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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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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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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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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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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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Zucchini Gratin and 7 Other Delicious Ways to Roast Summer Veggies

by in In Season, Shows, August 7th, 2016

Zucchini GratinI don’t know about you, but I don’t get the hype about cooking outside in the summer. It’s hot outside. That officially makes it the last place I want to be, except if the other choice is in front of a flaming grill. No, sir. When the weather heats up, I say, take it inside and let the sweet AC work its magic. That brings me to another appliance I have all kinds of love for: my oven. These are my favorite ways to enjoy all those fresh summer vegetables without sweating it out in the process. And if your oven tends to heat your house up? Roast up one of these dishes in the morning, before the sun has a chance to sizzle — that way your home will be cooler come dinnertime.

Zucchini Gratin
Leave it to Ina Garten to elevate simple zucchini to a decadent dish. With 364 reviews and a 5-star rating (not to mention the promise of fresh breadcrumbs and all that melted Gruyère), this one’s officially on my summer food bucket list.

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8 Make-Ahead Summer Dinners That Will Satisfy All Your Cravings

by in Recipes, July 26th, 2016

Broccoli with Bow TiesThere are four small kids at my table every night. And at the end of a busy summer day, nothing hits the spot like a dinner that’s already made. These are the time- (and sanity-) saving hits we rely on all summer long.

Warm and Fresh

Broccoli with Bow Ties (pictured above)
The key to serving Ina Garten’s perfectly lemony pasta in a flash is making the whole thing ahead of time and storing it in a stovetop-friendly pan. (I like to use the pasta pot I boiled the water in.) Pop it from the fridge to a warm burner set on low for a perfect summer meal in minutes.

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11 Cold Snacks for Hot Summer Days

by in Family, Recipes, July 18th, 2016

Frozen Fruit CupsFor my money, nothing beats a piece of fresh fruit for an instant snack this time of year. But when I want to kick it up a little, add a new flavor or incorporate a few veggies into a meal other than dinner, these are my go-to summer snacks. Each one is cool, refreshing and kid-tested to boot.

Make-Ahead

The Pioneer Woman’s Frozen Fruit Cups (pictured above)
This is my kind of recipe: Chop up a little fruit, throw it in a freezer-proof cup, freeze and serve. I love Ree Drummond’s idea so much that I’m already planning to whip out my muffin pan just so I can make more of them! An even dozen should do it, right?

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10 Special Summer Breakfasts to Make Your Kids’ Day

by in Family, Recipes, July 6th, 2016

Egg-in-a-HoleSummertime means two things at my house: constantly slathering four little bodies in numbers of SPF so high they didn’t exist when I was a kid; and a slower, more forgiving morning routine. With no lunches to pack, no folders to tuck into backpacks and no need to cook breakfast at breakneck speed, we have a little more time to indulge. These are some of my favorite ways to set the pace for a sunny day ahead.

Ree Drummond’s Egg-in-a-Hole
Even though the whole thing takes only five minutes from start to finish, it still feels like lots of work for busy school days. That’s what makes this top-rated dish ideal for a slower summer morning.

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