easy-to-make owl crackers

easy to make owl crackers 2

MAKING DINNER WITH ANTSY KIDS UNDER FOOT is hard enough. But making Thanksgiving dinner with kids playing chase through the kitchen? That’s the kind of stress me and my pre-ordered, free-range, organic turkey just don’t need. What we need is wine a simple kid’s activity. If you’re looking for a keep ‘em busy project that also doubles… 

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simple sweet potato walnut muffins

sweet potato walnut muffins foodlets

YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW (AND LOVE) THESE SWEET POTATO MUFFINS. I do. In fact, these babies are big winners. Yep, they were crowned our Muffin of the Year once upon a time, and I’m pretty sure this is why: you don’t have to bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, and they’re full of protein-rich nuts…. 

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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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how to make green grape caterpillars

green grape caterpillars foodles

THESE CREEPY CRAWLY CATERPILLARS aren’t just a healthy Halloween treat, they’re also great for parties or lunch boxes any time of the year. I think I know three little people who are going to squeal when they see these on the table at snack time today… WHAT YOU NEED: Extra long toothpicks (I got mine… 

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how to get kids eating more carrots

baby carrots with dip, foodlets

SOME KIDS LOVE EATING VEGETABLES. And, this may totally surprise you, some don’t. But almost all kids love condiments. Sweet, salty, gooey? Check, check and check! For a fast vegetable dish or a nutritious snack, I set out a bunch of organic baby carrots plus three “dipping sauces”. These can be anything. From hummus  (homemade or from… 

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applesauce zucchini muffins

zucchini muffin tops

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU 12 CUPS OF SHREDDED ZUCCHINI, FRESH FROM THE GARDEN, YOU… If you’re a crazy person like me, you hit the kitchen and make zucchini muffins. Lots of muffins. Now these are not our first healthy zucchini muffins. (So far we’ve done zucchini spice muffins and a zucchini chocolate cake.) But they’re some of… 

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peaches & creamsicles: sugar-free ice pops

peaches and cream ice pops

REMEMBER HOW I HAVE MORE PEACHES THAN our kids have partially dressed baby dolls thrown all over the house? We’ve done a health(ier) peach crisp, no sugar peach roll-ups, and a whole-wheat pancake with wedges of juicy peaches lining the top. Then we got serious. Into our trusty blender went fresh peaches, half & half plus… 

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melon & mint ice pops

melon and mint ice pops

IF YOU HAVE A TEETHING TODDLER, you’ll know why I made frozen melon ice pops last week instead of just serving the little rascals a few wedges of cantaloupe. These cool treats certainly aren’t limited to those walking around with three fingers stuffed in their little mouths though. Our preschoolers were cheering when they saw these pops come… 

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star shaped cheese, tomatoes and crackers

star shaped cheese and tomato snack

FOR KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN ITALY, these three are pretty jazzed about celebrating the 4th of July. Actually, they’re mostly excited about these little star shaped cheeses (thanks, veggie cutters!). Fireworks and parades? Our kids have no idea those are part of the package, yet. But boy I sure do.I still get a little… 

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3 simple frozen treats your kids will love

homemade popsicles for kids, foodlets

IT’S 90 DEGREES IN NORTH CAROLINA TODAY–that’s 99 degrees in pregnant lady temperatures.  With my due date for baby #4 officially a day behind me and my stomach WAY out in front of me, I can think of no better reason to share a few of my favorite popsicle recipes for kids. Each is low… 

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banana muffins, a recipe from “The Family Cooks”

banana muffins from the family cooks

A muffin is a tiny cake! And sometimes not so tiny. Cake for breakfast? No wonder kids like muffins! Pssst, parents! Although these are treats, they use whole-grain flour, fruit, and unrefined sugar. And cinnamon is a trickster spice that makes sweets taste sweeter.   banana muffins   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time… 

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low-sugar muffins with berries & ricotta cheese, a Food 52 Makeover

gift shaped muffins, foodlets

MOTHER’S DAY IS A TRICKY ONE. At least for me. I know the customary “gift” is something along the lines of breakfast in bed, but the only time I’ve eaten breakfast on a tray since becoming a mom has been inside a hospital, right after giving birth. Otherwise it’s off to the races starting around dawn ever since…. 

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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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baby carrots “growing” in spring pots

baby carrots growing in spring pots, foodlets

WE’RE ON A ROLL AROUND HERE, and the theme is Easy Easter Ideas from the Internet. These carrots are one more super simple way to dazzle your own knee-high critics this spring. 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… 

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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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