Tag: kids & family

8 Delicious Ways to Use Up a Bag of Chia Seeds

by in Recipes, May 24th, 2016

Chocolate-Chip PuddingIf you’ve got leftover chia seeds from an experimental recipe of the past, pull them out of the pantry, because believe it or not, you can put them to work in kid-friendly recipes. All six of these kid-tested options deliver tried-and-true results, for meals and treats from breakfast until dessert.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Cheesy Calzones

by in Family, Recipes, May 10th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: Cheesy CalzonesWhen was the last time you had a calzone? Like, the ’90s.

Welllll, I’ve come up with a super-easy and crazy-DELEESH version for your littles, with tiny pepperoni and loads of cheese. And for you? A lovely vegetarian version (with loads of cheese, natch).

If the thought of making calzones makes you nervous, check this out: Just hit up a local pizzeria and buy some dough from them! If you can, ask for 8-ounce balls of dough and you’re good as gold. Dough gold. Or something.

After that, you’ll simply saute some veggies while the oven preheats, then roll out each dough ball; layer each one with sauce, cheese, pepperoni for them and veggies for you; fold over the flap; crimp, crimp; brush with an egg wash and BOOM. You let the oven work its magic and you’re enjoying insanely yummy pockets of mouth bliss 30 minutes later.

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12 Less-Spicy, Still-Tasty Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, May 2nd, 2016

12 Less-Spicy, Still-Tasty Ways to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with KidsIt’s never a problem convincing my kids to celebrate. They’re even pretty game for trying new foods. But the non-negotiable part about feeding most small fry is heat: They just don’t like anything spicy. You see where I’m going with this, right? It’s time for a made-over Cinco de Mayo party, one with kids in mind. This collection of delicious recipes is perfect for introducing a flavor blast of fun, without turning your first grader off salsa for life. Check out my tips below for kid-friendly party starters, new twists on taco night and even make-ahead meals you’ll thank yourself for later.

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8 Snacks You Can Make with Peanut Butter

by in Family, Recipes, April 28th, 2016

Peanut Butter Granola BarsIs there an ingredient that’s more universally loved among kids than peanut butter? Add that it’s affordable, easy to find and packed with protein, and you’ll be turning to these eight simple ideas constantly, including a few big-batch recipes you’ll thank yourself for making ahead of time. (And of course, anyone with peanut allergies could easily substitute any other nut butter.)

Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Leave it to Giada De Laurentiis to come up with a homemade granola bar swirled with brown sugar, honey and melted butter, and kissed with slivered almonds and mini chocolate chips.

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5 Alternatives to Cereal: A Week’s Worth of Instant Breakfasts

by in Family, Recipes, April 26th, 2016

Banana Splits for Breakfast

What’s not to love about cereal? It’s crunchy, almost always at least a little sweet, and best of all, ready in 30 seconds flat! But if you’re ready to break out of the same cereal rut we fall into at our house, here are five family-friendly breakfasts full of simple, fresh ingredients. Every idea is easy enough to pull off on the busiest of mornings, which is to say, pretty much all of them.

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10 Ways to Cook Peas, the One Veggie All Kids Will Eat

by in Family, Recipes, April 19th, 2016

Pasta, Pesto and PeasNothing tastes more like spring than a sweet pea bursting in your mouth. But you don’t have to use the fresh ones for kids to eat them up. Fresh or frozen, no vegetable is easier, more affordable or tastier to serve kids than peas. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to feature them.

Pasta, Pesto and Peas
This Ina Garten classic is a favorite with kids everywhere. That’s because kids love pesto. And pasta. And peas. It’s a trifecta of kids’ favorite flavors.

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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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DIY Pizza Night Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

by in Recipes, April 5th, 2016

Pizza DoughThis isn’t just your average pizza night. Sure, we’ve got some must-try basics, like an easy tomato sauce from The Pioneer Woman, but wait until you see what Rachael Ray has to offer when it comes to creative pizza-flavor combinations. Check out classic and all-new ways to reinvent the crust-sauce-topping game.

Dough: There are a few ways to get started with dough.

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The 8 Most-Adorable Recipes for Easter Celebrations

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 23rd, 2016

The Largest (and Cutest) Egg-Shaped CookieWe’ve got the cutest snack and dessert ideas for spring — including shortcuts, trade secrets and a few recipes that require no baking at all. Check out these downright adorable treats.

The Largest (and Cutest) Egg-Shaped Cookie (pictured above)
Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe — or a package from the store because we’ll never tell — then it’s all about frosting, sprinkles and fun.

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