Thumbs Up “All the Way to Heaven” Fish Stew

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I’M JUST AS SURPRISED AS YOU ARE. When I mentioned fish stew to my husband that afternoon, it was with this instruction, “So you might want to go to the store and get yourself some burritos or something.” He’s not a fish person. That much I knew. Then, bracing myself for a round of complaints, I… 

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Cheeseburger Hand Pies with Puff Pastry

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GOT PICKY EATERS? One of the (bazillion) lessons I’ve learned about feeding my tribe is about spin-offs. Keep your eyes open for flavors and ingredients the kids like, and make those things again. Differently. Well, it turns out that a big part of teaching kids to love food, to be adventurous eaters who know how to nourish themselves… 

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A Heart-Shaped Strawberries, Cheese & Crackers Board 3 (Easy) Ways: Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks for Kids

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I WARNED YOU. If you follow Foodlets on Facebook (and I hope you do), you’ll see that I posted a strawberry, cheese & crackers board for Valentine’s Day…and vowed to do it again. Here’s the first one. But first, one quick note about the ups and downs of fresh strawberries. It’s not strawberry season in… 

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Make-Ahead Sweet Potato “Cottage Pie” with Ground Beef (and Why It Isn’t Shepherd’s Pie)

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN shepherd’s pie and cottage pie? Lamb. This is what I just learned from Food 52. Shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with lamb, which makes sense when you think of a shepherd’s job. Cottage pie, however, is made with ground beef. That’s what we used here when we made our own even simpler version…. 

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Say It with Strawberries (and Cheese): A Fresh Valentine’s Day Treat for Kids

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YOU COULD SAY IT WITH CHOCOLATE. Or smoothies. Even tiny cream puffs would be sweet. But today’s treat is a little healthier, a lot heartier and a great choice to bring to school as well. We used Mini Triscuits which I learned a while ago have two ingredients: wheat and salt. (Ditto for regular Triscuits, of… 

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One-Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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THIS IS BEGINNER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA. That’s because my kids don’t do spicy. Actually, I don’t even like a lot of spice myself. I remember growing up and thinking most toothpaste was “too hot”. But man, do I love a nice bowl of Tikka Masala. The mild kind. Now because this was a new dish… 

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chocolate-covered mini pretzel sticks with sprinkles

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ON A JUNK SCALE, THESE chocolate-covered mini pretzel sticks are surprisingly low. That’s because of their size. When it comes to dessert–and there’s no mistaking these chocolate bombs for “snacks”–it’s all about portion size. To be clear, I don’t think babies or toddlers need a lot of sugar, so I always go for low sugar… 

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strawberry hearts: a healthy valentine’s day snack for kids

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IT’S EASY TO IMPRESS THE RASCALS. And if you have an extra 35 seconds, you too can ta da your way to the cutest little snack with these strawberry hearts. It’s already time for Florida strawberries here in North Carolina but I’m betting you can get your hands on a few California beauties just about anywhere. And… 

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How to Turn a Bag of Frozen Spinach into Your Kids’ Favorite: Skillet Spinach with Garlic

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TODAY I FOUND OUT I WAS A POOPCUP. And before you think my two-year-old was name calling (he wasn’t), or I started some sort of expensive cleanse on GOOP (I wouldn’t), know that I really deserved it. Deeply. Maybe more than anyone. When Phoebe was first born, and let’s face it, even after Estelle joined her a year and a… 

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Toasted Turkey, Salami & Cheese Sandwiches: Homemade Mini-Grinders

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THERE WERE TWO STOPLIGHTS in the town where I grew up. And in between them was Rome Pizza. I told you about how much I loved their Hawaiian pizza when I was a kid but they also made something so mouthwatering I still remember it, all these years later. Grinders. But here’s the thing: I only… 

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DIY “Kind” Bars

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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”

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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

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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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1 Recipe 2 Ways: Easy Meatballs & Gravy Stroganoff or Whole Food Hamburger Helper

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“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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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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