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One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread Pizzas

by in Family, Recipes, November 7th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread PizzaHave you ever thought about taking a huge ol’ loaf of French bread, slicing it up into eight mini halves, and turning them into the most-delish batch of kid-friendly pizzas and adult-friendly pizzas ever? (That was the longest sentence ever.)

Well, here you go! It’s ridiculously simple, especially the kid version. We’ve got your favorite jarred pizza sauce, mini pepperoni and shredded mozzarella. That’s all. It’s like kid-utopia food.

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9 Easy, Kid-Tested Side Dishes for Fall

by in Family, Recipes, November 1st, 2016

Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-FryAre you looking for ways to get more veggies onto your kids’ plates (and your own) at dinnertime — without wasting time, effort or food along the way? I have four small kids, and these are the sides I can rely on everyone liking every time. Here’s what’s in my fall rotation.

Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-Fry (pictured above)
Healthy and colorful, this simple side from The Pioneer Woman can be on the table in just 30 minutes.

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8 Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats That Are More Sweet Than Spooky

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2016

Candy Bucket CookiesI once turned deviled eggs into spiders by putting carefully sliced black olives on top. They were an adorable nod to Halloween, and I couldn’t help thinking my kids would just love them. But then my 3-year-old burst into tears at the sight of them. Since then I’ve forgone the gravestones and monsters, and focused on can’t-miss Halloween favorites instead, like chocolate. And lots of it.

Candy Bucket Cookies (pictured above)
Start with a base recipe for buttery cookie dough, and add to it your pick of candies.

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11 Easy Weeknight Dinners You Can Make with Ground Beef

by in Family, Shows, October 17th, 2016

Greek-Style Stuffed PeppersGround beef just may be the most-versatile ingredient around, and these recipes, featuring Asian, Italian, Greek and more bold flavors, are ideal for fuss-free family dinners.

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers (pictured above)
This recipe for this amazingly flavorful dinner uses two smart shortcuts: You don’t have to cook the meat in a separate pan first, and by cutting the peppers horizontally you’ll save on cooking time too. Just pair the meal with a big loaf of crusty bread and call the kids to the table.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken Lo Mein

by in Family, Recipes, October 11th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Easy Chicken Lo MeinGood news: I’ve got the solution for life.

OK, let me start over. It’s the solution for dinner — for your dinner’s life. And it involves lo mein noodles and chicken and a crazy-gorgeous sauce! But don’t freak out; we’re keeping your kids’ version way simple. Their dish involves orange slices, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be high-fivin’ after that.

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5 Over-the-Top Pumpkin Displays to Visit This Fall

by in Family, October 10th, 2016

If one pumpkin on your porch is enough to have you smiling all season long, just imagine how happy thousands of pumpkins will make you. We bet that’s exactly what the masterminds behind these impressive pumpkin patches were thinking. But it’s more than just volume that lures visitors — it’s the insanely creative displays (like the village scene at the Dallas Arboretum) and the promise of fall fun (hayrides, doughnuts and corn mazes). Eager for a pumpkin-packed day out? Here are five spots around the country that do it right.

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12 Big-Batch Breakfast Ideas That Make Mornings a Breeze

by in Family, Recipes, October 5th, 2016

Cinnamon Baked French ToastWith sweet and savory ideas, this collection of one dozen recipes features kid-approved ways to prep a hearty breakfast ahead of time, so all you need to do in the morning is slice, heat or, in some cases, grab and go.

The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast (pictured above)
I’ve made Ree Drummond’s amazing French Toast for my brood many times, and I love that it’s such a large recipe — it works for at least two breakfasts. I like to prep the whole thing the night before, but I don’t bake it until the morning. When we’re done, I cover the leftovers with foil and store in the fridge for another morning that week. When it’s time to reheat the French toast, set the oven to 350 degrees F, and very slowly pour 1/4 cup of milk right over the top. Replace the foil and bake for about 20 minutes for a second helping! To make it more nutritious, I always use whole-wheat bread and love sprinkling a little wheat germ into the top layer of crumble.

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11 Back-Pocket Recipes All Parents Should Have in Their Repertoire

by in Family, Recipes, September 22nd, 2016

Turkey MeatloafThere are recipes that every family loves every time, the ones that always get passed on to friends. These are mine — the easiest, freshest, most family-friendly recipes that are consistently successful. And I don’t just mean they come out well — all the kids like them every time!

Turkey Meatloaf
Ina Garten’s moist meatloaf gets a boost of flavor from the topping, made with tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce.

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5 Kid-Approved Dishes You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

by in Family, Recipes, September 20th, 2016

Summer has a way of uniting families at the dinner table for casual, unhurried meals, but in the fall, family night gets turned on its head. Kids go back to school, creating a flood of errands and to-dos: piano lessons, soccer practice, homework, etc. It can be hard to hold on to those carefree, restorative evenings set aside for catching up — and even harder if the kids have strong opinions about the menu. Our solution? The slow cooker. Take it down from the dusty cabinet where it’s been hibernating and let it do the hard work for you, starting with these five kid-approved recipes.

Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
This mild combination of cheddar, butter and tender macaroni will appease even the pickiest palates come dinnertime. For the creamiest results, combine the macaroni and cheddar with a blend of whole milk and evaporated milk; evaporated milk has less water than regular milk, so it produces an exceptionally rich, coat-your-spoon cheese sauce.

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7 Tiny Snacks for When Your Kid’s Tummy Is Grumbling

by in Family, Recipes, September 19th, 2016

It’s an hour before dinner and your kids are clamoring (“starving,” they say dramatically) for a snack. But your snack selection must be wise — if the pre-meal nosh is too big, they won’t want dinner at all. Try these tasty (but tiny!) options to appease your peckish crew as you get the main course ready.

Italian Ice Pops (above)

Giada De Laurentiis pairs frozen raspberries with mint for a tart, frozen snack you can easily make in an everyday ice cube tray — no over-sized pop molds required.

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