Category Archives: Family Mealtime

How To Talk About Books with Kids {Guest Post}

I couldn't be more excited about the buzz that Kids Cook with Books has generated.  When I met Jodie, an expert on literacy with kids, I knew she would be a perfect compliment - offering some tips for how to talk about books with kids (in a meaningful way!) Hopefully, you'll be able to combine some of her great suggestions below with this month's book club selection: Blueberries for Sal. Do you struggle with finding time to read and talk about books with your kids? Do you eat at least one meal...

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National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}

National Pizza Day {and a Giveaway}
In all of my years of teaching cooking classes, my favorite tools to use with kids were always my knives from Curious Chef.  They were shaped just like regular knives and they were sturdy and safe to use.  They didn't sponsor my classes, or pay me to use their knives.  It was an authentic, genuine love. With National Pizza Day approaching on May 20, it felt like the perfect time to share a new Curious Chef pizza kit with you.  And by share, I mean GIVE AWAY!  But first, let's talk about...

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Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids

Food Group Bingo – Nutrition Activity for Kids
It's easy to be daunted by trying to decide what to eat, and even more so when it comes to how to feed your family.  I have always loved visuals - they help me to understand new concepts and think about how to apply them to my own life.  The USDA has been helping people to understand what makes up a healthy diet for as long as I could remember - but for years, their diagrams were complicated and often confusing.  This "plate" is their most recent version - and makes the most sense to me.  It's...

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Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Tacos
We are on the tail end of hosting a delightful French exchange student.  While was only here for a week (her smoking habit aside), I'd love to keep her for a little longer.  Her enthusiasm for everything I cooked made me feel appreciated, which is something that doesn't come easy during "normal" parenting... During Aline's visit, I often found that we were rushed between school and social activities - but this lunch came together easily.  I used leftover chili from the batch I made last...

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Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly

Vegetarian Chili – Healthy and Kid Friendly
When my kids were little, it was so easy for me to imagine what it would be like for the rest of their childhood.  I saw the mom that I wanted to be - how I would feed my family, and how we would eat our healthy meals around the table every night.  When I look back, it's hard not to laugh at how naive it all seemed.  Sure, I still make healthy meals.  But with our hectic schedules, we hardly eat together every night...let alone around the table.  This recipe for vegetarian chili is a nice...

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Does Your Child Need a Feeding Therapist (Part 2...

Does Your Child Need a Feeding Therapist (Part 2)
When people learn that I work with parents, teachers and kids about issues related to food and cooking, they ALWAYS ask about picky eaters and problem feeders.  One question I hear all the time is, "is this ___ normal?"  Thank goodness, over the years, I have met some amazing people who are knowledgeable and are willing to help answer some of these questions when I come calling.  My What's Cooking with Kids Facebook community had some questions for my friend Dawn, a feeding therapist after my...

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Does Your Child Need a Feeding Therapist? (Part ...

Does Your Child Need a Feeding Therapist? (Part 1)
This post was originally published in 2011 - but has come up in conversation a lot lately - so I thought I'd give it a few updates and make it more easily accessible on my site. Whenever I do speaking engagements about family meals or cooking with kids to groups of parents, someone inevitably shares a story about their challenges in getting their kids to eat.  I mean REAL challenges.  Like their child only eats 5 different foods.  Ever. It got me thinking...there must be LOTS of families...

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Killing My Supper

Killing My Supper
Food is the thread that weaves us all together. Everybody eats something, even if your definition of food doesn’t match my own. I tend to prescribe to the diet that Michael Pollan describes simply as, “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Plants are everywhere. And while some of them are “cute”, they don’t have feelings. Plus, they offer some not-so-secret benefits to the planet, like preventing soil erosion, producing oxygen, and if planted with care, help to maintain a healthy...

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Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Planning Ahead – and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Since I am not at work all day, I am spending a good portion of my time trying to be efficient so that I can be more "emotionally available" to my family.  One strategy that seems to be working well is to spend some time early in the week prepping a ton of veggies and planning my meals so that most of the heavy lifting is done prior to the dinner time crunch. This week, I got a lot of knife skills practice (which is GREAT for my Rouxbe cooking class!). I diced a butternut squash, cut kale leaves...

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Challah, Our New Family Tradition

Challah, Our New Family Tradition
It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn't be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family...

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