We’re pretty into these “Make-Your-Own-?” dinner nights in our house. We have five varying palates, yet love to eat a lot of the similar foods. I’m also of the opinion that if I put it in front of my kids as a choice, eventually they might reach out and pick it up to try it. So I put on these buffet nights pretty often. We do make-your-own pizza night, make-your-own nacho night, make-your-own sandwich night, make-your-own quesadilla night, make-your-own grilled cheese, make-your-own taco night, and tonight was make-your-own BLT night. The success of it is, my kids are putting things in their food now that they wouldn’t have tried a while ago, but the power of suggestion and availability is there, as opposed to me just making a standard BLT and nothing else. Tonight, we had some VERY interesting creations, all plates were empty, and it was voted what we call a “Repeatable Meal” in our house.
Here are some of the choices tonight: salad, lettuce wraps, bacon, double bacon, crepes, bread, two kinds of lettuce, spinach, Roma tomatoes, three kinds of onion, avocado, naked guacamole, two kinds of pickles, raw cheese, fried eggs, red wine vinegar, mustard, bacon fat croutons made out of leftover crepes, peppers, sauerkraut. Pretty much everything but the kitchen sink.
There were only four of us home tonight, but here is some of what we each came up with:
Cavegirl Kindra: BLT, ETC. Salad: organic lettuce mix, spinach, avocado, purple onion, purple chives, green chives, tomatoes, bacon, pomegranate red wine vinegar, two organic eggs fried in avocado oil, and croutons I made out of repurposed crepes and bacon fat. Shazam! It was fabulous! #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree
Hubby: BLT Lettuce Wraps with two eggs fried in bacon fat, “double bacon,” pickles, peppers, tomatoes, onions, raw cheese, sauerkraut, avocado, lettuce, spinach, spicy mustard. And hands off to hubby, he made dinner tonight! Well done and very much appreciated, PLUS he cleaned the kitchen.
Aiden: He chose a leftover crepe from today’s breakfast. Stuffed with bacon, avocado, peppers, spicy mustard, garlic hot sauce, raw cheese, pickles, lettuce, spinach, then heated it up and ate it like a taco! (ALSO, his first time ever eating avocado! Score!)
Ashton: “the bread eater.” The last of a dying breed in this house. Organic seed bread, spinach, tomato, avocado, lettuce, mustard, raw cheese. Gluten-free goldfish crackers and pickles on the side. (Lots of firsts for him and another empty plate. I’ll take that victory!)
So what’s next on my list for “Make-Your-Own-?” Night? Soup! I’ll make the soup base up ahead of time, set out the different things to add in, let them choose, and throw a pot on each burner to simmer till ready (luckily I happen to have one for each of us). Soup is a challenge in our house, so I’m hoping this might bridge the gap with that. If they have a hand in making it, they’ll usually eat it.