coconut pineapple mini-muffins, a “serious eats” recipe makeover

coconut pineapple mini muffins, healthy muffins for kids, foodlets

WE’VE BEEN MAKING A LOT OF LUNCHES around here. Foodlets Friday Lunch is a teeny, tiny pilot program that we started this spring. Every Friday I make lunch for the kids at Phoebe’s preschool and parents who are keen to buy one simply cover the costs. It’s not catering, not yet, but I hope it… 

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one giant easter egg, coming up! just start with sugar cookie dough

giant sugar cookie easter egg for kids, foodlets

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EASY IDEA FOR EASTER. You may not realize just how big this cookie is and I couldn’t take a photo with the munchkins nearby for fear of one toddler’s roaming fingers. But don’t worry about those guys, they’ll dig in soon. This cookie is more than a foot long, totally impressive in… 

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simple pasta with tomatoes, basil & mozzarella

spring pasta with tomatoes, basil and mozzerella, FOODLETS.com

AS PART OF OUR SEMI-DELUDED PLAN to have friends over this weekend, we served homemade rolls along with two pastas. (Our wonderful guests brought veggies and desserts including a chocolate layer caked called “Tall, Dark and Handsome”. And yes, we’re inviting them back again ASAP.) This was one of the pasta dishes–and by far the best… 

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bread machine whole wheat rolls with yogurt & oats

homemade rolls for kids, oats, whole wheat, flaxseed, yogurt, foodlets.com

WELL, WE DID IT AGAIN. And I actually can’t believe it. After a week that included 1-2-3 then 4 and 5 different household members succumbing to the nastiest little tummy virus in the South, we had another dinner party this weekend. It sounds counterintuitive (and a little crazy) but the house needed a good scrubbing… 

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steak & vegetable roll-ups with balsamic glaze, simplified (believe it or not!)

beef rollups with veggies and balsamic glaze, foodlets

I CAN’T LIE TO YOU. THIS WILL NOT BECOME ONE OF YOUR GO-TO WEEKNIGHT DINNERS. But you might love making it once in a while. With a tangy, sweet sauce plus a built-in veggie and playful presentation, there’s a lot to like here. The trouble is the number of steps it takes to get there…. 

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4 fresh strawberry recipes for kids

Fresh strawberries for dessert

EVEN THOUGH WINTER IS OVERSTAYING ITS WELCOME like a cigar smoking houseguest who just won’t take the hint, here comes the sweet taste of spring itself: strawberries. These juicy little beauties are hitting stores now, ice storms or not. And they couldn’t have arrived sooner because if there’s one spring ingredient that most kids devour… 

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better-for-you double chocolate banana muffins, a “smitten kitchen” makeover

double chocolate banana mini muffins, foodlets

THERE ARE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO LOVE MUFFINS. And we’ve made a lot of them. Banana muffins with millet, banana oat, chocolate zucchini and more. But none, not a single mini muffin, bug-shaped muffin or big ol’ muffin in the bunch compares to these. I have a toddler who now cries at the sight… 

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spinach wraps 2 ways for st. patrick’s day

Shamrock chips, spinach rollups Foodlets.com

WHO KNEW THE EASIEST WAYS TO RING IN ST. PATRICK’S DAY were found in a package of spinach wraps? I bought a simple bag of 6 sandwich wraps from the grocery store then tried two things today. The first was lunch. My preschoolers (ages 4 and 3) were surprisingly thrilled with their green roll-ups. “Ooooh,… 

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cheese ravioli with spinach and bacon

ravioli with spinach and bacon,  foodlets.com

SO, THERE WAS AN ICE STORM. One that I’ve never seen the likes of, though I don’t have a lot of experience in the extreme weather department. This one came on quickly and thoroughly. Overnight, every single tree in our part of North Carolina was neatly encased in ice. Then they started splitting, falling, and… 

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a new spin on white bean hummus: add avocado

avocado white bean hummus, foodlets.com

IN HONOR OF LITTLE LEPRECHAUNS EVERYWHERE, and the parents who just wish they’d eat a few more veggies, we turned our new favorite dip a new shade…green. Faster than you can say, “Is that food coloring?” we simply threw a ripe avocado into the mixer as we ground up our white bean hummus with lemon…. 

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very small shepherd’s pies (a step-by-step recipe)

mini shepherd's pies for kids, foodlets

WE’VE MADE THESE MINI SHEPHERD’S PIES TWICE NOW, once at a kiddie cooking school here in North Carolina, and once at home, both for St. Patrick’s Day. This version is our own recipe, which is really just layering all the flavors you’d expect–but simplified. We cheated a bit with store-bought biscuit dough, which really puffs… 

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very green broccoli mac & cheese

broccoli mac & cheese, foodlets.com

YES I PUT BROCCOLI (AND SPINACH) IN THE MAC & CHEESE BUT HEAR ME OUT. When Estelle turned three she actually asked for this dish to be served for her birthday lunch with friends. Despite a pretty serious invasion of vegetables, this stuff is very tasty. Downright company-worthy. Especially when you’re two going on three.