by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, January 9th, 2017
by Foodlets in Recipes, January 2nd, 2017
When it comes to family meals, I’m always looking for three things: wholesome ingredients, simple preparation and kid-friendly flavors. You really can’t beat the slow cooker for the second one; just throw your ingredients in, and that contraption politely cooks dinner for you all day long. These are the crowd-pleasing recipes I’ve made over and over again. Every one of them is full of fresh ingredients and kid-tested.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast (pictured above)
This is the meal my mother-in-law makes every time we gather for a special family meal. Pot roast may be my father-in-law’s favorite, but this dish has other things going for it too: All the veggies cook right along with the meat (one pot!), and every bite is so tender that even our two-year-old can dig right in.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, December 27th, 2016
Inexpensive and full of protein, a simple can of beans can be used in so many delicious ways — and beyond the standard soups too (though I am sharing a clever trick for one soup recipe). From savory dips to sweet chocolate muffins, we’re transforming humble cans of beans so that you’ll never look at them the same way again.
Kale, Bean and Egg Stew (pictured above)
Who can’t use a vegetarian weeknight meal to add to their repertoire? If this one looks exotic for your crew, draw on what’s familiar about it: a fried egg fresh from the skillet.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, December 15th, 2016
Fancy drinks don’t have to be limited to the over-21 crowd at your New Year’s Eve party. Just follow these simple instructions for creating festive mocktails kids love.
Italian Lemonade (pictured above)
The addition of Basil Simple Syrup dresses up this refreshing sipper from Giada De Laurentiis.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, December 8th, 2016
I’m the mom of four small kids, and one of my goals (other than enjoying an empty dishwasher for more than three seconds at any time) is to inspire them to cook when they get to be adults. That means giving them confidence, skills and warm memories of doing it as kids. These recipes are a great place to start.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Giada De Laurentiis’ take on classic mac and cheese is so kid-friendly that it’s almost impossible for the little guys to resist.
Kids can: fill muffin cups with mac and cheese mixture.
by Foodlets in Recipes, December 5th, 2016
With four kids, I’ve brought my fair share of party treats to school. Each of these ideas is simple to make and transport to school and, best of all, will be a hit with the kids.
Strawberry Santas (pictured above)
Giada De Laurentiis adds Italian flavor with mascarpone cheese filling for these adorable treats, but if you substitute whipped cream straight up, we’ll never tell.
by Foodlets in Recipes, November 28th, 2016
Thanksgiving may be long behind us, but don’t ditch that extra bag of fresh cranberries yet. In fact, if you’re not ready to get back in the kitchen, throw that bag in the freezer. Cranberries are easy to thaw out, and many recipes allow you to use partially frozen cranberries. From breakfast foods to cocktails, here are nine delicious ways to enjoy cranberries without a turkey in sight.
Cranberry Harvest Muffins (pictured above)
Fresh cranberries brighten up a spiced batter studded with crunchy hazelnuts. The result is festive and, of course, delicious.
by Foodlets in Recipes, November 21st, 2016
At the first sign of frost, it’s time to whip out the thermoses and start filling them with as many hearty, warming lunches as possible. (Yes, that’s right. You can put more than just drinks in those things.) I often rely on two categories of thermos-friendly dishes — pasta and soup — to get the job done. Read on to get some of my favorite recipes for both.
Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad (pictured above)
I love a dish like this one from The Pioneer Woman because it can be served at room temperature, which means there’s no need to fill the thermos with hot water in the morning.
by Foodlets in Holidays, Recipes, November 14th, 2016
If you’re in a dinner rut or if you’re looking for ways to make a simple dinner your whole family will love, try salmon. Hearty, with a distinctly non-fishy flavor, salmon is such a crowd-pleaser that it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you, too.
Make It Fast: Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (pictured above)
What happens when you blanket fresh salmon with sweet brown sugar, chili powder and smoky cumin? Take the 17 minutes needed to cook this gem and find out! (Hint: Very, very good things happen.)
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, November 1st, 2016
Got friends or family in for Thanksgiving? With a big day of cooking ahead, these are the easiest breakfasts to serve guests, with just the right mix of special and simple.
Overnight Oats: No-Cook Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal
Just mix up everyday ingredients like milk, rolled oats and blueberries, and let the mixture chill overnight. When you wake up, the oats will be tender and the flavors married. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Are 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.