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Eat small meals more often. Use bright color dishes so the food contrasts against the plate. Ask her to 'taste this honey' to get her interested in food.
The food channel really helped my mother get interested in food. Then I would have her help with some of the tasks, so she would feel a part of the activity.
The bread machine helped too. We baked bread almost every day, and it reminded her of 'home'. Also I baked fresh cookies, and meatloaf often. A crock pot cooking fresh soup helps too. Easy to make chicken soup, with a whole chicken, chicken stock, a few carrots an onion and some celery and your whole house will have the aroma of 'gramma's kitchen!"
Mom loved mashed potatoes, and I would add fresh butter, cream and sour cream to beef them up. She loved it!
Don't offer too much food at once, or too many choices. Don't ask if she is hungry... just make a snack and then sit and share it with her!
I know others will have plenty of ideas too, but be sure there isn't a medical (or DENTAL) reason for her not wanting to eat much!
I try to sneak calories into Mom's dishes. Adding cream and a little butter into her mashed potatoes. Giving her whole milk (which is rich in calcium.) Giving her higher calorie treats. But the most important thing is balanced nutrition.
Is there a reason your wife's change in eating habits? Was she always a picky or light eater? Does she fear gaining weight? (this is more common in seniors than I thought.) Is she taking a medication that dulls the taste buds? Is she depressed? Digestion problems?....
Perhaps getting to the root of her dietary problem will help.