You’ve braved the grocery store or you’ve had your groceries delivered. Your kids are home 24-7. And you’ve got to feed them. So, why is it so hard? Well, it doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, feeding your kids during a quarantine (and cooking during one) can actually be an opportunity to connect with your kids, teach them valuable skills, and try some new, fun things while you’re at it.

We had such a blast chatting with our former Cool Mom Eats editor, podcaster, and cookbook author Stacie Billis about this, and wow, she’s got so many fantastic ideas, from dealing with burnout from all the cooking, to what your kids can be doing in the kitchen themselves, plus lots of awesome suggestions from her new launching-soon cookbook Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways to Cook It Up. It’s such a smart addition to your cookbook shelf, with lots of helpful tips and tricks, plus tons of recipes, you can use right now.

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Topics we covered on this show 

– How we’re all dealing with cooking 3 (or more) meals a day now that everyone is home.

– Should we be worrying about our picky eaters right now?

– Ideas for things kids can do in the kitchen based on their age. Here’s a helpful post Stacie did awhile back on this very topic.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner by Stacie Billis

– Helpful ideas from Stacie’s new cookbook, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, that we can use right now. (Psst: Go pre-order it now; you’ll get it by the end of the month!)

– How to manage the leftovers. We’re loving Stacie’s concept of “intentional leftovers.”

– Favorite recipes from Stacie’s cookbook that can make your life easier

– Kitchen gadgets Stacie is using a lot these days. We recently shared our favorite kitchen gadgets, but here are links to hers: a blender, an Instant Pot (which our staff loves), a dutch oven, a braiser, and a Kyocera ceramic knife.

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Liz: The BestSelf WordSmith Deck, which perfect for all those family dinner conversations you’re having these days.

Kristen: I’m so excited about Girls Nite In Online, where they’re hosting donation-based online workshops for women. You can take everything from yoga to cocktail making (I took both!) and pretty much everything in between, and all the women instructors are unemployed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’re so led, you can make a donation via their Venmo and help give them support during this difficult time. Anything raised goes directly to the women, which is fantastic.