Tag: kids & family

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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5 Kid-Approved Dishes You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

by in Family, Recipes, September 20th, 2016

Summer has a way of uniting families at the dinner table for casual, unhurried meals, but in the fall, family night gets turned on its head. Kids go back to school, creating a flood of errands and to-dos: piano lessons, soccer practice, homework, etc. It can be hard to hold on to those carefree, restorative evenings set aside for catching up — and even harder if the kids have strong opinions about the menu. Our solution? The slow cooker. Take it down from the dusty cabinet where it’s been hibernating and let it do the hard work for you, starting with these five kid-approved recipes.

Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
This mild combination of cheddar, butter and tender macaroni will appease even the pickiest palates come dinnertime. For the creamiest results, combine the macaroni and cheddar with a blend of whole milk and evaporated milk; evaporated milk has less water than regular milk, so it produces an exceptionally rich, coat-your-spoon cheese sauce.

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7 Tiny Snacks for When Your Kid’s Tummy Is Grumbling

by in Family, Recipes, September 19th, 2016

It’s an hour before dinner and your kids are clamoring (“starving,” they say dramatically) for a snack. But your snack selection must be wise — if the pre-meal nosh is too big, they won’t want dinner at all. Try these tasty (but tiny!) options to appease your peckish crew as you get the main course ready.

Italian Ice Pops (above)

Giada De Laurentiis pairs frozen raspberries with mint for a tart, frozen snack you can easily make in an everyday ice cube tray — no over-sized pop molds required.

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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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One Recipe, Two Meals: Breakfast Hash

by in Family, Recipes, September 9th, 2016

Breakfast HashFirst things first: This is an insanely delish breakfast hash-a-roo. That’s what I call it: hash-a-roo. We aren’t friends anymore, are we?

Anyway, this is suuuuuuper perfect for really all mornings. But especially weekend mornings if you want to take a little extra time noodling around the kitchen in your robe, refilling your coffee while Billie Holiday echoes from the living room (because that’s real life with toddlers … not). The beauty of this is that you’re making only one hash here … in one pan … for everyone.

How it works: One side is dedicated to your littles. Super simple — just potatoes and eggs. And a tiny bit of cheese. And on the adult side, it’s potatoes and eggs (duh), blue cheese (omg), diced red bell pepper (health, you guys), parsley sprinkles (pretty) and a few dashes of hot sauce (obviously). And it just works! You cook it up, divide it up and devour it straight up.

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Our Favorite A+ After-School Snacks

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2016

Strawberry Banana Cereal TreatsIn that little slice of time that falls between school and soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or piano lessons, the odds are high that tummies will be rumbling. Banish hunger without resorting to anything that comes out of a vending machine with our go-to after-school snack picks.

Cereal may be breakfast fare, but transforming it into on-the-go Strawberry Banana Cereal Treats launches it into snack territory. These sweet and tangy cereal bars are loaded with freeze-dried strawberries and bananas, as well as whole-grain cereal and mini marshmallows.

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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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Lunches for Your Sandwich-Hating Kid

by in Family, Recipes, August 23rd, 2016

Sandwiches have been the default lunchbox meal for generations. Rightfully so: They’re easy, they’re portable, they require no utensils, and — if well-constructed — they hold up well until lunchtime. But what to do if your kid is just not that into meals between bread this year? Never fear. These kid-friendly recipes are nearly as simple — and just as portable — as a PB&J. Read more

7 Nut-Free Snacks to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2016

Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.

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