by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, Recipes, March 13th, 2017
by Foodlets in Recipes, March 8th, 2017
From a vibrant-green pancake breakfast to hearty dinners with the requisite corned beef, we’ve got kid-friendly fare to keep St. Patrick’s Day festive. Check out all of our ideas below.
Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash (pictured above)
Get things off to a delicious and satisfying start with these surprisingly velvety pancakes, plus all the fixings.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, March 1st, 2017
Any dinner that comes together in 30 minutes or less hits the sweet spot at my house, which makes quick-cooking shrimp a favorite for weeknight meals. Shrimp cooks so quickly, in fact, that the most-important advice I ever learned about preparing shrimp was simple: Don’t overcook it! For the best taste and texture, keep a watchful eye for those little beauties until they just turn pink. That mean’s dinner’s on!
Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Grits (pictured above)
This Southern favorite cooks up in just 30 minutes, and though it’s packed with the bold flavors of nutty Parmesan cheese, garlic and bright lemon, it’s a surprisingly healthy option.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, February 17th, 2017
I love cooking for my family. Mostly fresh. Usually from scratch. Sometimes ethnic. But as a mom of four small kids (seriously, the oldest one is 7), my energy is limited. Plus, it’s a bit of a betting game at this stage. Will the kids appreciate all of my effort when I set their food on the table? Yes, everyone’s clear on the expectations: Try everything and be a good sport about it. But will they actually enjoy it? In order to keep the cooking requirements and expectations in check, I take advantage of a few shortcuts for getting meals on the table quickly, easily and deliciously. Check them all out below.
Jarred Items: Olives and Sundried Tomatoes
Ounce for ounce, sundried tomatoes may have the most flavor of any single ingredient in your pantry. It takes a mere handful of ingredients to pull off Giada De Laurentiis’ Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (pictured above), which boasts a stellar 5-star rating.
Green olives create an almost instant sauce for either pork or chicken, giving either one a signature tang in seconds. Two of my favorites are Pork Tenderloin with So Many Olives and Chicken Mirabella: Chicken with Prunes & Olives.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, Recipes, February 9th, 2017
There’s nothing like a little cooking to keep kids busy — and happy on a day off. If the winter weather has you indoors with your little ones all day, try introducing a hands-on kitchen project. All you need are simple recipes with reliable results, just like these.
For Young Kids and Beginner Cooks
Ree Drummond’s Homemade White Sandwich Bread (pictured above)
Kids love making bread. Since their experience with bread is usually limited to let’s say aisle six at the grocery store, making bread at home feels a little bit like seeing a teacher outside of the classroom. Though you’ll need plenty of time to prep this recipe, you can do it with only a handful of ingredients.
by Foodlets in Recipes, January 30th, 2017
If you’re like me, when your Valentine’s Day plans involve not only your spouse but also your four small kids, you improvise. You adjust. You balance romantic ideas with one simple question: How long will it take? Because kids aren’t keen on long, drawn-out meals, of course. These are my favorite ideas for a doable meal that’s still as special as ever.
Dinners to Delight
Salmon Baked in Foil
Follow the simple steps for Giada De Laurentiis’ salmon and you’ll have an elegant (and healthy) dinner on the table in a hurry.
by Foodlets in Recipes, January 24th, 2017
Try a new spin on the classic dish everyone always loves for dinner. We’ve got unexpected add-ins, fun ways to serve it and top-rated rated recipes.
Make It a Meal
Adding protein to mac and cheese transforms the dish from a side to a full-on entree.
Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Ham, Gruyère cheese and real breadcrumbs give this dish (pictured above) new levels of flavor and texture.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, January 18th, 2017
Trying to feed your family more healthy foods this year? By now you surely know that kale is a powerhouse ingredient — but it also happens to be delicious. For you kale newbies, we have a few starter recipes to help you wade your way into the waters of this good-for-you green. And for you kale fanatics (even those who simply tolerate it), we have straight-up kale-focused recipes for you too. Bonus: These are all simple picks and every one of them is kid-tested too.
Level 1: Starter Kale Recipes
If your family is new to this leafy green, these mild recipes are the perfect place to begin.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, January 9th, 2017
We’re a few weeks into January, which means that by we’ve all seen those Facebook posts with the shiny green smoothies, looking up at us expectantly, just daring us to start the year with a big swig of kale. But if you’re not quite ready to face the day with a glass of bitter greens, start with something a little softer, a lot sweeter and definitely more decadent. These are our favorite dessert-inspired smoothies — no kale in sight.
If you like berry pies, try these Frozen Fruit Smoothies (pictured above).
It’s up to you to choose among frozen strawberries, raspberries or cherries to make this top-rated smoothie. It’s blended with a frozen banana, orange juice and some yogurt, proving you can transform everyday items into a healthy treat.
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.
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.