DIY “Kind” Bars

quinoa nut and seed bars, foodlets

CONFESSION: SOMETIMES I HIDE THE GOOD STUFF FROM MY KIDS. No, I don’t mean the chocolate. Because that’s OBVIOUS. My stash is in the freezer where I can get to it the moment nap time begins. No, I mean those delightful but expensive Kind bars. Usually I buy granola bars for the kids. The nice ones. Low… 

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Homemade “LaraBars”

no sugar coconut fudge bars, foodlets

THESE HOMEMADE LARABARS couldn’t have come sooner. Eating less sugar is one of our family food goals this year. And while we’re usually pretty good at watching sweets I knew things might go off the rails over the holidays when three year old Estelle only wanted one thing for Christmas: a chocolate bear. Since our oldest is just five,… 

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Got 2 Minutes? Try Our Easiest-Ever Roasted Carrots

simple side, foodlets, baby carrots

GETTING ENOUGH VEGGIES CAN BE TRICKY. For all of us. “Americans just don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should,” NPR says. “And when we do, they’re mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Sound familiar?… 

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Easy Meatballs Stroganoff, a Simpler, Kid-Friendly Version of a Classic

easy meatballs stroganoff foodlets

“IF YOU GUYS WILL TRY COUS COUS TONIGHT,” I heard myself bargaining, “I’ll make you pumpkin muffins for breakfast.” And with three nods we had a deal. I was desperate. I already had this delicious pot of meatballs simmering on the stove when I realized I’d need something to serve with them, something starchy to… 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Sugar Added)

no sugar slow cooker apple butter

HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER IS one of those things Paul and I remember loving as kids. Both of our moms made it. In fact, apple butter has been shipped to our kids by two different grandmothers to two different countries, only to be devoured in one week flat. That’s because it’s delicious. But with four small kids, I… 

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Christmas Tree Grapes & Cheese Platter

grapes and cheese christmas tree, foodlets

IS THERE A KIDS’ PARTY GOING ON near you? Our kindergartener’s class is hosting a holiday party at the end of the week. When our Room Parent emailed everyone asking about a healthy, low sugar snack, this Christmas tree platter made of grapes and cheese immediately came to mind. I saw one on Pinterest (where else?) and tried it out for… 

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3 Dishes Your Baby, Toddler and the Rest of the Family Can All Eat

3 baby foods the whole family can eat, foodlets

HERE WE GO. Baby Violet has started eating solid foods. That means we’re doing a whole new series on baby food but don’t worry, there will be lots of information for parents of older kids too. Like today’s post, which was inspired by a reader’s question on our Facebook page. “I have an almost-10-month-old little guy who… 

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Mini Pot Pies: Our Kids’ Favorite Way to Eat Leftovers

got leftovers, foodlets

GOT LEFTOVERS? We may have four kids but they’re all so small (and tend to come with their own individual sets of likes and dislikes) that we always have a wee bit of dinner left. Not a lot, not enough to make a full meal out of, but too much to toss. Enter pie dough. Store-bought… 

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Let’s Make Mark Bittman’s Pasta with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Wine

Pasta with chicken, mushrooms and wine, foodlets

Pasta with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Wine Excerpted with permission from HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING FAST Time: Faster (30 minutes or less) Makes: 4 to 6 servings Use red wine and this dish is hearty for the fall or winter; use white and it becomes lighter for spring or summer. You won’t go wrong either way…. 

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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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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. 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 is peeling and seeding it. INGREDIENTS 8 slices bacon 1 medium butternut squash… 

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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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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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