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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a little shot of spinach, the best way to start dinner!

spinach soup for kids, foodlets

This is an idea straight from “French Kids Eat Everything“, and I love it. In her amazing memoir about moving to France with two picky eaters then watching the European culture transform their whole family, Karen Le Billon explains that many French households have a baby food maker handy, even if they don’t have a baby…. 

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a new spin on…brussels sprouts: just add cranberries

brussels sprouts with cranberries

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE FOR BRUSSELS SPROUTS? Let me rephrase that, do your kids have a favorite way that you make Brussels sprouts? Ours is roasted brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt, though I’ve seen tasty ideas for pan cooking too. But when we had a small surplus of cranberries in the… 

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maple roasted acorn squash

acorn squash

PHOEBE CALLED THIS “THE BEST IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD”. She is also four and when two-year-old Estelle doesn’t share stickers, markers or whatever the hot commodity of the day is, Phoebe declares the incident “the worst in the whole wide world”. The whole wide world is mentioned a lot these days, so take the… 

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little things that work: add a sweet potato to your next pan of potatoes

sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes

WE ALREADY KNOW THE KIDS LIKE ROASTED POTATOES. But spuds, full of potassium as they are, still don’t have the nutritional punch as some of their neighbors in the produce section. Here’s the solution. I’ll use the proven potatoes as a starting point then slip in some sweet potatoes (or carrots) just to add color,… 

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spooky spider eggs

spooky spider egg, foodlets

THIS IS MY SECOND FAVORITE PINTEREST IDEA, from our Healthy-ish Halloween Ideas for Kids board. Like the string cheese witches’ brooms, they’re absolutely adorable but also…shockingly easy. My girls are egg people. They love eggs. Hard boiled eggs. Egg salad sandwiches. Scrambled eggs. So I knew this would be a hit. And it was. For… 

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carrots can be “fries” too

roasted carrots and potatoes

MY KIDS DON’T LIKE CARROTS. Do yours? I’ve made carrots many ways–oven roasted carrots with oil, salt and pepper, sauteed carrots with citrus butter, roasted whole carrots with maple glaze, even heart-shaped carrots–and guess what? They still don’t like them. Sure, the kiddos usually try everything since that’s one of our most basic dinner time… 

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cheery cherry tomato & basil salad

tomato salad on right

YOU KNOW WHAT you should do this week? Have people over for dinner. Once you get the laundry done and your house totally clean, just invite them over. Ha, ha, ha! Even though the laundry most certainly ISN’T done and your house is stubbornly refusing to clean itself, you should still have people over. And… 

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oven roasted broccoli with sea salt

Oven roasted broccoli in a bowl

WE ROAST EVERYTHING. That’s my number one, hands-down secret to getting kids to eat vegetables. Roast them. Because it makes them delicious. We’ve done it with asparagus, carrots, cauliflower and of course potatoes and the result is always the same: the kids love them. The fact that it’s easy doesn’t hurt either. That’s why we tried broccoli last week.

tomato & cheese tart

tomato and cheese tart

THIS WAS THE HARDEST RECIPE I’VE MADE in a long time. But I did it. And it was delicious, at least two parents and one preschooler thought so. Baby George and Estelle who is two, begged to differ. But here’s my theory: Phoebe helped me make it and when you’re a kid in the kitchen,… 

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zucchini lasagna, a new favorite recipe from Florida

zucchini lasagna

THIS IS THE STORY of the time Estelle ate a whole pan of zucchini. She’s two years old, and very petite. Neither fact slowed her down. We were in Florida visiting Paul’s family over Easter when his mom whipped up this amazing side dish for dinner. Plate after plate, scoop after scoop. She just kept… 

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An easy pop of color, half way to eating the rainbow

Colorful foods in the fridge

THEY SAY YOU SHOULD EAT THE RAINBOW, and when I say “they” I mean everyone from Grover to Oprah and Michelle Obama, also the editors of Whole Living and you know, the US Cancer Society. OK, we’re listening. But also, we’re very busy and that sounds complicated. Like a lot of shopping and chopping and possibly quite… 

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Sauteed cabbage

Sauteed cabbage on Foodlets.com

I’VE EATEN CABBAGE QUITE A FEW TIMES, BUT ENJOYED IT EXACTLY TWICE. The first delicious cabbage I ate was many years ago when a friend with Irish roots (and her own Grandma Curley, just like I had) spent a full Saturday making “Boiled Dinner” for St. Patrick’s Day. Despite my own fairly Irish roots, I’d… 

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