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6 After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Kids’ Appetites

by in Family, Recipes, September 14th, 2016

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean HummusIt’s such a tenuous thing, the after-school snack: Feed the kids too little and you have afternoon meltdowns. Feed them too much and you’re in for an evening of kids slinking down in chairs and pushing dinner around with a fork without actually eating a thing. To prevent both scenarios, I keep these snacks in heavy rotation at my house. This is what I serve when my four small kids come tearing down the hallway toward the kitchen after school.

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean Hummus
With a squeeze of fresh lemon and beans straight from a can, this dip comes together in about a minute. Pile a few handfuls of fresh veggies — cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers — on a tray and watch the kids dive into one of the five recommended daily servings of produce!

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Breakfast Hash

by in Family, Recipes, September 9th, 2016

Breakfast HashFirst things first: This is an insanely delish breakfast hash-a-roo. That’s what I call it: hash-a-roo. We aren’t friends anymore, are we?

Anyway, this is suuuuuuper perfect for really all mornings. But especially weekend mornings if you want to take a little extra time noodling around the kitchen in your robe, refilling your coffee while Billie Holiday echoes from the living room (because that’s real life with toddlers … not). The beauty of this is that you’re making only one hash here … in one pan … for everyone.

How it works: One side is dedicated to your littles. Super simple — just potatoes and eggs. And a tiny bit of cheese. And on the adult side, it’s potatoes and eggs (duh), blue cheese (omg), diced red bell pepper (health, you guys), parsley sprinkles (pretty) and a few dashes of hot sauce (obviously). And it just works! You cook it up, divide it up and devour it straight up.

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How to Pack a Bento Box Lunch Your Kids Will Love

by in Family, Recipes, September 7th, 2016

With four kids who take lunches to school every day, I’m a bento box convert — practically an evangelist. That’s because the benefits of packing lunch in a bento box are just so many. The format makes it easy to fill without having to wonder if you’ve packed too little or too much food, and everything stays in place (without touching each other). The main hook: Everything looks better laid out like this. If you’ve ever served kids anything, you know that a first impression can often make all the difference in what they decide to try.

Here’s my strategy.

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Back-to-School Season Made Simple: A Week’s Worth of Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

by in Family, Recipes, September 1st, 2016

Skillet Chicken and RavioliWith new routines moving at full tilt, somehow the first weeks of school suddenly feel busier than the rest of the year. These five quick weeknight meals will ease you into the transition and, with any luck, provide a few leftovers to pack into lunches the next day too.

Skillet Chicken and Ravioli
I love hearty recipes like this one, which combines two kid-friendly favorites in one easy dish. Want to save even more time? Dice up a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken yourself.

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Lunches for Your Sandwich-Hating Kid

by in Family, Recipes, August 23rd, 2016

Sandwiches have been the default lunchbox meal for generations. Rightfully so: They’re easy, they’re portable, they require no utensils, and — if well-constructed — they hold up well until lunchtime. But what to do if your kid is just not that into meals between bread this year? Never fear. These kid-friendly recipes are nearly as simple — and just as portable — as a PB&J. Read more

7 Nut-Free Snacks to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2016

Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.

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How to Make 3 Delicious Dinners Out of 1 Pork Roast

by in Family, Recipes, August 16th, 2016

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork RoastWith a big family at home, making a hearty dinner — and doing it quickly — is one of my biggest tasks of the day. It’s also relentless. That’s why I love cooking one big meal early in the week and transforming the leftovers into two more dinners, each with totally different flavors. It’s fast and efficient, and guess what: There’s even less food wasted, which is good for the planet and my budget, too.

That leads to another important point: In order to stretch your pork roast as far as possible, focus on adding sides. No matter if you opt for fresh or frozen, this is the time to load up on vegetables. Add starches like bread, rice and potatoes, and not only will you be consuming less meat, but you’ll also be buying less meat — a win all around.

Dinner #1: Giada De Laurentiis’ Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast (pictured above)

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6 Ways to Nail Meal Prep This Week (and Every Week!)

by in Family, August 14th, 2016

Meals in JarsIf you’ve ever envied the perfectly portioned-out rows of Tupperware meals you spot on Pinterest, we understand. Meal-prepping (a timeless tradition and yet somehow also a totally new internet phenomenon) can make your week go more smoothly and help you stick to eating healthy. But if you don’t already do it, getting started can be daunting. Here’s some advice to get going — just in time for the onset of the busy school year.

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12 Retro Food Fads (and Modernized Recipes for 2016)

by in Family, Recipes, August 8th, 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad“We didn’t have kiwi when I was little,” I explained to my kids; they were baffled. “I’m sure it existed somewhere, but, uh, just not where I was.” Then, bam! Kiwi burst onto the scene for Americans in the ’80s, and talk about a runaway hit. Remember life before baby carrots? Extra virgin olive oil? Some food fads have such a great flavor, neat technique, or interesting and new presentation that they just never fade. These are my family’s favorites.

Chinese Chicken Salad (pictured above)
One thing I love so much about watching Barefoot Contessa is listening to Ina Garten casually mention how she’s been making some particularly delectable dish for 20 years. Her Chinese Chicken Salad is one of those throwback recipes with a perfectly updated spin. Crunchy asparagus and bell peppers mingle with juicy roasted chicken before the whole thing gets doused with a simple ginger dressing.

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One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed Chicken

by in Family, Recipes, August 2nd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Ways: Spice-Rubbed ChickenI’m going crazy over this recipe. Mostly because it’s perfect for summer suppers when you don’t really want to overthink it. Or spend too much time in the kitchen. Or have too much to clean up. This meal hits the summer nail on the summer head.

So, we’re spicing some chicken cubes, but going a milder route for your kiddies. Just some Italian seasoning mixed with a little bit of garlic powder and a pinch of salt. It’s basically perfect. Tossed in a pan until browned on both sides. Done. Serve it with buttery corn on the cob. Even more done. Don’t you love this already?

And for you — gosh, it gets so good. You’ll start the same way you did for your kiddos, but then you’ll add cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne. Almost can’t deal with the greatness here. Toss it back in the pan to get some browning, and serve it with corn on the cob (add hot sauce!) and a crisp green salad. And a little bit of lemon. Gah.

It’s so simple and so summery and so freaking tasty you’ll lose your mind. I want to make it again but maybe put it on top of some silky lemony pasta!

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