Tag: kids & family

8 Kid-Friendly Slow-Cooker Meals

by in Family, Recipes, January 9th, 2017

Slow-Cooker Pot RoastWhen 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.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: An Easy Baked Potato Bar

by in Family, Recipes, January 3rd, 2017

One Recipe, Two Meals: An Easy Baked Potato BarA baked potato is never a bad idea — ever. That said, I often forget about baked potatoes. Isn’t that awful? But, I’m vowing that in this new year, to make a change, people! More baked potatoes.

But! I wanted to make a little spread that would make my toddlers giddy and satisfy our adult appetites at the same time. So, I created a kid-friendly potato bar for them, and a more sophisticated bar for myself and Aaron, my husband. Hello, blue cheese and bacon.

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6 Mocktails for Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties

by in Family, Holidays, December 27th, 2016

Italian LemonadeFancy 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.

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14 Cooking Projects to Tackle with Your Kids Over the Holiday Break

by in Family, Recipes, December 15th, 2016

Baked Macaroni and Cheese CupckesI’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.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Creamy Chicken Pasta

by in Family, Recipes, December 13th, 2016

Creamy Chicken PastaIt’s almost winter. Cream sauces are mandatory. We’re adding veggies and pasta and chicken and vodka, so it’s all good.

I feel like creamy chicken pastas should be a staple in your winter-meal rotation. Actually, your all-year rotation. Your all-day rotation? Your every-hour rotation? Your right-now rotation? I’ll chill. This sauce! The sauce makes the dish here. It’s buttery, creamy and cheesy for the kids, and for you adults, it’s adorned with a tiny kiss of vodka, right at the end. These are the good things in life.

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9 Holiday Treats for Kids’ School Parties That Aren’t Cookies

by in Family, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

Strawberry SantasWith 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.

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12 Lunches You Can Pack in a Thermos

by in Recipes, November 28th, 2016

Kid-Friendly Pasta SaladAt 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.

Pasta

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.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread Pizzas

by in Family, Recipes, November 7th, 2016

One Recipe, Two Meals: French Bread PizzaHave you ever thought about taking a huge ol’ loaf of French bread, slicing it up into eight mini halves, and turning them into the most-delish batch of kid-friendly pizzas and adult-friendly pizzas ever? (That was the longest sentence ever.)

Well, here you go! It’s ridiculously simple, especially the kid version. We’ve got your favorite jarred pizza sauce, mini pepperoni and shredded mozzarella. That’s all. It’s like kid-utopia food.

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9 Easy, Kid-Tested Side Dishes for Fall

by in Family, Recipes, November 1st, 2016

Butternut Squash and Kale Stir-FryAre 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.

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8 Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats That Are More Sweet Than Spooky

by in Family, Holidays, Recipes, October 24th, 2016

Candy Bucket CookiesI once turned deviled eggs into spiders by putting carefully sliced black olives on top. They were an adorable nod to Halloween, and I couldn’t help thinking my kids would just love them. But then my 3-year-old burst into tears at the sight of them. Since then I’ve forgone the gravestones and monsters, and focused on can’t-miss Halloween favorites instead, like chocolate. And lots of it.

Candy Bucket Cookies (pictured above)
Start with a base recipe for buttery cookie dough, and add to it your pick of candies.

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