Ginger Peanut Noodles with Bell Peppers

peanut ginger salad review, foodlets

These cold noodles are a summer staple. Because they are awesome. At least some of our kids think so. Use any shape of pasta your kids like and don’t worry about the flavor of whole-wheat pasta taking over because in this salad, that nutty whole-wheat taste holds up perfectly. Even better than regular pasta. These noodles are a simpler… 

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Rice with Beef & Beans: A One-Pot Tex-Mex Meal

slow cooker rice, beans, beef & peppers

WE’RE ON A BIT OF A ROLL with meals like this slow cooker rice, beef, beans and peppers. There’s been quinoa enchilada casserole, slow cooker shredded chicken Tex-Mex, and one-pot Mexican casserole–each one a total success with the munchins. I mean, I don’t want to jinx it or anything. Because if there’s a roll, I want… 

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Cod with Lemon Orzo & Peas: A 15-Minute, One-Pot Dinner

cod with orzo, foodlets

Two people in my house love fish. Two people in my house think they don’t like fish, then try it. Then decide they love fish. They are preschoolers and do this every time. One person may never love fish. Hint: He shaves. When it comes to seafood, my husband is in the same camp as Jim… 

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The tiny way we improved the already moist (and healthy!) cornbread our kids love

healthy cornbread for kids

Is bacon. These bacon-topped cornbread squares are a riff on our already beloved makeover of Ina Garten’s cornbread. As with all of our Barefoot for Babies recipe makeovers, our version is healthier, sweetened with honey and packed with either wheat germ or ground flaxseed. But there’s also lots of plain yogurt and milk in there, resulting… 

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One-Pot Mexican Quinoa Casserole (Plus a Fancy Serving Suggestion for Kids)

one-pot mexican casserole, foodlets, lemon

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I NEED A LITTLE HELP getting the kids to try something new. Part of my goal here is to create a great relationship between our kids and the food we eat. Part of that is nutrition, cooking fresh and healthy meals. Part of that is fun. Enter, egg cups. They’re just… 

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Make-Ahead Honey Mustard Chicken

honey mustard chicken, foodlets

“Can we make the chicken for them?” Phoebe whispered in my ear. (And when I say “whispered”, I mean she breathed. Little puffs of inspiration delivered straight to my ears. How can one request be so tickly and so excited all at once?) Paul’s parents were visiting from Florida and after a disastrous dinner the night… 

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one-pot homemade mac & cheese

one-pot homemade mac & cheese, foodlets

I THOUGHT I NAILED IT with our 15-minute homemade mac & cheese. Then I heard something mind-blowing. You can make one-pot pasta. With almost anything. Now I just walk around saying, “Wait, what?!? WHY haven’t we been doing this all along? Why have I been washing all these pans? Is this some sort of joint conspiracy… 

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Sautéed Cabbage with Sausage, Apples & Onions

cabbage, apples and onions

“I JUST DON’T LIKE IT” they all said. Before any of them had tried a single bite. Even I was worried. Would four kids under the age of six like sautéed cabbage and sausage with apples and, gasp, onions? But I couldn’t help myself. A dinner like this is so nutritious, so colorful and it’s even… 

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slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples

slow cooker shredded pork with fresh apples, foodlets

THIS IS THE JUICIEST SLOW COOKER PORK I’VE EVER HAD. We have another awesome (and simpler) recipe for slow cooker pork here but this one, inspired by Real Simple, works even harder. If you’re worried that picky eaters won’t try it, this pulled pork uses two strategies for serving kids new foods: Bridge foods, serving a new food… 

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Enchilada Casserole with Quinoa & Black Beans

enchilada casserole foodlets

THIS WEEK I PREPPED 5 KID-FRIENDLY DINNERS IN 1 HOUR. It’s the first time I’ve tackled something so organized. What I learned from the whole crazy process is a whole other post, but this recipe for a meatless make-ahead dinner was one of them and it’s an unexpected keeper. Filed under It’s Always Gotta Be Something,… 

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Cheeseburger Hand Pies with Puff Pastry

2-in-1 dinners, foodlets, ground beef

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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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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Grilled Chicken, Peanut Ginger Stir-Fry

2 in 1 dinners, chicken breast 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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