for dinner?
Parent: (Insert any dinner menu here).
Kids: Ugh! Groan! Oh, the horror!
I decided to return the power to the people. Each kid is now in charge of planning one dinner a week. They have full access to any of my cookbooks, food magazines or anything their imaginations come up with. We have two rules: The meal has to include at least one vegetable course and no one is allowed to complain about the chosen menu. The chef du jour writes up the grocery list and helps with all the prep and cooking that they can handle.
Indonesian Grilled Swordfish
Creamy Cheddar Grits
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
The 5-year-old's menu:
Confetti Corn & Raw Carrot Sticks
The verdict? THIS IS AWESOME, PEOPLE!!! My kids love this. They are chopping, stirring and tasting which leaves very little time for complaining and groaning. They are choosing foods that surely would have been panned if I had served them and they are EATING THEM. They are starting to understand the planning and work that goes into getting a meal on the table. And they take it very personally if someone does not like what they've made.
This will definitely be a tradition we will continue for years to come. I'd love to hear from you if you try this at home and what menus your kids come up with!