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One Recipe, Two Ways: Open-Faced Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus

by in Family, Recipes, April 16th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Open-Faced Veggie Sandwiches with HummusIt’s spring! Are you jumping up and down and dancing in circles and howling at the moon like I am? No?

… Really? Just me, huh? OK.

Well, now that it’s spring, I feel like eating a smidge lighter. Not too much lighter … don’t get sad. But something slightly more springy and festive and moon-howly (yes, it’s a thing). And, on top of that, there’s BREAD here. Oh sure, now you’re dancing.

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11 Lunch Ideas for Kids (and Adults) Who Hate Sandwiches

by in Family, Recipes, April 12th, 2016

Kid-Friendly Pasta SaladNeed new lunch ideas? We’ve got them all: hot and cold ideas, dishes you can make ahead and some you can make in a flash. These are 10 kid-tested ideas for lunches that hit the spot — and stick with your little (or big) ones all day long.

Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad
What kid could resist Ree Drummond’s simple pasta salad, with big chunks of cheddar cheese and juicy tomatoes swimming in a sweet, tangy mayo dressing?

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7 Fun Recipes Kids Can Make Over Spring Break

by in Family, Recipes, March 24th, 2016

Hand CookiesIt’s one thing to spend spring break in a tropical locale, cocktail in hand. But it’s a whole other thing to spend the week holed up at home with the kids — and nothing to do. Consult this list of easy, tasty recipes when you’ve hit a lull … or, you know, when everyone gets hungry.

Hand Cookies (above)

In a way, cooking is always about self-expression, but kids will likely get more excited by this literal interpretation: their hands starring as cookies, decorated with all the icing and sprinkles they want.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken Kebabs

by in Family, Recipes, March 3rd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Chicken KebabsOnce a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.

Oh, heeeeey. We’re making kebabs — for everyone! Even the little ones are included.

Kebabs don’t have to be insanely fancy. They’re kind of the perfect food for any and all generations. What’s not to dig about bite-size pieces of grilled meat and veggie bliss, right?

Today I’ve basically prepared one meal, but I’ve tweaked it that way for them first, then this way for you. But I’m not about say “winner, winner chicken dinner” because I like having human friends.

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All-in-One Casseroles That Will Save Your Sanity Come Dinnertime

by in Family, Recipes, March 1st, 2016

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole with Cauliflower“I have plenty of time on my hands, so let’s really stretch out the dinner-making process,” said no busy parent ever. That’s why this list of all-in-one dinners will change your approach to mealtime. Each casserole includes protein and veggies, so there’s no need to make a meal with multiple components. (And if you’re worried about picky eaters who may not like the look of certain items come 6 o’clock, a bowl of crunchy raw veggies and dip is an instant side almost everyone enjoys every time.)

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole with Cauliflower (pictured above)
With egg noodles, mushrooms, chicken breasts and a whole head of cauliflower, this creamy casserole already sounds like a winner. But it’s got one more beloved feature up its sleeve: a crispy panko crust.

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8 Afternoon Snacks That Won’t Fill Your Kids Up for Dinner

by in Family, Recipes, February 18th, 2016

Peanut Butter Granola BarsFeeding the kids after school is part art (something fresh and inviting!) and part science (fill them up, but not too much!). As the mom of four young kids, I like to go small for the afternoon snack, focusing on fruit and vegetables. It’s a chance to get another serving of either one in for the day — but that doesn’t mean a stray granola bar won’t make an appearance. Check out some of my favorites.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars
The only problem with serving Giada De Laurentiis’ homemade granola bars after school is that your kids will want more than one — and that’s not going to leave them with room for dinner! If you can convince the kiddos to eat these tasty snacks in moderation, you really can’t go wrong.

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7 Gooey Chocolate Treats for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

by in Family, Recipes, February 7th, 2016

Chocolate FondueNothing says happy Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate. Stick with these seven recipes to wow your family with easy, sweet-tooth-satisfying treats.

Chocolate Fondue
This easy, creamy fondue comes together in minutes and works for dunking your pick of fresh fruit.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Southwest-Style Chili

by in Family, Recipes, February 2nd, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Southwest-Style ChiliOnce a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.

You hardly hear anyone say, “I love this time of year!” in regard to winter. Especially that dreadful stint from January to March when you feel Old Man Winter won’t ever pack his stupid bags and leave you the heck alone. And I’ll tell you, I’m in that boat. I usually loathe the wintertime. But I’m trying to be better about my grumpy bump winter ‘tude and suck it up. Because you know what? CHILI.

You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ chili, ya know? While there are 15 million versions of chili out there, I wanted to keep this one classic on the flavor front, but give it a little twist for the adults. Think spicier. Definitely spicier.

The chili starts off the same for everyone: browned seasoned beef, a dose of veggies, black beans, tomatoes and a little bit of tomato sauce (to thicken). At this point the kids’ version is ready! It’s chunky and simple. Serve it with cornbread and a mountain of shredded cheddar. I’m almost sure your littles will praise your name for the rest of ever.

Now, to up the ante for the adults, I added a bit of beer, beef stock, more chili powder, a minced jalapeno and brown sugar to round it out. It’s got a KICK, yo. And it’s a bit soupier than the kids’ version, but I prefer that in a chili. I like the beans to swim a little — practice their backstroke. Do you? That’s right, you do.

We’re kind of liking this time of year now, aren’t we?

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The Busy Parents’ Guide to Cooking with Kids

by in Family, Recipes, January 30th, 2016

Taco PocketsOne of the most-important life skills I’ll ever teach my kids will be about food: how to prepare fresh dishes that nourish their bodies and, with any luck, taste good too! And since cooking with kids (like any task) takes longer than doing it by yourself, we’ve put together these basic recipes complete with starter tasks designated by age. Building confidence in the kitchen can turn into a lifelong habit that will serve everyone well … especially if the kids start making meals themselves! Let’s get started.

Taco Pockets (pictured above)
One part burger, one part taco, Rachael Ray’s 5-star recipe delivers a hearty dinner with all the Mexican flavors kids love.

Kids: Fry turkey patties, cook tortillas
Preschoolers and Toddlers: Measure out spices, assemble lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on “pockets”

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16 Kid-Friendly Recipes That Will End Dinnertime Meltdowns This Year

by in Family, Recipes, January 12th, 2016

Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese CroutonsThis is it: The ultimate, every-kid-likes-it list of crowd-pleasing recipes you’ll want to add to your rotation for 2016. Featuring fresh takes on classic kid favorites like chicken, and mac and cheese, each recipe is kid-tested and full of fresh ingredients, yet still easy enough for busy parents to prepare.

Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Ina Garten has a match made in heaven with this dish featured in Food Network Magazine. Even kids who aren’t into soup will love fishing a crouton out of her zesty tomato soup … if it happens to be a tasty bite of grilled cheese sandwich.

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