Win a Copy: “The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day” by Carrie Vitt

grain free family table

Sometimes I ask you guys what, if anything, I can give more of here at Foodlets. What would be useful? Lots of you have recently mentioned grain-free recipes and while several of our dishes here are certainly grain or gluten-free (vegetables, for example) it’s not an area of focus for me. That’s why I’m so… 

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Low-Sugar Cranberry Sauce Your Kids Will Gobble Up

low sugar cranberry sauce

“Can we make those cranberries again?” my five-year-old asked the other day. Noting this was a request for fruit (right?) rather than say, bunnie-shaped crackers, I dove right in. “Oh, the muffins?” I guessed remembering how many batches of these low-sugar cranberry oat muffins we made last year, totally congratulating myself on baking something so tasty… 

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Fried Cabbage with Crumbled Bacon, a Make at Nap Time Dinner

fried cabbage with bacon

“THUMBS UP!” they all said. “To the bacon.” I made this dish for dinner last night and while all the kids (ages 2, 3 and 5) dutifully ate some cabbage, those forks seemed suspiciously bent on finding the bacon rather than full bites. And before you say, “duh!”, I say…give cabbage a try. Because it’s delicious. Fried… 

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What Food Banks Need Most (And What They Get Too Much Of)

what food banks need most

IS THERE A FOOD DRIVE GOING ON NEAR YOU? Every day for the last week, our kindergartener has loaded up her purple backpack with groceries for her class’s food drive. Boxes of whole-grain pasta and jars of tomato sauce, brownie mix and canola oil, all easier-to-make versions of meals I regularly fix for our family. But I got to thinking,… 

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easy-to-make owl crackers

easy to make owl crackers 2

MAKING DINNER WITH ANTSY KIDS UNDER FOOT is hard enough. But making Thanksgiving dinner with kids playing chase through the kitchen? That’s the kind of stress me and my pre-ordered, free-range, organic turkey just don’t need. What we need is wine a simple kid’s activity. If you’re looking for a keep ‘em busy project that also doubles… 

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Mark Bittman’s Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon

butternut squash

This recipe is excerpted with permission from “How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman and you can WIN a FREE COPY for yourself right now. Good luck! This soup has it all: It’s sweet, colorful, and creamy and even features the smoky crunch of bacon on top. The most time-consuming thing about preparing squash… 

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how to cook dinner, every single night

dinner every night

YOU KNOW HOW THE KIDS WANT DINNER EVERY NIGHT? This relentless demand is actually one of the things that TERRIFIED me before becoming a parent. In my NYC single days I often ate a PB&J or cereal for dinner. You know, with a bowl of ice cream later on. Perhaps in front of the TV. Sure, I… 

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“How to Cook Everything Fast” by Mark Bittman, a new cookbook giveaway

how to cook everything fast

Ever feel rushed to make dinner fast? I know, never. Guys, help is here, and I couldn’t be more relieved thrilled. Mark Bittman’s new book, “How to Cook Everything Fast“, covers not just dinner, but breakfast, lunch, dessert and all those snacks too. Things I have already learned since browsing through the biggest cookbook I… 

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simple sweet potato walnut muffins

sweet potato walnut muffins foodlets

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW (AND LOVE) THESE SWEET POTATO MUFFINS. I do. In fact, these babies are big winners. Yep, they were crowned our Muffin of the Year once upon a time, and I’m pretty sure this is why: you don’t have to bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, and they’re full of protein-rich nuts…. 

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mini pumpkin cakes with pumpkin cream frosting

pumpkin cakes horizontal

WHEN HALLOWEEN ROLLS AROUND, there’s no shortage of sugary goodies available (for instance at the hair cutting place, at the bank…) but nutritious Halloween treats for kids? Not many. Like a lot of you, I’m not trying to ban sweets. I just want to help our kids develop a habit of eating sweets occasionally. As a treat…. 

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even easier maple roasted acorn squash

easier roasted acorn squash

I ONCE POSTED ABOUT ROASTED ACORN SQUASH and how my four-year-old declared it “the best in the whole wide world.” Awesome yes, but at the time the other two rascals wouldn’t even try it. Well I have good news. Not only do all of them devour squash now but they say things like this. “I don’t… 

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how to make our “green goblin” soup

green goblin soups

WISH YOUR KIDS WOULD TRY A BITE OF SOMETHING, ANYTHING, GREEN? Here’s a great tip I learned from another mom recently, change what you call it. Instead of my usual, “Ki-ids, I made you some healthy spinach soup!”, then listening for the sound of toys instantly hitting the floor followed by tiny feet pattering to the… 

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food is love. pass it on.

food is love. pass it on.

SOMETHING EXCITING IS HAPPENING. A young pastor at our church asked me a question this Sunday. I say “young” because he’s the kind of guy who I used to think was, you know, just a guy. About my age. Then he said something like, “Awesome!” with just a little more pep than I expected and… 

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spider sandwiches

spider sandwiches, foodlets

IN KEEPING WITH OUR EASY HALLOWEEN FOOD IDEAS theme, today’s spider sandwich is so simple and surprisingly sturdy that they make great snacks or lunches on the go. I know this because George, my two-year-old, reached up and grabbed the container ours were stored in no less than five times before we got out the… 

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how to make green grape caterpillars

green grape caterpillars foodles

THESE CREEPY CRAWLY CATERPILLARS aren’t just a healthy Halloween treat, they’re also great for parties or lunch boxes any time of the year. I think I know three little people who are going to squeal when they see these on the table at snack time today… WHAT YOU NEED: Extra long toothpicks (I got mine… 

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slow cooker potato soup, fully loaded

potato soup and toppings

IT’S SOUP SEASON! With brisk evenings coming closer, days getting shorter and still not a full night’s sleep in sight, this new mom thought it was time to give my ol’ slow cooker another try. You know how I typically feel about this thing; I can never find a great recipe that doesn’t involve a package of… 

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super simple tangerine pudding cups

pudding pumpkins

THIS SUPER SIMPLE HALLOWEEN IDEA can be made in minutes. We did a step-by-step tutorial for these pumpkins on eHow (plus two of our other popular Halloween foods for kids: string cheese witches brooms and spooky spider eggs.)  The main ingredients are simple: pudding (we used chocolate and here’s delicious looking homemade recipe but you could… 

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2 Dinners in 1: Grilled Chicken + Peanut Ginger Stir-Fry

ginger and peanut stir-fry, foodlets

GOT LEFTOVER CHICKEN? Looking for ways to make cooking dinner easier (an endless pursuit around here)? We grilled up half a batch of chicken earlier in the week and saved this part for another dinner tonight as part of our 2 Dinners in 1 series. I always eat leftovers for lunch but otherwise my aim is… 

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2 Dinners in 1: Grilled Chicken Becomes Creamy Lemon Pasta and Peanut Ginger Stir-Fry

creamy lemon chicken pasta, foodlets

MAKING DINNER EVERY NIGHT ISN’T EASY. This, we know. One of my favorite new techniques for getting food on the table is actually cooking less. Yep.  By cooking one base I can make at least two meals. We’ve done it with ground beef, rice and tomatoes in Stuffed Red Peppers, which later became the base… 

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