Tag: family meals

An awesome new meal planning website that personalizes your meal plans. It’s like doing it yourself, without having to do it yourself.

How many times have you heard “Just meal plan!” when you groan about the never-ending responsibility of feeding your family night after night?  But time constraints, logistics, or the fact that organizing ahead isn’t everyone’s strong suit mean meal planning just doesn’t work for all of us. Now, thanks to new awesome meal planning website gatheredtable, someone else can do it for you. Don’t miss a big update below   Does any of these statistics resonate with you? You’re not alone, which is why so many meal planning sites and apps have popped up lately. I’ve looked into many of them and haven’t found one that I...

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Labor Day recipe ideas: Make your holiday barbecue extra tasty and delicious

If you’re like us and celebrating the unofficial end of summer and the start of school (whoo!) with some food and fun today, we rounded up a bunch of our favorite recipes that you can still whip up in time for your party or barbecue. Here’s to one last day of summer awesome before the craziness of back to school officially begins. Happy Labor Day, cool moms! DRINKS It’s the end of summer, so not just any margarita will do. Try one of these sophisticated margarita recipes and toast the end of August. Beat the heat with these delicious boozy slushie recipes. You...

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12 little surprises under $20 that can make big memories for families

For years, we’ve been preaching that it’s often the little things that make the biggest impact, especially when it comes to those fun treats and creative ideas that help make summer magical for families. Just ask our own kids how much they love it when we set up a spa in the bathroom, or make a Tuesday movie night, just because. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. We’re super excited to be partnering with our sponsor Cracker Jack, the original master of little surprises, on their brand new initiative, The Surprise Inside Project, which kicks off today in New...

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Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes for a bacon-free feast

This just in: Not all dads eat bacon. I mean, my own dad and the father of my kids do—like, they really eat bacon—but plenty of men are vegetarians and vegans. Or Kosher. Or they just don’t like it. So since all dads deserve to eat well on Father’s Day, I want to celebrate them too, with a menu complete with Vegetarian Father’s Day recipes. It’s even got hearty vegan recipes thrown in for good measure. Hearty Vegetarian/Vegan Mexican Dinner A Mexican feast for Father’s Day means tacos and I’m dying over these amazing vegetarian tacos at Wild Greens and Sardines. As the title...

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5 healthy chicken nugget recipes. Because sometimes you’ve got to go there, and not just for the kids.

As an outspoken proponent of healthy, homemade family food, I often find myself dispelling the myth that my family and I live on quinoa and kale alone. Though we’re fans of both (well, most of us), we also love burgers, pizza, and, like plenty of American families, chicken nuggets. Our key to enjoying these foods is to make them at home where I can use fresh, whole ingredients and less sugar, fat, and salt than what you might find at your local drive-thru. If you want to try the same, keep it easy and delicious with these  5 ideas for...

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The Family Cooks: In which Laurie David helps make kids crave kale. For real.

Parents, don’t we all secretly dream our kids will someday request kale over cookies? Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt, authors  of the wonderful Family Dinner are out with a new cookbook, The Family Cooks. They are hoping the recipes and tips they’ve gathered will help you and your family start craving foods that are actually good for you. You know. Fruits. Veggies. Not Chicken Nuggets. I’m not hating on chicken nuggets, but I’d love it if our kids willingly scarfed down their greens the way they inhaled all things processed and deep fried . The Family Cooks offers more than 100 healthy, simple, and...

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Learning dishes for kids and other educational tableware that sneak some brain food in with the vegetables

Mealtime is the one time my busy kids sit still for a little while, so I love that smart people are creating such interesting learning dishes for kids, educational placemats, and other housewares that let kids do more than doodle at the table. Or uh, play Candy Crush. Whether or not your kids will actually review math facts or practice cursive over the mashed potatoes, they’re likely to absorb some of the information presented in front of them, which I think is kind of neat. ALPHABET PLACEMATS For little ones, Brinware’s brightly colored, easy-to-clean silicone alphabet placemats (above) make for a...

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6 easy muffin tin recipes too irresistibly cute and delicious to refuse

Cutesy food isn’t my thing, but I’m a sucker for easy muffin tin recipes. Real kid- and grownup-friendly food portioned in just the right size is just too fun to resist, especially when the mini factor can make dinner more appealing to picky eaters. Give one of these 6 tasty recipes all baked in muffin tins a try, and you’ll see: Make it small and they will come. Always a sucker for the unconventional, I’ve got to start with the Mini Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Bowls (above) from Keepin it Kind. Kristy use the underside of the muffin tin...

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6 delicious, easy spring recipes to celebrate the season

Winter is officially over,  and we’re celebrating with easy spring recipes that feature fresh produce. Kick the tubers and squash to the curb; these spring dishes highlight peas, asparagus, avocado, and other green veggie delights. And don’t worry, I’m not going soft. We won’t skip the cheese, bacon, or even dessert. After all, this is a celebration of a brand new season. The Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto and Poached Egg recipe (above) from Framed Cooks has all the elements of a perfect dish: fresh, seasonal produce, crispy pork, and a poached egg. Honestly, this alone can be dinner for me....

