Rate the Recipe and Never Beg Your Children to Eat

Do you spend your dinnertime begging your children to eat their food? 

Not this girl

When I introduce a new food to my children I put a very small amount on their plate and they have to eat it. They may not eat every bit of it but if they try it with a good attitude and refrain from saying "yuck" then it has been a successful dinner. I have found that when I continue to put a small amount on their plate they eventually eat it; sometimes without even realizing it. 

It wasn't this way with my first child. (we never know what we are doing with our first) I was determined that he was going to eat his green beans whether he liked them or not. The idea of being forced to eat these long chewy green things with dry beans inside of them (sounds appealing) made him more determined that he was not going to eat those long chewy green things with dry beans inside of them. Well, as usual I was more determined than he was. Looking back if I would have just put a small amount on his plate each night he probably would have eventually eaten his green beans without a battle. 

Imagine if this was you sitting there being told that you are going to eat a new food whether you liked it or not. Cooked cabbage smells weird to me & why would you want to eat something that looks like cooked lettuce. This is exactly how they feel sometimes when food is set in front of them.

Over the years I have tried different recipes and for a time we had a New Recipe Night almost every week. I started asking the kids to give me a score on all the meals. If it didn't make a high enough combined score I never cooked it again. We now call these new recipe nights "RATE THE RECIPE".

Here is how we Rate the Recipe.
1. Choose and prepare a new recipe. 
You can ask your children to choose a recipe in one of your many cookbooks or check out some of the websites listed below.
2. Ask your family members, including yourself, to rate the recipe using the scale of 1 to 10. 
1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.
3. After each meal add the total points received and divide by how many is in your family.
This does not include the two year old or the dog. 


Possible score - 60 points
Dad - 9
Mom - 8
Jacob - 7
Spencer - 10
Elliot - 8
Asher - 9
Score - 51 - I will prepare this recipe again.

Possible score - 60 points
Dad - 8
Mom - 9
Jacob - 5
Spencer - 4
Elliot - 1
Asher - 5
Score - 32 - I will NOT prepare this recipe again.

Your children are more likely to eat the vegetables on their plate if they enjoy the main dish.

Recommended  Cookbooks & Magazines

Southern Living Cookbooks
Best Recipes from American Country Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
Everyday Food (Martha Stewart)
Cooking Light
Taste of Home 
Better Homes & Gardens
Southern Living COOKBOOK - America’s Best Home Cooking
3 Books in 1 - Old Fashioned Cookies,
Country Casseroles, Grilling &  More
Better Homes & Gardens
Easy Slow Cooker Cookbook
Rachel Ray

Recommended Websites 

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