Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Chocolate Lollipops Just Like Ina’s!

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Can I tell you about my latest Saturday morning? I promise you I'll be quick since I know the main reason you're here is for the homemade chocolate lollipops! Anyways, this past Saturday I had a lovely morning... With the tree decorated, the house clean, the kids on vacation (no homework!), AND, no kids sporting events to attend, I managed to spend the morning relaxing in front of a warm fire, coffee in hand, watching Ina on the Food Network Channel. You all know who Ina is, right? No worries if you don't.  After all, my … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Favorites!

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Loads of healthy and delicious back-to-school breakfast and lunch ideas your kids will love! Many, many years ago when I was a little girl... Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, was a favorite book of mine. If you're unfamiliar with the story, Frances is a bear who wants to eat nothing other than bread and jam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Meanwhile, her friend Albert brings fancy lunches to school everyday that would make any hungry little bear want to eat more than bread and jam. His mother even packs him a linen napkin … [Read more...]

My Top Ten Tips For Raising Lifelong Healthy Eaters.

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Welcome to my first Top Ten Post!   I wrote this post as a participant in the Eat, Play, Love blog carnival hosted by Meals Matter and Dairy Council of California to share ideas on positive and fun ways to teach children healthy eating habits. A list of other registered dietitians and moms who are participating in the carnival will be listed at the bottom of this post or can be found on Meals Matter. As fate would have it, last week I gave a nutrition talk to the parents at my children's elementary school, and as part of the talk I … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Macaroni and Cheese and a Sweet Surprise…

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Today's post will be less talk, more food, because the Kids in the Kitchen Chefs, my husband, and myself are heading out of town today for a Spring Break Ski Trip. We're headed up north to our favorite family ski area, Mammoth Mountain.. You'll note the picture of me above from our last trip to Mammoth.   I'm quite the ski jumper, no?  :-) But, before we head out of town, I want to give you a little dinner and dessert inspiration for the weekend... The first recipe is for macaroni and cheese that was {very slightly} adapted from The … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.

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So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Quick and Easy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fried Rice.

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This is the kind of recipe you need to make when you have "one of those" days... or, in my case, "one of those" weeks... Here are just a FEW highlights from our past week... Softball AND baseball season have begun for SiSi and Big Tex.  All you parents with kids in sports...I know you know what this means.... Computer trouble!!! {Any other Mac owners have Helvetica font problems???}.  I owe a HUGE thanks to my dad and to the UTC Apple store Genius Bar for helping me get it fixed! Unexpected trip Friday night/early Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Pancakes for dinner? But, of course!

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Welcome to the first installment of Kids in the Kitchen (KITK). Inspired by the last 3 weeks of cooking with my children, I have decided to start a regular post featuring meals planned, prepared, served and, (hopefully!), eaten by my 2 budding sous chefs, who will from here on out be referred to as SiSi and Big Tex. As a mom and a dietitian, I think one of the best ways we can help our children become lifelong healthy eaters, is to teach them to cook.  And, I am also a firm believer in teaching our children what constitutes a healthy … [Read more...]