Cheeseburger Hand Pies with Puff Pastry

cheeseburger hand pies, foodlets

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

make-ahead sweet potato cottage pie foodlets

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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One-Pot Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

slow cooker chicken tikka masala, foodlets

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

frozen spinach, foodlets

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

grinders, foodlets

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

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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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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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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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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2-in-1 Dinners: 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-in-1 Dinners series. We’re cooking once, eating twice. I always eat leftovers for lunch but otherwise my… 

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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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Simple Seafood, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

simple seafood, from 100 days of real food

{Excerpted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake} One great thing about having fish for dinner is that it doesn’t take long at all to cook. Served with a couple easy side dishes (such as roasted veggies, a salad, and/ or baked potatoes), this dish could quickly be whipped up for… 

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15-Minute Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

15-minute homemade mac & cheese for kids

OBVIOUS CONFESSION COMING… I’M TOTALLY OVERWHELMED. Have I mentioned that before? It turns out that managing four kids under the age of six is hard, especially when you don’t get to sleep at night. I know you know that. The silly thing is, I didn’t know that. Or, I guess somehow I thought it wouldn’t be…. 

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easy pasta with zucchini, tomatoes & fresh mozzarella cheese

easy pasta with zucchini, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I NEED TO MAKE DINNER FAST. Before the Clifford video runs out. Before 2-month old Violet starts wailing for her own dinner. Before I turn from Pretty Nice Mommy into Awfully Frazzled Mommy. That’s where a quick pasta dish full of fresh vegetables like this comes in handy. There’s also the… 

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1 dinner 3 ways: stuffed peppers with beef, tomatoes & rice

Stuffed peppers

LAST NIGHT’S DINNER WAS A DISASTER. Sometimes I use a lot of smart strategies for making dinner quickly and easily, but not last night. There I was at 5:30pm, stirring a pot on the stove to make a vaguely Mexican dish I saw somewhere online. You know, the kind that’s not too spicy for the kids but still… 

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sauteed swiss chard with garlic & lemon

garlicky swiss chard with lemon, foodlets

I KNOW. YOU THINK YOU DON’T LIKE THIS. And you’re probably SURE the kids don’t. But they just might! Ours do, and I’m as amazed as you are. This Swiss chard recipe is based on one of our favorite side dishes from Italy, bitter greens sauteed in olive oil. The kids love it. Plus there’s… 

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15-minute cheesy pasta with chicken & spinach

15 minute spinach pasta with chicken, foodlets

THIS PASTA DISH IS A 3-BOWLER. At least it was for Phoebe, our 5-year-old. Okay, okay. I admit it. I also found myself eating at least another helping, standing next to the sink while I pretended to “clean the kitchen” after dinner. It’s just that kind of pasta dish. And there’s even better news: the recipe is… 

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