Healthy Party Food for Kids: DIY Raw Veggie Cups

diy veggie cups and dip

Party food for kids needs to be festive. Fun! Colorful! Fresh! And with any shred of hope, simple. Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like getting so stressed out about entertaining a group of kids that I’m shrieking at my own offspring all morning long. Enter veggie cups. We discovered kid-friendly raw veggies served in cups with a dollop of Ranch dressing… 

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Got 2 Minutes? Try Our Easiest-Ever Roasted Carrots

simple side, foodlets, baby carrots

GETTING ENOUGH VEGGIES CAN BE TRICKY. For all of us. “Americans just don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should,” NPR says. “And when we do, they’re mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Sound familiar?… 

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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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want kids to eat more veggies? try a 3-dip taste test

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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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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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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super simple turkey pot pie (and yes, I cheated)

turkey pot pie

WHEN YOU HAVE A FRIDGE FULL OF TURKEY and a house full of guests, the best way to handle both is a big casserole of turkey pot pie, just like this one. It’s a new riff on the Barefoot Contessa’s chicken pot pie recipe we made over once (and still the number one recipe of… 

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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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making mac & cheese even kid-friendlier, definitely healthier

cauliflower mac and cheese

MY GOAL IS REAL FOOD. Less boxes, more produce. But all of this only matters if someone’s willing to eat it. And before all the “mmms” and “Thanks Mom”-ing can begin, some brave soul must be willing to make it. This is where I (try to) come in. With the mind of a mad scientist… 

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Grated carrot salad, a recipe inspired by “French Kids Eat Everything”

grated carrot salad with basil up close

DON’T WORRY, AN INTERVENTION ISN’T NECESSARY. But we liked the grated carrot salad from Karen Le Billon’s book so much I wanted to include it here. I also changed the dressing a bit, making it a little more Italian rather than French. It’s still every bit as Euro-delicious.  


Simple beef, broccoli and carrot stir-fry

Beef and broccoli stir-fry

THEY DON’T REALLY DO TAKE-OUT IN ITALY. They definitely don’t do a lot of ethnic food either. And even if they did, stir-fry is one of those dishes that’s so easy to make at home, plus a million times healthier, why not just whip it up? To make it more kid-friendly I added lots of… 

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carrot cake pancakes

carrot cake pancakes for kids, foodlets

LAST NIGHT I PANICKED. It was nearly time to pick up the girls from nursery school, George was set on nursing until the cows came home (almost literally in this case) and no dinner was made. The 90 something degree heat didn’t help. But Pinterest did. I’d become obsessed with seen a recipe for Carrot… 

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homemade deep dish pizza with pepperoni (with a surprisingly healthy ingredient)

homemade pepperoni pizza for kids, foodlets

THERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT THINGS to say about this pizza: First, it’s (pretty) good for you. Second, it’s only moderately popular at our place. {Wah, wah.} Estelle and I seem to like it best…which makes Paul and Phoebe something of pizza purists. This is after all, Italy…  


Hide & Sneak: 6 clever ways to use carrots

THIS IS A NEW FEATURE — Hide & Sneak — designed with picky eaters (aka most babies and toddlers) in mind. We’re starting with carrots, a nutritional powerhouse so full of beta carotene, antioxidants and fiber that a habit of munching on them can help lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, diabetes and even stroke. And… 

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Easy apple & carrot mini muffins

Apple and carrot mini muffins

MANY MORNINGS BEGIN with one question: Mommy do we have muffins? Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t, and there are plenty of alternatives but our girls love to start the day with a baked good. And when I can slide a few good-for-them ingredients in there too, I’m all for it.