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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Easy Veggie Calzones

easy veggie calzones, foodlets

MY KIDS WERE BORN IN ITALY so they know their way around a pizza. But calzones were new to them. I loved these veggie calzones for their individual portions and portability. Plus they’re basically a pocket to fill with vegetables. Lots of kids have trouble eating veggies at dinner, partially because that’s the only time of… 

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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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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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Apple Sandwich, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

Apple Sandwich, from "100 Days of Real Food"

{Reprinted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake} If you’re looking for a way to make over your kid’s lunch (or your own!), here’s the answer. Sandwiches are no longer a bore if you just switch out the regular bread and use Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread, waffles, or even apples! Apple sandwiches… 

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egg salad (with a special ingredient) our kids love…can you guess?

egg salad sandwiches kids love, foodlets

I NEVER LIKED EGG SALAD GROWING UP. But our kids totally love it, especially this way. Inexpensive, simple and even considered “brain food“, I’m happy to whip up a batch of egg salad once every couple of weeks. Our favorite ways to serve these sandwiches are simply on whole wheat bread, cut into quarters or… 

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baby carrots in pots, a step-by-step tutorial

baby carrots in pots, foodlets

COMBINING CUTE IDEAS WITH FRESH VEGETABLES is just about the best. These carrots are one more super simple way to get kids eating more veggies. Here’s just how you do it. 1. Gather your materials. Baby carrots, preferably the thick kind (some are whittled extra thin) Curly parsley Toothpick Terra cotta pots (mine are actually a… 

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how to make hens out of hard boiled eggs

little hens, hard boiled eggs, foodlets.com

I KNOW, I KNOW. I just said no thanks to any projects that make me feel worse about myself than the crafting boards on Pinterest already do. But as we continue our internet-inspired Easter roundup, I’m happy to report these little chicks are surprisingly simple to make. True story. And if I can do it, you can too. Here’s a… 

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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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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 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…. 

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kid-friendly mini reuben sandwiches (a step-by-step recipe)

platter of mini reuben sandwiches, foodlets

IT’S NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT HOLIDAY, BUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY can be really fun. Especially if you’re four, three or even one–and there’s special food on the menu. We’ve got a bunch of festive ideas coming up and these mini-sandwiches are just the first. Bonus, they’re not limited to leprechaun season so you can make them any… 

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maple syrup sweetened chocolate cake: a (pretty) low sugar birthday party, happy birthday estelle!

estelle with cake

WHEN I ASKED ESTELLE WHAT SHE WANTED for her 3rd birthday, she said, “chocolate cake with chocolate frosting”. Okay, then I explained that she could ask for presents too, like at Christmas time. “Oh!,” she said. “And a chocolate bear.” That’s what she got in her stocking, apparently making quite an impression–more so than the… 

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mini mac & cheese cups (with carrots too)

mac & cheese mini muffins, foodlets

LAST WEEK WE HAD A BIRTHDAY PARTY LUNCH for 6 preschoolers to celebrate Estelle’s 3rd birthday–and at the birthday girl’s request, these mac & cheese mini cups were the main course. Like our broccoli & cheese pasta cups, they’re essentially macaroni and cheese (with a built-in veggie) to go. And like our broccoli & cheese pasta… 

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sandwiches on a stick

sandwiches on a stick, foodlets

FOOD ON A STICK has got to be the easiest way to make food fun. (Except for maybe making parfaits with yogurt, chili, whatever…but I digress!) It was our turn to bring the preschool snack again and we picked these little sandwiches on a stick, which could certainly work for lunch too. I liked that we… 

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healthier broccoli & cheddar soup

broccoli and cheddar soup, foodlets

ADD THIS ONE TO THE “AT LEAST I LIKED IT” CATEGORY. But we’ll try again because I actually loved this soup, so there’s gotta be hope for the rascals. Besides, they can’t get enough broccoli when it’s roasted with olive oil, so the hardest part–getting them familiar with the sometimes tricky flavor of broccoli–is already… 

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