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6 easy, delicious dinners to make from a single roast chicken

Gather around, mamas, I’m about to share one of my best family kitchen tricks: Roast a chicken on the weekend, serve for dinner, and shred leftovers to use in these super quick and tasty chicken recipes you can serve for the next few days. In about one hour of cooking, you can cover dinner for nearly half the week. Really. Just keep two things in mind: You’ve got to start with good roast chicken and there needs to be a lot. If you’re a family of four big eaters, roast two chickens to ensure that you’ll have plenty of leftovers...

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4 lightning fast, amazing panini recipes that transcend mere sandwiches

I know I’ve got a bit of holiday burnout because I’m officially serving panini sandwiches for dinner. But before you judge–thanks to my electric grill (how I love you, electric grill) which doubles as a panini press, my panini recipes yield far from ordinary sandwiches. With these four recipes–and a tip on which press to invest in–your simpler dinners at home can be pretty extraordinary too. First, check out the clever Lasagna Grilled Cheese Panini Recipe (above) from Joy the Baker. Now, get the simple ingredients and prepare to have a new weeknight dinner staple. This one’s a keeper for the...

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Celebrate National Pizza Week with one (or all!) of these 6 creative pizza recipes

In celebration of National Pizza Week, I’ve rounded up six of the absolute best homemade pizza recipes this side of Italy. And they’re not your average cheese-pepperoni-mushroom recipes either, because you don’t need much of my help for that. If you’ve never made pizza at home before, it’s simple stuff, especially if you buy your dough and or sauce already made. I hit my local pizzeria for dough–New York City has its benefits–but some supermarkets carry it, as well. And I’m not talking about the already baked crusts; skip those and go for the dough. Stretch it out on...

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The best cookbooks for families (that you’ll actually cook from!): Editors’ Best of 2013

By now, you’ve probably come across several Best Cookbooks of 2013 lists, each filled with drool-worthy tomes that would make great coffee table staples. But if you want to gift your favorite family cook — including yourself — a cookbook that’s actually useful in a busy home kitchen, check out my favorite family cookbooks of 2013 as part of our Editors’ Picks of 2013 series. Filled with mouthwatering photos and doable dishes, these books not only make pretty gifts, but they also make practical ones. Which is pretty much what every parent needs.   Keepers (above) is among my favorite cookbooks...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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What’s better than ravioli? Kid ravioli.

For the last few years, my kids have been obsessed with this one brand of ravioli in our local supermarket. (They call it “Kid Ravioli.”) Because as it turns out, if you’re four years old, ravioli tastes better when it’s cut like a heart or a spaceship or a teddy bear. Who knew? Kid Ravioli actually has a proper name– Jolie Ravioli. And I’m so pleased to see this little Brooklyn company is now available online and getting wider distribution. The pasta is made with 100% natural ingredients, and it’s a good way to sneak in veggies if you...

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Cooking for kids when cooking isn’t an option

The terrible twos have started early in our house and feeding time is often the catalyst. So imagine my skepticism about putting a healthy, well-balanced meal in front of my 21 month old and expecting positive results. But thanks to a brand new line of foods made for kids, there may be some hope for all of us lost in the frustrating land of chicken nuggets and fish sticks.  Brain child of NYC local dad Matt Cohen, Kidfresh meals were developed by with a top chef and a pediatric nutritionist a la the Jessica Seinfeld method of hidden veggies and...

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I’m a real fan of the meal plan

A year ago, I never would have thought I’d be excited about weekly meal planning. I was far too cool and spontaneous to be one of those people who actually planned what dinner we would be eating a day in advance. Please. What a silly mama I was! A year of meal-planning later, I have come to my senses. So I was excited to have a look at e-mealz recently and check out a couple of their family-friendly meal plans. With a variety of specialty plans available (think gluten-free, low fat, vegetarian) based on sales prices at the grocery...

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Meal planning just hooked up with your local grocery store

There’s plenty of websites where you can go check out this week’s grocery sales, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Not judging, just, um, snore.) And we’ve reviewed plenty of websites and apps to help you do your weekly meal planning, too. But this is the first we’ve seen of a glorious melding of the two. At Food on the Table, you enter some basic information like your family’s food preferences, plus your preferred grocery stores, and then not only can you then pick from amongst suggested recipes, it’ll highlight items on sale this week with approximate savings...

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Online meal planner? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for an online meal planner and shopping list generator…any suggestions? As I sit down to plan the meals out and do up a shopping list, I think to myself, there has to be a digital way to do this. -Aine If you really want everything from soup to nuts (heh), check out Relish. For a totally reasonable monthly fee, they’ll email you recipes each week from which you can pick the ones you want to make for your family. After scaling the recipes to fit your family size—-an awesome feature if you have just one child...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest new cookbooks, baby food, snacks, and mealtime helpers

One thing we moms all have in common is the need to feed our families. We always have our eye out for the coolest foods, the tastiest treats, and the most helpful websites and cookbooks to help us make it all easier. And maybe more fun? Here are a few of our faves of 2010. Cookbooks While I’m not the type to collect (or uh, use) cookbooks, Laurie David’s The Family Dinner is a fixture on my kitchen counter, with pages already dogeared. It’s just that great. -Kristen If you’ve got kids with allergies (or kids with friends with...

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